Janis Ian - Breaking Silence


Analogue Productions


Female Vocalists

Product No.:
AAPP 027
UPC: 753088002717
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  
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Also available on:
1/4 Inch - 15 IPS Tape
Ultra Tape

45 RPM Vinyl Record
Hybrid Stereo SACD

Mastered by Doug Sax

Tip-on gatefold jacket

180-gram pressing from Quality Record Pressings 

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: 180-gram vinyl! Also available on an equally meticulous transfer to Gold CD. And Analogue Productions Ultra Tape.

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.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Jeff Balding. Mastered by Doug Sax.

1. All Roads To The River
2. Ride Me Like A Wave
3. Tattoo
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 (4.85 Stars) 13 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 10/30/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ted
The nearest thing to a perfect recording I have ever heard.

the current reference recording

posted on 03/23/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: andy rothman
i use to think cafe blue was my go to vinyl for friends to here my system....no more...this is why we listen to vinyl.digital has come a long way...still 100 light years away from this. perfect in every way

Ear Candy

posted on 10/03/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeff C - Australia
I read that this album sounded very good so took the punt despite not being a Janis Ian fan. So glad I did, the fidelity is superb and the music has grown on me so much that I have played it 3 times so far and each time I enjoy it more.

An excellent recording

posted on 03/02/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Timm
Very good detail in this record. Dead quiet background. I didn't have any previous records or CD's of Ian's prior to purchasing this one. Very, very pleased with the recording and the sonics. I'm definitely pleased with the purchase.

Incredible Sound Stage

posted on 10/09/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: AL Iossi
What a voice and the instruments just invade your room. You can almost see them in front of you.


posted on 11/25/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: JF
This album is superb. An easy 5 star rating; if rating system went to 10, it would be a 10. FYI, Janis is a very good performer live. Regarding the other reviewers 3 star's, I suggest he sell the album to someone who enjoys her art.


posted on 05/17/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: M
My reference LP to date. Have ordered a few other Analog Production LP's based on this Lp's quality.

Great recording, limitted scope

posted on 10/11/2009
3 Stars
I bought this LP because I read raves about it on an audiophile forum I participate in. It is indeed a great recording and Janis is well, Janis. So damn depressing. That I knew going in, but the sound of almost every song rings the same throughout. There is one track that breaks away from the rest, but I can't remember which one. And, since it's vinyl, when you listen to it, you listen to the whole thing, It's so mournful I don't want to hear 20 to 30 minutes of it, so It's been that long since I listened to it.


posted on 02/05/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott Wilson
For anyone who is serious about sound reproduction, this LP is a must have. It is probably the best sounding popular recording I've ever heard. Coupled with a Ian's intimate vocals and superb songwriting, top flight musicianship, and Doug Sax's mastering, this is one LP that will make your system disappear and draw you in with it's realism. I use the standout cut "Tatoo", as a reference when I make any changes in my system. Get it now or you'll be crying later when it's out of print and very expensive. High fidelity in the truest sense of the phrase.

Reference Analogue Recording

posted on 07/17/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: BigCraig
I use this record as the reference for my analogue system. The technical quality is nothing short of superb. Its a pity some of the songs are so sad. Dont listen to Tatoo with sharp objects within reach!

One of Janis' very best!

posted on 05/08/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Henry
"Breaking Silence is a remarkable LP on both the performance and recording levels. Janis is in fine vocal form, the material is first-rate and the recording is absolutely faultless. Even if you are not a big Janis Ian fan, this LP will turn you into one! Highly recommended.

The best piece of software I have ever heard

posted on 01/26/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dave Copeland
If reality is the goal of sound reproduction this puts you at least in the control room of the studio. Doug Sax is awsome!

From a musical stand point the whole LP is tastful and very well done.

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