Friday, November 5, 2021

Janis Ian - Stars (1974)


Janis Ian - Stars (1974)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side 1

1. "Stars"   7:12

2. "The Man You Are in Me"   2:59

3. "Sweet Sympathy"   2:42

4. "Page Nine"   3:07

5. "Thankyous"   2:40


Total length:   17:40


Side 2

1. "Dance with Me"   3:18

2. "Without You"   2:04

3. "Jesse"   4:07

4. "You’ve Got Me on a String"   3:20

5. "Applause"   4:02


Total length:   16:51



Janis Ian Band Members / Musicians

Produced by Brooks Arthur

Engineered by Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander, Charlie Dreyer

Art Direction and Design: John Berg, Paul Perlow

Photography: Peter Cunningham

Production Coordinator: Herb Gart


Janis Ian – vocals, guitar, 12-strong guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes

Larry Alexander – drums, tambourine

Raymond Beckenstein – soprano saxophone

Ralph Casale – acoustic guitar

Richard Davis – arranger, bass, pizzicato bass

George Devens – vibraphone

Sal DiTroia – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals

George Duvivier – bass

Jack Jennings – percussion

Barry Lazarowitz – arranger, drums, percussion

Gene Orloff – violin

Hugh McCracken – electric guitar

Don Payne – bass

Romeo Penque – saxophone

Al Rogers – drums

Allan Schwartzberg – drums

John Tropea – acoustic guitar

Eric Weissberg – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-strong acoustic guitar

Orchestra

Bob Abernathy – French horn

Seymour Barab – celli

Seymour Berman – viola

Phil Bodner – alto flute, alto saxophone

Ariana Bronne – violin

Alfred Brown – viola

James Buffington – French horn

Frederick Buldrini – violin

Don Butterfield – tuba

Earl Chapin – French horn

Selwart Clarke – viola

Léon Cohen – clarinet

Burt Collins – trumpet

Joseph DeAngelis – French horn

Peter Dimitriades – violin

Paul Faulise – bass trombone

Ron Frangipane – arranger, conductor, piano

Mickey Gravine – tenor trombone

Marie Hence – violin

Wally Kane – bassoon

Artie Kaplan – orchestra Manager

Harold Kohon – violin

Bhen Lanzarone – celesta

Gloria Lanzarone – celli

Archie Levin – viola

Joseph Malin – violin

Richard Maximoff – viola

Charles McCracken – celli

Lloyd Michaels – trumpet

Romeo Pengue – clarinet, flute, oboe

Alan Raph – baritone horn

George Ricci – celli, cello soloist

Alan Rubin – trumpet

David Sackson – viola

Julius Schacter – violin

Joe Shepley – solo trumpet

Joseph J. Shepley – French horn

Bill Watrous – tenor trombone



Stars is the 6th studio album by American singer-songwriter Janis Ian, and the first of her seven for Columbia Records. Ian had previously had a three-year hiatus from the music industry since her 1971 album Present Company. In two years away from the music business, Ian wrote over 100 songs after moving to Los Angeles. She returned to play at the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 17, 1973, and was signed by Columbia Records after several other companies rejected the songs she had written.

Whilst Stars was being recorded, the song "Jesse" became a hit for Roberta Flack. The album itself became Ian's most successful since her debut, peaking at number 63 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart.

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