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Pearl

Janis Joplin

1971

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Pearl

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3.7

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‘Pearl” by Janis Joplin (1971) Very familiar with this album and artist. It will be a struggle here to focus on this album as an album, simply because there is so much worth saying about Janis Joplin and her times. But here goes: “Pearl” is stellar, even without context. Joplin’s soul soars in this recording, which is, almost incidentally, very well produced and arranged. The songwriting is first rate (only “Move Over” was written solely by Joplin herself), and the instrumentals of the Full Tilt Boogie Band excel. Top notch lead guitar, with some great solo riffs. Elaborate bass lines, always in concert with steady and dynamic drums. Nice colorings on Hammond organ. All very professional. But the chief topic of interest here is the vocal performance by Joplin. Her inimitable tonal characteristics are on full display. She does things with her voice that literally no one else can do. Tightly disciplined yet delicate trills. Effortless execution of singing two pitches simultaneously (e.g., hear the first word of “Cry Baby”! I actually did). Dynamic variation as an art form in itself. Listen to the constant interplay between the soft and the loud on “Me and Bobby McGee”. Few singers (or listeners) pay attention to that nowadays. There’s only one way to articulate the line “Windshield wipers slappin’ time”, and it’s the way Janis Joplin does it, though others have tried. Here we’re treated to Joplin’s prodigious range and exemplary pitch control, with vibrato that is customized for each phrase. Moreover, none of her vocal stylings are affected or artificial. It’s as if each song has been internalized, and thus it springs from her soul with minimal interference by her considerable physical singing tools. Listen for what’s going on beneath her breathing, vocal cords, oral and nasal cavities, and phonetic mechanisms. It’s passion. And passion rules over the body as the sound comes out. It’s not just ‘singing the blues’. It’s the blues emerging as song. Her frequent exclamations and extra-lyrical flourishes are not contrived. They seem unrehearsed. She is feeling, and we have the privilege of hearing what her feelings sound like. There is a maternal aspect to her singing. Mom can scold, comfort, rage, caress, and lament with abandon. So does Janis Joplin. But also, there’s plenty of eroticism—of a kind that is not bound by constructs like identity or even gender. It’s lust without heavy moral overtones. I’ll resist the urge to be more specific. This album is superb work of art. Recommend on every level. 5/5

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Janis is a tiger shooting firecrackers. What an excellent, punchy, and fiery set of songs.

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She is a talented singer but this is the exact music your least fave aunt loves

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meh

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Janis Joplin is, hands down, top 5 coolest artist ever. This, being smoother and more polished than her previous work, is her at the top of her career.

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5

What an excellent album, and yet a desperately sad one. She was just a kid. Such a tragedy.

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Janis is a favorite. Bluesy, jammy, rock-n-roll with one of America’s best voices. She conveys love and torture and hope all at the same time. Backing band is great but doesn’t overshadow the star of the show. Also have a soft spot for “Me and Bobby McGee” because it won us a round of drinks at Silky O’Sullivan’s bar on Beale Street on my 40th birthday. American classic, and sad member of the 27 club...

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Sexy and the voice of a chain smoking angel.

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Today I'm listening to Pearl by Janis Joplin and released in 1971. I remember being introduced to Janis Joplin by my sister when I was starting to devour good music in my late teens. And this was done by sitting and listening to Me and Bobby McGee over and over again. Then Piece of My Heart became a big deal to me. I've never actually listened to any of her albums. Another in a long line of greatest hits artists I've enjoyed. I'm definitely enjoying this album, and that voice is towering and unique and full of feeling as always. And like other albums, hearing Me and Bobby McGee just roll out of the speakers is a lovely experience. It makes me think of road tripping in the 60s with Kris Kristofferson. It's the best feeling I can imagine right now. This is all tinged with sadness of what could have been had Janis not been part of the 27 year-old rock start death club.

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Honest, raw and polished in equal measure. A good listen.

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Fuck Janis Joplin is crusty. You can smell the stains on her fingers just looking at the cover. Singing is pretty impressive (especially considering all the drugs and ciggies), but wears out its welcome kinda quick. Music isn't too bad, just average rock of the time. 2.5/5.

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Yeah it’s good but I can’t listen to her song for more than a minute or two.

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Really, really good. Makes you want to take a star off everything else to make it look better still.

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Très sympa

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5

Great album!

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Großartig. Kannte ich bis auf 'Booby McGee' und 'Mercedes Benz' natürlich wieder nicht. Wahnsinn.

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Holy Shiitttt!!! Legend

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Amazing.

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Voz incrivel, musicas boas!

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Classic Janis.

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What a voice

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uma deusa uma louca

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5

Excelente, Janis inigualável

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5

Some great, classic songs here

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klasika, 5/5

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I've been a fan ever since I was little. Both my parents are huge fans so the you have it. When I found that Bobby Mcgee has her greatest hit couldn't believe it! then I found out that Janis had quite more than I believed. this is an awsome and gorgeous record. Cry baby always tears my heart. Thank you Janis for your work

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very nice listen, reminds me of simpler times and drugs. lots of drugs.

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Great album.

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Fabuloso. I and Bobby McGee es increíblemente buena canción.

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great album, makes me wish I was around in the 60s

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What a voice! Blues rock genius released after she died. What a waste...: Best Tracks: Move Over, Half Moon, Me and Bobby McGee

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Jantastic. Jop of the Pops

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What a voice!

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SOUUULLL!

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Day-um.

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Really enjoyed it

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This album is pure GOLD. She’s incredible

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i loved mercedes benz and the opening track. really good

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When I bought my first iPod back in 2005, this was the first album I downloaded and basked in the irony of listening to “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedez Benz” on the then biggest symbol of conspicuous consumption. Anyways, I love this album so much. Janis’s voice is just one of the most powerful forces on earth. Favourite track: “A Woman Left Lonely”

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Loved it.

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just great

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Nice

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Janice has a great blues voice. A Woman Left Lonely is a wild tune, transcending the genre. Half Moon Comes in with this funk rock intro and I'm all for it. Wow what a back half of an album.

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Certified 5 stars. RIP to the goat

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Janis Joplin was a troubled person that left us way too early. She bared herself and put it all out when she sang. Very soulful and heartfelt album. 5 all the way on this one.

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Great. Jazzy but heavy at times. Love it.

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This was an amazing album. Loved it

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Awesome album

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Love this album, love Janis. I can’t believe I haven’t listened to this album before.

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Classic. 5/5

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This is a HEAVY ROTATION album in the Spence house. Her voice. Jesus. And the band is so damn good. I remember one time an 80's hair band shredder that I worked with at a guitar shop said something like "Yes, Janis is a great singer. You'd think she would've had a decent band that was at least proficient..." F-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-uck you! This band has it all. Technical chops, feel, groove, psychedelia. I love this record and it really bums me out that Janis was in a better place when this record was made and had plans to be on the up-and-up, given her past addictions. It's a sad story. She was treated horribly as a kid in Texas. Lots of self medicating happening. Which is interesting because her voice and songs are like medicine, in a way.

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The most iconic blues of the women blues.

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Forget the Beatles, This is the sound of the 60s.

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Awesome

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I love this album. All of my favorite Janis songs are on here.

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PEARL A beautiful, precious, little gem from the sea (where Janis Joplin - oh! such a powerful voice! - rests now). I don't even know who Janis Joplin is, but this posthumous album blew my mind. Just a standard soul album, but with a great band and a passionate voice. The Full Tilt Boogie Band's performance slaps. Setting aside the haunting context of "Buried Alive in the Blues" (what an ironic title), the band's bluesy beats here are irresistibly moving, not undermining the energy of the rest of the album. Her voice is of course, incredible. This album is a great showcase of her voice's vigor (perhaps not, but the empty space in "Buried Alive in the Blues" might give us an idea of what more she could possibly achieve). It's a lasting final statement. It's possibly one of the best soul albums of all time. It's a pearl.

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"I can't take it no more baby And furthermore, I don't intend to" (Move over) "You said you'd try to look for the end of the road You might find out later that the road'll end in Detroit" (Cry baby) Ojalá molar alguna vez la mitad de lo que molaba Janis Joplin <3

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I have never really listened to a Janis Joplin album before, strangely enough. I knew some of the 'hits,' but nothing really more than that. I now know I was missing out. This rocks!

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FIVE STARS An all-time classic As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review here, because others have already written wonderful stuff about this record and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. This album is just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 994 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 1 (starting with this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 4 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 3 ]

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I probably have heard this album in my youth. My dad was a big fan of Janis Joplin. I was probably a little young for this music, though, and I haven’t really listened to any Janis Joplin other than the occasional song heard on the radio. As I grew older I kept thinking I should change that but never got around to it. I’m very excited to listen to it now. This album is incredible. “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz” I knew well going in to this, but those incredible songs barely scratch the surface of this album’s contents. From start to finish it is hard to fathom how a person can put so much into these songs. They are powerful. They are emotional, they are incredible, they are fun! I teared up on several occasions. How could you not during “A Woman Left Lonely?” There is incredible exuberance captured on this album and I can’t help but feel happy hearing songs like “Half Moon.” But could there be a sadder moment than “Buried Alive in the Blues?” Such a funky song. Such a sad song. Maybe the bitterest sweet as I listened and never heard her voice as she died before it was completed. I was quite glad that the writer of the song turned down the request to have him perform the vocals on it in tribute. The song sits in the middle of the album in sad tribute to the loss of an incredible performer. How about that album cover?! That smile. That drink. Those feathers. Such great spirit captured by that image. Fortunately we have Janis Joplin’s incredible music to give us a little of that today.

