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Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
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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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969474228
  • Catalog Number: 94742
  • Sales rank: 1,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bye Bye Baby (2:39)
  2. 2 Easy Rider (2:25)
  3. 3 Intruder (2:30)
  4. 4 Light Is Faster Than Sound (2:33)
  5. 5 Call on Me (2:35)
  6. 6 Women Is Losers (2:05)
  7. 7 Blindman (2:25)
  8. 8 Down on Me (2:07)
  9. 9 Caterpillar (2:20)
  10. 10 All Is Loneliness (2:32)
  11. 11 Coo Coo (1:58)
  12. 12 The Last Time (2:17)
  13. 13 Call on Me (2:41)
  14. 14 Bye Bye Baby (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Combination of the Two (5:47)
  2. 2 I Need a Man to Love (4:54)
  3. 3 Summertime (4:00)
  4. 4 Piece of My Heart (4:15)
  5. 5 Turtle Blues (4:22)
  6. 6 Oh, Sweet Mary (4:16)
  7. 7 Ball and Chain (9:37)
  8. 8 Road Block (5:33)
  9. 9 Flower in the Sun (3:05)
  10. 10 Catch Me Daddy (5:31)
  11. 11 Magic of Love (3:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) - Kozmic Blues Band (3:57)
  2. 2 Maybe - Kozmic Blues Band (3:41)
  3. 3 One Good Man - Kozmic Blues Band (4:12)
  4. 4 As Good as You've Been to This World - Kozmic Blues Band (5:27)
  5. 5 To Love Somebody - Kozmic Blues Band (5:14)
  6. 6 Kozmic Blues - Kozmic Blues Band (4:24)
  7. 7 Little Girl Blue - Kozmic Blues Band (3:51)
  8. 8 Work Me, Lord - Kozmic Blues Band (6:45)
  9. 9 Dear Landlord - Kozmic Blues Band (2:32)
  10. 10 Summertime - Kozmic Blues Band (5:04)
  11. 11 Piece of My Heart - Kozmic Blues Band (6:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Move Over - Kozmic Blues Band (3:43)
  2. 2 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:58)
  3. 3 A Woman Left Lonely - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:29)
  4. 4 Half Moon - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:53)
  5. 5 Buried Alive in the Blues - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (2:27)
  6. 6 My Baby - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:45)
  7. 7 Me and Bobby McGee (4:31)
  8. 8 Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (1:47)
  9. 9 Trust Me - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:17)
  10. 10 Get It While You Can - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:33)
  11. 11 Tell Mama - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (6:32)
  12. 12 Little Girl Blue - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (3:56)
  13. 13 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (6:52)
  14. 14 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band (6:30)
Disc 5
  1. 1 It's a Deal (2:18)
  2. 2 Easy Once You Know How (3:53)
  3. 3 Maybe - Sunny Murray Duo (4:00)
  4. 4 Raise Your Hand - Sunny Murray Duo (5:16)
  5. 5 Bo Diddley - Sunny Murray Duo (6:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Joplin Primary Artist, 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 III 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
Vic Anesini Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    All of Studio Janis

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNITED SONGS OF JOPLIN

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I REALLY THINK THAT JANIS JOPLIN IS THE BEST

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