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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

REPOST: Irish Coffee - Irish Coffee (1971)

Irish Coffee officially started in 1970, originating from another band called "The VooDoo". In the beginning they played only covers from British & American bands, such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Kinks etc... This band from Belgium, is killer hardrock with seering leads and really strong vocals, well composed songs. They wrote and recorded a single album of their own music. Irish Coffee did a lot of live-gigs those days and were a support-act for bands like: Focus, Dr. Feelgood, Yes, and many others. Unfortunately the band band splitted-up in 1975. But now the vocalist, guitarist and drummer have re-banded with a new organist and bassist and are touring in 2002-2003 playing their old stuff..

(info from CGR)

01 - Can't Take It
02 - The Beginning Of The End
03 - When Winter Comes
04 - The Show (Part 1)
05 - The Show (Part 2)
06 - Hear Me
07 - A Day Like Today
08 - I'm Lost

Size: 70.4 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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REPOST: Galaxy - Day Without The Sun (1976)

This heavy progressive rock album is an important item among collectors. Originally recorded in Florida in 1976 and unearthed by the Italian Akarma label, this is a wonderful mixture of space rock, West Coast guitar solos and Gong-like female vocals which combine superbly to richochet around your brain. The 14 minute title track is awesome....

Band Description: Galaxy is a space rock band that played their largest performances in Jacksonville, Florida. The first was in 1975 at the 4th of July street concert sponsored by the Jacksonville Beach chamber of commerce. Galaxy was the only band performing that night, playing to a crowd the newspapers said was over 30 thousand strong. Galaxy performed 42 of their original rock songs that they had learned after being together only 3 months. They performed at the same venue the following year. Galaxy won WAPE radio's first "battle-of-the-bands" in 1976, winning the prize of a recording contract with Bang Records in Atlanta, Ga. that turned out only to be a midnight recording session.

Their winning year brought them to the concert stages to large audiences that included : Annhauser Busch Natural Light Beer debuton Jax. Beach to a crowd of over 250 thousand rock fans as thefinal feature act following a country rock band called "Road Dust" and during Galaxy's concert Leif Garrette made a guest appearance. Galaxy also performed to a Daytona Beach crowd of more that 20 thousand fans at the city's famous band shell on the beach. They recorded only one album called Day Without The Sun which is still available to on line collectors and Space Rock enthusiasts. During that following year.

Band History: Galaxy now has a new Space Rock CD called Find Another World and an "author's edition reissue CD of their first LP Day Without The Sun. The first reissue CD of Day w/o the Sun was produced and distributed by Akarma/Comet Records in Italy in 1999.
Galaxy's own record label SKY QUEEN RECORDS has always been unsigned by any major label up to the present.

(info by: CGR)

1. Space mountain
2. Green stuff
3. Look what you done
4. Galaxy
5. Sky queen
6. Day without the sun
7. Everybody Down
8. Woman Of Love

Size: 67.9 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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REPOST: Ancient Grease - Woman And Children First (1970)

A short-lived hard rock outfit. All three had earlier been in The Eyes Of Blue and went on to form Big Sleep. Phil Ryan was later with Man. Gary Pickford-Hopkins had a brief stab at a solo career in the eighties.

The CD reissue includes a previously unreleased alternate take of "Freedom Train". Mercury's 1970 compilation, "Dimension of Miracles", included "Women And Children First", which was one of the band's better efforts. Gary Pickford Hopkins was later involved in lots of other projects including Cutting Crew, Drivers, etc.

(info by: CGR)

01 - Freedom Train - 4.05
02 - Don't Want - 5.08
03 - Odd Song - 5.45
04 - Eagle Song - 5.01
05 - Where The Snow Lies Forever - 5.12
06 - Mother Grease The Cat - 5.16
07 - Time To Die - 4.07
08 - Prelude To A Blind Man - 5.06
09 - Mystic Mountain - 3.34
10 - Women And Children First - 6.39
11 - Freedom Train (Alt.Take) - 3.28

Size: 98.8 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Peter Bardens - The Answer (1970)

Peter Bardens kept fine company in the '60's, playing in bands with Ray Davies (Hamilton King's Blues Messengers), Mick Fleetwood (Cheynes), Van Morrison (Them), and Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express). Before going on to form Camel in 1972, keyboardist Peter Bardens released this solo debut in 1970 with Peter Green on guitar and Linda Lewis on backing vocals.

