Between the Lines (Janis Ian album)

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Between the Lines
Studio album by Janis Ian
Released March, 1975
Recorded 914 Sound Studios
Blauvelt, New York
1974
Genre Folk, Adult Contemporary
Length 43:21
Label Columbia
Producer Brooks Arthur
Janis Ian chronology
Stars
(1974)
Between the Lines
(1975)
Aftertones
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Between the Lines is the seventh and best known album by the then New York City-based singer-songwriter Janis Ian, released in 1975. The album hit #1 on the Billboard album chart in September, and sold 1.9 million copies in the United States. Some copies of the LP came with a promotional booklet which contained photographs of Ian and positive reviews of her music.

The album's most popular single, "At Seventeen", reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Ian won the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song, and performed it on the first episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11 of that year.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Janis Ian

1. "When the Party's Over"—2:57

  • Vocal Arrangements by Dennis Pereca
  • Lead Guitar: Al Gorgoni
  • Rhythm Guitars: Janis Ian, Dickie Frank
  • Bass: Richard Davis
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Percussion: Larry Alexander
  • Background Vocals: Dennis Pereca

2. "At Seventeen"—4:41

  • Horn Arrangements by Janis Ian
  • Acoustic Guitars: Janis Ian, David Snider, Al Gorgoni
  • Nylon Guitars: Sal DeTroia, Janis Ian
  • Bass: Richard Davis
  • Drums and Percussion: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Trombonium: Alan Ralph
  • Flugelhorn: Burt Collins

3. "From Me to You"—3:19

  • Acoustic Guitars: Janis Ian, David Snider, Dickie Frank
  • Nylon Guitar: Sal DeTroia
  • Bass: Richard Davis
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Fiddles: Russell George, Ken Kosak

4. "Bright Lights and Promises"—4:17

  • Arranged by Janis Ian
  • Piano: Janis Ian
  • Bass: Richard Davis
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Alto Saxophones: Artie Kaplan, Romeo Penque
  • Tenor Saxophones: Joe Grimm, Seldon Powell
  • Clarinet Solo: Phil Bodner

5. "In the Winter"—2:31

  • Arranged and Scored by Janis Ian
  • Guitar: Sal DeTroia
  • Piano: Janis Ian
  • Bass: Don Payne
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Trumpet Solos: Ray Crisara, Joe Shepley

6. "Water Colors"—4:58

  • Arranged and Scored by Janis Ian
  • Acoustic Guitar and Piano: Janis Ian
  • Nylon Guitars: Sal DeTroia, Al Gorgoni
  • Bass: Richard Davis
  • Cello: George Ricci
  • Viola: Manny Vardi
  • Flutes: Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner

7. "Between the Lines"—4:03

  • String and Horn Arrangements by Ron Frangipane
  • Keyboards: Janis Ian
  • Acoustic Bass: Richard Davis
  • Electric Bass Guitar: Don Payne
  • Drums and Percussion: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Cello Solo: George Ricci
  • Piccolo: Phil Bodner

8. "The Come On"—3:56

  • Arranged by Richard Davis, Sal DeTroia and Janis Ian
  • Acoustic Guitar: Janis Ian
  • Nylon Guitar: Sal DeTroia
  • Bass: Richard Davis

9. "Light a Light"—2:45

  • Guitars: Janis Ian, Al Gorgoni
  • Bass: Don Payne
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Background Vocals: Dennis Pereca

10. "Tea and Sympathy"—4:28

  • Arranged and Scored by Ron Frangipane
  • Acoustic Guitar: Janis Ian
  • Nylon Guitar: Sal DeTroia
  • Acoustic Bass: George DuVivier
  • Electric Bass Guitar: Don Payne
  • Cello Solo: George Ricci

11. "Lover's Lullaby"—5:25

  • String and Horn Arrangement by Ron Frangipane
  • Keyboards: Janis Ian
  • Nylon Guitar: Sal DeTroia
  • Acoustic Guitar: Dickie Frank
  • Vibraphone: George Devens
  • Acoustic Bass: Richard Davis
  • Electric Bass Guitar: Don Payne
  • Drums: Barry Lazarowitz
  • Background Vocals: Claire Bay

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Brooks Arthur
  • Engineered by Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander, Russ Payne
  • Art Direction and Design: John Berg, Paul Perlow
  • Photography: Peter Cunningham
  • Production Coordinator: Herb Gart
  • Orchestra:
    • Violins: Arianna Bronne, Lewis Cley, Peter Dimitriades, Marie Hence, Max Hollander, Kathy Kionke, Ezra Klinger, Harold Kohon, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Sackson, Julius Schachter, Ora Shiram, Harry Urbont, Masako Yanagita
    • Violas: Seymour Berman, George Brown, Eugenie Dengel, Patty Kopec, Richard Maximoff, David Sackson, Manny Vardi
    • Celli: Seymour Barab, Gloria Lanzarone, Beverly Laurelson, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, George Ricci
    • Trumpets: Ray Crisara, Burt Collins, Jimmy Sedlar, Joe Shepley
    • Trombones: Eddie Bert, Mickey Gravine, Alan Raph, Bill Watrous
    • French Horn: James Buffington
    • Flutes: Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner
    • Orchestral Contractor: Arthur Kaplan
  • Recorded and Mixed at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York, USA
  • Barry Lazarowitz plays Hayman drums
  • All Songs (c)1974 Mine Music Limited and April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 1
Preceded by
The Heat Is On by The Isley Brothers
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 20–26, 1975
Succeeded by
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd