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Pearl

Janis Joplin

1971

Pearl

Album Summary

Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released on January 11, 1971, three months after her death on October 4, 1970. It was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

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Rating

3.72

Votes

5470

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

‘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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Tue Dec 01 2020
5

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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Wed May 05 2021
5

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

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

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

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

meh

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

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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Wed May 05 2021
5

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Jantastic. Jop of the Pops

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Sexy and the voice of a chain smoking angel.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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

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Sat Jan 02 2021
2

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Très sympa

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Great album!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Holy Shiitttt!!! Legend

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Amazing.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Voz incrivel, musicas boas!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Classic Janis.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

What a voice

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

uma deusa uma louca

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Excelente, Janis inigualável

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Some great, classic songs here

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

klasika, 5/5

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Great album.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Fabuloso. I and Bobby McGee es increíblemente buena canción.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

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

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

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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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

What a voice!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

SOUUULLL!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Day-um.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Really enjoyed it

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Thu May 20 2021
5

This album is pure GOLD. She’s incredible

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Thu May 06 2021
5

i loved mercedes benz and the opening track. really good

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

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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Thu May 13 2021
5

Loved it.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

just great

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Nice

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

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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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Certified 5 stars. RIP to the goat

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Great. Jazzy but heavy at times. Love it.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

This was an amazing album. Loved it

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Awesome album

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

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

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Classic. 5/5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

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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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

The most iconic blues of the women blues.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Awesome

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

"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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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

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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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

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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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

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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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

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

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Sun Feb 13 2022
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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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

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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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

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

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

cool

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

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

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Janis Joplin is good as always.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Excellent. Love her energy and her songs are fantastic

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Fri May 13 2022
5

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

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Thu May 19 2022
5

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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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Janis Joplin siempre en vinilo. SIEMPRE.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

La Joplin. Vinilazo.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

Raw and authentic as Janis always was, but more polished and tighter than other of her records (especially those with overly loud Big Brother). Lots of winners here, including "Bobby McGee," a classic among classics, and really no losers on either side. There's also a touch of sweetness to these blues that belies the early death.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

An all-time favorite. Tragedy that we lost her so young.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

A mastapiece

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

My wife hates it, I love it - 5/5

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

I skipped the live bits because I'm not a huge fan of live recordings. But other than that a great album. Love Janis Joplin, so this is a great listen. With maybe an exception of only few songs from this album that are just -too country- for my personal taste. Great listen though.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

La Joplin. Vinilazo.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Janis Joplin was a great singer. In this album his better songs are "Move Over", "Cry Baby", "Half Moon", "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Trust Me". In every album she mades there's a hits.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

What a powerful and legendary voice! Proved that woman can rock and make classics for all pub bands to play for the rest of time. Great run time, sounds great, the grooves are amazing.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

10/5….excellent album..became a fan year before she died..wish I had attended a concert…what a voice, gets right in your soul

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

One of a kind talent.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Ah, one of my first albums, definitely one of my favorites!

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

This album made me sad. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because it really is a shame that Joplin died so young. The enthusiasm and soul that she can sing on a track is absolutely unparalleled. I don’t think there was a single song I didn’t enjoy. The opening track “Move Over” is a perfect introduction to the album. The vocals missing “Buried alive in the Blues” is haunting. Then “Me and Bobby McGee” plays like a Dolly Parton song and I love country shift and the lyrics freedoms just another word for nothing left to loose. 5/5

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

Ooh. Power. Not usually into blues, but this is amazing. So sad that she was nit alive to see it released. I always though janis joplin was a folk singer songwriter. I have now been corrected.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

hell yeah, man fuckin amazing - 10/10 she just has such a beautiful, powerful voice I love it

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

All around amazing, have always loved.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Joplin is in top form. Sadly her band can’t keep up with her energy for every song and felt overshadowed during the first two songs. Still a 5 star album.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

First listen. Awesome such a powerful and unique voice.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Shits a bop, definitely added to the album to on collection

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Classic and soulful jewel of the South, infused with R&B, folk and gospel into an unmatched voice. Gone too soon.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Such outstanding music and, of course, the vocal performance by the inimitable Janis is just wonderful. She always draws me in. I do like her other albums, but this one I like in particular because things (the writing, arrangements, performances, recording, all of it) overall seem more clear and well put together. I don't mean that in an over-produced way; I genuinely like the way it all sounds here. I feel like it lets us (or at least me) hear much better just how incredible she is. Such superb songs on this amazing album. Rest in power, Janis. Shine On!

