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Teaming with Doors producer Paul Rothchild, Janis Joplin created a poignant, masterful blend of rock ’n’ roll, soul, blues, and gospel. The sonic thrills hit visceral heights here—from the lilting gospel-blues of “My Baby” and the anti-materialist “Mercedes Benz” to the mournful “A Woman Left Lonely” and Kris Kristofferson’s all-time classic “Me and Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who died before Pearl’s 1971 release, infuses each song, each verse, with the profundity and power of her heroes Bessie Smith and Etta James.

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One of the greatest female rockers of all time. If you are not familiar with her stuff take a few minutes to give these tracks a listen to hear what a real woman rock singer sounds like instead of these pathetic Barbie doll pop singers that dominate popular music these days.

"Pearl" Is More Like A Diamond, Really!

Janis Joplin was proof that a woman could sing rock n'roll, blues, country, and a touch of pop and STILL bring as much energy as any male performer could. Her final album really saw Janis at a cusp in her career that makes one wish that Pearl herself had been alive to watch just how much her talent has inspired not only our parent's generation, but those of us making the transition from youth to young adulthood. Love, pain, and joy is mixed together beautifully to make each song shine, and it's wonderful that the record label put out an EXTENDED album featuring live versions and alternate recoridng takes. "Me and Bobby McGee," "Half Moon," "My Baby," "Cry Baby," and "Move Over" are great tracks for new Janis listeners to start with, but it won't be long before they want the entire album. Thanks for the great music, Janis, whereever you are!

Great Deluxe Edition

I've bought this album on CD and Vinyl and I still purchased this Deluxe Edition for the live concert on the second disc. This album is amazing. Highly recommend any version of it.


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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