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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Janis Joplin's second masterpiece after Cheap Thrills, Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent -- given room to breathe, Joplin's trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit "Me and Bobby McGee." The unfinished "Buried Alive in the Blues" features no Joplin vocals -- she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. Its ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Janis Joplin's second masterpiece after Cheap Thrills, Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent -- given room to breathe, Joplin's trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit "Me and Bobby McGee." The unfinished "Buried Alive in the Blues" features no Joplin vocals -- she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. Its incompleteness mirrors Joplin's career; Pearl's power leaves the listener to wonder what else Joplin could have accomplished, but few artists could ask for a better final statement. [The 1999 CD reissue adds four previously unreleased live July 1970 recordings: "Tell Mama," "Little Girl Blue," "Try," and "Cry Baby."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646578629
  • Catalog Number: 65786

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Move Over (3:43)
  2. 2 Cry Baby (3:58)
  3. 3 A Woman Left Lonely (3:29)
  4. 4 Half Moon (3:53)
  5. 5 Buried Alive in the Blues (2:27)
  6. 6 My Baby (3:45)
  7. 7 Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (4:31)
  8. 8 Mercedes Benz (1:47)
  9. 9 Trust Me (3:17)
  10. 10 Get It While You Can (3:33)
  11. 11 Tell Mama (6:32)
  12. 12 Little Girl Blue (3:56)
  13. 13 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (6:52)
  14. 14 Cry Baby (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band Primary Artist
Janis Joplin Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sandra Crouch Tambourine
Bobby Womack Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion, Bongos, Conga
John Cooke Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Phil Badella Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Richard Bell Piano, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Brad Campbell Bass, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Cook Vocals
Vince Mitchell Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ken Pearson Organ, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Clark Pierson Drums, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Till Guitar, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Dooke Background Vocals
Ken Pierson Organ
John Cooke Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Janis Joplin Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Bob Neuwirth Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
John Hall Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Phil Macy Engineer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Johanna Hall Composer
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Mike McClure Composer
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Album that Makes it All the More a Shame

    I bought this LP of Pearl recently as I wanted to have a copy of the very first album I ever bought with my own money--long, long time ago! It remains a profound performance in terms of Janis Joplin's voice and power as a singer and musical presence. This record was released after her death and it all the more points out what a loss her early death was to blues-flavored rock music. She has some great songs on this album from skilled songwriters and the vocals-only "Mercedes Benz" remains a haunting piece complete with her giggling at the end. This is definitely a must-have album if you're wanting to know just what the fuss was all about with Janis Joplin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janis Joplin lives on forever!

    I got this album in 1994 before they issued this one with bonus tracks. This album is amazing, this album is timeless. It's one of my favorite albums of all time (all of her albums are in that category). I became a Janis Joplin fan when I was 13, and I was born about 10 years after her death, so even now Janis Joplin is gaining fans all over the world, even if they weren't alive when she was. However, Janis Joplin will always live on through her music, and through the millions and millions of people whos lives she touched and continues to touch through her music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. Shaft says...

    This 1999 remastered version of "Pearl" is wonderful. The album is a masterpiece. Even the four bonus tracks are good. The mastering job is superb.

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