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5

Its only flaw is that it is too short. Power, vocal agility, and so fucking much heart.

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5

I was already very familiar with about half of this album and the rest was filled with newly discovered gems.

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This really felt like a personal experience with Janis Joplin. This is a voice that's raw and real. I listened over and over today.

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I grew up with my parents listening to that album. It's great!

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cool

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Prachtige stem. Topalbum van een vrouw die veel te vroeg is komen te gaan

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Excellent. Love her energy and her songs are fantastic

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Amazing, startling, arresting, wonderful, complex, emotional, and brilliant.

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Ah Janis, 3rd member of the 27 Club, whats not to love about the co-star of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel" Her perfectly raw blues voice was a gem of the 60's and an inspiration to so many. Favourite tracks on Pearl have got to be "Mercedes Benz" "Me And Bobby McGee" and "Get It While You Can" A great album which is rightfully on the list imho

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3.5 - a few I haven't heard and I liked

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ayo

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7.5/10 F.T.: Me and Bobby McGee

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Joplin's distinct voice really makes this record. It's fun, exuberant, and loaded with some phenomenal instrumentals (see opener "Move Over"). Shame we lost her so young, seems like she'd be a lot of fun to see live. Favorite tracks: "Move Over", "Cry Baby"

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4

Never really dug her stuff before but pleasantly surprised to like this album

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Actually a surprisingly enjoyable listen

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Sings with such soul that you dont see today. Very good, classic rock vibes with soul.

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Greatest voice of all time? Almost every song is good, the great ones completely overshadow the not so great. The great ones really take advantage of her range and voice and passion. The hoarsness comes through and it feels so real. Some songs reminded me of Dylan in that they start calm and collected and eventually end in a very different way. The passion is always there in the background and it's just waiting to come out (for Dylan it's the harmonica, for Joplin it's her voice). Trust Me is probs my favorite, but the first two and last one are great as well.

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Me and Bobby McGee like this album!! Rock on

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Me and my bobbyyyy mcgee!! I'll give it a few more listens, but I'll definitely listen to other albums from her, she's good.

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Not everything was 100% for me, but it was all still really good. 4-4.5/5

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Great!

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Great album to end a career on honestly.

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One of the best Posthumous albums

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This Lady was special. You really feel it when she sings. Sad how things turned out for her. Would have been a bright career after this album.

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her voice is a powerhouse. she joined blues and rock so well, and there are a few classics on this one.

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Really, really good. That voice. And as always, fuck heroin.

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2 perfect songs. The rest is also great. 4.5

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What is this, classics week? Back to back 27 Club legends. I'm familiar with a few Janis Joplin songs, but haven't heard an album. This posthumous release contains my favorite song by far, "Me and Bobby McGee." She had such a unique, gravelly voice that lends itself perfectly to the sort of blues-rock styles explored here. Short and sweet, with very few songs that don't hit for me. This is another one that I can't give a perfect rating today, but it could definitely rise to that level. Fantastic album all the way through. Favorite tracks: Me and Bobby McGee, Trust Me, A Woman Left Lonely, My Baby, Get It While You Can. Album art: Portraits like this aren't usually my thing, but for a posthumous album I think it's great. It's tender without compromising her free-wheeling image. The framing is excellent as well. 4.5/5

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Really good overall - Mercedes Benz was a beautiful song, especially just having acapella

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Never listened to much Joplin, and was shocked that she really only put out two albums based her huge cultural influence! Better throughout than I expected, and definitely full of bluesy 60's hippie style...even for coming out early 70s

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Her voice...

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La inconfundible voz rasgada de Janis Joplin y la composición musical de los temas del álbum, hacen que este disco sea una buena escucha.

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Classic! Somehow my GF hated it. Led to some fun arguments.

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Good. Janis added to my collection. I’ll give this some more time.

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4

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That voice!

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4/5

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Blues rock songs sung increadibly soulfully with a great and unique voice. 'Me and Bobby McGee' seemed a bit out of place, having all the usual country music tropes. Seems a shame that this was her biggest hit when everything else was on here is very different and much better. Overall a really good album.

