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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
Artwork Included


At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Janis cannot get enough of her. A couple of tracks I have not heard so it is a great share

Thank you


At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy again 7-Floor. I saw this play locally - Janis' brother had a hand, along one of the guitarists from Big Brother, in putting this thing together. It was pretty interesting to hear her personal letters to her family in between jams by a group pretending to be Big brother with a pretend Janis.



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