Friday, November 5, 2021

Janis Ian - Uncle Wonderful (1985)

Janis Ian - Uncle Wonderful (1985)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side One

1. "Just a Girl"   3:41

2. "Uncle Wonderful"   4:59

3. "Why Can’t You and I"   4:03

4. "Trigger Happy Love"   4:06

5. "Heart Skip Too Many Beats"   3:25


Total length:   20:14


Side Two

1. "Body Slave"   5:18

2. "Hit You with the Guilt"   4:16

3. "Sniper of the Heart"   3:12

4. "This Night"   4:14

5. "Mechanical Telephone"   3:40


Total length:   20:40



Janis Ian Band Members / Musicians

Janis Ian – vocals, backing vocals, composer, guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano, producer

Cyro Baptista – percussion

Jeff Berlin – bass

Kim Bullard – composer, keyboards

Leslie Collman-Smith – backing vocals

Paulinho Da Costa – percussion

Kal David – backing vocals

Howard "Buzz" Feiten – electric guitar

Artie Funaro – producer, electric guitar, backing vocals

Tony Horowitz – bass

Terry Jennings – drum machine, engineer, percussion

Marv Kanarek – drums

Chris Page – keyboards

Peter Schless – keyboards

Rick Shlosser – drums

Leland Sklar – bass

Joe Turano – backing vocals



Uncle Wonderful is the 13th studio album by American singer-songwriter Janis Ian, and her first after departing from Columbia Records.

Recorded between 1981 and 1983 at a time when Janis was seeking a break from the music business after continual recording and touring between 1974 and 1981, according to Society’s Child: My Autobiography Janis cannot recall the details of making Uncle Wonderful, for she was focused upon the death of her grandmother and was consistently travelling from coast to coast. Uncle Wonderful would be rejected by Columbia – with whom Ian at the time had a contract for four more albums – and initially released only in New Zealand in 1985 and Australia in 1986. Uncle Wonderful would not receive a release in Europe until 1995 after Janis’ second comeback with Breaking Silence, and would in 2010 receive a further UK release by Edsel Records as part of a compilation with her two preceding albums Night Rains and Restless Eyes. Although she would return to performing in the United States in 1986, playing mostly her new material in a series of shows supported by the then-unknown Indigo Girls, Uncle Wonderful has never been released there.

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