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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This three-CD box set is the most thorough and valuable retrospective of Janis Joplin's career. Besides including all of her most essential recordings with and without Big Brother & the Holding Company, this 49-song package features quite a few enticing rarities; 18 of the tracks were previously unissued. These include a 1962 home recording of the Joplin original "What Good Can Drinkin' Do," which marked the first time her singing was captured on tape; a pair of acoustic blues tunes from 1965 with backup guitar by future Jefferson Airplane star Jorma Kaukonen, an acoustic demo of "Me and Bobby McGee," a 1970 birthday song for John Lennon, and live performances ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This three-CD box set is the most thorough and valuable retrospective of Janis Joplin's career. Besides including all of her most essential recordings with and without Big Brother & the Holding Company, this 49-song package features quite a few enticing rarities; 18 of the tracks were previously unissued. These include a 1962 home recording of the Joplin original "What Good Can Drinkin' Do," which marked the first time her singing was captured on tape; a pair of acoustic blues tunes from 1965 with backup guitar by future Jefferson Airplane star Jorma Kaukonen, an acoustic demo of "Me and Bobby McGee," a 1970 birthday song for John Lennon, and live performances from her appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. The real showstopper is the previously unissued, eight-minute version of "Ball and Chain" from Big Brother's first set at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival the cut on the Monterey Pop box set is from their second set. The more forgettable tracks from her solo albums are wisely excised, as are the Big Brother songs which did not feature her vocals. This is the rare multi-disc set of a major artist that manages to cover all the official milestones and present a bounty of worthwhile rarities at the same time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2008
  • Label: Sony / Bmg Japan
  • EAN: 4547366035834
  • Catalog Number: 1672/3
  • Sales rank: 210,403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Good Can Drinkin' Do (2:42)
  2. 2 Trouble in Mind (3:04)
  3. 3 Hesitation Blues (4:03)
  4. 4 Easy Rider (2:22)
  5. 5 Coo Coo (2:04)
  6. 6 Down on Me (2:04)
  7. 7 The Last Time (2:15)
  8. 8 All Is Loneliness (2:18)
  9. 9 Call on Me (3:36)
  10. 10 Women Is Losers (5:05)
  11. 11 Intruder (2:31)
  12. 12 Light Is Faster Than Sound (2:30)
  13. 13 Bye Bye Baby (2:37)
  14. 14 Farewell Song (4:23)
  15. 15 Flower in the Sun (3:11)
  16. 16 Misery 'N (4:07)
  17. 17 Road Block (6:12)
  18. 18 Ball and Chain (8:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Combination of the Two (5:51)
  2. 2 I Need a Man to Love (4:51)
  3. 3 Piece of My Heart (4:26)
  4. 4 Turtle Blues (4:29)
  5. 5 Oh, Sweet Mary (4:14)
  6. 6 Catch Me Daddy (4:55)
  7. 7 Summertime (4:06)
  8. 8 Kozmic Blues (4:20)
  9. 9 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (3:56)
  10. 10 One Good Man (4:09)
  11. 11 Dear Landlord (2:31)
  12. 12 To Love Somebody (5:17)
  13. 13 As Good as You've Been to This World (5:26)
  14. 14 Little Girl Blue (3:49)
  15. 15 Work Me, Lord (6:36)
  16. 16 Raise Your Hand (2:18)
  17. 17 Maybe (4:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Me and Bobby McGee (4:46)
  2. 2 Me and Bobby McGee (3:09)
  3. 3 Tell Mama (5:46)
  4. 4 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (8:14)
  5. 5 Cry Baby (4:57)
  6. 6 Move Over (3:41)
  7. 7 A Woman Left Lonely (3:27)
  8. 8 Half Moon (3:52)
  9. 9 Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails) (1:09)
  10. 10 My Baby (3:44)
  11. 11 Mercedes Benz (2:21)
  12. 12 Trust Me (3:16)
  13. 13 Get It While You Can (3:23)
  14. 14 Me and Bobby McGee (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Joplin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Vocals, Voices, Choir, Chorus
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Sandra Crouch Tambourine
Big Brother & the Holding Company Group
Jorma Kaukonen Guitar
Bobby Womack Acoustic Guitar
Luis Gasca Trumpet
John Simon Piano
Bobbye Hall Bongos, Conga
John Cooke Choir, Chorus
Peter Albin Bass
Sam Andrew Guitar, Background Vocals
Phil Badella Choir, Chorus
Maury Baker Drums
Richard Bell Piano, Choir, Chorus
Brad Campbell Bass, Choir, Chorus
Lonnie Castille Drums
Terry Clements Tenor Saxophone
Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
David Getz Drums
James Gurley Guitar
Richard Kermode Keyboards
Gabriel Mekler Keyboards
Vince Mitchell Choir, Chorus
Ken Pearson Organ, Choir, Chorus
Clark Pierson Drums, Choir, Chorus
Paul Rothchild Voices
John Till Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band Group
Kozmic Blues Band Group
John Cooke Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Big Mama Thornton Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Big Brother & the Holding Company Contributor
Clarence Carter Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Janis Joplin Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jorma Kaukonen Producer
Todd Rundgren Producer
Bobby Womack Composer
Bob Neuwirth Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
John Hall Composer
John Phillips Producer
Chip Taylor Composer
Dale Evans Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
John Simon Producer
Barry Gibb Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Peter Albin Composer
Sam Andrew Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Bob Cohen Engineer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Don DeVito Executive Producer
Fred Foster Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
David Getz Composer
James Gurley Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Elliot Mazer Producer, Remixing
Gabriel Mekler Arranger, Composer, Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Johanna Hall Composer
Louis Hardin Composer
Jerry Shulman Executive Producer
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Contributor
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band Contributor
Gina Campanaro Packaging Manager
Vic Anesini Remixing, Remastering
Sara Rotman Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer
John Riney Producer, Engineer
Ellen Willis Liner Notes
Mike McClure Composer
Ann Powers Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
Wilbur Terrell Composer
Powell St. John Composer
Full Tilt Boogie Band Contributor
Kozmic Blues Band Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janis at her best

    Disc 2 of this set is a must hear.I'm not a total Janis fanatic but after hearing disc 2 i'm glad that i bought the set.Each disc is different but worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best there is

    By God if you are looking for some Janis Joplin, then this is what you are looking for, hell if I were the producers i'd sell each disc separatedly. Only getting disk 2 is worth 3 times as much as buying the whole Janis discography with intermingled live/studio performances of what i guess are the best Rock/Blues/janis songs you ever heard. Get It!!!

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