Janis (1993 album)

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Janis
Album-janis.jpg
Compilation album by Janis Joplin
Released November 23, 1993
Recorded December 1962 – September 26, 1970
Genre Rock
Length 195:50
Label Columbia Legacy
Janis Joplin chronology
Farewell Song
(1982)
Janis
(1993)
This Is Janis Joplin
(1995)

Janis is a compilation album by Janis Joplin, released in 1993. The album features a broad overview of her career from her very first recording in December 1962, to the last songs she did during the sessions for Pearl just a few days before her death in October 1970.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]
The Village Voice A[5]

Janis was voted the seventh best reissue of 1993 in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll;[6] Robert Christgau—the poll's supervisor—called it "a smart, audiowise set that not only gets Joplin's achievement right but helps us understand it".[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" – 2:45 (Janis 1975)
  2. "Trouble in Mind" – 3:03 (previously unreleased^)
  3. "Hesitation Blues" – 4:05 (previously unreleased)
  4. "Easy Rider" – 2:24 (previously unreleased)
  5. "Coo Coo" – 2:05 (previously unreleased)
  6. "Down on Me" – 2:06 (previously unreleased*)
  7. "The Last Time" – 2:17 (previously unreleased)
  8. "All Is Loneliness" – 2:19 (previously unreleased*)
  9. "Call on Me" – 3:37 (previously unreleased)
  10. "Women Is Losers" – 5:08 (previously unreleased)
  11. "Intruder" – 2:32 (previously unreleased)
  12. "Light Is Faster than Sound" – 2:32 (previously unreleased)
  13. "Bye, Bye Baby" – 2:39 (Big Brother & the Holding Company 1967)
  14. "Farewell Song" – 4:24 (previously unreleased**)
  15. "Flower in the Sun" – 3:13 (In Concert 1972)
  16. "Misery'n" – 4:09 (Farewell Song 1982)
  17. "Road Block" – 6:12 (previously unreleased*)
  18. "Ball and Chain" – 8:07 (In Concert 1972)

^ A different version was released on Janis 1975 * A different version was released on In Concert 1972 ** A different version was released on Farewell Song 1982

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Combination of the Two" – 5:52
  2. "I Need a Man to Love" – 4:53
  3. "Piece of My Heart" – 4:28
  4. "Turtle Blues" – 4:30
  5. "Oh, Sweet Mary" – 4:16
  6. "Catch Me Daddy" – 4:56
  7. "Summertime" – 4:07
  8. "Kozmic Blues" – 4:24
  9. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" – 3:58
  10. "One Good Man" – 4:11
  11. "Dear Landlord" (previously unissued) – 2:33
  12. "To Love Somebody" – 5:19
  13. "As Good as You've Been to This World" – 5:27
  14. "Little Girl Blue" – 3:51
  15. "Work Me, Lord" – 6:38
  16. "Raise Your Hand" (live) – 2:17
  17. "Maybe" (live) – 4:07

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Me and Bobby McGee" (alternate version) – 4:49
  2. "One Night Stand" (alternate take) – 3:10
  3. "Tell Mama" (live) – 5:48
  4. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" (live) – 8:16
  5. "Cry Baby" – 4:59
  6. "Move Over" – 3:42
  7. "A Woman Left Lonely" – 3:29
  8. "Half Moon" – 3:53
  9. "Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails)" – 1:10
  10. "My Baby" – 3:45
  11. "Mercedes Benz" – 2:14
  12. "Trust Me" – 3:17
  13. "Get It While You Can" – 3:25
  14. "Me and Bobby McGee" – 4:29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Janis Joplin: Janis > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  2. ^ Anon. (December 24, 1993). "Review". Entertainment Weekly. p. 60. 
  3. ^ Anon. (December 23, 1993). "Review". Rolling Stone. p. 148. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Janis Joplin". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 440. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 21, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Anon. (March 1, 1994). "The 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 1993). "Joan Jett, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Janis Joplin, Sue Foley". Playboy. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Janis Joplin – Janis". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH