Janis Joplin's second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent — given room to breathe, Joplin's trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit "Me and Bobby McGee." The unfinished "Buried Alive in the Blues" features no Joplin vocals — she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. Its incompleteness mirrors Joplin's career; Pearl's power leaves the listener to wonder what else Joplin could have accomplished, but few artists could ask for a better final statement. [The 1999 CD reissue adds four previously unreleased live July 1970 recordings: "Tell Mama," "Little Girl Blue," "Try," and "Cry Baby."]
A Pearl of a boxset
Another find on i-tunes. Another boxset at a ridiculous good price. If you haven't heard of Janice Joplin before or if you are into great female singers then look no further - you just can't go wrong. A powerhouse of a voice with great songs to match. Take a chance - you will not be disappointed!
This used to be £6.99 until someone said it goes for £29.99 elsewhere. I don't mind paying for my music but this is ridiculous.
One of the best value items on offer in iTunes. £6.99! Are they having a laugh?! Expect to pay £30 or more elsewhere. No need to comment on the music: accepted throughout the Western world as being the most essential music ever made, other than Take That.
Born: 19 January 1943 in Port Arthur, TX
Years Active: '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Janis Joplin
||Mercedes Benz||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||1:45||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Me and Bobby McGee||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||4:29||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Piece of My Heart||The Essential Janis Joplin||4:14||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cry Baby||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||3:56||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Summertime||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||3:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Try (Just a Little Harder)||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||3:55||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Me and Bobby McGee||Be My Baby||4:30||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Maybe||Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits||3:39||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Me and Bobby McGee||Piece of My Heart - The Collection||4:30||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mercedes Benz||Pearl (Legacy Edition)||1:47||£0.99||View In iTunes|