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Album Review

This ten-song Janis Joplin compilation from the EU is nearly perfect as an introduction, and offers an excellent price point for the consumer to boot. It contains the original versions of her best-known tunes, and thankfully leaves "Mercedes Benz" off the set. It also includes one rather obscure number in "One Night Stand" at the very end that the compilation producers were really savvy to include. Given that it's only ten tracks, this is about as good as it really gets. For those who want to go a bit deeper, the Essential Janis Joplin is more satisfying in that it contains two defining cuts that aren't here in Joplin's reading of the American Songbook classic "Summertime" and the stellar Nina Simone-associated number "Little Girl Blue."


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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