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Introducing Janice Mars

by Janice Mars

"Lost" recordings of a legendary vocalist, capturing the golden era of Manhattan cabaret, jazz and show tunes.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Commuter's Song
3:27 $0.99
2. When The World Was Young
3:23 $0.99
3. Take Love Easy
2:21 $0.99
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
4:39 $0.99
5. Lilac Wine
3:26 $0.99
6. I Don't Think I'll End It All Today
3:06 $0.99
7. Winter of My Discontent
2:12 $0.99
8. The World is Your Balloon
2:41 $0.99
9. Take It Slow, Joe
3:48 $0.99
10. Nobody Told Me
2:25 $0.99
11. The Inchworm
3:11 $0.99
12. Battle Hymn of the Republic (Bonus Track)
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
"A sparkling new CD that sounds like it was recorded a week ago. Here for a new generation of ears is this unique stylist's interpretations of 11 meticulously selected numbers from her long-ago nightclub act....If Sarah Bernhardt could sing, she would have been Janice Mars."
Rex Reed, New York Observer

One of the most highly regarded -- and little known -- singers from Manhattan's golden nightclub era of the late 1950s, Janice Mars is being introduced 40 years after making her only recording. The proprietor and sole act at the infamous Baq Room on Sixth Avenue, Janice was notorious for attracting a celebrity clientele by "singing with vast simplicity some of the best-put-together words you ever heard" (The New Yorker). Considered "America's answer to Edith Piaf" by some, and described as a "fractured mezzo" by the singer herself, Janice Mars' legend was largely word of mouth. In 1960 she went into the studio, and backed by some of New York's finest musicians, conductors, orchestraters and arrangers, created an album that not only showcased her unique talents but perfectly embodied a time and place. Unfortunately that time was over. The Baq Room, along with Sixth Avenue, was demolished to make way for the Avenue of the Americas and rock and roll was beginning its domination of the music business. Janice's album was shelved and Ms. Mars would never sing professionally again. 40 years later the master recordings were found - in Marlon Brando's study - remastered on CD and are now available for the first time. For anyone who can appreciate a musical turn of a phrase, the brilliance of songwriters like Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen or forgotten gems from Broadway musicals, Introducing Janice Mars is a must.

"Janice possesses a quality that is absolutely unique."
Tennessee Williams

"Hopefully, the long-overdue release of the CD Introducing Janice Mars will move her at last out of the footnotes and onto the main page, alongside more famous -- but no more talented -- names, where she rightfully belongs."
Michael Mascioli, Mr.Lucky.com

"It's a fascinating album - I don't think I've heard a better souvenir of ultra-chic, recherche East Side cabaret of the '50s."
James Gavin, author
Intimate Nights
The Golden Age of New York Cabaret



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Maggie Wilson

A voice that gets to your heart--
This CD, with the fabulous musicians who accompany the singer,amply demonstrates why it is a tragedy that Janice Mars has not been heard by more people.The voice reaches your heart, and she was careful to select songs with words well worth hearing, as she enunciates them perfectly and with expression. She plays a variety of roles in these songs, from Little girl to sophisticate. This recording is a particular treasure to me, because I roomed with Janice for a year,and have carried her gorgeous voice in my mind ever since as she sang everything from Little Girl Blue to French Art Songs. I intend to spread the word to our local Public Radio Jazz host--I know she will find an audience with his listeners!

Priscilla Leona

very haunting, yet eclectic and vibrant
I came to this website to check out a friend's CD and in the process accidently stumbled across the Janice Mars CD. I read the review and was motivated to listen to the music. The first song that I chose took me aback and I couldn't figure out if I was hearing the words correctly. It was a song giving resons why she wasn't going to kill herself that day! I have never heard lyrics and arrangements like this before and being in the entertainment business, I knew I would be using this song in a future movie of some sort one day, so I had to have it right away. I love all of the other songs as well, but that one is the one that sold me. It it so odd, quirky haunting and yet has a bright aspect to it that you can't help but notice. It will also amuse you in the process. You have to listen to that song.

H.D.G. Catling

Extraordinary and evocative.little this good being recorded today.
This recording dates from my favourite era the late forties to the early sixties..female singers simply don't sound like this anymore..an absolute listening pleasure.

William G. Healey

A fascinating voice attached to a fascinating lady
I had the pleasure of receiving Janice Mars' CD from Janice Mars herself in March of 2004. Never having listened to her music, I was completely enthralled by her voice and talent; a cross between a torch singer and broadway singer. Listen to "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "The Commuter's Song" and you'll be drawn back to those days gone by. Her voice is clear, crisp, throaty and just enjoyable. For anybody who enjoys the sound of broadway or the music of yesteryear, I highly recommend this CD. The musical selections and orchestral choices are surely enough to satisfy anybody who enjoys quality sound Sit back, close your eyes and transform yourself to what music was meant to be. New Mexico is lucky to have this talented lady living here.

Jim Shulman

Beyond sensational
There are uncovered treasures from the vaults...and then there's this remarkable CD of Janice Mars. She's everything that's so wonderful about cabaret--thrilling interpretations, fascinating repertoire, and best of all sympathetic accompanists. My only regret is that it hadn't appeared on LP forty-three years ago, since her talent really deserved to reach a wider audience during that era. While Intimate Nights gives an excellent picture of the golden age of cabaret, you really need to hear this CD to appreciate fully why it was so special and utterly irreplacable.

Delfs linder

the CD was great and very good music
The main reason for getting this CD is that I read her obit in the Lincoln Nebraska newspaper and mentioned her fame slightly, so I got curious and looked her up on the internet to find out more about her since I'm from Lincoln and my relatives would have maybe known her in school. Anyway, the CD was great and she was most likey a great lady that should be listed as a famous person from Nebraska. *****Delfs*****

CD Baby

Considered "America's answer to Edith Piaf" by some, Janice Mars was one of the most highly-regarded but little-known cabaret singers of Manhattan's golden nightclub era of the late 1950s. These classic recordings capture her inspired voice, her passionate musicianship and the memorable sentiments of her time. Though her only recording, discovered 48 years later in Marlon Brando's study, remastered and now available, this gem is a crystallization of excellence, the joy of cabaret and the longevity of showtunes. No less than a collector's item.