Analogue Productions - AAPP 027-45 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
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Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!
"This is the 50th anniversary of Ian's eponymous debut, and while she's only averaged an album every two years, when she does emerge after long silences the results are stunning. This aptly-named release from 1992 arrived after a 10-year hiatus. Ian compelled to issue it when she was outed as gay. It's a sparse, sensitive, thought-provoking set, and you'd be forgiven for mistaking it in places as early Joni Mitchell. As her first success — 1965's "Society's Child" — was about a controversial topic, this set upheld her tradition in social commentary, yet it's utterly unpreachy. Gorgeous sound, a tonic for those who are partial to singer-songwriter intimacy." — Sound Quality = 89% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, July 2017
Apparently out of the blue, this has come to be regarded as a high-fidelity reference. For vocal accuracy, focus, dynamics, deep, powerful bass, and great rhythms, look no further. However, to describe it thus would do a great disservice to Janis Ian, who sings superbly on this record. All 12 songs are either written by Ian, or in association with Joe Vezner, Kye Fleming, and Jess Leary.
The sound is really clean; only after listening for the first time did I read the liner notes, which state, "No synthesizers, vocal limiters or samples of any sort were used on this album." Why can't more rock be recorded this way? For a show-stopper, try the title track as loud as your system will cleanly deliver.www.stereophile.com
This album finds Janis' voice in its purest, most vital form ever. The tracks were recorded as live as possible without sounding retro. This 1992 all-analogue recording, praised as much for the artist's too infrequently heard talents as for it's recorded dynamics, is now available on the medium that is a natural: 200-gram vinyl! .
audiophile LP version reflect what the two top bibles of high-end audio decree as an impeccable production that has come to be regarded as a high-fidelity reference. Matched with Ian's very personal songs, delivered in a voice that draws you in close in confidence,
Breaking Silence is one of the very few recordings of recent years that by reproducing a pure analogue sound, has attained true audiophile status.
Tracks were recorded at Nightingale Studio on a Studer 820, 24-track machine, 30 IPS, non-dolby, at the elevation of +6/250 nu using Ampex 499 tape.
Included among the mics used on the recording dates were: Nuemann M-49, AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, Sheffield C-9 and a custom built tube direct box on the bass. Janis' vocal was recorded using a Telefunken U-47 and a Mastering Lab mic preamp, linked with series-one Monster Cable direct to the back of the multi-track machine with no EQ or Limiting.
The album was mixed at Bill Schnee Studio to an Ampex ATR 1/2" machine, at 30 IPS, non-dolby, at the elevation of +3/250 nu on Ampex 499 tape. The reverb on the album was an EMT tube plate used along with natural room sounds captured in the recording. During the mixing of the album, "Some People's Lives" was recorded direct to two-track using the same vocal chain as above and Telefunken 251's on the piano. Take number two was used as the album cut. The album was mixed using Mastering Lab modified Tannoy SGM-10's powered by Sherwood-Sax mono-block tube amps.
While Breaking Silence has always sounded good, Analogue Productions' CD and LP sound even better. The quiet, supremely flat vinyl offers an even clearer sense of intimate space than did the originals, and the improvements in bottom-end extension are nothing short of mind-boggling. Harmonic overtones, whether from guitar string or cymbal, ring out with greater clarity and an increased sense of their inevitable decay. -Stereophile
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jeff Balding. Mastered by Doug Sax.
Jim Brock, drums, percussion
Janis Ian, acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Chad Watson, bass, slide bass
Dan Huff, electric guitar
Jim Hoke, solo harmonics
Janis Ian Breaking Silence
1. All Roads To The River
2. Ride Me Like A Wave
4. Guess You Had To Be There
5. What About The Love
6. His Hands
7. Walking On Sacred Ground
8. This Train Still Runs
9. Through The Years
10. This House
11. Some People's Lives
12. Breaking Silence
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