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Pearl by Janis Joplin


by Janis Joplin


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Barcode: 0088697978251
Format: Vinyl
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Janis Joplin’s “Pearl,” her final solo album released posthumously on 11 January 1971, marks a poignant milestone in rock history. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, famed for his work with The Doors, and recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring group, the album showcases Joplin’s exceptional vocal prowess. Peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, it held the spot for nine consecutive weeks and attained quadruple platinum status.

Compared to her previous works with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band, “Pearl” boasts a polished sound, owing to Rothchild’s expertise and the proficiency of her new backing musicians. Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, many tracks were captured during the Festival Express tour of Canada, two months before Joplin’s Los Angeles recording sessions.

Joplin, directly involved in song selection and arrangement, delivered outstanding performances across all nine tracks. Highlights include the chart-topping “Me and Bobby McGee,” showcasing her acoustic guitar skills, and “Get It While You Can,” demonstrating her vocal range. The album also features original compositions like “Move Over” and “Mercedes Benz,” the latter being the last song she recorded before her untimely death.

The album cover, photographed by Barry Feinstein in Los Angeles, captures Joplin reclining on a Victorian loveseat, a poignant image that resonates with her legacy.

“Pearl” received critical acclaim and continues to be revered in music history. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 122 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, later revised to 125 in 2012, and to 259 in 2020. Additionally, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

A1 Move Over
A2 Cry Baby
A3 A Woman Left Lonely
A4 Half Moon
A5 Buried Alive In The Blues
B1 My Baby
B2 Me & Bobby McGee
B3 Mercedes Benz
B4 Trust Me
B5 Get It While You Can
Catalogue No.: 88697978251
Barcode: 0088697978251
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Blues Rock, Soul
Label: Columbia
Released: 2020
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

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