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Born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, a small Southern petroleum industry town, she gravitated to artistic interests cultivated by parents Seth and Dorothy Joplin. Janis broke with local social traditions during the tense days of racial integration, standing up for the rights of African Americans whose segregated status in her hometown seared her youthful ideals. Along with fellow band ... Read more in Amazon's Janis Joplin Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024Y7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Janis Joplin ~ In Concert

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Overall an uneven album, In Concert's highest moments are sublime. The collection is culled from concerts with Big Brother and the Holding Company and Full Tilt Boogie. "All Is Loneliness," with Big Brother, was an improvisational vehicle for Joplin unlike any other, and no other performance of this tune, which conveys a terrifying loneliness, is even remotely similar. The version here was recorded at a 1970 reunion with Big Brother, and Joplin at one point--"There ain't no TV, no radio, no nothin', man"--simply rips your heart out. We're also treated to the impromptu 12-bar blues of "Ego Rock," wherein Nick Gravenites and Joplin toss blues lines back and forth in an affectionate but competitive repartee. Joplin was looped during the outdoor gigs with Full Tilt. A lot of tequila went down the hatch on the festival train that puffed its way across Canada in July of 1970. It was four months before Joplin died, and her Calgary performance of "Ball and Chain" is inspired, brilliant, drunk, uncanny, and frightening. It's like work from the other side. --Myra Friedman

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Brought back many memories and sounds even better than I remembered.
Sharon T.
Yes, there is a definite "hippie stoner" vibe to her chats with the audience, but she is funny, engaging and VERY perceptive.
NYC Music Lover
This is a great recording of some of her best songs, none of them weak nor unlistenable.
"willtouchfire"

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Gentile on September 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My tattered copy of this album, that I purchased upon its release in '72, still gets played. I feel this is a great representation of the "live" Janis, and that many of the versions heard here are the best available. There just aren't any songs like "Flower In The Sun" anymore, it is my favorite example of the creative genius of Big Brother, other than "Farewell Song", which I wish was included here. This recording does include, however, my favorite version of the song that I feel best represents the incredible power of Janis' voice at its vocal peak, "Down On ME." To hear the bands brief warm-up on this song, with Janis chattering in the backround, as she steps up to the microphone, clears her throat.."Ahem...yes"...in her little Texas voice, and unleashes the first awesome notes, well... the goosebumps still appear to this day. To also hear the original released version of this song, a restrained, folksy studio rendition, and the couple of years later live version heard here... a whirling cyclone of un-fathomable intensity, is to hear two completely different songs. This collection, of Janis in all her incarnations, with the cover photo of her beautiful, jubilant smile, may be my favorite, it is the closest you will come to "touching her." Janis LIVES.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Since Joplin was known primarily as a live performer, her studio work was often viewed as a kind of compromise at best. Cheap Thrills had some live vocals and simulated a Big Brother concert effectively, but it never claimed to be the genuine (i.e. 'live') article.
So in 1972, about a year and half after her death, Columbia assembled these tracks from several different live performances with Big Brother and Full Tilt Boogie. It's "live,"--although some of the Big Brother tracks, notably "Down On Me" sound like they may have been doctored a bit--but somehow it doesn't quite convey the excitement of a Joplin concert the way "Cheap Thrills" did.
There are several great moments though. "All Is Loneliness" is completely recast here. Where it had been a kind of an eerie chant, with a brief vamp, on the Mainstream lp, it now is now an extended vocal improvisation--among the best on record. Someone once said that no one sang the words "lonely" or "loneliness" with as much feeling as Janis. This track bears that assertion out.
Although I loved "Pearl" and had great respect for the musicianship of Full Tilt, Joplin in Concert helps make the case for those who insist that Big Brother showcased Joplin in a way that her other bands could not match. She sounds like she's having the time of her life on "Road Block" and "Flower In the Sun." "Ego Rock" from a 1970 reunion concert has her in a classic blues one-upmanship battle with Nick Gravenites. She sounds much less strained here than on the Full Tilt Boogie tracks (also from '70). The FTB numbers, culled from tapes made during a Canadian train tour in the summer of '70, seem rawer than the Big Brother sides.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Janis Joplin put out a handful of studio albums in her lifetime, and there have since been scores of Janis compilations after her passing. This collection is unique in that it really shows how powerful Janis Joplin was in concert. Whether she belts out heartbreaking songs or raps with the audience, this album shows how much fun she must have been to see live.

I read her biography "Buried Alive" by Myra Friedman, who was one of Janis' managers. One of the things that sticks in my memory was that seeing Janis Joplin live was a "roll of the dice." When she was on her game, you would see a fantastic concert you would never forget. When she was having a bad night, it was a thorough disaster.

Many of us are too young to have seen Janis Joplin live, but this CD has probably captured some of her more prime moments. I mean, if these tunes were her off nights, then her good nights must have been the purest of epiphanies!

The album starts off hot with "Down On Me," a song she recorded

with Big Brother & the Holding Company. The studio version was good, but this live piece leaves the former in the dust! Ditto with "Bye, Bye Baby," a whimsical but almost upbeat song of lost love.

Before going into "All is Loneliness," she introduces the tune by telling the audience about Moondog, the 60s underground poet who penned the song. Moondog, who passed away in the past few years, is one of those counter-culture figures who will never be remembered on the level of the Kerouacs and Dylans. I love when these little near-forgotten icons and tales of eras past make the final cut of concert albums, like a little historical footnote for future generations of music buffs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "willtouchfire" on March 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is all Janis Live- raw & exposed. I can't believe the other reviews talking about the 'uneveness' of the tracks or album. This is a great recording of some of her best songs, none of them weak nor unlistenable. People who note the 'uneveness'(God forbid) totally miss the point of her music and should probably just listen to Brittany Spears. Her studio work was ok, but by far the best recordings of Janis I've heard were live and this is an excellant example. There are 2 albums I've clung to for decades when I feel emotionally battered, discouraged or alone & need refuge, this one and Lennon's Plastic Ono Band.
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