Re-Mastered in Japan

A "re-mastered in Japan" version of my Reprise album --- created around 1971-72 in California with the original title "Jennifer" not "Jennifer Warnes" --- was released on compact disc in 2013. Warner Bros in Japan has taken some liberties with this album without my participation, so forgive me if I have mixed feelings about this one. With all due respect to the remastering engineer, Mr. Isao Kikuchi seems to have listened carefully to the music. His changes did not make this album worse, but he made it different.

There is something fundamentally wrong about changing an artists work without permission or approval. That said, I'm grateful my friends can finally hear something somewhat close to the intent of the original because this project languished in WB vaults for four decades.

I owe sincere thanks to folks at the Reprise archive library. Master tapes can deteriorate over time. The timely clones created by Reprise librarians made Mr. Kikuchi’s work possible. I thank them. During the era that this album was created, Lowell George, Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks and Randy Newman were among many "boy kings" at Warner Bros and Reprise. My producer John Cale was enjoying solo success there with "Paris 1919"--still one of my favorite albums. The greats --- Wilton Felder, Spooner Oldham, Jim Horn, Russ Kunkel, Sneaky Pete, Ritchie Hayward, Gene Page and Nick DeCaro helped make these songs come alive. We were blessed by the St. Paul's Boys Choir, and John played a huge pipe organ housed at Whitney Studios. It was an exuberantly creative time. On the last track John asked me to "sing like Vera Lynn during World War II."

There was a atmosphere of pure freedom making this album, I hear joy in these songs. In subsequent years when cocaine and hard drugs became a part of the recording process, music didn't get better. Music took too long and cost too much. But around 1972, for a brief and beautiful time, I enjoyed some of that same freedom that the "boy kings" were given at Warner Bros/Reprise --- during a time when respecting artists made that company strong. If that cycle ever comes round again, I want to be in the studio to enjoy the renaissance.

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