Prior to this solo debut, Pete Bardens had been on the British R&B-rock and psychedelic scene for about half a dozen years, playing in early bands with Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green, as well as (briefly) in Them with Van Morrison. The Answer was his chance to step out of the shadows, and while his skills as a keyboardist were formidable,
his songwriting just wasn't up to carrying an interesting album of his own. Devoted to a half-dozen lengthy tracks varying in duration from five to 13 minutes, Bardens offered a blues-progressive stew that, despite some flashy licks, lacked focus. It's a shame there wasn't better material to work with, for some quite talented musicians were among the supporting cast, including Love Affair singer Steve Ellis, session vocalist Linda Lewis, Bruce Thomas (later to back Elvis Costello in the Attractions), and most of all his old friend Peter Green. In fact,
Green offers some of his best playing as a sideman on this record, which both makes it better than it could have been, and makes it worth checking out for serious fans of the guitarist. In common with some of Green's own solo work, however, it's a meandering record,
bits of promising ideas swirling around before they've been honed into something cogent. Against the odds, however, the 13-minute "Homage to the God of Light" is the highlight, its mesh of Latin-esque rhythms, burning organ, and bluesy guitar recalling some of early Santana's more jammy grooves.

(info by: CGR)

1. Answer
2. Don't Goof With a Spook
3. I Can't Remember
4. I Don't Want to Go Home
5. Let's Get It On
6. Homage to the God of Light

Size: 92.3 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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East of Eden - Snafu (1970)

East of Eden is a perfect illustration of the futility that Decca Records in England faced in cultivating progressive rock (apart from the Moody Blues. A critically acclaimed jazz-fusion band with a strong Eastern music influence, they were a natural for stardom during the late '60s; indeed, they might've taken the wind out of the sails of the Mahavishnu Orchestra very fast, but they never became more than a cult act in England, with a strong local following in London, especially on the underground scene, even as they attracted serious audiences in continental Europe.
The band was formed in Bristol, during 1967, by Dave Arbus (flute, sax, trumpet), Ron Caines (alto sax), and Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals). Caines and Nicholson had previously played together in an r&b-based band, and the Caines and Arbus had been playing together for a couple of years. Future Wings member Geoff Britton was their original drummer, although the group's rhythm section was never an essential focus of their work, and went through quite a few musicians. Arbus had been trained in the violin, but it wasn't until he saw Jean Luc-Ponty playing on stage in Paris that he realized the possibilities that the amplified instrument offered.
He add the electric violin to his repertory, greatly broadening the band's range and sound, and the following year they moved to London.
The group was signed to Decca's progressive rock imprint Deram label in 1968, and cut two LPs, Mercator Projected and Snafu, of which the latter made it into the British top 30, while a single, "Ramadhan," got to number two in France. Their one big hit in England, "Jig-a-Jig," made the Top Ten there and became something of a stylistic albatross around the band's neck, since it didn't resemble their usual sound or anything else they normally played. Caines and Nicholson left the band as the '70s began, and Arbus kept it together.
They jumped to the Harvest label, but their work there never caught on, coinciding as it did with a change in style and a veering away from Eastern music to a country-ish sound. Arbus left in the early '70s and was replaced by future Rory Gallagher collaborator Joe O'Donnell. The band carried on thru the mid 1970's as almost exclusively a European act, recording and releasing albums in Europe only.
The three original core members reunited in 1999 for the recording and release of the album Kalipse.

