Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

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Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Janis Joplin
Released July 1973
Recorded 1966-1970
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 47:16
Label Columbia
Janis Joplin chronology
In Concert
(1972)
Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
(1973)
Live in Amsterdam
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits is a 1973 collection of hit songs by American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, who died in 1970. The album features the studio version of Me and Bobby Mcgee which is generally absent from most Joplin compilations. It also features live versions of Down On Me and Ball and Chain which were included on the In Concert album the previous year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Piece of My Heart" (Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy) – 4:14
  2. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 4:02
  3. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" (Ragovoy, Chip Taylor) – 3:57
  4. "Cry Baby" (Berns, Ragovoy) – 4:00
  5. "Me and Bobby McGee" (Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson) –
  6. "Down on Me" (Janis Joplin) – 3:09
  7. "Get It While You Can" (Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 3:27
  8. "Bye, Bye Baby" (Powell St. John) – 2:37
  9. "Move Over" (Joplin) – 3:44
  10. "Ball and Chain" (Big Mama Thornton) – 7:59

Bonus tracks on 1999 reissue[edit]

  1. "Maybe" – 3:39
  2. "Mercedes Benz" – 1:45

Sales certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Italy (FIMI)[2] Gold 50,000*
United States (RIAA)[3] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  2. ^ "Certificazione Album fisici e digitali settimana 39 del 2012" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Janis Joplin – Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH


The picture on the front cover of greatest hits was taken while she was visiting the Cincinnati Summerfair art festival in eden park june 1970.