is the Edsel label’s third release in its re-issue programme of legendary
singer-songwriter Janis Ian’s catalogue. All the releases contain
annotation by Janis herself and photos from her own
released in January 1977, was Janis’ fourth album after her return to
recording in 1974. Recorded with her touring band and self-produced
for the first time, the songs were inspired by the Hispanic area of
Manhattan. “Will You Dance?” was another # 1 hit in Japan, and
also features here in a bonus live version.
Ian II”, released
in 1978, was produced by Joe Wissert whose CV includes The Turtles, Earth
Wind & Fire, Boz Scaggs, Gordon Lightfoot and the J. Geils Band. Wissert
brought in top session musicians, but the stand-out performance is
Janis’ piano playing on “Hopper Painting”. The bonus track in a
live recording from 2003.