(info by: CGR)

1. Have to Whack It Up
2. Leaping Beauties for Rudy/Marcus Junior
3. Xhorkom/Ramadhan/In the Snow for a Blow/Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul
4. Uno Transito Coapori
5. Gum Arabic/Confucius
6. Nymphenburger
7. Habibi Baby/Beast of Sweden/Boehm Constrictor
8. Traditional
9. Jig-a-Jig [Bonus]

Size: 87.4 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Starfire -Selftitled (1974)

Another gem that fell through the floor boards of time is this Prog Psych monster of an album by the little known starfire. On pouring over research information we have been able to confirm that his band hailed from sunny California and recorded this album (probably their one and only release ) in 1974. Originally released on the Crimson Records label as a private pressing of no more than 200 copies it is almost impossible to track down an original of this immensely collectable album. To demand the tag "Prog Psych Monster" we have a liberal dose of spooky swirling organ and fuzz guitars. Starfire sounds very much like Thunder Pussy but a bit more rockin'!!!

(info by: CGR)

01. Comfort Me
02. My Love Is Gone
03. Many Moods Ago
04. Birth Of The Sun
05. Island
06. Slippery
07. Merry Crises
08. To Wonder Life Alone

Size: 67.8 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Paul McCartney & Wings - Red Rose Speedway (1973)

All right, he's made a record with his wife and a record with his pickup band where democracy is allegedly the conceit even if it never sounds that way, so he returns to a solo effort, making the most disjointed album he ever cut. There's a certain fascination to its fragmented nature, not just because it's decidedly on the softer side of things, but because his desire for homegrown eccentricity has been fused with his inclination for bombastic art rock à la Abbey Road. Consequently, Red Rose Speedway winds up being a really strange record, one that veers toward the schmaltzy AOR MOR (especially on the hit single "My Love"),yet is thoroughly twisted in its own desire toward domestic art. As a result, this is every bit as insular as the lo-fi records of the early '90s, but considerably more artful, since it was, after all, designed by one of the great pop composers of the century.Yes, the greatest songs here are slight — "Big Barn Bed," "One More Kiss," and "When the Night" — but this is a deliberately slight record (slight in the way a snapshot album is important to a family yet glazes the eyes of any outside observer). Work your way into the inner circle, and McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating — not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention. If these are miniscule steps forward, consider this: if Brian Wilson can be praised for his half-assed ideas and execution, then why not McCartney, who has more character here than the Beach Boys did on their Brother records? Truthfully. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

(from CGR site)

01 - Big Barn Bed
02 - My Love
03 - Get On The Right Thing
04 - One More Kiss
05 - Little Lamb Dragonfly
06 - Single Pigeon
07 - When The Night
08 - Loup (1St Indian On The Moon)
09 - Medley Hold Me Tightlazy Dynamitehands...
10 - C Moon
11 - Hi, Hi, Hi
12 - Mess [live]
13 - I Lie Around

Size: 62.3 M
bBitrate: 160 mp3
Artwork Included

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Pandamonium - The Unreleased Album (1969)

"To serious record collectors the name 'Pandamonium' means several highly collectable singles issued by CBS in the '60s. The band, which started life in 1963/64 as the Pandas, consisted of the song writing team of Bob Ponton and Martin Curtis with the support of fellow men of Kent Mick Glass and Steve Chapman (who later played drums for Al Stewart and Poco). After signing to CBS in 1966,
the band enjoyed underground success with a superb cover of Donovan Leitch's 'Season Of The Witch' (CBS 202462), which curiously enough pre-dated the folk singer's own version of the song, later to appear on the Sunshine Superman album, by some months. The cult success of 'Season Of The Witch'
was followed by what many consider to be their finest single, 'No Presents For Me' (CBS 2664),
a track which was pure psychedelic beat and featured some extremely effective backwards fuzz guitar. One further single followed on the CBS label (Chocolate Buster Dam/Fly With Me Forever - CBS 3451),
but a disagreement with the label led to the group's departure and subsequent dissolution. This is a great British psych/pop album with some superb songs and instrumentation that reflects the status of the participants and it somewhat baf fling that an album of this stature has remained unreleased for so long. However, after a 30-year wait, Radioactive is proud to make this extremely important recording available for the first time."

