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.