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    Came across this review today on Bill's website while searching out a copy of Between the Lines. Must-have rating from Bill! Anyone heard the Boxstar pressing vs. the standard issue?
    Janis Ian, Between the Lines, "At Seventeen," Brooks Arthur, Robert Ludwig, Columbia Records, vinyl, vinyl LP, great songwriters, great recordings
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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    Myles- if you remember, that comparison--where I complained about the sound of the reissue-- is what prompted Janis to register at WBF and weigh in, explaining that she really didn't have control over the licensing.
    What's even stranger is, Kevin Gray did that recut, and his work is almost always good. I found it flat and lifeless sounding compared to a standard issue. And knowing that you'll think it's me- and my 'thing' for old pressings, two other people happened to be in the room when i put it on- neither were impressed- one thought the VTA was "off." I pulled out one of the standard copies, and voila, the magic was there. Go figure....

    postscript: that review was written before i interviewed Brooks about the making of the album:
    (Right now, given some tweaks being made to my site, some stuff shows current dates, not the date of first publication. I am fixing those on an ad hoc basis, and hadn't gotten to correctly re-dating the review).


    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Thanks for clearing that up! Yes, remember Janis weighing in, didn't remember it was that album. I'll look for an early original than.

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      I like this album. I have several copies from 1975, including one that i bought a few months ago, sealed. I also bought the recently remastered version. Today, during a listening session with a few astute listeners assembled (and the TT had just been completely gone over, re-levelling, including...

    • regnaD kciN
      regnaD kciN commented
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      Interesting -- I've heard people raving about the BoxStar CD, but the parts I've heard of it didn't knock me out.

      On the other hand, since this thread first appeared, there have been reissued versions of Janis's Columbia albums, including this one, produced by Steve Berkowitz, engineered by Mark Wilding, and overseen by Janis. As I understand it, these have been remastered from the original tapes, transferred using a Studer deck (because those involved concluded the sonic results were better than on the Ampex machine they normally used), and have been issued on both LP (with a bonus download code) and 24/192 files. I'll leave it to those with better LP playback systems than I to comment on the vinyl version, but the hi-res downloads, overall, sound great, albeit with a couple of moments of noticeable tape degradation.

      Short video on the remaster:

  • #3
    Great review of Between the Lines Bill! Now I must find an original pressing. Janis Ian sings like an angel.
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    • Johnny Vinyl
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      You wont regret it! It's awesome in every way!

    • Bill Hart
      Bill Hart commented
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      Mep- they are readily available, the originals should be RLs, I have found a few still sealed for under 30 bucks. I don't think I paid more for that test/approval pressing either.