(info by: CGR)

1 Season Of The Witch/Today I'm Happy (CBS 202462) 1967
2 No Presents For Me/Sun Shines From His Eyes (CBS 2664) 1967
3 Chocolate Buster Dam/Fly With Me Forever (CBS 3451) 1968

All three singles are now rare and sought-after. Season Of The Witch was a Donovan song. Their best is generally considered to be No Presents For Me, which is notable for some effective backwards guitar work and distortion.

01 - I Know You - 3.17
02 - It´s A Long Time - 3.14
03 - I Am What I Am - 3.53
04 - Sunrise - 4.10
05 - If I Could Be With You - 2.15
06 - Sit And Watch The Sunshine - 3.10
07 - Baby I´ll Be Yours - 3.51
08 - Send Out A Smile - 3.03
09 - Who Knows What We May Find - 3.14
10 - Waiting For The Summer - 2.30
11 - I Believe In You - 3.56

Size: 67.5 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Child - Child (1969)

This short-lived outfit specialised in melodramatic cover versions of popular songs of the day. The album, which was recorded at Select Sound Studios, in New York, includes slowed down versions of classics like Hold On I'm Comin, You'll Never Walk Alone,Old Man River and the instrumental Exodus. All come with lots of very heavy organ in the same mould as Vanilla Fudge. Certainly worth a spin.

(info by: CGR)

01 - Hold On I'm Comin' - 5.07
02 - Little Light - 3.52
03 - Aunt Millie - 3.16
04 - You'll Never Walk Alone - 4.44
05 - Soft Rocks - 4.08
06 - Exodus - 4.33
07 - A Child Begins To Cry - 3.40
08 - Ol' Man River - 6.38

Size: 68.0 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Banchee - Selftitled & Thinkin´ (1969)

Reviewer: Greg Horn "guildx700" (waterford, wisconsin USA) I remember seeing Banchee's Thinkin' LP in the cutout bins in the early 1970's, the cover was cool looking so I bought it for fifty cents.
I got it home and put it on the turntable and that was it, I was hooked! A few days later a friend of my brother comes over while I'm playing it, he was surprised to hear them on as it turns out he knew the band! IMO Thinkin' is their best effort, their first release self titled show glimpses of what was to come with The Night is Calling and Tom's Island, but whereas the rest of the LP was uneven Thinkin' simply is a tour de force of classic late 60's psych rock from the first to the last note!

I was thrilled to find it finally released as a CD with both LP's together. Sound quality is as good or better than the vinyl was and the original art for both LP covers is happily included.

This CD is a must buy for anyone into late 60's early 70's rock, a true hidden gem! Original songs, great guitar work good production and a band that sounds tight and in synch with the music.
Buy it before it vanishes and is not available as is the case so often with CD's like this. Thanks for the music Banchee! One of the long-forgotten psychedelic bands from Boston, this disc contains both of their albums from 1969 and 1971.
They deserved better as both releases have some excellent trippy moments with ripping lead guitar work throughout. "I Just Don't know is" from the first album is an awesome piece of guitar psych whilst the second album, recorded at Electric Ladyland studio's, ranks as one of the best early '70's US heavy guitar excursions. Well worth checking out..

(info by: CGR)

1. Night Is Calling
2. Train Of Life
3. As Me Thinks
4. Follow A Dream
5. Beautifully Day
6. Evolmia
7. I Just Don't Know
8. Hands Of A Clock
9. Tom's Island
10. John Doe
11. Willya
12. 3-4 Song
13. Thinkin'
14. Searcher's Life
15. Iceberg
16. Children Of The Universe
17. '38'

Size: 136 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Aztecs - Aztecs Live (1971)

Billy’s new career was very much performance rather than hit driven. His group’s next albums where ‘Aztecs – Live’ (recorded at Melbourne Town Hall) and ‘Aztecs Live – At Sunbury’. The rise to popularity of this Aztecs coincided with the liberation of liquor regulations in Melbourne, bringing rock and roll out of the dances and clubs, and into the pubs. Despite or because of their volume, The Aztecs became the premier pub attraction. Occasionally Billy would take his hands off his electric guitar and again put his hands behind his back, a signal for his devoted audience to imitate him. The call and response relationship between stage and audience was a big part of the group’s appeal. That and the ‘boogie’ rock style Billy Thorpe evolved would be a direct influence on the latterday AC/DC.

