The Pearl Sessions
The studio chatter, alternate takes, and leftover tracks that make up the two-disc edition of Janis Joplin’s last album, which was released three months after her death in October 1970, don’t reveal anything new about the rock icon. Except maybe that she nailed every single song gathered here. Despite her wild and boozy reputation, Joplin was a total pro in the studio, as The Pearl Sessions proves again and again, as the 27-year-old singer delivers previously unreleased versions of “Move Over,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Cry Baby” with the same room-rattling force found on the original album, which is also included here. But unless you’re so into Joplin’s legacy that you need to hear five different versions of “Get It While You Can,” there’s probably no reason to sit through single mixes or the title tune, a clunky instrumental that’s totally Joplin-free.