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The Pearl Sessions (2 CD)

Janis JoplinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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 (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B006ZMN40A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A collection of never-before-heard studio outtakes, live recordings, and other rarities, The Pearl Sessions documents the legacy of Janis Joplin's masterpiece album. In 1971, the posthumous release of Pearl topped the charts, yielding the hit single "Me and Bobby McGee" and going on to sell nearly 8 million copies.

For the first time in one package, the original mono versions of the album's 45s can be heard alongside the original LP tracks, as well as intriguing newlydiscovered alternate versions, outtakes and vocal takes of Pearl classics. With this exciting discovery of previously uncatalogued tapes, listeners can hear Janis in the studio, joking with producer Paul Rothchild (the Doors) and Full Tilt Boogie band mates, and working through what would become some of her best known songs.

Joplin's way-too-short life is memorialized perfectly with this upbeat expression of joy she found in the studio: her singular, impassioned vocals,boundless energy, and the greatest music of her career.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Your Love Brings Life To Me..." April 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Most Janis Joplin fans will already own the 2CD 'Legacy Edition' of "Pearl" issued in June 2005 - so what's different on this 'new' April 2012 double?

That first issue had 8 previously unreleased recordings spread across its 29 tracks - three alternate takes from the album sessions on Disc 1 - "Move Over", "My Baby" and "Pearl" - with 5 new live tracks on Disc 2 recorded in Canada in July 1970 on the Festival Express Tour - "Summertime", "That's Rock'n'Roll", "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)", "Piece Of My Heart" and "Cry Baby". I mention all of the above because although the three studio outakes reappear on Disc 2 of this new 2012 edition - none of the live stuff does - so you may not want to throw that 2005 2CD baby out of your bathwater just yet. Here are the finite details for the new issue...

Released 16 April 2012 in the UK (17 April in the USA) on Sony/Columbia/Legacy 8867842242 - "The Pearl Sessions" breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (58:32 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Pearl" - released January 1971 in the USA on Columbia PC 30322 and in the UK on CBS S 64188. "Pearl" was the nickname given Janis by her backing group the FULT TILT BOOGIE BAND. Produced by PAUL A. ROTHCHILD (famous for his work with The Doors) - it was also her last studio album and released posthumously after her tragic death from a heroin overdose on 4 October 1970 aged only 27. The vast majority of the LP had been recorded (prior to her passing) throughout September 1970 with "Mercedes Benz" done on the 1st of October. It reached number 1 on the USA album charts and number 20 in the UK.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER EDITION OF JOPLIN'S SWANSONG April 17, 2012
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"If I miss, I'll never have a second chance on nothing. But I gotta risk it. I never hold back, man. I'm always on the outer edge of probability." Janis Joplin.

"Pearl" (released in 1971) is certainly one of Joplin's best albums (if not the best) she recorded in her relatively short life. Even unfinished, the album (#1 for over 8 weeks) showed Joplin was capable of reining in her tough vocal style, and sing convincing versions of the blues, soul, and even something like folk-rock. Leaving behind much of the cluttered, claustrophobic arrangements of her previous "Kozmic Blues Band", her raspy, seemingly desperate, resigned vocals had a naked power. And paired with a new band and stripped down sound (listen to the band live on the 2005 Legacy Edition), Joplin seemed to be moving ahead to a more focused sound. The original "Pearl" album was an amazing showcase for Joplin, and seemed to point her in a new direction. But of course, we'll never know-she died leaving the album unfinished.

The discs in this latest edition slip inside a tri-fold cardboard holder-which can easily tear and/or damage the discs, along with a 24 page booklet. The booklet contains an essay on the music and the era, plus a number of photographs. Also included is recording dates, personnel, and issued/unissued information for each song.

