Between the Lines (Janis Ian album)

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Between the Lines
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1975
Studio914 Sound Studios
Blauvelt, New York
ProducerBrooks Arthur
Janis Ian chronology
Between the Lines

Between the Lines is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Janis Ian, released in 1975 by Columbia Records. The album was recorded and mixed at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York, with production helmed by Brooks Arthur. The album reached number one on the Billboard album chart in September 1975, and has sold 1.9 million copies in the United States.

The song "At Seventeen" was released as a single and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped 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, 1975. In 2000 it was voted number 590 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic link
Christgau's Record GuideB−[2]
Wilson and Allroy[3]
Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992)[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Janis Ian

1."When the Party's Over"2:57
2."At Seventeen"4:41
3."From Me to You"3:19
4."Bright Lights and Promises"4:17
5."In the Winter"2:29
7."Between the Lines"4:03
8."The Come On"3:56
9."Light a Light"2:45
10."Tea and Sympathy"4:28
11."Lover's Lullaby"5:25


  • 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



    • 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 - violin
    • Seymour Berman, George Brown, Eugenie Dengel, Patty Kopec, Richard Maximoff, David Sackson, Emanuel Vardi - viola
    • Seymour Barab, Gloria Lanzarone, Beverly Lauridsen, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, George Ricci - cello
    • Ray Crisara, Burt Collins, Jimmy Sedlar, Joe Shepley - trumpet
    • Eddie Bert, Mickey Gravine, Alan Raph, Bill Watrous - trombone
    • Jim Buffington - French horn
    • Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner - flute
    • Burt Collins - flugelhorn
    • Seldon Powell - tenor saxophone
  • Ron Frangipane - string and horn arrangements
  • Recorded and Mixed at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York, USA



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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: I". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Wilson, David Bertrand. "Between the Lines – Janis Ian". Wilson and Allroy’s Record Reviews. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  4. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; George-Warren, Holly and Henke, James; The Rolling Stone Album Guide – Completely New Reviews: Every Essential Album, Every Essential Artist, p. 339 ISBN 0679737294
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 145. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - September 27, 1975" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Janis Ian Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  8. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1975". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1975 - December December 27, 1975" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1976". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2021.