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The Collection [Box set, Import]

Janis JoplinAudio CD
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Audio CD, Box set, Extra tracks, 2000 --  
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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 (December 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00068400M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Combination of the Two
2. I Need a Man to Love
3. Summertime
4. Piece of My Heart
5. Turtle Blues
6. Oh, Sweet Mary
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
2. Maybe
3. One Good Man
4. As Good as You've Been to This World
5. To Love Somebody
6. Kozmic Blues
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Move Over
2. Cry Baby
3. A Woman Left Lonely
4. Half Moon
5. Buried Alive in the Blues
6. My Baby
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars Three gems by Joplin January 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Cheap Thrills is a great, raucous, exuberant celebration of life with Joplin's at times desperate, always intensely emotional vocals and the enthusiastic playing of Big Brother in their powerful acid rock/psychedelic onslaught. Piece Of My Heart sweeps the listener along in its maelstrom of sound, while Combination Of The Two has a certain addictive, hypnotic quality that is the trademark of great rock music. Summertime and Ball & Chain are innovative interpretations of the Gershwin and Big Mama Thornton tunes respectively, while of the added tracks, Magic of Love is the only one that matches the intensity of the original album's songs. Because of the Big Brother onslaught, it does sometimes seem that there's a cosmic battle taking place between Joplin's vocals and the band's wall of sound, but this creates a further element of tension that adds to the overall force of these performances. This is a great show of Joplin's magic.

Kozmic Blues, Joplin's solo debut, may perhaps be described as a glorious marriage of blues and soul. Don't be misled by the original psychedelic album cover - this is not the acid-rock Janis. She turns the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody into a wrenching torch song, an at times restrained, at times desperate, but always brilliant rendition. The arrangements impress throughout, especially in the complex and moving As Good As You've Been and KozmicBlues. Another favorite of mine is Maybe, where she out-souls Aretha Franklin. It may not be as accessible as Pearl, but this album nevertheless amply rewards the listener and reveals another aspect of this mistress of the desperation blues. Of the extra tracks, the live version of Piece Of My Heart is the best.

What struck me about Pearl upon listening to it again recently, is the authenticity of the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Janis February 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
These albums are truly classic. Personally I liked Cheap Thrills the best. I think her rendition of the old Gershwin "Summertime" is nothing less than a total classic. Of course many of the standard crowd pleasers are in this set (piece of my heart etc.) I think you won't go wrong with this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic! May 23, 2011
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The cover art on this box set alone makes this an essential buy, not to mention you've got 3 albums into the bargain. This has got to be the coolest Janis picture I've ever seen.
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