Album #232 – Pearl

Album #232

Unfortunately, this was Janis Joplin’s last album. She died a few months before it’s release. This album was much more polished than her previous albums and was produced by none other than Paul A. Rothchild (He is famous for producing The Doors). I enjoyed this album. Janis is on fire here. Even though it is produced well, the energy that Joplin brought to the table is not diminished. The album’s opening track, Move Over, is classic Joplin. The song is actually the only song on the album written by Joplin and it sets the tone for the album. Also included on this album are: Mercedes Benz, Cry Baby and Joplin’s famous version of Kris Kristofferson’s Me and Bobby McGee. Joplin’s version went to number one on the Billboard Singles Chart and was a fitting end to her amazing, but tragically short career. I really enjoyed this album and it has made me an even bigger Janis Joplin fan. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Live! by Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker

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