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Me and Bobby McGee y Mercedes Benz ya justifican todas las estrellas que le quieras poner.

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Classic

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i liked it

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you can hear the unadulterated passion in her voice. very powerful

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Spensierato e tormentato. Sussurrato e urlato.

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4

Very good album. Really enjoyable listening

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Very enjoyable album, great voice!

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muito bom

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4

Was good, might return to it.

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Really lovely.

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Good afternoon music to play in the background.

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Great album. She has a powerful voice, and the songs have really good instrumentals

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this was my first time listening to this album in its entirety! prior to this i had only heard "me and bobby mcgee" (my personal favorite). i also vaguely remember my confirmation teacher ranting about "mercedes benz" and me subsequently losing my mind at the absurdity of it all. that's how you know janis is an icon. i was initially introduced to her when i heard "piece of my heart" and watched her performance in the woodstock documentary. nothing compares to the sound of this woman's voice!!! she was truly a gem. or should i say, pearl.

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what a woman

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Confirma a importância de se escutar a sequência das músicas que forma o álbum e não apenas os hits separados.

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timeless raw and heartbreaking posthumous albums rarely hit so hard.

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Tremendo trip

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4

Way better and more polished than I was expecting. Some brilliant songs on it like half moon, all are decent. Giving 3.5 rounded up to 4.

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So soulful and expressive. Feels deeply heartfelt. Would've been intense to see live.

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A solid album that showcases the best of Janis

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Classic. What a voice. What passion. No one did it better.

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Great voice, decent lyrics

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Good album

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Good album. Great to listen to at the end of a busy day

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By far Janis's most refined album. I think the rawness of Big Brother suites her voice more, but this was a really good album

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Bekende naam van het nummer Mercedes Benz, wat ook op dit album staat (zonder muziek), maar verder geen idee wat te verwachten. Klinkt beter dan verwacht! Vooral de nummers "Try" en "Cry Baby" zijn geweldig!! ****

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Pleasantly surprised. Lotta soul. Lotta funk. 4.5.

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Enjoyed more than expected.

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4.5 Great voice, great band. Good songs. Tragic that this was her last album.

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This sounds like a performer at the top of her craft. Sadly we never got to find out where she would go from here. She was one of a kind and this album is a great testament to her brilliance. 4 stars.

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Great album. My review is tainted slightly by my own ignorance. I always though of Janis Joplin as a singer/songwriter/musician - come to find out she didn't write any of these songs and only played guitar on one (Me and Bobby McGee). Still - I'm tasked with rating the album, not my preconceived notions of a single artist. To that end - the songs are great, but made great by Joplin's vocals. Sung by anyone else, I don't think they'd land as well. The music is just sloppy enough to match her rough vocal style. Get it While You Can is a standout track - even with the more iconic songs on this album.

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4

This was really good.

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Janis is so special in personality and as a vocal presence. The music actually dragged this album down a bit.

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blues rock

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Only knew Mercedes Benz and Bobby McGee before. Didn’t expect to enjoy this so much - straight into regular rotation.

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Oh this was just superb! Absolutely loved it.

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A really fun listen, if a little one-note. 8/10

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8/10 overall a nice listen. good songwriting, but sometimes the vocal performance got a little over the top for me.

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Janis's voice is so distinctive, and she sings with so much soul and emotion. I don't intentionally listen to blues very often, but I enjoyed the entire album from beginning to the end. Favourite songs: Cry Baby, A Woman Left Lonely, Mercedes Benz

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I liked this one a lot more than I expected to again. The beginning was a little slow and I wasn't sure about it, but the background piano in Half Moon and Buried Alive in the Blues was really cool. Blues scales in general sound really good if they're done right, and this was definitely done right. Honestly I'd give all 3 albums so far a 3.5/5, which might be saying something about me? Idk. I gave both of them a 4, so I guess I'm rounding up

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Well produced.

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Un dels millors discos pòstums de la història, juntament amb el del seu amic Jimi Hendrix. I una pena que el seu millor disc es publiqués un cop morta, perquè ens fa preguntar-nos quin hauria estat el seu sostre creatiu. Sigui com sigui, tot un manual de blues i rock d'alt octanatge per deixar enrera els temps hippies i donar la benvinguda a la década del rock. Una llàstima que els seus ulls no la veiessin i disfrutessin

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Soul very

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Really enjoyed this album. The vocals are incredible and the uniqueness of her voice really shines over the cool instrumentals. 7.5/10

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Not generally what I'd listen to but undeniably brilliant.

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Watch a monster vocalist show the world how it should be done. Raw, energetic, Joplin is backed by an incredible blues rock band that matches her powerful vocals.

