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Album Review

The Sony/BMG Steel Box series is a simple marketing gimmick to put greatest-hits packages into new containers. The compilers shift a few tracks around, and maybe toss a rarity in here or there, but there is little difference in the quality or sources of the music contained herein, or anything else that really matters. If you have any of the previous best-of collections by Janis Joplin on Sony/Columbia Legacy, it's more than likely you do not need this for any reason — unless you like your CDs encased in "steel" (read: aluminum) boxes. The high marks are for the music, not the packaging.


Born: 19 January 1943 in Port Arthur, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The greatest white female rock singer of the 1960s, Janis Joplin was also a great blues singer, making her material her own with her wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery. First rising to stardom as the frontwoman for San Francisco psychedelic band Big Brother & the Holding Company, she left the group in the late '60s for a brief and uneven (though commercially successful) career as a solo artist. Although she wasn't always supplied with the best material or most sympathetic musicians,...
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