Janis Ian - Breaking Silence


Analogue Productions


Female Vocalists

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180 Gram Vinyl Record
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog master tapes!

"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

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.

Both audiophile LP and CD versions 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.

Technical Data

Tracks were recorded at Nightingale Studio on a Studer 820, 16-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: Neumann 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.

1. All Roads To The River
2. Ride Me Like A Wave
3. Tattoo
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

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Beautiful Music-Masterful Production

posted on 11/11/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Cliff Collipriest
This is why I listen to music and it is why I buy SACD's when they are available. Janis has a superb voice and sings lovely, sometimes haunting songs.

Then Analogue Productions ups the ante and delivers a masterful re-mastered recording on SACD. I love vinyl but don't love the background ticks and pops found on even some of the best pressed vinyl.

This SACD captures the warm feel of a vinyl record without the unneeded distractions. Certainly worthy of consideration to add to your music collection. A 5!

Just one word - WOW!

posted on 03/16/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: Birdland
The mastering of this album by Analogue Productions is just amazing. I did not listen to the CD layer. The SACD layer is just so real. A lot of dynamics and smooth in a good way. This is best I've ever heard this album in a digital medium.

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