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Playlist: The Very Best of Janis Ian Import

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  • Audio CD (10 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment***
  • ASIN: B004TPJN1E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2012
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I have and like very much three of Janis's LPs from the mid '70s, from back when I was a teenager in the 80s (bit odd for a lad!) and from which tracks such as 'At Seventeen' majestically and seductively emanated.

Now, in the digital age and with an eye on cost, I wanted to get as many of those tracks, especially the most universally loved ones on a single CD compilation.

I'm not sure now how I came to choose this single disc "Playlist - the very best of Janis Ian", but I did and I have to admit, many of the tracks and versions are a bit disappointing. It might have been the only choice at the time.

It starts with, apparently, Janis first recorded song, from 1967 when Janis was just 13 'Society's Girl' which became a hit after a bit of a struggle with radio-play and re-released, as some of the lyrics were considered taboo.

I'd not heard this song before and the vocals sound quite different, strangely deeper than the beautifully crystal clear and smooth sound she became known for. The breathy classic, 'At Seventeen' a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty won her a Grammy, nudging Linda Ronsdat from the prize.

The next few tracks on this compilation aren't really the Janis Ian I know, being either tracks I don't know and don't particularly care for or are Live versions, that just don't sound as good as the originals. These include duets with Willie Nelson (horrible!) and Dolly Parton, both of which I'm sure would delight many fans but strangely, not me.

However, the 8+ minute 'Searching for America' has Ian back at her best - interesting acoustic guitars and powerfully understated lyrics that build in both resonance and tension and one that gives you the time and depth to get fully enveloped into it.
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I love the C.D only a little moan it has not got the track I wanted. The other side of the sun.
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By jed on 24 Sept. 2015
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Brilliant, but I knew it would be
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind poet and singer 10 Dec. 2013
By Joe Kuether - Published on Amazon.com
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Janis Ian's music and poetry strikes so close to the heart with the realities of life- heartbreak, love and one about inter-racial relationships , the classic "Society's Child". You would think she was sitting in the very thick of a big city with her guitar playing for a million listeners with all her songs. My words alone can't describe how remarkable her songs and poetry are. She doesn't get the same attention from the media Carole King and Joni Mitchell do, but she ought to. If you love "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen" (Her biggest singles) , You'll love the rest of this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album excellent. I believe it truly is the "Best of ... 20 Mar. 2015
By DONNA H. - Published on Amazon.com
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This album excellent. I believe it truly is the "Best of Janis Ian". If you haven't listened to her lately I suggest you do and this is a great place to begin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 24 Jun. 2013
By W. R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Janis Ian was always a favorite of mine from way back and this "The Best Of" does not disappoint.
Couple of songs on this CD are news ro me, enjoyed them too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and warm 15 Nov. 2013
By Jersey Man - Published on Amazon.com
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great, great album full of heart and soul and sincerity very nice to listen to, you will not be disappointing
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is the best 16 Oct. 2013
By Jennifer Coveny - Published on Amazon.com
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Have loved Ian since I was very young ! If u r unsure about her music, this is the album for you
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