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Editors’ Notes

Pearl is widely considered Janis Joplin's masterpiece. Released posthumously in 1971, it features her work with The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Fans should still hold onto their copies of the 2005 Legacy Edition for the live material that isn't repeated here. However, there's now even more fascinating studio material to savor. Studio chatter from Joplin, producer Paul Rothchild, and her Full Tilt Boogie Band mates provides a telling look at the Joplin psyche, and it spices up the nine previously unreleased studio rehearsals (including muscular workouts of "Get It While You Can" and "Move Over" and alternate versions of "Me and Bobby McGee," "A Woman Left Lonely," and "My Baby"). An explosive hi-octane version of "Tell Mama" and a performance of "Half Moon" from The Dick Cavett Show round off the bonus material. The original album sounds terrific, and the addition of the single versions of many of the album's cuts are just sonically different enough to please rabid fans. 

Customer Reviews

Same songs, Janis's soul from a whole new perspective!

The first CD is all the same Pearl we know and love but the second album... it's amazing! The outtakes show her true soul and flavor as she was working on her masterpiece. A must for fans who want a window into Janis's world in 1970...

Biography

Born: January 19, 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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