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Janis Joplin: This Ain't No Tribute Series

Various Artists Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. What Good Can Drinkin' DoTracy Nelson 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Move OverTad Robinson 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ball and ChainEtta James 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piece of My HeartOtis Clay 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. MaybeLonnie Brooks 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. One Good ManLu Ann Barton 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Down On MePaul Black 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Get It While You CanKoko Taylor 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trouble In MindWillie Kent 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Turtle BluesLynn Jordan 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)Cathy Richardson and Sugar Blue 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Me & Bobby McGeeSly Johnson 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mercedes BenzTaj Mahal 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compendia
  • ASIN: B0000695TO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars buy it for the Etta James cover alone December 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This disc has both hits and misses. Not surprisingly I like the covers of the songs that I don't particularly care for Janis' version of. "What good can Drinking Do" and "Down on Me", but the real reason to buy this disc is for one of the greatest Etta James vocals you'll ever hear, her cover of "Ball and Chain".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Me and Bobby McGee January 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The whole CD is a rollicking good time romp through the rock and roll blues of Janis Joplin. Personal favorites are "What Good can Drinkin' Do", "Down on Me", and "Try (Just a little bit Harder)", but the version of "Me and Bobby McGee" by Syl Johnson really rocks the house. Done in an upbeat down home Texas shuffle with a fantastic backup band, organist, and horn section: this song smokes from beginning to end. The performance is on fire and it is impossible to stay seated when the music is playing. This track sets the bar to a whole new level. After the cut is over, you will want to hear it again, and again, and then you'll want to hear the whole CD again after that. This cut is easily worth the cost of the whole CD. Check it out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Jalopy of a Joplin Cover December 27, 2009
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There's so much wrong with this lemon of a vehicle, it's just a wreck. Proof of just how far off the road this rust bucket has unfortunately veered would be Taj Mahal's cover of "Mercedes Benz". The original is a satirical take on the Ol' Negro Spirtual that smartly mocks the profane desire for a shiny new car within the sanctified form of a prayer. Janis is wonderfully glib and playful in her delivery, as any earnestness on her part would only have come off as vulgar and crass. But earnestness is exactly what Taj Mahal has smothered his version in. His solemn, almost morose intro may have been intended as ironic, but it just comes off as absurd and crude. Whoever produced this number completely ignored the inspired lesson of Janis' work. Certainly, the contradiction of the message versus the form is the point of the song, but it's Janis' lighthearted attitude that is the magic of her creation. Omit the attitude, you've got squat.

And a similar error is repeated throughout the album in varying degrees. The recurring mistake is a failure to respect the distinctive subtlety of Janis' delivery of the melodies. The songs here are all reduced to generic blues forms whose personalities have been neutralized. Koko Taylor's "Get It While You Can" could just as credibly be any of 20 or 30 other similarly paced blues ballads. I'd have had absolutely no idea that Etta James was tearing up "Ball and Chain" if I hadn't read the title. It's a fine performance, for sure, but there's just no real connection with the Janis' original. Am I to assume that these performers just don't give a damn about Joplin's achievements as a blues rock artist? That's what it sounds like.
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