Pearl (Bonus Tracks) CD (1999)

Artist: Janis Joplin

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Product Overview


Label Sony
SKU 60368004
UPC 074646578629
UPC 14 00074646578629
Format CD
Release Date 8/31/1999
Author Janis Joplin
Associated Artist/Work Big Brother & the Holding Compa
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Artist Influence Alberta Hunter
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Artist Contemporary The Blues Project
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Artist Follower Alanis Morissette
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Technical Info
Engineer Phil Macy; Glen Kolotkin; Phil Macy
Producer Paul Rothchild; Paul Rothchild; Bob Irwin (Reissue)
CatalogID 65786
Lable Name Columbia/Legacy
Released 08/31/1999
Original Release 1971
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074646578629
Musical Guests
Bobby Womack
Sandra Crouch
Album Notes and Credits
2 LPs on 1 CD: GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS (1988)/PEARL (1970).
Personnel: Janis Joplin (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Vince Mitchell, Phil Badella (vocals, background vocals); John Cook (vocals); Bobby Womack (guitar, acoustic guitar); John Till (guitar, background vocals); Richard Bell (piano, background vocals); Ken Pearson (organ, background vocals); Ken Pierson (organ); Brad Campbell (bass instrument, background vocals); Clark Pierson (drums, background vocals); Bobbye Hall (congas, bongos, percussion); Bobbye Porter (congas, bongos); Sandra Crouch (tambourine); John Dooke, John Cooke (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jen Wyler; Joe Lizzi.
Liner Note Author: John Byrne Cooke.
Recording information: Canadian Festival Express Tour, Calgary, Alberta, Canad (07/04/1970-10/02/1970).
Photographers: Baron Wolman; David Gahr; Tom Wilkes ; Barry Feinstein.
Janis Joplin's PEARL, from 1971, is a bluesy, organ-drenched benediction for the flower-child sound of the free-and-easy 60's. It is also one of great singer's most consistent and representative efforts. Gone are the ear-shattering sonics of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Full Tilt Boogie, the backing band here, steps in to offer a degree of polish and control that frames Joplin's vocals nicely. Yet the band still grooves hard with the fierceness her voice demands. Guitarist John Till's riffs, chords, and solos, in particular, are exciting and tightly executed.
"A Woman Left Lonely" and Bobby Womack's "Trust Me" are rain-on-the-windows ballads that come alive with Joplin's gritty vocal brilliance, while the burbling "Move Over" and "Half Moon" are among her funkiest, most driving cuts. The dramatic "Cry Baby" is offset by the tongue-in-cheek a cappella number "Mercedes Benz," while Joplin's version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" went on to become her signature song. Joplin died during the sessions for PEARL, making these tracks the final word on her towering talent and a superb addition to her enduring legacy.
Artist Overview
Texas-born blues-rock singer Janis Joplin's sadly short career saw her change from coffehouse folkie into a feminist blues icon for the psychedelic '60s generation, all in the space of four years. Though she started out as a solo singer, it was as the frontwoman for Bay Area acid-blues-rockers Big Brother & The Holding Company that she skyrocketed to fame, her outsized voice, image, and personality making her natural star material. Eventually, she proved too big for the confines of Big Brother and went the solo route. A breakthrough album was recorded just before her early death, adding a tragic aura to her small body of work.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.135) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...Joplin helped invent modern country rock..."
Rolling Stone (2/18/71, p.48) - "...The voice cut off was clearly in its prime...there is every indication that Janis was working toward a new maturity and confidence....With PEARL it's a case of a conscious attempt to make something of Janis' talent; simply having it won't do anymore..."
Rolling Stone (9/30/99, p.90) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...a poignancy that is as undeniable now as it was upon its posthumous release....'Me and Bobby McGee' is her greatest studio recording....frightening beauty..."
Q (11/99, p.156) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...her most fully formed [album]. Joplin was working with excellent musicians who raised her game accordingly....her voice has a new control and fluidity..."
Uncut (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 - "PEARL was Joplin's most mature and diverse collection and suggested there was no limit to where she might have taken that extraordinary voice."
Dirty Linen (p.55) - "[A]n instant classic, featuring some of Joplin's most mature and well-played material..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[With] tight, Stax-influenced arrangements."
Disc 1
1 Move Over - (with Janis Joplin),Move Over - (with Janis Joplin)
2 Cry Baby - (with Janis Joplin),Cry Baby - (with Janis Joplin),Cry Baby - (with Janis Joplin)
3 Woman Left Lonely, A - (with Janis Joplin),Woman Left Lonely, A - (with Janis Joplin)
4 Half Moon - (with Janis Joplin),Half Moon - (with Janis Joplin),Half Moon - (with Janis Joplin)
5 Buried Alive In The Blues - (with Janis Joplin),Buried Alive In The Blues - (with Janis Joplin),Buried Alive In The Blues - (with Janis Joplin)
6 My Baby - (with Janis Joplin),My Baby - (with Janis Joplin),My Baby - (with Janis Joplin),My Baby - (with Janis Joplin)
7 Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin),Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin),Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin)
8 Mercedes Benz - (with Janis Joplin),Mercedes Benz - (with Janis Joplin),Mercedes Benz - (with Janis Joplin)
9 Trust Me - (with Janis Joplin),Trust Me - (with Janis Joplin),Trust Me - (with Janis Joplin),Trust Me - (with Janis Joplin)
10 Get It While You Can - (with Janis Joplin),Get It While You Can - (with Janis Joplin),Get It While You Can - (with Janis Joplin),Get It While You Can - (with Janis Joplin)
11 Tell Mama - (with Janis Joplin),Tell Mama - (with Janis Joplin),Tell Mama - (with Janis Joplin)
12 Little Girl Blue - (with Janis Joplin),Little Girl Blue - (with Janis Joplin),Little Girl Blue - (with Janis Joplin)
13 Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) - (with Janis Joplin),Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) - (with Janis Joplin)
14 Cry Baby - (with Janis Joplin),Cry Baby - (with Janis Joplin)
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