Janis Ian - Between The Lines - AudioSoundMusic
Janis Ian - Between The Lines - AudioSoundMusic
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Janis Ian - Between The Lines - AudioSoundMusic
Janis Ian - Between The Lines - AudioSoundMusic

Janis Ian - Between The Lines

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Janis Ian - Acoustic Guitar (A1-3, A6, B2-4), piano (A4-6), keyboards (B1, B5), Score (A5-6) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Janis Ian]

Vocals – Dennis Pereca (A1, B3), Claire Bay (B5)

Acoustic Guitar – Al Gorgoni (A2, B3), David Snider (A2-3), Dickie Frank (A1, A3, B5)

Nylon Guitar – Al Gorgoni (A6, B3-4), Sal DeTroia (A2-3, A6, B2, B5)

Acoustic Bass – Richard Davis (A1-3, A6 to B2, B5)

Bass – Don Payne (A5, B1, B3-5)

Cello – George Ricci (A6, B1, B4)

Drums – Barry Lazarowitz (A1-5, B1, B3-5)

Percussion – Barry Lazarowitz (A2, B1)


  • Tenor saxophone - Seldon Powell
  • Violin - Arianna Bronne, Lewis Cley, Peter Dimitriades, Marie Hence, Max Hollander, Kathryn Kienke, Ezra Kliger, Harold Kohon, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Sackson, Julius Schachter, Ora Shiran, Harry Urbont, Masako Yanagita
  • Viola - Seymour Berman, George Brown, Eugenie Dengel, Patty Kopec, Richard Maximoff, David Sackson, Emanuel Vardi
  • Cello - Seymour Barab, Gloria Lanzarone, Beverly Lauridsen, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, George Ricci
  • Trumpet - Ray Crisara, Burt Collins, Jimmy Sedlar, Joe Shepley
  • Trombone - Eddie Bert, Mickey Gravine, Alan Raph, Bill Watrous -
  • French horn - Jim Buffington
  • Flute - Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner
  • Flugelhorn - Burt Collins

Arranged by Janis Ian (A4-6, B2)

Strings arranged by Ron Frangipane (B1, B5)

Written by Janis Ian

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : High Quality 180g vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Record Technology Incorporated

Label : Boxstar Records

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded and mixed at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York, USA

Engineered by Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander, Russ Payne

Produced by Brooks Arthur

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Lacquer cut by Kevin Gray and Mr Record at AcousTech Mastering

Art Direction and design by John Berg, Paul Perlow

Photography by Peter Cunningham

Originally released in March 1975

Reissued in 2011



Side A:

  1. When the Party's Over
  2. At Seventeen
  3. From Me To You
  4. Bright Lights and Promises
  5. In the Winter
  6. Water Colors

Side B:

  1. Between the Lines
  2. The Come On
  3. Light a Light
  4. Tea and Sympathy
  5. Lover's Lullaby


1975 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song "At Seventeen"

Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums – Ranked 590


Reviews :

Janis Ian first appeared on the music scene as a preternaturally mature thirteen-year-old singing “Society’s Child,” a tale of an inter-racial romance that was swiftly banned on radio stations due to its perceived incendiary content. During the 1970s Ian gained iconic status for “At Seventeen,” a teen coming- of-age story told from the perspective of the high-school “ugly duckling” outsider, and its album Between The Lines struck gold and Grammy accolades in 1975.

It’s an extraordinary achievement. Ian not only wrote the music and lyrics, she arranged and scored many of the tracks. The songs are moody and reflective, casting light and shadows on themes of desire, hard knocks, and reconciliation. Highlights besides the title track include the longing and lingering mistrust of “The Come On” and the epilog of a breakup of “In the Winter.” Between the Lines has been tenderly remastered for LP and gold CD by Kevin Gray. The 180-gram vinyl reissue is very good; there’s some predictable lower-treble zip on vocals but the analog recording is recognizably of the era and not plagued by the hyperbolic processing yet to come. A quiet treasure of an LP.” Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

“This is Janis Ian's second album from her re-emergence in the early to mid-'70s as one of the genre's most inspired and original singer/songwriters. While this title houses Ian's biggest international hit, the confessional "At Seventeen," the entire effort combines her honest and confessional lyrics with an equally engaging blend of pop/rock and definite jazz and blues. She assembled much of the same ensemble that had worked on her previous long-player, Stars (1975), and much of the material retains the same warmth and intimacy in both her craft as well as the presentation. Unlike the more somber and introverted tracks that dominate Between the Lines (1975), the disc commences with a prime example of Ian's infectious coziness on the light and airy "When the Party's Over." This is one of the title's more straightforward love songs and features an appropriately lilting counter-harmony from Dennis Pereca. More typical are the somewhat dark and oblique "From Me to You," "The Come On," and the despairing title track. Darker still are "In the Winter" and the abject loneliness of "Tea and Sympathy" -- both of which feature some engaging arrangements courtesy of famed arranger/conductor Ron Frangipane, whose clients include Melanie and Townes Van Zandt as well as both John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Underlying the heady orchestration and truly at the center of Ian's skill are her emotively powerful yet reserved melodies. This was undoubtedly a factor in "At Seventeen" becoming a Grammy winner as well as a chart-topping single stateside and a Top 20 hit throughout much of Europe as well as more disparate locations such as Israel. The strength of material and public interest garnered by Between the Lines would continue on her next equally powerful long-player, Aftertones (1976). This album is a recommended starting point for potential enthusiasts, as well as a touchstone to be repeatedly revisited.” AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.18 / 5

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