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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMUZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
7. Between the Lines
8. The Come On
9. Light a Light
10. Tea and Sympathy
11. Lover's Lullaby

Editorial Reviews

This album hit the top spot in 1975, thanks to the Grammy-winning, #1 hit At Seventeen .

Customer Reviews

The voice and music of Janis Ian fits perfectly by the lyrics.
Jolanda
I've listened to it countless times over and over again over the last 25 or so years since it came out and it's still my most favorite album of all times.
D. Casto
I love the song "At Seventeen" but I would really love the words to it.
Tami Prunick

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album defined a generation's angst - for me, it rarely left the turntable for nearly a year in the mid-70s. At Seventeen remains a succinct and moving testimony to the pain of being "outside" of the "in" kids, but it is only one of several perfect tracks. From Me To You moves briskly along, and casts a melancholy spell telling a lover's departure, until it literally explodes with grief and anger; In The Winter is one of the saddest and most gorgeous songs ever written about lost chances in love. Yes, the tone of this album is dark, sad and soulful, but what a perfect record to play when you need to "go there" - just you, a glass (or bottle) of wine, and a photo album...chances are, after the tears roll down your face, you will feel infinitely better.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on September 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only discovered Janis Ian one year ago, when I heard "At Seventeen" on the radio. I was moved by Janis' intense feeling and her easiness to reach the audience. I searched for that song and simply discovered one of the best artists from the 70's. How come Janis Ian is so little know here in Europe?
Anyway, her singing is delightful as she demonstrates that her quiet and beautiful voice is capable of going over the top with vocals that steals your attention.
The lyrics are very mature (not your basic love song here!) and it shows a lot about her taste for bittersweet themes. The album is wonderfully produced - like one of those who simply has everything in the right place.
I will for sure know more about her.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mpigani Kweli (kweliace@pacbell.net) on September 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was 17 in 1975 when I first heard "At Seventeen." It moved me like no other song. An African-American from L.A., I had a hard time getting my friends to agree. Intrigued, I explored the vinyl. What I heard IS the best introspective and honest songwriting and arranging ever. "In The Winter" is an exposed nerve tingling bright blue and red in an icy breeze. "I met your wife, she's very nice, what can I say," the artist's voice trailing off at the end in self-conscious revelation. "Watercolors" is artistic inspiration. The song and album closing with an adroit cello solo that breaks your heart yet inspires at the same time. And then there's the American classic "At Seventeen." I used the lyrics to demonstrate poetic nuances to my the 12 year old daughter. Today she is seventeen and every week listens to an old tape I made of Janis' CBS work. Janis Ian is the American Van Gogh.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Peyton VINE VOICE on November 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This has been one of my favorites since its original release. I've purchased it on vinyl, cassette and CD. Ms. Ian's lyrics are timeless and introspective, sometimes painfully so. It doesn't matter whether you were a "rich relationed hometown queen" or one of "those whose name was never called when choosing sides for basketball", the words to "Seventeen" will mean something to you. Many of the songs have the poignancy of someone who has too often experienced the underside of human relationships. Her lyrics could stand alone as poetry, but since the music is enjoyable and takes some unexpected turns, this is the complete package.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on September 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well before all the "nerds as heroes" movies and TV shows of recent years, there was Janis Ian's 1975 Top Twenty hit "At Seventeen" --the popularity of which proved once and for all that somewhere between 95% and 97% of us felt like nerds and rejects at that tender age. I was as big a fan of the song as anyone, although I was already in grad school when it came out and supposedly should have been well past all the teen angst. There was just something about the directness of (some of) the lyrics that hit home. You forget how bold it was then (and still is now) to come right out and claim your place among the "ugly girls."

But thinking back to the time of the song's release, I also remember wondering: hey, wait a minute, wasn't Janis Ian actually already a recording star by age 17? Was she really living the life of someone "whose name was never called when choosing sides for basketball"? Wasn't she already past all that and hobnobbing with the likes of Leonard Bernstein et al?

OK, maybe those typical teen traumas were more in keeping with Janis' experience at 14 or 15. "At seventeen" sounds better metrically, I suppose. And of course, as any show biz kid can probably tell you, early fame is not any guarantee against youthful insecurity: at best, that success just channels it in new and likely bizarre directions.

What was interesting about that particular song, as well as several of the others on this release, is the characteristic mix of the direct and the ambiguous. The basketball reference, "the Valentines that never came," and the assertion that "love was meant for beauty queens" are all pretty self-evident. But just who was that "brown eyed girl in hand-me-downs?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on September 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Between The Lines is a timeless work of art from one of America's most gifted songwriters. No writer has ever articulated--no writer could--loneliness, unrequited love, or profound, secret feelings the way Ian does. The songs on this album strike deep, melancholic chords in the soul, yet their effect is to soothe and reassure in an almost mystical way. You come away from listening to this album with a feeling of personal, almost divine, revelation. That these songs were crafted by someone in her early twenties is even more remarkable. The kind of reflection and depth found in Ian's writing has all but vanished from the palette of today's young songwriters. Musically, Ian's fondness for descending bass lines and altered minor and seventh chords underscores a certain emotional complexity in her writing; melody and lyrics are brilliantly interwoven and instruments are skillfully used and scored for their subliminal emotional effects. Ian's voice, by turns a rage or a whisper, is both damning and forgiving. These songs of solemn self-realization and social comment have an almost classical immutability to them and will likely live on for generations. This is music and greatness and therapy all in one. If I could, I'd take this album with me to the great beyond. --JE
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