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3.8 - excellent listen. Powerful blues, unique voice. Her cover of Me and Bobby McGee is one of the best songs of all-time.

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Listening to this a little tired & hungover on the first day of Jan. Slip joints into the mix for the perfect combo. Not quite the gusto in the voice of the previous album by JJ, but powerful nonetheless

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Good shit

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Janis doesn’t do much for me but I can’t deny the power and charisma

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Very 60s sounding. I don't think I've ever heard it but liked it a lot better than I expected. An amazing voice and some pretty strong songs

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Cry Baby ist schon eine gute Nummer. Ist halt ein richtiger Klassiker, das Album. Und kann mir gut vorstellen dass das zu der Zeit echt richtig reingehauen hat.

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Janis, ó Janis. Snilld.

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Can't help but thinking when Leonard Cohen got the blowjob and how it was to write such a famous song about it.

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8/10

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Enjoyed this. Certainly a unique voice. Drags towards the end.

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Love Move On and Me & Bobby McGee

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alveg fín

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Pretty good! Certainly glad I listened to it. I'll probably go back to at least a couple of the songs at some point. "Half Moon"" was my favorite of the tracks. I also really liked Janis Joplin's voice, though I would understand if somebody else told me that they didn't.

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4

Very bluesy and way better than expected. I was only mildly familiar with Janis Joplin’s most popular hits, so this was a pleasant surprise. I’ll add this to my rotation.

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Mercedes Benz might be the worst song that I love...

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A candidate for the greatest singer of the early 70s. This is her most polished album, full of instant hits that it's a crime only two of them are modern radio staples. It's not just her powerful voice, full of raunch and passion, but the full bluesy instrumentation that energizes every line she puts in. The fast-pace ensures there's always something happening in these songs. I'm really glad "Buried Alive in the Blues" exists to back up my claim that it's not just Joplin that makes this album amazing, but it's when they combine forces when they become something else entirely. I liked how the beginning of that track sounded like the start of a 70s sitcom intro. I'll for sure be coming back to this album, probably as much as Carole King's Tapestry.

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Would probably give it a 3.5, but I'll round up to 4

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Nunca tinha ouvido de faixa a faixa o Pearl, embora conhecesse boa parte das canções. é do disco, inclusive, minha favorita da JJ, "Me and Bobby McGee"

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4

It is a banger, Enjoyable listening, What an awesome voice. 8/10

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Somehow I'd never heard her before, but she's got a unique voice paired with intelligent lyrics.

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There is no doubting Janis Joplin's vocal talents but I feel it was a shame she never got the time to write more of her own songs. For this album to have been released a few months after her death containing the song Mercedes Benz which she only recorded 3 days prior to her death is nothing short of a travisty. I have watched a few documentaries about her short life and I do feel this album could have been somewhat better but for her untimely death. She certainly was a force of nature and her vocal range was astounding. I enjoyed this album from an historic experience. What a chanter!

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Really good

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OK, this is one you will always see in a bargain bin at a record store. Can’t say I’ve listened to it in its entirety, I’m wondering what big Janis hits are on this one. Will definitely listen to it and report back! EDIT: pretty good record, has a lot of Janis’s big hits. But it’s that kind of standard late 60s early 70s blues rock stuff a la Paul Butterfield, John Mayall, etc. miss Joplin had a huge voice and even bigger spirit and is probably the first huge female rockstar.

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Full of energized instrumental performances that are steeped in blues rock, with plenty of moving parts and intrusions from new timbres. All of this is of course overshadowed by Janis' amazingly distinctive voice and her scorching performance on this record. While she's obviously a talented singer when it comes to hitting notices and doing quick runs, the beauty of her vocals are the rugged imperfections imperfections that fit middle america blues rock like a glove.

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Love how versatile her voice is - that raspy edge giving songs extra power in their emotion when she powers it up, but then evoking something almost forlorn when the instrumentals soften and the music slows (heard especially in the all-vocal "Mercedes Benz" and the gentle introduction to "Trust Me"). just a powerful range shown here. I think I'll need to do another listen to really distinguish between songs, but a very enjoyable first listen-through.

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Great songs. Great performances. RIP Janis. Gone too soon.

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Great album- Me and Bobby McGee is a classic. I don't think I'd heard any of the other songs before, but they're also very good. Joplin's voice is great, and the backing tracks are all tight throughout. I'll be putting Me and Bobby McGee and Piece of My Heart on some of my playlists now.

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good album liked mercedes benz

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Love this. Have always known a few of the songs, but thisnis the first time i have listened to a JJ album right through. Cool music and suits many different moods.

