The Pearl Sessions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Not to state the obvious, but the reality is that The Pearl Sessions by Janis Joplin is primarily for completists and musical historians. That's fine; given its design and contents it appears it was meant to be. The two-disc package includes the original album and mono 45 masters of six of its tracks -- including "Me & Bobby McGee," "Move Over," and "Get It While You Can." These are interesting, but they don't hold a candle to the stereo album mixes. It's the second disc that holds the fan treasures. The studio banter by Joplin, producer Paul A Rothchild, and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band is priceless. It offers proof of Joplin's exacting standards when it came to getting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Not to state the obvious, but the reality is that The Pearl Sessions by Janis Joplin is primarily for completists and musical historians. That's fine; given its design and contents it appears it was meant to be. The two-disc package includes the original album and mono 45 masters of six of its tracks -- including "Me & Bobby McGee," "Move Over," and "Get It While You Can." These are interesting, but they don't hold a candle to the stereo album mixes. It's the second disc that holds the fan treasures. The studio banter by Joplin, producer Paul A Rothchild, and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band is priceless. It offers proof of Joplin's exacting standards when it came to getting across the maximum emotional impact of a song, as well as her vulnerability -- asking for guidance from Rothchild as to how to approach a particular take he hands control right back to her. There is also plenty of humor, including comments about Richard Nixon and an unnamed rock star that Joplin claims she wouldn't bed because he's boring and a nerd. The genuine camaraderie between her, her band, and her producer offers ample evidence that these sessions were as much fun as they were work. Musically, there are multiple alternate takes of some album cuts. Sometimes they rival or even surpass versions that ended up on the final product: the fifth take of "Get It While You Can" there are three here and the demo of "Me & Bobby McGee," where she is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. There are three takes in a row of "Move Over." The alternate of "Cry Baby," while inferior to the album take, reveals the song's deep emotional attraction for Joplin. Alternate takes of "Cry Baby" and "My Baby" are compelling. In addition, there is an instrumental version of "Pearl" that could have been left off as it reveals nothing and is wholly uninteresting, a live version of "Tell Mama," with a breakneck tempo that makes one wonder why it was chosen, and a performance of "Half Moon," from the Dick Cavett Show in 1970. Add to this Rothchild's own remembrances from and observations about these sessions, Holly George-Warren's excellent liner notes, some rare photographs, and hardcore Joplin fans and historians have an excellent retrospective package which, while illuminating the process of the creation of Pearl, doesn't replace it in the canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886978422422
  • Catalog Number: 784224
  • Sales rank: 3,734

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 (4:31)
  8. 8 Mercedes Benz (1:47)
  9. 9 Trust Me (3:17)
  10. 10 Get It While You Can (3:28)
  11. 11 Me and Bobby McGee (4:11)
  12. 12 Half Moon (3:56)
  13. 13 Cry Baby (4:00)
  14. 14 Get It While You Can (3:29)
  15. 15 Move Over (3:42)
  16. 16 A Woman Left Lonely (4:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overheard In the Studio... (0:40)
  2. 2 Get It While You Can (3:39)
  3. 3 Overheard In the Studio... (1:39)
  4. 4 Get It While You Can (3:46)
  5. 5 Overheard In the Studio... (2:30)
  6. 6 Move Over (4:06)
  7. 7 Move Over (4:38)
  8. 8 Move Over (4:08)
  9. 9 Me and Bobby McGee (4:48)
  10. 10 Me and Bobby McGee (4:51)
  11. 11 Cry Baby (4:59)
  12. 12 A Woman Left Lonely (3:36)
  13. 13 Overheard In the Studio... (2:28)
  14. 14 My Baby (3:56)
  15. 15 Overheard In the Studio... (2:34)
  16. 16 Get It While You Can (3:33)
  17. 17 My Baby (4:00)
  18. 18 Pearl - Full Tilt Boogie Band (4:31)
  19. 19 Tell Mama (6:38)
  20. 20 Half Moon (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Joplin Primary Artist, Vocals
Sandra Crouch Tambourine
Bobby Womack Acoustic Guitar
Phil Badella Choir, Chorus
Richard Bell Piano
Brad Campbell Bass
Vince Mitchell Choir, Chorus
Ken Pearson Organ
Clark Pierson Drums
John Till Guitar
Full Tilt Boogie Band Choir, Chorus
Bobbie Hall Bongos
John Cooke Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Janis Joplin Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Phil Macy Engineer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Holly George-Warren Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Phil Yarnall Art Direction
Jeffrey Jampol Management
David Byrnes Legal Counsel
Full Tilt Boogie Band Composer
John Branca Legal Counsel
M. Daniel Composer
F. Foster Composer
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