The Pearl Sessions - Janis Joplin
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  1. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    Pearl is proabl not her best album (I prefer hr earlier stuff) but the packaging is perfect! many alternate takes that are very interesting especially the accoustic version of Me and Bobby McGee (enough to make me cry).
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  1. May 15, 2012
    90
    The Pearl Sessions with newly found studio outtakes, live performances and chatter rarities, the tumult of its original 1971 (three months after her passing) comes through loud and clear.
  2. May 15, 2012
    90
    Hardcore Joplin fans and historians have an excellent retrospective package which, while illuminating the process of the creation of Pearl, doesn't replace it in the canon.
  3. 70
    Suffice it to say that unless you simply need to own everything Janis touched, this package is of negligible value. Newcomers will be better served by the 2005 edition with its powerful concert material showing how Joplin and the scrappy Full Tilt reinterpreted her earlier work.