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The Pearl Sessions

by Janis Joplin

The Pearl Sessions by Janis Joplin

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The Pearl Sessions

by Janis Joplin

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Label: Columbia/Legacy
Though it can be argued Janis never released a classic album, Pearl comes close. Gone are both Big Brother's psychedelia and the sonic excess of Kozmic Blues; in their place is an earthy blend of boogie, hard rock and R&B. It's obvious this is the most comfortable the singer ever felt in the studio. That said, her ragged voice was clearly buckling under the myriad stresses that come with intense liquor/drug use. The peak, of course, is her uncharacteristically subtle "Me and Bobby McGee." This Sessions version contains outtakes and demos revealing Joplin's freewheeling approach to recording.

About This Album

Though it can be argued Janis never released a classic album, Pearl comes close. Gone are both Big Brother's psychedelia and the sonic excess of Kozmic Blues; in their place is an earthy blend of boogie, hard rock and R&B. It's obvious this is the most comfortable the singer ever felt in the studio. That said, her ragged voice was clearly buckling under the myriad stresses that come with intense liquor/drug use. The peak, of course, is her uncharacteristically subtle "Me and Bobby McGee." This Sessions version contains outtakes and demos revealing Joplin's freewheeling approach to recording.

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Disc 2

About This Album

Though it can be argued Janis never released a classic album, Pearl comes close. Gone are both Big Brother's psychedelia and the sonic excess of Kozmic Blues; in their place is an earthy blend of boogie, hard rock and R&B. It's obvious this is the most comfortable the singer ever felt in the studio. That said, her ragged voice was clearly buckling under the myriad stresses that come with intense liquor/drug use. The peak, of course, is her uncharacteristically subtle "Me and Bobby McGee." This Sessions version contains outtakes and demos revealing Joplin's freewheeling approach to recording.