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I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Janis Joplin's solo debut was a letdown at the time of release, suffering in comparison with Big Brother's Cheap Thrills from the previous year, and shifting her style toward soul-rock in a way that disappointed some fans. Removed from that context, it sounds better today, though it's still flawed. Fronting the short-lived Kozmic Blues Band, the arrangements are horn heavy and the material soulful and bluesy. The band sounds a little stiff, though, and although Joplin's singing is good, she would sound more electrifying on various live versions of some of the songs that have come out over the years. The shortage of quality original compositions -- indeed, there are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Janis Joplin's solo debut was a letdown at the time of release, suffering in comparison with Big Brother's Cheap Thrills from the previous year, and shifting her style toward soul-rock in a way that disappointed some fans. Removed from that context, it sounds better today, though it's still flawed. Fronting the short-lived Kozmic Blues Band, the arrangements are horn heavy and the material soulful and bluesy. The band sounds a little stiff, though, and although Joplin's singing is good, she would sound more electrifying on various live versions of some of the songs that have come out over the years. The shortage of quality original compositions -- indeed, there are only eight tracks total on the album -- didn't help either, and the cover selections were erratic, particularly the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody." On the other hand, "Try" is one of her best soul outings, and the reading of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue" is inspired. The 1999 CD reissue adds three bonus tracks: a cover of Bob Dylan's "Dear Landlord" from the Kozmic Blues sessions that was first heard on the Janis box set, and previously unreleased versions of "Summertime" and "Piece of My Heart" from the Woodstock Festival. "Summertime" is okay, but this "Piece of My Heart" really pales next to the Big Brother interpretation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972384122
  • Catalog Number: 723841
  • Sales rank: 3,486

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Joplin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Luis Gasca Trumpet
Sam Andrew Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Maury Baker Drums
Brad Campbell Bass, Brass
Lonnie Castille Drums
Terry Clements Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
Richard Kermode Organ, Keyboards
Gabriel Mekler Organ, Keyboards
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Terry Clements Contributor
Michael Friedman Back Cover
Maurice Gibb Composer
Jerry Hochman Engineer
Alex Kazanegras Engineer
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer
Gabriel Mekler Arranger, Producer, Original Album Producer
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Bruce Steinberg Cover Photo
George Goldner Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Bob Irwin Producer, Reissue Producer
David Gahr Tray Photo
Vic Anesini Mastering
Fred Lombardi Back Cover
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
John Byrne Cooke Liner Notes
Richard DiLello Back Cover
Traditional Composer
A. Barrett Composer
Richie Barrett Composer
Lee Osborne Engineer
T. B. Harms Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The soul of Janis

    Janis Joplin's Kozmic blues album shows where Janis intensity, powerful, emotions could to arrive. Tune like Try, Kozmics Blues, To love somebody, they are soul power pure. Wonderful tune "Little girl blue", it's unbeliavable: words sound like scars. Other nice and precious tune: One good man, Maybe, Work me, Lord - it's incredible -, As good as you've been to this world. A record understood in 1969, today a record to get as soon is possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No one ever tried harder than Janis Joplin!

    Of Janis Joplin's relatively short catalogue of albums, this one stands out because it explores the sheer range and power of her voice. She really has a great voice, and the pure emotion that she wrings out of her songs comes across clearly. On songs like 'Kozmic Blues,' 'Work Me Lord,' and 'To Love Somebody,' you can feel the emotion and the power as if they were your own. Upon listening to this album, I actually began to mourn the fact that Janis is no longer with us. She was a phenomenal singer and I think that this was her best studio effort. Though an outcast, she never gave up. (It don't make no difference babe, no no no no,cuz you know I can always try!)-Kozmic Blues. Truly, there are no words to describe her.

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