Review - Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection

Artist: Janis Joplin


Her career may have been cut short, but Janis Joplin's psychedelic blues legacy lives on with the limited-edition CD box set "Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection." Included are Joplin's two albums she recorded while fronting Big Brother & The Holding Company ("Big Brother & The Holding Company," "Cheap Thrills"), her two solo studio outings ("I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!," the legendary "Pearl") and an exclusive compilation of five unreleased tracks (Rare Pearls).

Each disc has been remastered -- earlier CDs were flawed -- and includes unreleased bonus tracks, liner notes and unpublished photos. Let me tell you -- they look and sound amazing. Even lifelong fans of the gravel-throated singer will find this definitive package an essential purchase. In addition to the box set, titles are available individually (except for "Rare Pearls").