Janis Joplin - The Pearl Sessions
A classic every which way! And listening to this extended version, an interesting piece of history that's being brought into 2012, a mere 41 years after the fact, it still sounds great. Wether you need the sessions or the bonus tracks is up to you, but just speaking of the music, this has aged very well. Not at all really! The tracks sound as fresh today as when I first heard the original way back, when hippies still roamed the earth. Listening to this here, I seem to remember when tracks from this album were in the charts and played on the radio.
It's strange how some music is interesting even after four decades and some has gone absolutely flat. Say the Doors, whose music I was listening regularly to, but haven't touched in about 20 years (and will probably not make another attempt in my lifetime). The Doors were o.k. for the second half of the 60's and were never meant to go any further. Janis Joplin on the other hand, speaks to the rock connaisseur even though she/he might be hard of hearing today. There's also a 2 x 10" vinyl release available.