1981 Janis Ian – Restless Eyes

Restless Eyes is the twelveth album by Janis Ian, released in 1981 on Columbia records.

About the album: Although Night Rains had been a huge overseas hit, generating monumental income, Columbia executives were worried that Janis hadn’t broken the album in the United States. Faced with the choice of having a producer assigned to her or finding someone herself, she picked Gary Klein on her friend Charles Koppelman’s recommendation. They set out to create a “pop/folk album”, recording in LA and generally having a good time… but as Janis says, “There is no such thing as a ‘pop album’. There are only great albums, and the rest. We forgot that little detail.” After the failure of this album in the US, and Columbia’s failure to promote it overseas, Janis asked for a release from her recording contract (she still had five albums to go). In retrospect “probably a monumental mistake. I could have stayed there, churning out records and getting paid a quarter of a million each so long as I turned them in, for another decade. Many of my contemporaries did, and their recording careers now are in much better shape than mine. But I felt like my writing was going downhill, and I saw no way to get back on track if I had to continue putting out an album every year and touring so much.” (source:http://www.janisian.com/albums/restless.php)

Tracks

Under The Covers (Janis Ian) 4:25
2  I Remember Yesterday (Janis Ian) 4:03
3  I Believe I’m Myself Again (Janis Ian) 2:30
4  Restless Eyes (Janis Ian) 3:57
5  Get Ready To Roll (Janis Ian) 2:58
6  Passion Play (Janis Ian) 4:43
7  Down And Away (Janis Ian) 3:33
8  Bigger Than Real (Janis Ian) 3:17
9  Dear Billy (Janis Ian) 2:47
10  Sugar Mountain (Janis Ian) 3:25

Musicians

1 Under The Covers

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarDean Parks
Acoustic GuitarJanis Ian
Fender RhodesBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsJohn Crowder


2 I Remember Yesterday

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarBuzz Feiten
OrganBill Payne
PianoJanis Ian
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsJohn Crowder


3 I Believe I’m Myself Again

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarBuzz Feiten
PianoBill Payne
PercussionLenny Castro


4 Restless Eyes

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarJanis Ian
Fender RhodesBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
PercussionLenny Castro


5 Get Ready To Roll

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarDean Parks
OrganBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
SynthesizerJanis Ian


6 Passion Play

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarBuzz Feiten
Acoustic GuitarJanis Ian
Fender RhodesNeil Larsen


7 Down And Away

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarFred Tackett
12 String GuitarCarol Hunter
Acoustic GuitarJanis Ian
PercussionArti Dixson


8 Bigger Than Real

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarJanis Ian
PianoBill Payne
PercussionLenny Castro
FiddleByron Berline


9 Dear Billy

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarBuzz Feiten
GuitarFred Tackett
12 String GuitarJanis Ian
Acoustic GuitarJanis Ian
PercussionLenny Castro


10 Sugar Mountain

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Shlosser
WurlitzerBill Payne
GuitarJanis Ian
GuitarDean Parks
Background VocalsJohn Crowder
FiddleByron Berline

Liner Notes

Producer – Gary Klein
Producer (Executive] – Charles Koppelman
Contractor (Contracting] – Frank DeCaro
Engineer – John Arrias
Engineer (Assistant] – Chip Orlando
Mastered By – Mike Reese

Design – Carin Goldberg
Photography By – Georgina Karvellas

Phonographic Copyright (p] – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c] – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab