Janis Joplin Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection (5-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
Item:  CBS 947422

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: August 2, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony

Description by OLDIES.com:

Box of Pearls is a true celebration of Janis Joplin's work: a beautiful boxed set edition of all her studio albums. The cover art is taken from her legendary custom-painted Porsche, and the new elongated box makes the design even more eye-catching. The individual albums (all remastered expanded edition versions with bonus tracks) are now packaged in the original LP jacket replicas for the first time and the booklets from each release - with the original essays, credits and photos - have been reformatted to create one beautiful 36 page saddle-stitched book. Also included in this box's set is a bonus EP, "Rare Pearls," featuring 5 previously unreleased tracks.

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Q - 11/99, p.156
4 stars out of 5 - "...pretty much the last word on the artist..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Bye, Bye Baby
  • 2.Easy Rider
  • 3.Intruder
  • 4.Light Is Faster Than Sound
  • 5.Call On Me
  • 6.Women Is Losers
  • 7.Blindman
  • 8.Down On Me
  • 9.Caterpillar
  • 10.All Is Loneliness
  • 11.Coo Coo (Bonus Track)
  • 12.The Last Time (Bonus Track)
  • 13.Call On Me (Alternate Take)(Bonus Track)
  • 14.Bye, Bye Baby (Alternate Take)(Bonus Track)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
  • 2.Maybe
  • 3.One Good Man
  • 4.As Good As You've Been To This World
  • 5.To Love Somebody
  • 6.Kozmic Blues
  • 7.Little Girl Blue
  • 8.Work Me, Lord
  • 9.Dear Landlord (Bonus Track)
  • 10.Summertime (Live)(Bonus Track)
  • 11.Piece Of My Heart (Live)(Bonus Track)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Combination Of The Two
  • 2.I Need A Man To Love
  • 3.Summertime
  • 4.Piece Of My Heart
  • 5.Turtle Blues
  • 6.Oh, Sweet Mary
  • 7.Ball & Chain
  • 8.Roadblock (Bonus Track)
  • 9.Flower In The Sun (Bonus Track)
  • 10.Catch Me Daddy (Live)(Bonus Track)
  • 11.Magic Of Love (Live)(Bonus Track)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Move Over
  • 2.Cry Baby
  • 3.A Woman Left Lonely
  • 4.Half Moon
  • 5.Buried Alive In The Blues
  • 6.My Baby
  • 7.Me And Bobby McGee
  • 8.Mercedes Benz
  • 9.Trust Me
  • 10.Get It While You Can
  • 11.Tell Mama (Live)(Bonus Track)
  • 12.Little Girl Blue (Live)(Bonus Track)
  • 13.Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)(Live)(Bonus Track)
  • 14.Cry Baby (Live)(Bonus Track)

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.It's A Deal (Previously Unreleased)
  • 2.Crazy Once You Know How (Previously Unreleased)
  • 3.Maybe (Live)(Previously Unreleased)
  • 4.Raise Your Hand (Live)(Previously Unreleased)
  • 5.Bo Diddley (Live)(Previously Unreleased)

Product Description:

BOX OF PEARLS: THE JANIS JOPLIN COLLECTION includes BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY FEATURING JANIS JOPLIN, CHEAP THRILLS, I GOT DEM OL' KOZMIC BLUES AGAIN MAMA!, PEARL plus a bonus disc featuring previously unreleased tracks, RARE PEARLS.
Includes booklet.
Personnel: Janis Joplin (vocals); Kozmic Blues Band, Big Brother & The Holding Company (various instruments); Sam Houston Andrew III, Peter S. Albin (guitar, bass guitar); James Gurley, John Till (guitar); Bobby Womack (acoustic guitar); Terry Clements (tenor saxophone); Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers (baritone saxophone, background vocals); Luis Gasca (trumpet); Richard Bell, John Simon (piano); Gabriel Mekler, Richard Kermode, Ken Pearson (organ); Brad Campbell (bass guitar); David Getz, Clark Pierson, Maury Baker, Lonnie Castille (drums); Bobbye Hall (congas, bongos); Sandra Crouch (tambourine); John Cooke, Vince Mitchell, Phil Badella (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: John Byrne Cooke.
A limited-edition five-CD box set comprising both albums that Janis Joplin made with Big Brother & the Holding Company (Cheap Thrills and Big Brother & the Holding Company), both of her solo albums (I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Pearl), and a bonus EP with five previously unreleased recordings. Each of these four albums includes previously unreleased bonus tracks (including live material), and each is available separately with the same bonus cuts. The tracks on the bonus EP aren't available anywhere else, and if you're devoted enough to consider laying out for this deluxe box, you're probably most interested in what's on that fifth disc. There are a couple of Cheap Thrills outtakes, "It's a Deal" and "Crazy Once You Know How," with a garagey feel and some typically scorching, uninhibited Big Brother lead guitar; it can be seen why they may not have been deemed strong enough for the album, but they're pretty cool to have. The live versions of "Maybe" (April 1969) and "Raise Your Hand" (October 1969) are OK, but not essential; of greater curiosity is the raw live charge through "Bo Diddley" (also October 1969). In the original long-box shaped release, each of the CDs is packaged in a mini-LP-type jacket, which would be really cool except for the fact that, cheapskates that Sony management is, none has an inner-sleeve, so the CDs tend to roll out of the sleeve once they're unsealed, unless you put them back in the box very carefully; additionally, the producers didn't re-create the gatefold design of Cheap Thrills; there are two subsequent versions of the set, a domestic wide CD-sized box containing full, jewel-cased versions of the five discs, and a Japanese version in mini-LP sleeves (with inner sleeves) and with two accompanying booklets. Note that this box does not include a good deal of material that has shown up on the Janis box, the Janis movie soundtrack, In Concert, and Farewell Song, so it's not a complete collection of Joplin's recordings. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder
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