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The Essential Janis Joplin

The Essential Janis Joplin

by Janis JoplinJanis Joplin

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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While generally considered to be one-third of the tragic troika of late-'60s rock -- along with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix -- Janis Joplin has never been the subject of the extensive vault raiding that followed the deaths of her contemporaries. This well-paced two-disc set doesn't extend far beyond what most fans already know, although the previously unreleased live (at Woodstock) versions of "To Love Somebody" and "Kozmic Blues" do burn appropriately red-hot and cool. The collection's compilers have, however, done a nice job of remastering the classic recordings, punching up Joplin's remarkable voice without casting an artificial sheen over the top. That's particularly evident on the live material -- highlighted by poignant takes on "Flower in the Sun" and "Farewell Song" -- but also on the studio takes of lesser-known songs like "Women Is Losers" and "A Woman Left Lonely." Essential's 30 songs comprise tracks recorded during Joplin's stint with Big Brother & the Holding Company, as well as solo material; among them are her most widely heard songs, from the easygoing "Mercedes-Benz" to the rough-hewn "Piece of My Heart" to that shiver-inducing cover of "Summertime." It's a perfect way to celebrate what would've been Joplin's 60th birthday, and a nice kickoff to what Legacy promises will be an extensive reissue campaign.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998713123
catalogNumber: 87131
Rank: 31109


Disc 1

  1. Down On Me
  2. Coo Coo
  3. Women Is Losers
  4. Bye, Bye Baby
  5. Ball And Chain (Live)
  6. Roadblock
  7. Piece Of My Heart
  8. Misery'n
  9. I Need A Man To Love
  10. Summertime
  11. Flower In The Sun (Live)
  12. Farewell Song (Live)
  13. Raise Your Hand (Live)
  14. To Love Somebody (Live)
  15. Kozmic Blues (Live)

Disc 2

  1. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
  2. Maybe
  3. One Good Man
  4. Little Girl Blue
  5. Work Me, Lord
  6. Tell Mama (Live)
  7. Move Over
  8. Cry Baby
  9. A Woman Left Lonely
  10. Half Moon
  11. My Baby
  12. Me And Bobby McGee
  13. Mercedes Benz
  14. Trust Me
  15. Get It While You Can

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Joplin   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Big Mama Thornton   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Janis Joplin   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Composer
John Hall   Composer
Chip Taylor   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
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
David Getz   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
James Gurley   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edwin H. Kramer   Engineer
Michael McClure   Composer
Gabriel Mekler   Composer,Producer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Johanna Hall   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Baron Wolman   Cover Photo
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Powell St. John   Composer
Lee Osborne   Engineer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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