Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits

11 Apr

Joplin

Issued in 1973, three years after her death from a heroin overdose and bought by me in my first year at university four or five years later.  Joplin’s memory seems to have faded somewhat but this album (just 10 tracks on vinyl – CDs have bonus material) shows her to have had a fine pair of lungs – belting out some of the material with impressive power and bluesy soulfulness. This is exemplified on the “Come on, Come on” line of ‘Piece Of My Heart’ which is perhaps the only track to get radio play nowadays. But she also handle’s Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ with real delicacy and her version of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ with it’s wonderfully spaced-out guitar line makes you wish you’d been young and Californian in 1968!

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