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Pearl [Original recording remastered, Special Edition]

Janis JoplinAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

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listen  2. Cry Baby 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Woman Left Lonely (Album Version) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Half Moon (Album Version) 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Buried Alive In The Blues (Album Version) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Baby (Album Version) 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Me and Bobby McGee 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mercedes Benz (Album Version) 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trust Me (Album Version) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Get It While You Can 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails) 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Me and Bobby McGee (Demo Version) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Move Over (Alternate Version) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Cry Baby (Alternate Version) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. My Baby (Alternate Version) 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pearl (Instrumental) 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Tell Mama (Live) 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Half Moon (Live) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Move Over (Live) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Maybe (Live) 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Summertime (Live) 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Little Girl Blue (Live) 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. That's Rock 'N Roll (Live) 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (Live) 9:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kozmic Blues (Live) 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piece of My Heart (Live) 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cry Baby (Live) 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Get It While You Can (Live) 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ball And Chain (Live) 8:15$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 (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009MAP0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Janis Joplin's highest charting and arguably most artistically successful album gets the deluxe, expanded treatment on this 2005 reissue. Already re-released once with four extra live tunes, this edition moves those to the second disc, adds nine more (six previously unavailable) from the same summer 1970 tour that predated the original album's January 1971 posthumous release and pads the studio disc with six additional tracks. Those sides--three are inferior, if moderately interesting alternate takes, one is a band jam without Joplin contributing--don't bring much to the table other than to prove that producer Paul A. Rothchild used the correct versions for the final album. But Pearl holds up tremendously well, with Janis focused on some terrific rocking material, yet widening her scope to include a soulful folksy reading of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee," the album's only major hit.

The real meat of this version consists of the thirteen concert recordings, plucked from the Canadian leg of Joplin's only tour with Full Tilt Boogie. It finds her and the band chugging through ragged but emotionally charged versions of her classics, along with a few tunes from the forthcoming Pearl. Sequenced to mirror her set list, it's a roaring example of Joplin in her prime, comfortable with her band and confident in her astounding abilities to tear into the soul of blues and R&B with vocals that come straight from the heart. Hal Horowitz

Product Description

This deluxe edition is enhanced by live performances from the Festival Express Tour in 1970, some of which were included a recent documentary of that event; here, the performances by her and the accomplished Full Tilt sounded much rawer, especially her breakout song "Piece of My Heart" and "Move Over." Joplin also showed a range not only covering the blues and rock but also the standards as in Gershwin's "Summertime" and Rodgers and Hart's "Little Girl Blue" in her own signature delivery. Listen closely as she introduces "Get It While You Can," in which she follows by saying, "It's talking about everybody's life and what passes by you. 'Cause it ain't gonna be there when you make up, man." Sony. 2005.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic enhanced with live versions March 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Nothing has gone stale about Joplin and her band on the all-time classic Pearl. After all these years, it remains a magnificent listening experience because of the quality of the songs, the band's tight playing and the impressive emotional range of Joplin's vocals. The second CD includes some stirring live versions of her greatest songs.

Unlike Cheap Thrills, where there was mostly a cosmic battle between Joplin's voice and Big Brother's heavy metal onslaught, here the voice is the star. My favorites on an album of classics include the poignant Me and Bobby McGee, the tender A Woman Left Lonely, the edgy Half Moon, the emotional Cry Baby, the buoyant Get It While You Can and the plaintive/humorous Mercedes Benz.

Perfect arrangements, brilliant playing and masterly vocalization combine here to create a rock masterpiece. The live album shows the extraordinary power of Joplin on stage. This CD is essential for all rock fans, providing the very best of 1960s rock.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Oracle at Delphi July 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Janis sang the truth. This was only her third album, and it was to be her last, and the tragedy of that gets to you as you listen to the greatest woman ever in rock and blues take apart these songs. There is an overwhelming sense of tragedy as she delivers the famous "Mercedes Benz," but if you can divorce what you know from listening to this disc, especially the Legacy edition, you'll receive one of the most sublime musical experiences of your life. Every cut was perfect, even the title Coda instrumental that closes what was the official release. Richard Bell and his Canadian cohorts proved that Roberston, Danko & Co. weren't the only Ontarians who could deliver the goods. They band was perfect at every moment. Proof positive comes on the swecond disc, which is culled from the Festival Express tour across Canada. The tour occured before the recording of PEARL, but you can hear PEARL coming. The second disc is one of the best live CDs you'll ever hear.

