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Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Janis JoplinAudio CD
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listen  1. Piece Of My Heart (Big Brother & The holding Company-Janis Joplin)Big Brother & The Holding Company Feat. Janis Joplin 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Summertime (Big Brother & The Holding Company-Janis Joplin)Janis Joplin 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Cry BabyJanis Joplin 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Me And Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Down On Me (Live)Janis Joplin 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Get It While You CanJanis Joplin 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bye, Bye Baby (Big Brother & The Holding Company-Janis Joplin)Janis Joplin 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Move OverJanis Joplin 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ball And Chain (Live)Janis Joplin 7:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000K2W1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Street Release Date: 08/31/1999

More than Cheap Thrills or even Pearl, Greatest Hits has helped keep Janis Joplin's short-lived recording career alive for listeners who came along after her 1970 death. "Me and Bobby McGee" is the biggest draw, of course--it was a posthumous No. 1 single--but the rest is equally exciting. Despite the familiarity of the titles here, this goes far beyond the merely serviceable. Finally, the cover photo of Janis smiling in a sunny park is as poignant a shot of her as exists. --Rickey Wright

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any Newcomer December 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album months ago and was blown away. I mean literally blown away. I spent hours and hours listening to it. I found Janis' voice so raw and unique that I couldn't put it down. After this album I bought every other Janis Joplin/Big Brother album out there and I just can't get enough of it. There are some great songs missing from this album, but I think that they included the most unique.

Piece of My Heart - A Erma Franklin cover. It's a great song, and a legendary pop hit.

Summertime - This is the most memorable song from Janis for me. It's a cover from Porgy & Bess. I'm pretty sure the original artists were Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, but I'm not certain. Either way it's amazing. Janis' voice can't compare to anything else. That's how distinctive it is.

Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) - A great pop/blues song. It's got an Otis Redding feel to it. The screeching at the end sends shivers up my spin.

Cry Baby - Another hit. I would have replaced it with Little Girl Blue, but it's just an unforgettable as any other song.

Me & Bobby McGee - To be completely honest, I didn't care for it at the beginning. I describe it as a song that grows on you. Once it grows you, it wont let go. Now it's one of my favorite songs of all time. It's another cover, but it's just matches her so well.

Down on Me - A Big Brother classic. It's a cool song that's got a hippy feel to it.

Get It While You Can - To me, this is one of the most underrated songs of all time. It's just so brilliant but it never gets the credit it deserves. It's bound to change your perspective on life.

Bye, Bye Baby - Like a lot of other classic hits, it's hard to categorize it.

Move Over - I believe Janis wrote it.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Case Where Time has not Healed November 21, 2002
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''Time heals all wounds'', goes an old saying. But in the case of Janis Joplin, time has only served to intensify the magnitude of the loss.
A bad image (she was an...addict, a bad sudent, runaway daughter, etc...) made Janis Joplin a ahrd sell with parents to put it mildly. But after hearing her rendition of "Summertime" (the old Gershwin song from ''Porgy and Bess''), it was clear that whatever her personal shortcomings might have been, Janis Joplin was an awesomely talented singer. The rest of "Cheap Thrills" matched the quality of her rendition of "Summertime". So does the rest of theis "Greatest Hits" CD.
Janis Joplin was a huge fan of 'Big Mama' Thornton, a somewhat tragic figure in her own right. Thornton co-wrote and recorded the original version of "Hound Dog", a song Elvis made famous. "Hound Dog" was never recorded by Janis, but "Ball and Chain", an emotional plea for love and understanding -- or maybe a cry for help-- is here on the greatest hits CD. I doubt that a 9 minute song was really a 'top-40 hit', but this CD serves more as a heartfelt 'thanks' to Janis for the musical memories she left behind, ands not just a document of what radio stations played.
The blues singing here is as good as it gets, and the songs have never really gone away. The play "Love, Janis" (featuring nearly all the songs from this CD) still draws huge crowds, and because the music has aged well, it's the songs --not Janis' excessive lifestyle-- that people now remember.
"Move Over" and "Cry Baby" are two sides of the same coin: a love that's over and the pain of aftermath, when all that's left is the pain. It is almost impossible to sing the blues with so much conviction if you have not 'lived them'. So it seems that Janis Joplin, lived a very sad and lonely life.
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112 of 129 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very comprehensive December 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
When I first got into Janis Joplin, I bought this CD. I must say it does do a good job of making you want MORE, but when I listened to the rest of the amazing music she had released, I felt connived by this CD. KOZMIC BLUES, her all-time best album, gets ONE TRACK HERE! Come on! It does have two live tracks from the IN CONCERT album, but there is more to like on that album. Personally, I think 18 ESSENTIAL SONGS is way better because it gives a more complete glance at her career, the entire spectrum from her earliest recordings in 1965 to her last recording sessions in 1970. So I would rather that new fans get that instead. Looking at the bonus tracks, I have to laugh and say, "That's it?" "Maybe" is a good song, but what about "Kozmic Blues" or "Little Girl Blue" from the same album, KOZMIC BLUES? I still think the "Ball and Chain" from the Full Tilt Boogie Band should be replaced by any other version by Big Brother. It is too little Janis for a budding fan and does not even come close to giving this great woman's music justice. 18 ESSENTIAL SONGS should do for any seriously curious music fan what this CD doesn't.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds Falling From the Dust April 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Janis Joplin was undeniably one of the most influential female rock vocalists of the 60's. Not only did she give her heart and soul to blues music, she opened a doorway for other women, letting them know that it is ok to release such true raw emotion as an art form. The Greatest hits collection is a fairly comprehensive overview of Janis' musical career. To hear the emotional jungle of a Janis performance listen to "Cry Baby." To listen to the depth of Janis' alchoholic depression listen to "Down on Me." Her final studio effort "Pearl" was perhaps her most diversly mature album ever. For a taste of this treat, give "Bobby McGee" a spin. The Greatest Hits Collection belongs on every blues fans cd rack!
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