(info by: CGR)

1.Somebody Left Me Crying
2.Time To Live
3.Be Bop A Lula

Size: 80.4 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Koobas - Koobas (1969)

The Koobas (also known as "Kubas") originated from Liverpool in the wave of groups who came after the Beatles. They produced a string of singles on a variety of labels in the prevailing styles of whatever era the single was released in. This set consists of the Koobas' one and only LP--a low budget "concept album" of great psychedelic guitar rock with the tracks running together in the most classic 1967/68 mode. This is a good entertaining set, but do not expect soul because the Koobas definitely were not doing soul music by this time. The extra tracks include the Mod classic "My Face," the overblown psychedelicized version of Cat Stevens' "First Cut is the Deepest" and the one song which can lay some limited claim to the soul designation--"Sweet Music." If you love low budget British psych rockers such as The Smoke, you will love the Koobas.

(info by: CGR)

1. Royston Rose
2. Where Are the Friends?
3. Constantly Changing
4. Here's a Day
5. Fade Forever
6. Barricades
7. Little Piece of My Heart
8. Gold Leaf Tree
9. Mr. Claire
10. Circus
11. Sweet Music
12. Face
13. Sally
14. Champagne & Caviar
15. Gypsy Fred
16. City Girl
17. First Cut Is the Deepest
18. Walking Out

Size: 107 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Mutzie - Light of Your Shadow (1970)

Detroit psych-blues outfit led by singer/guitarist Eric "Mutzie" Levenburg who
was joined by his brothers Barry and Andee on bass and keyboards while
drummer Marc White rounded out the roster.
Their sole LP Light Of Your Shadow featured a horn section and was issued
on the Sussex label in 1970.

(info by: CGR)

01 - Highway - 5.54
02 - The Light of Your Shadow - 9.56
03 - Cocaine Blues - 4.32
04 - Jessie Fly - 4.49
05 - Because of You - 2.39
06 - The Game - 2.49
07 - Daily Cycle - 3.17

Size: 64.2 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Love Sculpture - Blues Helping - 1968

No info.

01 - Love Sculpture - Stumble
02 - Love Sculpture - 3 O´Clock Blues
03 - Love Sculpture - I Believe To My Soul
04 - Love Sculpture - So Unkind
05 - Love Sculpture - Summertime
06 - Love Sculpture - On The Road Again
07 - Love Sculpture - Don´t Answer The Door
08 - Love Sculpture - Wand-Dang-Doodle
09 - Love Sculpture - Come Back Baby
10 - Love Sculpture - Shake Your Hips
11 - Love Sculpture - Blues Helping

Size: 72.3 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Lazy Smoke - Corridor of Faces (Good US Psychedelia 1968)

Like the Velvet Underground and Big Star, Lazy Smoke has become more famous in death than life. Basically a local phenomenon during its existence, the Massachusetts band's Corridor of Faces LP has become one of the most revered collectables among '60s enthusiasts. Included on this CD are 12 previously unheard demos produced a few months prior to the recording of the album. All music has been transferred from the original mastertapes.

