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Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection

Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection

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by Janis Joplin

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It's hard to believe that Janis Joplin's meteoric career lasted only three years before she disappeared in a spray of feathers, gin, and myth. Thankfully, she left behind a body of work that serves as testimony to a voice so arrestingly powerful and quintessentially American -- culled as it was from gospel, the blues, country, folk, and San Francisco psychedelia --


It's hard to believe that Janis Joplin's meteoric career lasted only three years before she disappeared in a spray of feathers, gin, and myth. Thankfully, she left behind a body of work that serves as testimony to a voice so arrestingly powerful and quintessentially American -- culled as it was from gospel, the blues, country, folk, and San Francisco psychedelia -- that it still distinguishes her amid today's plethora of zealous pop divas. Box of Pearls contains all four of Joplin's digitally remastered studio albums as well as a bonus CD of previously unreleased tracks, Rare Pearls, which features a couple of groovy, ragtag outtakes from Cheap Thrills and live renditions of "Maybe," "Raise Your Hand," and "Bo Diddley" that showcase Joplin's ball-bearing-hard, James Brown-style bravado. In addition, the package features a bonanza of previously unreleased live and bonus tracks from each stage of Joplin's recording career, which not only open another window into her sandpaper sensuality and spotlight her electric intensity but also offer another taste of something we never got enough of.

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All Music Guide
A limited-edition five-CD box set comprising both albums that Janis Joplin made with Big Brother & the Holding Company (Cheap Thrills and Big Brother & the Holding Company), both of her solo albums (I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Pearl), and a bonus EP with five previously unreleased recordings. Each of these four albums includes previously unreleased bonus tracks (including live material), and each is available separately with the same bonus cuts. The tracks on the bonus EP aren't available anywhere else, and if you're devoted enough to consider laying out for this deluxe box, you're probably most interested in what's on that fifth disc. There are a couple of Cheap Thrills outtakes, "It's a Deal" and "Crazy Once You Know How," with a garagey feel and some typically scorching, uninhibited Big Brother lead guitar; it can be seen why they may not have been deemed strong enough for the album, but they're pretty cool to have. The live versions of "Maybe" (April 1969) and "Raise Your Hand" (October 1969) are OK, but not essential; of greater curiosity is the raw live charge through "Bo Diddley" (also October 1969). In the original long-box shaped release, each of the CDs is packaged in a mini-LP-type jacket, which would be really cool except for the fact that, cheapskates that Sony management is, none has an inner-sleeve, so the CDs tend to roll out of the sleeve once they're unsealed, unless you put them back in the box very carefully; additionally, the producers didn't re-create the gatefold design of Cheap Thrills; there are two subsequent versions of the set, a domestic wide CD-sized box containing full, jewel-cased versions of the five discs, and a Japanese version in mini-LP sleeves (with inner sleeves) and with two accompanying booklets. Note that this box does not include a good deal of material that has shown up on the Janis box, the Janis movie soundtrack, In Concert, and Farewell Song, so it's not a complete collection of Joplin's recordings. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Joplin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sandra Crouch   Tambourine
Big Brother & the Holding Company   Band,Various,Track Performer
Bobby Womack   Acoustic Guitar
Luis Gasca   Trumpet
John Simon   Piano
Bobbye Hall   Bongos,Conga
Peter Albin   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Sam Andrew   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Badella   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Maury Baker   Drums
Richard Bell   Piano
Brad Campbell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lonnie Castille   Drums
Terry Clements   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Clements   Tenor Saxophone
Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers   Baritone Saxophone,Background Vocals
David Getz   Drums
James Gurley   Guitar
Richard Kermode   Organ
Gabriel Mekler   Organ
Vince Mitchell   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ken Pearson   Organ
Clark Pierson   Drums
John Till   Guitar
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band   Choir, Chorus
John Byrne Cooke   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
III Sam Houston Andrew   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kozmic Blues Band   Band,Various
Sam Houston Andrew   Guitar,Bass Guitar
John Cooke   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Mama Thornton   Contributor
Janis Joplin   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Composer
John Hall   Composer
Mark Spoelstra   Composer
John Simon   Producer,Audio Production
Dan Penn   Composer
Peter Albin   Composer
Sam Andrew   Composer,Liner Notes
Richard Barrett   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Robert Crumb   Artwork
Michael Friedman   Back Cover
David Getz   Composer,Liner Notes,Author
James Gurley   Composer,Engineer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jerry Hochman   Engineer
Alex Kazanegras   Engineer
Edwin H. Kramer   Engineer
Phil Macy   Engineer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Gabriel Mekler   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sy Mitchell   Engineer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Russell   Composer
Roy Segal   Engineer
Bob Shad   Producer,Audio Production
Bruce Steinberg   Cover Photo
C. Taylor   Composer
Johanna Hall   Composer
Jud Cost   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band   Contributor
David Gahr   Back Cover
Fred Lombardi   Back Cover
Baron Wolman   Back Cover
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Smay Vision   Art Direction
Mike McClure   Composer
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
John Byrne Cooke   Liner Notes
Richard DiLello   Back Cover
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Norman Meade   Composer
Abe Gurvin   Illustrations,Paintings,Cover Illustration
Yoram Kahana   Tray Photo
Powell St. John   Composer
III Sam Houston Andrew   Arranger,Liner Notes
Lee Osborne   Engineer
Mack McClure   Composer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful box set and Janis' work deserves such a collection. The "Kozmic Blues" album is included in the "Janis Joplin: The Woodstock Experience" set (which is also a great set to have) but that duplication should not stop you from getting this box.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Box of Pearls was probably the best $90 Canadian dollars I spent. A great recollection of her songs jam packed into a box set. If you like Janis Joplin as much as I do, which means you love her, then buy it. And you won't regret it, cuz it's one great song after another.
Guest More than 1 year ago