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The Essential Janis Ian


Download links and information about The Essential Janis Ian by Janis Ian. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 31 tracks with total duration of 01:57:53 minutes.

Artist: Janis Ian
Release date: 2009
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 31
Duration: 01:57:53
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No. Title Length
1. Hair of Spun Gold 4:00
2. God and the FBI 3:51
3. Silly Habits 4:38
4. Society's Child 3:11
5. Haven't I Got Eyes 3:35
6. Jesse 4:05
7. Stars 7:10
8. Thankyous 2:35
9. This Train Still Runs 4:36
10. At Seventeen 4:40
11. Love Is Blind 2:11
12. Fly Too High 5:06
13. Arms Around My Life 2:37
14. His Hands 4:35
15. When Angels Cry 4:43
16. My Tennessee Hills 5:17
17. Every Love 2:56
18. Some People's Lives 3:27
19. Stolen Fire 4:08
20. Days Like These 3:19
21. Tattoo 4:15
22. Through the Years 4:00
23. I Hear You Sing Again 4:11
24. Joy 2:43
25. My Autobiography 2:48
26. Hair of Spun Gold (Demo Version) 3:09
27. I Long for You 3:35
28. Ginny the Flying Girl 3:46
29. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye 2:07
30. Today You're Mine 2:44
31. At Seventeen (Single Version) 3:55



Compiled by Janis Ian herself, the two-CD The Essential Janis Ian offers a wealth of material spanning more than 40 years, though it might not be quite what some listeners primed for a best-of are expecting. Ian's most commercially successful recordings spanned less than half this period (roughly from the late '60s through the early '80s), and while the most famous songs from that era are here, greater weight is given to her post-1990 material. That might disappoint some listeners wanting to hear her most familiar tunes, though it might reward some of her more dedicated admirers by giving them a chance to listen to some work that has largely passed under the media radar. Whatever the era, Ian stylistically remained very much in a personal singer/songwriter vein. And yes, her teen hit "Society's Child" is here (though her late-'60s recordings are very sparsely represented), as well as her most prominent songs from her 1970s stint with Columbia Records, "At Seventeen" and "Jesse." Although there's not much in terms of rarities, there are a few inclusions that collectors will appreciate, among them a mid-'60s demo of "Hair of Spun Gold" that predates the version from her first album; a previously unissued 1978 track, "I Long for You"; a live 2000 performance of "God & the FBI"; the single version of "At Seventeen"; "Ginny the Flying Girl," originally heard on the 1981 Sesame Street album In Harmony 2; and re-recordings of "His Hands," "Some People's Lives," "Days Like These," and "Through the Years" done especially for this compilation.