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Janis Joplin
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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This deluxe edition is enhanced by live performances from the Festival Express Tour in 1970, some of which were included a recent documentary of that event; here, the performances by her and the accomplished Full Tilt soun...  more »


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All Artists: Janis Joplin
Title: Pearl
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Vocal Pop, Blues Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643032223


Album Description
This deluxe edition is enhanced by live performances from the Festival Express Tour in 1970, some of which were included a recent documentary of that event; here, the performances by her and the accomplished Full Tilt sounded much rawer, especially her breakout song "Piece of My Heart" and "Move Over." Joplin also showed a range not only covering the blues and rock but also the standards as in Gershwin's "Summertime" and Rodgers and Hart's "Little Girl Blue" in her own signature delivery. Listen closely as she introduces "Get It While You Can," in which she follows by saying, "It's talking about everybody's life and what passes by you. 'Cause it ain't gonna be there when you make up, man." Sony. 2005.

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Peggy Jean E. from SPRINGFIELD, MO
Reviewed on 12/22/2006...
Not sure if this is correct - there are "4 unreleased bonus tracks" on this CD plus unseen photos & new liner notes. The 4 bonus tracks are:
Tell Mama, Little Girl Blue, Try (Just A Little Bit Harder), and Cry Baby. For whatever reason, I did cut the back cover smaller, but there's still the picture and names of the songs. The front cover contains a couple photos and a blurb about her.

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Classic and historic
Karen Anderson | USA | 04/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Paul Rothchild (Doors' producer) came along at just the right time to produce this classic and historic work, which was Janis' last album, released posthumously after her tragic and premature departure from the planet. "Me and Bobby McGee" never ceases to amaze me, especially when she delivers the word "nuthin" after singing the famous line, "freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose." The way she says "nuthin" is just so flat-out REAL, you know she's speaking to you straight from her bones. (The acoustic demo of this song is available on the 3-CD box set, which sheds light on how Janis single-handedly created the blueprint for this track, just her and her guitar). "My Baby" is gospel-like and redemptive, and is my favorite song on the "Pearl" album. It's as though her voice is a gateway into another realm and sends chills thru the body. "Cry Baby" is also one of Janis' most amazing vocal performances. (I like the alternate version of "Cry Baby" available on the 3-CD box set even better, because it captures some interesting moments of spontaneity and laughter in the studio, along with a very amusing rap midway thru the song.)What many people don't realize about Janis is that she wrote some of her own (and best) material. "Move Over" is a Janis original and rocks as hard as anything she ever recorded. She sang this song on the Dick Cavett show right before her infamous high school reunion in Port Arthur.She also performed "Get It While You Can" on the same show, which is as much of an anthem as any song she recorded. The line, "we may not be here tomorrow," is all too prophetic. And the instrumental track of the ironic "Buried Alive in the Blues" is hard to listen for all the obvious reasons because Janis is conspicuous by her absence. (She was scheduled to finish the vocals for this Nick Gravenites tune the day she was found dead from an accidental overdose in her hotel room. The juxtaposition of the uptempo, happy beat of "Buried Alive in the Blues" is at odds with the circumstances, but it is a fitting tribute that it was included on the album, and a stark reminder that Janis was truly a force of nature and an highly exuberant (and joyous) personality, even when missing in action.) ... "Pearl" is rock 'n' roll history, a must for every record collection. There will always be a bummer element to this album because of the association of her death, but her energy and brilliance rock on and shine on, none the less. All praise to Janis---Legend, icon, pioneer---the late, the great Janis Joplin, still-reigning queen of rock."
Justin Crawford's Pearl review
justin crawford | USA | 08/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Janis Joplin's 1971 release "Pearl" is the best album by Janis. Even though it's not a finished album but it never will be. She died before she had time to finish the album. Thats why "Buried Alive in The Blues" has no vocal, because she died the night before she was suppose to record that vocal. The rest of the album is Janis at her best vocally and musically "Move Over" a song penned by Janis is the lead track and probably the best song on the record. All the songs are great and very emotional. She left this world too soon but we do have her music. What little there is, but go get pearl it is her best."