There's no reason to rehash the original album-you either like it or you don't. Pretty much everyone's heard "Get It While You Can", "Me and Bobby McGee", "Mercedes Benz" (sung on a whim), and "Move Over", among other songs. The addition of several mono singles (in one package) are interesting-especially for those (like me) who like mono sound. And that brings us to Disc Two, which is reminiscent of the recently released 2 disc set of THE DOORS' "L.A.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Remaster and Added Tracks.Fun to hear. April 20, 2012
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Too many times I have written reviews in which I am bitching' about 5 star reviews given to "so-so" releases that don't deserve 5 stars (3-4 at best). Not this time. This what a remaster should be about. Great sound with lots of unreleased material that really brings you into the sessions as if you were someone just sitting and watching. You hear Janis and the band working out changes in tempo and feel and Paul Rothchild doing what a great Producer does; offer helpful, insightful opinions and ideas. The sound quality is really spectacular considering given 42 year old two inch, 16 track master tapes. (Early to mid 70's 2 inch recording tape is notorious for aging badly and flaking. The sound is especially good on the 2nd disc session outtakes and alternate takes. Yes, there is a little tape hiss but the trade off to get that upper mid crispy sound is well worth it and the hiss is only noticeable on very quiet sections like the studio banter between songs.

If you like Janis, this the CD to get. She sounds like she is having a great time in the studio and the Full Tilt band is completely in sync with her and her ideas. Get this CD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This blows them all away! May 2, 2012
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This album, Janis's Finest with a new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band was probably one of the most accessible and exciting albums when it came out. It wasn't Janis's untimely death that made it special: the music was tight, loud and her vocal prowess was showing a great progression. Personally, i find the FTBB to be a great fit for Joplin. She had moved passed Big Brother-Cheap Thrills was also a great album, but sounds somewhat dated in spots. This the finest of the remastered versions of the album. All the instruments come to fruition. This is better than the Box of Pearls edition, the previous double disc set and the expanded 'Pearl'. with bonus tracks. Trust me, I own all of them and this, by far, outranks them all. The playing really stands out! So, if you're a semi Janis fan, or a die hard, this is something you must have in your collection. Especially the 2nd disc. I thought interspersing dialogue between takes would distract, but it actually puts the sessions into perspective. You can't go wrong with these disc(s)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad I got "Pearl"
I am so glad I got "Pearl". Then this 2nd [I thought throw away bonus CD] I am a music aficionado that has had two Super high end systems. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Briarrabbit2
5.0 out of 5 stars Disc 1 of this set is unnecessary for most Janis Joplin fans
Disc 1 of this set is unnecessary for most Janis Joplin fans. If the idea of "Pearl Sessions" gets you excited, chances are you already have "Pearl" in your... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Janis a Icon and a legend that will be talked about and listened to...
What's to be said about Janis except that God put her here for just a short time to leave us with so much joy and incredible music.
Published 1 month ago by Gary J. Chenett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mark Wilmot
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Janis Fans
I had to have this CD set after hearing the alternate versions of 'Me & Bobby McGee'; had less studio dilution if you know what i mean. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Malamas
4.0 out of 5 stars i allredy have my essential cd of janice joplin allredy
more of Janice Jopllin CDs that are out there i dont think i have this cd at all the essential one is what i have
Published 4 months ago by jason fesler
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my lifetime favorites
When I die I want Janis Joplin's Bobby McGee to play at the memorial. It's an all-time favorite. If you don't know it, listen. Soon.
Published 5 months ago by authorncr
5.0 out of 5 stars Stereo Delight, Mono Power
This double disc provides an exceptional experience of one of Janis Joplin's best (if not the best) studio albums. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fatima Bahloul
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Janis, than get this CD.
If you like Janis, than get this CD. She sounds like she is having the life of her life while at the studio and the band is completely in sync with her. Get this CD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by alan yousey
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a classic
I remember on vinyl in the seventies in our student pad (as houses of ill repute were referred to then) Pearl was thrashed to death. Yes, the girl could sing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
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