Janis Joplin’s ‘Pearl’ is her fourth (and released posthumously) album, recorded between September 5 and October 3, 1970 and released on January 11, 1971 by Columbia
Track listing : 1.Move Over (Janis Joplin) – 03:39 . 2.Cry Baby (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns) – 03:56 . 3.A Woman Left Lonely (Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham) – 03:27 . 4.Half Moon (John Hall, Johanna Hall) – 03:51 . 5.Buried Alive in the Blues (Nick Gravenites) – 02:24 . 6.My Baby (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 03:44 . 7.Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster) – 04:29 . 8.Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin, Bob Neuwirth, Michael McClure) – 01:46 . 9.Trust Me (Bobby Womack) – 03:15 . 10.Get It While You Can (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman)) – 03:23 .
Musicians : Janis Joplin – Vocals, Guitar On (7) . Richard Bell – Piano . Ken Pearson – Organ . John Till – Electric Guitar . Brad Campbell – Bass Guitar . Clark Pierson – Drums . Bobby Womack – Acoustic Guitar On (9) . Bobbye Hall – Conga, Percussion . Phil Badella – Backing Vocals . John Cooke – Backing Vocals . Vince Mitchell – Backing Vocals . Sandra Crouch – Tambourine .
Production Produced by Paul A. Rothchild . Robert Honablue – Engineer . Jen Wyler – Mixing . Glen Kolotkin – Engineer . Joe Lizzi – Mixing . Phil Macy – Engineer . Vic Anesini – Mastering .
Package : Barry Feinstein – Design, Photography . David Gahr – Photography . Tom Wilkes – Design, Photography . Baron Wolman – Photography .
Recorded September 5 – October 3, 1970 .
Released in January 1971 by Columbia.
Janis’ last. Fortunately, Pearl is a good record and Janis is often magnificent. The voice cut off was clearly in its prime. I suspect that some of the tracks are not in their final shape, but these are not scrapsand there is every indication that Janis was working toward a new maturity and confidence. […]
Pearl remains a jewel in the short, gaudy career of a true original. There’s a gaping hole at the center of this great album in the shape of Nick Gravenites’ Buried Alive In The Blues. The aptly-titled song remains an instrumental as Janis died the day before her vocal was due to be added. […]
So it is easy to search some hidden messages here, but it is not that kind of record. Of course, it is a great oneand I’ve got an impression that she knew what she was musically doing, that she was 100% aware of her situation musically and privately. […]