Janis Ian – Breaking Silence


Weight 1,1 kg

Analogue Productions

Catalog number

AAPP 027-45


Female Vocalists


Analogue Productions

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  • Mastered for 45 RPM by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog master tapes!
  • 180-gram, 45 RPM vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings!
  • Tip-on gatefold jacket with Janis' pure voice and personal songs spread across four sides!

“It was a joy to make, and a joy to regain ownership after many years of its being out of print. I was thrilled with the work Analogue Productions did on this!” — Janis Ian

“The LP version has been used as a large-scale show demo for as long as I can remember. … This famous Analogue Productions reissue is the Limited Edition 45 RPM version. … Yes, it’s better than the vaunted 33 RPM. Mainly in the effortless dynamics and bass department.” — Anthony Kershaw, audiophilia.com, March 7, 2018. Read the entire review here.

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 its 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.

  • All Roads To The River
  • Ride Me Like A Wave
  • Tattoo
  • Guess You Had To Be There
  • What About The Love
  • His Hands
  • Walking On Sacred Ground
  • This Train Still Runs
  • Through The Years
  • This House
  • Some People’s Lives
  • Breaking Silence
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