It is just such a shame that Joplin fell victim to old habits. There is a circle in hell for the rotten scum who sold her the uncut horse. Anyway, there would not be a voice with this kind of power again in rock until Sinead, whose wild horses are more psychological. All the same, nothing prepared rock for Janis when she hit her stride, and singers, male or female since, have never been the same. This is, beyond the cliche, what a classic CD sounds like. Do yourself a favour and pick this up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars legacy September 3, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
The first disc, simply the regular Pearl album, is incredible and definitely worth buying. However, the second disc has its high moments but leaves something to be desired. Buy just regular Pearl, and for live Janis go get Live in Winterland 68, it is very powerful and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The previously released tracks on disc 2 are... May 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The folks at Columbia have been releasing the same Janis material across several different releases. So, for those who are wondering if they already own some of the Calgary show that makes up disc 2:

Tracks 1, 6, 8, 11 appear on the single-CD remaster of Pearl.

Tracks 1 and 8 also appear on disc 3 of the Janis box set.

Tracks 3, 8, 12, 13 appear on Janis In Concert.

I think Summertime is previously unreleased, and this second disc is worth it for that alone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The queens last November 11, 2005
By Morton
Format:Audio CD
Pearl was Janis Joplens last album. She died in 1970 and this album was released just after her death. This was her most succesful album criticaly and artisticaly, and i sold the most as well. To most people Janis was something special, to me she was the queen of the blues as well as rock. Janis did something never done before she busted out on the scene in hippie atire, long hair and a bottle of Jack in her hand and she demanded the worlds respect and she finally captured it just before she died. Now so many years after this little ladys death Janis is refered as one of Rock and Blues most influential women. To celabrate this amazing womans contrabution to music her greatest album, Pearl has been re-released and with the star treatment.

Pearl is an album full of tons of Janis Joplen classics. The album opens with her all time best song, 'Move Over.' This was one of the few songs Janis wrote all by herself and she did it right. This song is everything good bluesy rock and roll should be. 'Cry Baby' 'Mercedes Benz' and 'Trust Me' are all Janis Joplen classics. Also this album features Janis' biggest and really only hit single, the Kris Kristpherson written 'Me And Bobby Mcgee' which still to this day gets lots and lots of radio air play. The rest of this album is full of fantastic songs as well just these stand out the most. On the first disc not only do you get the full length album but you get alternate tracks, outtakes, and demos which is really cool and a nice touch for and Janis fan.

Disc two is full of tons of live matrial from Janis Joplens last tour in Canada just before she passed away. All the songs are performed really well and are remastered perfectly so tha you get hear everything. This live disc could be sold on its own because its better then all her other live cds.

So to wrap things up this is a disc that really should be owned by everyone who loves rock or the blues, so do yourself a favor and pick this remaster up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally-LIVE Janis with Full Tilt Boogie June 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Columbia has done a great job on the second disc of this set. It is the closest we will get to hearing a performance of Janis with her legendary band. What is sad is that this material sat in the vaults for over thirty years. I wish that I had access to the record company vaults. I'm sure there are treasures waiting for release. This is definitely one of them. Buy it now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Love this Album, such a tragic loss. A Great Artist, she had so much more to give, which is forever lost. Some think that the CIA killed her?????????????????
Published 20 months ago by Jerry Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars just some thoughts on janis
this isnt a review. but janis was astounding...and i've often wondered what would have happened, had she gotten past her youth and the insane drug party that was the 60s. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by murph
5.0 out of 5 stars Janice Joplins "Pearl" album.
Her best money maker, and all time BEST album. I love this CD, and play it at least twice or more, on a weekly basis. So sad that she left us before this album was realeased. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Album
Janice can get no better than on this stellar, iconic album. I have had it in all its forms throughout my life -- LP, cassette, and CD. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by Alice M. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the Production Skill -of "Morrison weary" Rothchild
I was reading the stellar Doors in depth biography "Break on through : the life and death of Jim Morrison". Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by Michael Sherrer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Janis
Well, it's just wonderful. This album is a lovely big feast for any Janis Joplin fan. She left us much too soon! Read more
Published on October 27, 2007 by Carole Mangold
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
You know what sucks? I'll tell ya. How talents like Janis die so young and hacks like Fred Durst outlive her. And right after this beautiful, amazing album! Read more
Published on September 5, 2007 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing- great sound - I own the LP of Pearl and this CD's sound is as good - this is Janis the way she should be heard!
Published on May 16, 2007 by Mary P. Docken
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Janis
Just goes to show that great artists are always remembered and loved.

You left this world far too soon.

Thanks, Janis.
Published on January 24, 2007 by frankozfan
5.0 out of 5 stars For Janis Fans Only....
As a #1 Janis fan, I feel the need to own everything she recorded. Although I have all of the recordings on this CD on other Janis CD's, it is a nice compilation and worth having... Read more
Published on February 22, 2006 by blmingione
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