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

incredible

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Great Album, always loved her raspy voice and hug personality that comes through her music

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

"Cry Baby" is played in "Look Who's Talking," one I my favorite movies that I grew up with. Also the rest of the album was just wonderful. All of the love.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

I was expecting to only know "Me and Bobby McGee", but there were other familiar songs, too. "Move Over", "Cry Baby" and others are standouts. Much more rockin' than I had expected, frankly. The band is great!

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

In this case, dying young may not have been the savvy career move it so often is, but one has forgotten how great this posthumously related record was/is. One always thought Janis too much of a screamer but on this record, she stays just inside the line of control, while still unleashing ample passion. Plus, the band knows its role, keeping it tight and playing to set up and complement the vocals. A cohesive sound throughout adds to the experience, and every song holds up – all filler cuts should be as original and endearing (and silly) as "Oh Lord." "Bobby McGee" will live forever (and should). One's not sure he'd go as far as editors in ranking her with Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, but those comps aren't way off and overall this is awfully good. Personal bonus points for being reminded of one's own long forgotten, college-era girlfriends who didn't necessarily turn one on to this record, but played it a lot (thinking that it equated to feminism). 4.5/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Classic album without a doubt, each song with that powerful and unique voice. Move Over, Half Moon, Me and Bobby Magee are favorites. Easy 5

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

One of the greats

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Discazo, no hay más. Las rolas famosas son rolones, y las que no son tan conocidas, la neta es que también son muy buenas. Qué bandota traía Janis: grandes músicos que se adaptaban muy bien a su voz y estilo. Me hace pensar a dónde hubiera llegado y cómo sería la historia de la música (especialmente para las mujeres) si ella no fuera del Club 27. 5 estrellas facilito.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Discazo de la Bruja Cósmica. Además de que amo su voz, toda la música es excelente y la acompaña perfecto. Además de Bobby McGee, Cry Baby y Mercedes Benz, Buried Alive in the Blues y A Woman Left Alone sobresalen. ¡Clásico!

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

Superb. She's amazing.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Classic and powerful, she was.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Janis Jopli's final statement is a rock and blues classic. I love the way it starts with hard charging Move Over. The rest of the album is a study in how to sing the blues in a rock context. Every collection of rock albums must include Pearl. 5 stars

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Move Over!

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

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

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Tue Dec 29 2020
4

ayo

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

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

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

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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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Actually a surprisingly enjoyable listen

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

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

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Tue Dec 15 2020
4

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Me and Bobby McGee like this album!! Rock on

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Great!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Great album to end a career on honestly.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

One of the best Posthumous albums

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

2 perfect songs. The rest is also great. 4.5

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Wed May 05 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Her voice...

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

That voice!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

4/5

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Classic

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

i liked it

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Spensierato e tormentato. Sussurrato e urlato.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Very good album. Really enjoyable listening

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Very enjoyable album, great voice!

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

muito bom

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Was good, might return to it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Really lovely.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Good afternoon music to play in the background.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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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Fri May 28 2021
4

what a woman

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

timeless raw and heartbreaking posthumous albums rarely hit so hard.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Tremendo trip

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Fri Jul 23 2021
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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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

A solid album that showcases the best of Janis

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Great voice, decent lyrics

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Good album

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

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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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised. Lotta soul. Lotta funk. 4.5.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Enjoyed more than expected.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

This was really good.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

blues rock

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Oh this was just superb! Absolutely loved it.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Well produced.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Soul very

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Good shit

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Janis, ó Janis. Snilld.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

8/10

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Love Move On and Me & Bobby McGee

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

alveg fín

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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

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