Released in tandem with Janis Ian
's autobiography, Society's Child, this best-of compilation collects all the songs mentioned in the book, as well as several rarities. Ian
's first demo, a distorted lo-fi version of "Hair of Spun Gold," makes a welcome appearance, while "Ginny the Flying Girl" arrives via a 1981 Sesame Street
album. Also notable are the handful of re-recorded songs on this two-disc collection, as well as several live tracks. Perhaps this isn't the definitive Janis Ian
anthology for casual fans -- it's too specialized for that -- but Ian
enthusiasts should make it a staple of their collections.