Janis

Janis

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by Janis Joplin
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1993
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644884524
catalogNumber:
48845

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. What Good Can Drinkin' Do
  2. Trouble in Mind
  3. Hesitation Blues
  4. Easy Rider
  5. Coo Coo
  6. Down on Me
  7. The Last Time
  8. All Is Loneliness
  9. Call on Me
  10. Women Is Losers
  11. Intruder
  12. Light Is Faster Than Sound
  13. Bye Bye Baby
  14. Farewell Song
  15. Flower in the Sun
  16. Misery 'N
  17. Road Block
  18. Ball and Chain

Disc 2

  1. Combination of the Two
  2. I Need a Man to Love
  3. Piece of My Heart
  4. Turtle Blues
  5. Oh, Sweet Mary
  6. Catch Me Daddy
  7. Summertime
  8. Kozmic Blues
  9. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
  10. One Good Man
  11. Dear Landlord
  12. To Love Somebody
  13. As Good as You've Been to This World
  14. Little Girl Blue
  15. Work Me, Lord
  16. Raise Your Hand
  17. Maybe

Disc 3

  1. Me and Bobby McGee
  2. Me and Bobby McGee
  3. Tell Mama
  4. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
  5. Cry Baby
  6. Move Over
  7. A Woman Left Lonely
  8. Half Moon
  9. Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails)
  10. My Baby
  11. Mercedes Benz
  12. Trust Me
  13. Get It While You Can
  14. Me and Bobby McGee

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
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
Paul Butterfield Blues Band   Contributor
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band   Contributor
Gina Campanaro   Packaging Manager
Vic Anesini   Remixing
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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Janis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.