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The strange thing here is that Janis Joplin's reputation is often staked on her R&B prowess, but I think her best performances here are on 'Me and Bobby McGee' (country) and 'Trust Me' (soul ballad). When the band gets hot she pushes herself to match the energy and I'm not sure I like the results quite as much. Still, this is a great collection - production is crisp, the execution is on point and I even like the instrumental track. Sad that this was Joplin's final testament, as there are hints as to what could have been.

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It's a great, physical Roch album. Joplin's voice is incredible, a one off, and the songs fit her very well. Cry Baby and Mercedes Benz are the obvious classics, but everything on there has a bit of that classic/psych/garage rock feel that feels perfectly East US at a particular point. The only disappointing bits are where she takes a back seat and allows a bit of excess noodling from the band, which sucks some of the pace and energy out of the affair.

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Achingly good

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Can’t go wrong with Janis Joplin. I like her work with Big Brother and the Holding Company better, but this is solid

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A solid 4-star album, with a couple of 5-star songs.

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Yo! Great album!

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Herranjestas miten hyvin tämmönen belttaus ja sähköurut toimii, ainoa miinus on ehkä pieni itsensä toistaminen. 4/5.

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A great album from Joplin.

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Un disco con picos muy altos. Otra voz así no ha habido.

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Sad it's her last album. Such a voice. Such a woman! (7/10) FT: Cry Baby, Me and Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, Get It While You Can

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Good, nice bluesy tracks. Great organ and vocals. A few classics and a few ok tracks .

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Solid LP and great work by Janis. Side 2 is much better and has higher stakes than side 1.

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Not a great deal to say about this - it's a classic blues album by an artist gone too soon.

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just buy her a fucking mercedes benz already. this was a lot better than i was expecting. for some unknown reason i always thought janis joplin was a hippy flower girl so never bothered to listen to her. she can wail.

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Too rocky for me

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This shit was fun as hell. Just not enough stand outs. Funky though.

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There are parts of this album that I like a lot, but I've never been overly fond of Janis Joplin's style, and it grates on me after a while despite some of the other really enjoyable stuff. I would listen again, but it wouldn't be something for which I'd reach.

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Pretty alright. Had honestly never heard of Janis Joplin before. Dunno if I'd listen again, but didn't dislike it.

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Love the overall tone and style of the album, feels like I’m in Nashville with a band jamming out. The main highlight of the album is the band that backs Janis, they are highly talented shown in the track ‘Buried Alive in The Blues’. They were strong throughout even on slower tracks like ‘A Woman Left Lonely’. This album has a lot of vibes from Jimi Hendrix to The Doors, it makes the album fun. The worst part of the album was Janis Joplin herself her vocal capability was mixed throughout it shows on the worst part of the album ‘Mercedes Benz’. Overall, I believe that Janis Joplin could be replaced and I’m interested to research if they stuck together or worked with other artists.

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Neat

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Forgot how much I loved this one!!

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twas aight

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Heerlijk album met meerdere bekende nummers. Wil ik eigenlijk nog wel op lp.

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Not really my kind of music

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Ordinary

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Nice album too much soul for me

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A timeless classic, full of soul, 60's R&B and even funk. I'm not the biggest fan of Joplin, but I'd give this one another go. The playing is superb.

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Pearl Jamis Joplin

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Janis has such a powerful voice but her style of music is not something I'm a huge fan of. I could listen to it if I was at a cook out or something but just for fun, I wouldn't chose it. Me and Bobby McGee is a classic and a few others I liked such as Cry Baby.

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Ok

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not bad, avg blues rock, great gravelly voice and solid musicianship

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Asså inget märkvärdigt, inte dåligt heller, det blir 3/5

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Really enjoyable - only got one listen in background so need to go back

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Great voice but all very samey.

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Loved this album... to bad she made some bad choices

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Pretty solid

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It was July '72 and I was 10 years old, me and my kid sister were spending the summer at our aunt's house upstate New York. I just remember trees, fields and long evenings spent on the front porch swing, singing along to Janis Joplin while the smell of huckleberry hot cakes filled the air.

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Good album, good guitarist!

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This is great to listen to driving around in the car with my windows down. Not as great sitting at my computer trying to work lol.

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Felt very gospel-y

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A good album, after having only ever heard of Janis, but not what her music sounded like, it was almost a surprise in listening to it. A lot Blues-ier than I thought. Can see how her music will have influenced many that came after her. Best: Cry Baby, Mercedes Benz Worst: My Baby, Trust me

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Janis Joplin is famous for dying before her times. She has a unique voice that doesn’t hold back. Some of the songs on this album are great. Bobby McGee is a classic. Overall it’s pretty good. 6.7/10

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Complessivamente non mi ha fatto impazzire ma un paio di canzoni mi sono piaciute

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A bit hit and miss. One or two recognisable classics

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I can appreciate Janis Joplin but it's not my style. Sounds pretty though.

