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Final release, Pearl, appeared in 1971, shortly after her death in 1970
Wikipedia's entry on Janis Joplin
Unique. She is the standard others now are compared to. She herself learned a lot from early blue singers like Bessie Smith.
Own, covers, traditional Americana
Janis Joplin's voice and technique is quite unique; she can rip a song apart in one moment, and then sing it ever so softly and gently the next moment. Not a pretty voice, but extremely expressive. One of her bands was called "Full Tilt Boogie Band" which is a quite accurate description of her music.... (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Pearl or In Concert or perhaps one of the various greatest hits compilations
Phil Badella—backing vocals
Nice consistent album, but not quite as powerful as the live recordings on In Concert. (email@example.com)
Sound quality isn't the best (it's a live album, after all), but the album contains lots of great songs and Janis Joplin really gets to show off her talent. You'll never recognize "Summertime"! (firstname.lastname@example.org);-)
Thanks to Jens P. Tagore Brage for work on this entry.
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