50th Anniversary Album Spotlight Pearl Janis Joplin Released January 11, 1971 Chart debut: January 30, 1971 Chart peak: #1 (February 27 through April 24, 1971) #122 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2003) The album opens catchily with blues rocker "Move Over," the only song on the disc written solely by Joplin: Next Janice gives her vocal chords more of a workout with "Cry Baby" (charts May 15, 1971; #42 US), a cover of a 1963 crossover hit for Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters: Following that is the gospel-flavored "A Woman Left Lonely," an original number written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. "Half Moon" was written for Janis by John and Johanna Hall. John Hall would go on to become a founding member of the '70s band Orleans, and later a US congressman from New York. The first side closes with "Buried Alive in the Blues," released as an instrumental because Janis died before recording vocals for it. I wasn't able to find much info on the opening song of side two, "My Baby" (written by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman), other than it being a cover of a song that had been a 1966 under-bubbler for Garnet Mimms. Signature uber-classic "Me and Bobby McGee" (charted Jan. 30, 1971; #1 US the weeks of Mar. 20 and 27, 1971; #148 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) was written by Kris Kristofferson from an idea provided by Fred Foster; originally recorded by Roger Miller in 1969; and also recorded by artists including Kenny Rogers & the First Edition and Gordon Lightfoot prior to Janis's definitive version. The titular character was inspired by a woman nicknamed Bobbie...Janis's version takes advantage of the name's gender neutrality. This is noteworthy for being only the second posthumously released US chart-topper, following Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay". The consumerism-criticizing "Mercedes Benz," an original number credited to Janis, Bob Neuwirth, and poet Michael McClure, is noteworthy for being the last song that Janis recorded, three days before her death: Were a cappella songs Squiggy's favorites? "Trust Me" is an original written by Bobby Womack. The album closes anthemically with "Get It While You Can" (charts Sept. 11, 1971; #78 US), written by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman and based on a version by R&B artist Howard Tate that bubbled under in 1967: Overall this is a pretty good album, but some of the material didn't really grab me. _______ Loud jazz. I know. Huh...I've actually got that, from the compilation that I bought for their singles. Did you ever get in?