It seems that without CAT’s, I have less to write about on this blog, so I figured I’d post one for this week. And with last weekend marking the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I figured I’d showcase one of the many notable artists to perform at that extraordinary event, Janis Joplin.
The album was the first that Janis would record with backing band Full Tilt Boogie, and also has a bit of a cleaner sound than her earlier blues-rock efforts with Big Brother and The Holding Company thanks to longtime Doors producer, Paul Rothchild. However, pretty much every song on this album rocks pretty hard, and it’s hard to beat Janis’s signature wail on top of all of it.
Songs like “Half Moon” and “My Baby”, show Joplin’s vocals reaching glorious highs, while the backing band’s grooves are as tight as you could ask for. And let’s not forget what may be the most charming song of Janis Joplin’s career, the country-tinged “Me and Bobby McGee”, which also wound up being the biggest hit of her brief career.
While Pearl may be the best album Janis Joplin ever recorded, it also holds the distinction of being the last she recorded before her death in October 1970. In fact, the song “Buried Alive In The Blues”, which is featured on the album is an instrumental because Joplin died before her vocals were recorded for it. And even if her career was cut short by her untimely death, she still never sounded better than on Pearl.
Favorite Tracks: “A Woman Left Lonely”, “Half Moon”, “Me and Bobby McGee”