by Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band

CD(Dutch Import)

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886973523629
catalogNumber: 912473
Rank: 31866

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band   Primary Artist
Sandra Crouch   Tambourine
Janis Joplin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bobby Womack   Acoustic Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
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
Bobbye Porter   Bongos,Conga
John Dooke   Background Vocals
Ken Pierson   Organ
John Cooke   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Janis Joplin   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Composer
John Hall   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Phil Macy   Engineer
Michael McClure   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer,Audio Production
Johanna Hall   Composer
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
John Byrne Cooke   Liner Notes
J. Hall   Composer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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Pearl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
wordherder62 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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