In Vernon Joynson's book "Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers", he states that Massachusetts band, Lazy Smoke's ultra rare album "Corridor of Faces" is to some the ultimate psychedelic album ever recorded. With so many classic psych recordings out there begging for that very title this is quite the statement. However, psychedelic music is certainly not a dead genre, it is alive and well and the very fact that these ultra rare 60’s albums are being reissued proves my point.
No more than 500 copies of the Lazy Smoke album were originally released back in late '68. Original vinyl copies of "Corridor" can fetch somewhat near $1,500! Now, some 35+ years later, the Arf Arf label has presented us with this golden nugget plus numerous unreleased demos from 1967. "Corridor of Faces" is a superb period piece with fantastic, and at times beautiful guitar work, and flowing Beatles-esque harmonies (that even come with affected English accents). From the backward guitars of the luscious opening track “All These Years”, to the poignant lyrics and tight orchestration of “There Was A Time”, this is clearly a classic undiscovered work of beauty. The demo half of this CD actually reminds me a bit of the Skip Spence album “Oar” or, better yet, of the more gentler songs by the contemporary lo-fi band, Sparklehorse. Thank you Arf Arf for making this gem available again!

(info by: CGR)

1. All These Years
2. How Was Your Day Last Night
3. Come With the Day
4. Salty People
5. Jackie-Marie
6. Under Skys
7. Sarah Saturday
8. There Was a Time
9. Am I Wrong?
10. How Did You Die?
11. I Don't Need the Sun [Unplugged Demo]
12. Changing the Time [Unplugged Demo]
13. I Could Fall Asleep [Unplugged Demo]
14. Wait Till You See [Unplugged Demo]
15. Scarecrow [Unplugged Demo]
16. All These Years [Unplugged Demo]
17. Come With the Day [Unplugged Demo]
18. Salty People [Unplugged Demo]
19. Jackie-Marie [Unplugged Demo]
20. There Was a Time [Unplugged Demo]
21. Sarah Saturday [Unplugged Demo]
22. Am I Wrong? [Unplugged Demo]

Size: 111 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Friday, April 03, 2009

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Freeways (1977)

No info


Size: 61.3 Mb
Bitrate: 320 mp3
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Johnny Winter - Progressive Blues experiment (1968)

No info.
01 - Johnny Winter - Rollin And Tumblin
02 - Johnny Winter - Tribute To Muddy
03 - Johnny Winter - I Got Love If You Want It
04 - Johnny Winter - Bad Luck And Trouble
05 - Johnny Winter - Help Me
06 - Johnny Winter - Mean Town Blues
07 - Johnny Winter - Broke Down Engine
08 - Johnny Winter - Black Cat Bone
09 - Johnny Winter - It´s My Own Fault
10 - Johnny Winter - Fortyfour
Size: 72.8 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Only frontcover Included

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Janis Joplin - Love Janis (1963-71)

Since this is a companion CD to the off-Broadway stage musical Love, Janis, it alternates classic tracks from her Big Brother & the Holding Company and solo albums with spoken excerpts from letters to her family (read by Catherine Curtin,not by Joplin herself). No album that contains "Piece of My Heart," "Summertime," "Ball & Chain," "Me and Bobby McGee," and "Get It While You Can" can be dismissed with the absolute lowest rating. But really, this is not an advisable way to hear these songs, either as an introduction or a best-of. If it's the music you care about, all of the material is easily available on the Big Brother and Joplin solo albums (except for the 1962 performance of "What Good Can Drinkin' Do," which is on the Janis box set). If you want to read the letters, you can buy the book Love, Janis, written by her sister, Laura Joplin. If you live in the right place, you can even see the play. This jumble of well-traveled tunes is just an attempt to wring more mileage out of the Joplin back catalog.

1. What Good Can Drinkin' Do
2. I Bring the News
3. Down on Me
4. I'm Somebody Important
5. Women Is Losers
6. Our First Record Is Finally Out
7. Piece of My Heart 8. I'm Sorry, Sorry
9. A Happening 10. Summertime
11. He's a Beatle, Mother
12. Ball and Chain
13. I May Just Be a Star Someday
14. A Woman Left Lonely
15. Twenty-Five
16. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
17. Did I Tell You About My Reviews?
18. Little Girl Blue
19. Twenty-Seven
20. Me and Bobby McGee
21. Mercedes Benz
22. The Last Letter: Really Rushin' Through
23. Get It While You Can

Size: 120 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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