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Hard to deny that this is good, but I just don't like JJ's music much. Part of it is her voice, and part of it is that it's the quintessential, I don't know, music to do cocaine to? Interested in seeing some live performance footage, I feel like I would appreciate her more that way.

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A great voice and nice bluesy-rock tracks. Liked it a lot. Though its quite clearly the covers and songs written by other people are the strongest songs - bobby mcgee, trust me

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HEEYYY YEEAAAHHH

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1971: Cry Baby, Me and Bobby McGee

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5.5

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Overrated

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Brilliant, first time listening to the album in full. Raw, funky, bluesy. What a voice!

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*Mercedes-Benz *Cry Baby

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She has an great voice, some of the tracks are a bit shit though, starts strong and falls off from there

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It was a good album. I still really dislike the Mercedes Benz song.

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One of the voices of the 60's - instantly recognisable and some of the best known songs of the era. Not sure how well it's aged, but certainly worthy of inclusion.

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5/10. Bobby McGee is iconic, the rest is largely forgettable.

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It was okay.

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Favorites: Cry Baby, Move Over Pretty standard stuff in here. Janis Joplin was and still remains an big figure of the 1970s. Most of the songs in this album convey that very well. Lots of 70s sound. I don't know, there's really not much to say. Nothing really stood out to me, but I didn't dislike it.

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Lies sich gut beim aufsetzen des Bullet Journals hören. Harmonisch/Organisch? 3,5/5

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Good! but again, I think the 70s aren't quite my thing despite appreciating the quality.

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cry baby, buried alive in the blues, my baby, mercedes benz- her voice is striking. powerful. raw asf, i love it!

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2 or 3 greats songs. The rest were fine

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Pretty nice blues. Not as good as her debut. 6/10

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Muy lento, no me gusto.

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Sie singt gut. Mercedes Benz kann ich nicht hören

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For some reason I thought I'd hate this but it was pretty good

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This is the first album I've gotten so far by a woman. I really like how interesting Janice's voice is. Favorite: Me and Bobby McGee

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Amazing voice but it all sounds a bit samey to me.

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Ok

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3, I originally heard this as a live cover and it was butchered, so the recorded album was better than expected

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Enjoyed

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Wow, this is so much better than Cheap Thrills! It's like night and day for me. Still not my favourite style, but there's much more to appreciate here. The band is super tight, the production is really crisp, the songwriting is really solid, and there's nary an extended blues jam in sight. And how about that runtime? A lean 33 minutes with a lot of variety in store. Pearl feels like a really well-crafted document of Joplin's appeal. It's so much more mature, unique, and self-assured. Given this was her last album, it really makes me wonder where she would have gone from here. Favourite tracks: Trust Me, Cry Baby, Me and Bobby McGee

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Joplin's soulful vocal performance on Pearl is undeniable. The songwriting is pretty average early 70s blues, but Joplin and her band elevate it to something that can really connect you to how she's feeling. Also, there aren't any extended tracks on this album, so Pearl never overstays its welcome. Fav Tracks: A Woman Left Lonely, Trust Me and Cry Baby

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This is the Janis that I came to know and appreciate, not as sloppy as her earlier music. Some people prefer her more unrestrained singing but this album shows how Janis grew into an artist that had much more control over her voice (making it much more impactful), style, and output, much more refined. It was still not my favorite music then, or now, but it pulled me in enough to enjoy her work on Pearl. The band is great and production is good. Most of the songs are solid ("Move Over", "Cry Baby") with favorites being "Me & Bobby McGee", "Trust Me" and I can't resist "Mercedes Benz" having hear it so frequently on radio during that time. 3 Stars

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Hit or miss. Mercedes Benz was a real throwaway track.

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2/15/22

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thought i was going to like her more, was expecting something rockier. sad story reading about her life

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never realised she had such a good voice.

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Last Joplin unfinished work.

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Easy loving man

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I really go back and forth on this one. There are a few songs on here that work for me - Cry Baby, Me and Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz. And she's got the personality that's pretty unmistakable. She's sort of the other side of the coin with Joe Cocker, maybe? I like all the energy. Some of the songs are indelible. But it's also not something I really reach for. There's something that seems a little put on or something that I don't love.

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Echt behoorlijk ok! Zelfs met een corona-hoofd kon ik dit goed hebben.

