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( 1971 ) 2020 EU reissue on 180g LP Janis' Farewell Studio Recordings Sourced from the Original Masters!
(three months after her passing on October 4, 1970), the Paul Rothschild produced Pearl debuted Janis Joplin's final finished studio recordings as we
Release date: 21-06-2020(Originally released in 1971)
2020 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP = Janis' Farewell Studio Recordings Sourced from the Original Masters!
(three months after her passing on October 4, 1970), the Paul Rothschild produced Pearl debuted Janis Joplin's final finished studio recordings as well as intimations of what the influential American country-soul-blues-rock singer was capable of delivering.
Pearl is a smoother, more polished album than anything Janis had achieved previously. Her other great album, Cheap Thrills (with Big Brother...) is a fine record but sloppy in execution. Pearl, conversely is the sound of an artist growing up. The Full Tilt Boogie Band keep her grounded on a song like A Woman Left Lonely which would, in earlier times, have allowed her to become too self-indulgent. Pearl's most famous track - Klris Kristofferson's Me And Bobby McGee - is a song that wouldn't have suited her in 1967, but now her voice delivered it in a near definitive style. Even a track as throwaway as the a capella Mercedes Benz has a warmth that makes one wonder how she would have continued to mature.
A1. Move Over
A2. Cry Baby
A3. A Woman Left Lonely
A4. Half Moon
A5. Buried Alive In The Blues
B1. My Baby
B2. Me And Bobby McGee
B3. Mercedes Benz
B4. Trust Me
B5. Get It While You Can
Designed as the perfect vehicle to showcase her powerful vocals, Janis Joplin's Pearl was released after the singer's death in 1970.
She never got to record the vocals for "Buried Alive In The Blues", but she did manage to create gems such as Kris Kristofferson's "Cry Baby" and "Mercedez Benz" and her signature song "Me And Bobby McGee", which became a posthumous number one hit.
Pearl shows Janis at her best, and leaves the listener wanting more… Audio sourced from the original master tapes and with meticulously recreated artwork!
Extra info: analogue tape source
Label: Sony Legacy
Originally released: 1971
This release: 2012