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Janis Joplin 8/31/1999

Review

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. ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Move Over Janis Joplin 3:38
  3. 2 Cry Baby [Cover] Janis Joplin 3:54
  4. 3 A Woman Left Lonely Janis Joplin 3:25
  5. 4 Half Moon Janis Joplin 3:50
  6. 5 Buried Alive in the Blues Janis Joplin 2:23
  7. 6 My Baby Janis Joplin 3:41
  8. 7 Me and Bobby McGee [Cover] Janis Joplin 4:27
  9. 8 Mercedes Benz Janis Joplin 1:44
  10. 9 Trust Me Janis Joplin 3:13
  11. 10 Get It While You Can Janis Joplin 3:20
  12. 11 Tell Mama Janis Joplin 6:32
  13. 12 Little Girl Blue Janis Joplin 3:54
  14. 13 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) Janis Joplin 6:52
  15. 14 Cry Baby Janis Joplin 6:28

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