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Tof om een keer te horen. Mooie rauwe stem.

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Prrrrrrrrima plaatje van Janis!

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Some powerful songs sung with emotion. Sounds quite dated now but worth a listen at least once a year.

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Not my fave

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Kova solisti ja muutenkin toimivaa musaa. Vahva 3/5.

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Sata kertaa kuunneltu rupee jo vähän tökkii. Paikoitellen hauska. 3/5

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Whoah. Hard to say much about this. It's true that every song is like an emotional rollercoaster and you've got to be in the mood for the ride. Her passion, energy and voice are legendary but it really feels dated. Not sure why.

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It was fine

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I don't much like her voice. Over-hyped in my view.

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Like an American high school massacre

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Sorry, I know she is a legend and shit, but man, her voice is pretty grating. Great guitar work though

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It was good but really not me

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Appreciated but not enjoyed.

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Not sure I am going to make it through this without forwarding . . . "Get It While You Can," the closing track, is my favorite.

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She has passion and that blues energy. Credit there. And the story/feeling of the songs are fine. But i really find her voice repelling, and i just can't say that i want to listen to any of these songs ever again.

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Int bängeri. ett par ok sånger men int någå att hänga i julgranen

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She shows great range, and the lyrics are reminiscent of Dylan. I'm likely to listen to once a year.

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She’s talented but the laziest recording engineers I have heard so far ruin anything.

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Nothing special. Best track: Buried Alive in the Blues

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One song composed by Bobby Womack which is good, the rest gives me zero emotions.

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Great voice, poor songs. Starts well enough but found it pretty tedious to get through. Won’t revisit.

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Talented musician, there is no doubt there. I can see the appeal she would have, but honestly I have to say that a lot of the songs were a bit hard on the ears. 2/5 stars because there were a couple of songs I liked.

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Don’t get the hype.

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Нет. Не самый популярный альбом в стиле конца 60-х, начала 70-х. Не зацепил вообще.

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такое

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Just...not my thing.

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Det är en väldigt trevlig röst att ha i öronen. Trots att den är rispig och inte mjuk som den traditionella(?) rösten kanske ofta är. Gällande albumets kvalite är det genomgående helt okej. Men det är inget som triggas igång inom mig när jag hör det. Utan bara en känsla av det är håller och att jag inte har något emot att lyssna på det. Jag upplever att några av de alternativa versionerna är intressantare. Det händer lite mer, det är lite mer utsvingningar och lite mer vågat. Det är väl ofta fallet med album dock, att man vill nå ut till massan och genom det så tar man inte så mycket risk med de vanliga studioversionerna. Jag tror med andra ord att det skulle trigga igång mer saker i mig om det var live.

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I know it's not a popular opinion, but I don't like this. She's okay, but not much more than that and this has the twangy 70s sound I dislike more the more often I hear it.

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The songs were all very similar, there was some nice guitar, but the album was forgettable. The one song that was just her singing was stupid and another one of her songs she sounded like she just finished smoking. Not a fan.

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Listen to like half of it, not bad but very much not my thing.

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Good voice ugly cow though

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girl power

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Phu, damit tu ich mir einfach schwer. Is sicher mal super gewesen, aber zipft mich einfach an...sorry janis

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Su voz es única, tiene coherencia, pero no es algo muy inmortal en el tiempo. Te tiene que gustar ese tipo de música para poder disfrutarlo más.

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Puh… Nervt. 1.7

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Kind of OK

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Grating doesn't begin to describe it, this voice could shred rocks. I admire the vibe and feeling, but still feels a little like Amy Winehouse or another soul music recycler, a bit hallow like why are you so upset again?

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nah fam

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Not for me

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Ik kon het gekras van Janis niet zo goed hebben gisteren.

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Yeah. Having this after led Zeppelin makes me keen to hear something more complex than old blues rock. Janis can sing though.

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I actually can't stand Joplin's voice and was not a fan of this album or her music. She sings like an old lady. 5/10.

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I am sure her voice is technically excellent but it is far too much for me to listen to for more than a couple of songs.

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This reminded me of the time I was found shagging a watermelon in the bathroom of a Wagamamas.

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soy muy poco fan de janis joplin, su voz me molesta bien cabrón y la música se me hace malona.

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I hate her voice.

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Such a distinctive voice...Ms Janis. Liked a few songs but not my favorite music for a whole album

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Solo puedo destacar la gran voz, es un estilo que se me queda muy anticuado, género muy quemado, no se que sacar de interesante

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The voice grates on me so much that I found this unlistenable! Soz Janis!!

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Je veux pas ecouter de Janis Joplin

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Great. Love it

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