ABOUT VOSS & OSBORNE
When Voss and Osborne’s first album Get to the Heart came out, it was, to many observers, what someone once called “an enigma wrapped in a mystery” (or “a mystery wrapped in an enigma”; I forget which). The two knowing but guileless faces that peered out at us from the album cover were warning enough that what was on the disc itself was not merely out of the ordinary, but somehow altogether outside of our previous experience. Through a wildly assorted group of old and new songs, a set of attitudes was expressed that didn’t come out in black and white, that didn’t shy away from ambiguities. The odd thing is that had Voss and Osborne been Europeans, there would have been little question about defining who they are: they would be great stars of the music hall. But they are Americans and we are in America, and they have asked me to write these few words so there will be no mystery the second time.
The truth of the matter is that Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne are each one-
Naturally a background like this has influenced their performing style. Hoyle Osborne, quite logically, is at home in the ragtime and barrelhouse piano styles of his youth as in the jazz and pop of his middle years and the rock and folk-
— James Goodfriend, Music Editor (ret.), Stereo Review
In My Girlish Days — Country blues goes to the big city, much as Minnie “Kid” Douglas herself once did. Having taken off at a tender age, she wrote this one about her adventures circa 1917 ... Nothing new about running away from home.
On the Rim of the World — A contemporary look at the life of a runaway — Berkeley, circa 1970s — a familiar scene on the streets of big cities, meccas for the hopeful young, looking for something better than life back home.
When It’s All Goin’ Out (And Nothin’ Comin’ In) — A few well-
Skylab Scuttle — A pianistic fantasy complete with a lopsided waltz commemorating the ill-
I’ve Been on the Road Too Long — Back down to earth — Jane’s own song about the mixed blessings of hitting the dusty trail.
You’re the Cream in My Coffee — A song about the basics, the real brass tacks of live, over and above the mere getting and spending — a Tin Pan Alley gem and standard, learned from the obscure vaudevillean and recording artist Emmett Miller.
So Is Your Old Lady — Ruth Etting sang this one when it was new. Another good example of a song that, though admittedly somewhat dated, has not yet (alas) gone out of date.
I’m Pulling Through — Talk about your basics. From the singing of Billie Holiday.
I Didn’t Know You Cared — Jane in her honky-
Hot Buttered Rum — For getting through the darkest time of the year.
— Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne
Recording of Special Merit • Stereo Review Magazine • 1983
Jane Voss: vocals & guitar
Hoyle Osborne: piano & vocals
Jim Rothermel: soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, recorders & harmonica
Jan Martinelli: electric bass
Jeff Myer: drums
Recorded at Bay Records Studios, Alameda, California, February 1982
Engineered by Michael Cogan
Producers: Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne
Assistant Producer: Jim Rothermel
Photography by Armen Kachaturian
Cover design by Carla Frey
Management and supervision: Wendy Newton
CD graphics by Creative Geckos
Reissue of Green Linnet SIF 1044