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Miracle Row + Janis Ian
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 2 June 2014
Janis Ian provided the booklet notes for this release, as she did for others in the series, and does seem to be a bit harsh on herself - but not as harsh as one reviewer has chosen to interpret her notes.

Janis produced the Miracle Row album with the help of a co-producer, using mostly the musicians that toured with her on the concert circuit. She thinks in retrospect that it was a mistake, but it still yielded what I consider to be an excellent album - and so did the Japanese public who bought it in vast quantities, and gave Janis a second #1 single in their country (Will you dance?) Other highlights for me include Party lights (about not being fond of parties) and Sunset of your love (about grandparents dying slowly).

The highlights on the second album, simply titled Janis Ian, are Silly habits, Hooper painting and Do you wanna dance? Janis describes this album as a mixed bag but a learning experience. Again, I think she's being unduly hard on herself.

Whatever anybody else may think - even Janis, I think these are excellent albums. Maybe Night rains and Between the lines are better, but these are not far behind.
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on 10 December 2012
Back in 1977/78 it would appear that Janis Ian was a very well balanced character - she had a chip on both shoulders! One of these chips related to the fact that Ms. Ian's 'career was going global'. This meant that she was 'touring 250 - 300 days a year, complicated by the phenomenal success of "Love is Blind" and "Will you Dance" in Japan. In addition to [my] US touring schedule, [I] was spending 8 - 12 weeks a year in Japan, and another eight weeks in Europe, trying to crack the market there.'
The second chip concerned her inability to win 'the battle over production credit for [myself] (even in those days "chick singers didn't produce or co-produce; at least they didn't get credit for it.' This chip was, no doubt, exacerbated by the fact that she had 'broken up with the woman [I'd] been living with and was completely on [my] own for the first time in years.'
How terribly sad!
These are the reasons that Ian herself puts forward as an explanation for the hideous albums, 'Miracle Row' and 'Janis Ian' in the superfluous explanatory documentation that is included as part of the package. It would appear that even at that pre-distribution stage she must have realised that these albums were a carbuncle on the arse of the music industry, and while their withdrawal would have been detrimental to all bank balances concerned, their release would have been impertinent and, indeed, imprudent without the addition of an explanation or a justification or, to call it what it is, a veiled apology in anticipation.
In view of all this, and taking into account the intolerable pressures that success was exerting on Ms. Ian and her personal life, it is not at all surprising that if ever the material from which CDs are made becomes scarce, these two discs should be first into the recycling bin.
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on 17 June 2015
Miracle Row. My favourite Janis Ian album.
Janis Ian not far behind.
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