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40 Years Gone – Janis Joplin

It is 40 years ago today since the tragic death of Janis Joplin.

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger.

She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Pearl was the fourth and final album by Janis Joplin, released on February 1, 1971—four months after her death from a heroin overdose.

It was her first album recorded with Full Tilt Boogie Band.

“Mercedes Benz” – Janis Joplin

The album has a more polished feel than the albums she recorded with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band due to the expertise of producer Paul A. Rothchild and her new backing musicians.

Rothchild was best known as the producer of The Doors, and worked well with Joplin. Together they were able to craft an album that showcased her extraordinary vocal talents. The Full Tilt Boogie were the musicians who accompanied her on the famous Festival Express in the summer of 1970, and many of the songs on this album were introduced on the concert stage in Canada.

Pearl features the hits “Me and Bobby McGee,” (commercially released with “Half Moon”, another album cut, on the flipside) written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, and “Move Over,” which she penned herself. Joplin sings on all of the tracks except for “Buried Alive in the Blues”, which remained an instrumental because Janis died before being able to add her vocals. The recording sessions, which began in early September, ended with Joplin’s untimely death on October 4, 1970. The iconic album cover shows Joplin reclining on her Victorian loveseat with a drink in her hand, conveying that this is Janis Joplin as she really is.

Track listing

“Move Over” (Janis Joplin) – 3:43

“Cry Baby” (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns) – 3:58

“A Woman Left Lonely” (Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham) – 3:29

“Half Moon” (John Hall, Johanna Hall) – 3:53

“Buried Alive in the Blues” (Nick Gravenites) – 2:29

“My Baby” (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 3:26

“Me and Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster) – 4:33

“Mercedes Benz” (Janis Joplin, Bob Neuwirth, Michael McClure) – 1:48

“Trust Me” (Bobby Womack) – 3:17

“Get It While You Can” (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 3:27

To buy the music of Janis Joplin click HERE

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October 4, 2010 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Old Music, Video |

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