Pearl

~ Release group by Janis Joplin

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Pearl 12" Vinyl 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) KC 30322
Pearl 12" Vinyl 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) S 64188
Pearl 12" Vinyl 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) S 64188 [none]
Pearl 12" Vinyl 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CQ 30322
Pearl 12" Vinyl 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PC 30322 [none]
Pearl CD 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 64188 [none]
Pearl (Historic Reissue) CD 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 64188 5099706418825
Pearl (front cover: "Pearl") CD 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CD 64188 5099706418825
Pearl (front cover: "Pearl / Janis Joplin") CD 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CD 64188 5099706418825
Pearl CD 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 53441 074645344126
Pearl CD 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 64413 074646441329
Pearl CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) CK 65786 074646578629
Pearl CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 492865 2 5099749286528
Pearl CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 492865 2 8431588067925
Pearl (legacy edition) 2×Digital Media 16 + 13 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 5099751513421
Pearl 2×CD 16 + 13 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) C2K 90282 827969028223
Pearl (legacy edition) 2×CD 16 + 13 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 5151342000, COL 515134 2 5099751513421
Pearl Vinyl 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697159491 886971594911
Pearl Digital Media 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 886443610538
Pearl Hybrid SACD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Sony Music Commercial Music Group UDSACD 2173 821797217361
Pearl (reissue) 12" Vinyl 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) S 64188 [none]
Pearl Digital Media 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) [none]
Pearl CD 10 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 30322 074643032223

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 125)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190564 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/72235 [info]
Wikidata: Q220744 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Janis_Joplin:Pearl_(1971) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/janis_joplin/pearl/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/h5xm [info]

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Like another flower child whose legacy long outlived their brief spell on this world, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin achieved worldwide notoriety after her appearance at Monterey festival. Her wailing rendition of Ball And Chain signalled the arrival of a feisty blues shouter who made up in attitude what she may have lacked in technique. Yet two years later, following her rejection of the group with whom she made her name - Big Brother And The Holding Company, she began a search for a band who could allow her to rock out yet ground her more wayward tendencies. Following a year-long spell with the Stax-styled Kozmic Blues Band she finally assembled what she considered to be her own band - The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Following a tour in the Summer of 1970 she and the band settled down to record what would become Pearl. It was to be her last recorded work.

By the fall of 1970 Janis' prolonged use of heroin had worn down a vast amount of the goodwill that she'd built up in the business, yet it seemed that her happiness with the band of young Canadian musicians served, at least for a brief spell, to assuage her inner demons. Working with Doors' producer Paul Rothschild, she recorded enough music to make up an album despite the cruel curtailment of the sessions due to her demise.

Pearl is a smoother, more polished album than anything Janis had achieved previously. Her other great album, Cheap Thrills (with Big Brother...) is a fine record but sloppy in execution. Pearl, conversely is the sound of an artist growing up. The Full Tilt Boogie Band keep her grounded on a song like A Woman Left Lonely which would, in earlier times, have allowed her to become too self-indulgent. Pearl's most famous track - Klris Kristofferson's Me And Bobby McGee - is a song that wouldn't have suited her in 1967, but now her voice delivered it in a near definitive style. Even a track as throwaway as the a capella Mercedes Benz has a warmth that makes one wonder how she would have continued to mature.

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. For all its incompleteness (or maybe because of it) Pearl remains a jewel in the short, gaudy career of a true original.