Category: pearl

Albums Released In 1971

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Janis Joplin

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during a studio shoot for Eye magazine, which photographer Baron Wolman called the ‘Concert for One’ in Belvedere Street, San Francisco, January 1968.

Janis Joplin cover shoot for her album Pearl in Hollywood, 1970.

Photos by Barry Feinstein

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Janis Joplin and

Gloria Swanson

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The Dick Cavett Show – Airdate: August 3, 1970

On this day in music history: February 27, 1971 – “Pearl”, the fourth album by Janis Joplin hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 9 weeks. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from September 5 – October 1, 1970. Working with Doors producer Paul Rothchild, Janis records her new album with The Full Tilt Boogie Band, who have backed her on a tour of Canada in the Summer of 1970, and performed with her on the Dick Cavett Show. Joplin enters the sessions energized and focused, having successfully kicked her heroin habit months before. Alone and depressed when her then boyfriend fails to come and visit her the previous night, she relapses and dies of an accidental overdose on the morning of October 4, 1970. Ironically, later that day that she is due at the studio to record her final vocals for the album, on the song “Buried Alive In The Blues”. That final track is included as an instrumental on the released album. A major critical and commercial success upon its release, the album also spins off her biggest hit “Me And Bobby McGee” hitting number one on the Hot 100 on March 20, 1971. “Pearl” is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: January 11, 1971 – “Pearl”, the fourth album by Janis Joplin is released. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from September 5 – October 1, 1970. Following the dissolution of her first post Big Brother band, The Kosmic Blues Band, Joplin regroups with a new band of musicians called Full Tilt Boogie for her fourth release. Working with Doors producer Paul A. Rothchild, the production is more polished than her previous efforts. Recording Rothchild’s favored studio Sunset Sound, it is also the first time that a CBS Records artist is permitted to record at a studio, other than one owned the record label. Tragically, Joplin dies of a heroin overdose the day before sessions are to conclude on October 4, 1970. Most ironically, the song she is to record that day is titled “Buried Alive In The Blues”. The instrumental track is included on the finished album. “Pearl” (titled after her nickname) yields several songs that become part of her legend including “Move Over”, “Mercedes Benz”, “Get It While You Can” and “Me And Bobby McGee” (#1 Pop), co-written by Joplin’s former boyfriend Kris Kristofferson, posthumously becomes her biggest hit. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with four live bonus tracks. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Sony Music in 2011. A double CD boxed edition titled “The Pearl Sessions” containing addition and previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions is released on Record Store Day in April of 2012. Audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab had planned the release of a half-speed mastered LP release in 1984, but is abruptly cancelled, though test pressings do exist. Over thirty years later, MFSL announces that the title is to be released as a 45 RPM mastered double 180 gram vinyl LP set. It is finally released on March 2, 2016, and is also issued as a hybrid SACD. “Pearl” is released ten weeks after Joplin’s death, spending nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Janis Joplin at Spaulding Taylor’s house in San Francisco, January 1968.

(Photos by Baron Wolman)

Janis Joplin photographed by Jan Persson in Denmark, April 1969.

On this day in music history: February 27, 1971 – “Pearl”, the fourth album by Janis Joplin hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 9 weeks. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from September 5 – October 1, 1970. Working with Doors producer Paul Rothchild, Janis records her new album with The Full Tilt Boogie Band, who have backed her on a tour of Canada in the Summer of 1970, and performed with her on the Dick Cavett Show. Joplin enters the sessions energized and focused, having successfully kicked her heroin habit months before. Alone and depressed when her then boyfriend fails to come and visit her the previous night, she relapses and dies of an accidental overdose on the morning of October 4, 1970. Ironically, later that day that she is due at the studio to record her final vocals for the album, on the song “Buried Alive In The Blues”. That final track is included as an instrumental on the released album. A major critical and commercial success upon its release, the album also spins off her biggest hit “Me And Bobby McGee” hitting number one on the Hot 100 on March 20, 1971. “Pearl” is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: January 11, 1971 – “Pearl”, the fourth album by Janis Joplin is released. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from September 5 – October 1, 1970. Following the dissolution of her first post Big Brother band, The Kosmic Blues Band, Joplin regroups with a new band of musicians called Full Tilt Boogie for her fourth release. Working with Doors producer Paul A. Rothchild, the production is more polished than her previous efforts. Recording Rothchild’s favored studio Sunset Sound, it is also the first time that a CBS Records artist is permitted to record at a studio other than one owned the record label. Tragically, Joplin dies of a heroin overdose the day before sessions are to conclude on October 4, 1970. Most ironically, the song she is to record that day is titled “Buried Alive In The Blues”. The instrumental track is included on the finished album. “Pearl” (titled after her nickname) yields several songs that become part of her legend including “Move Over”, “Mercedes Benz”, “Get It While You Can” and “Me And Bobby McGee” (#1 Pop), co-written by Joplin’s former boyfriend Kris Kristofferson, posthumously becomes her biggest hit. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with four live bonus tracks. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Sony Music in 2011. A double CD boxed edition titled “The Pearl Sessions” containing addition and previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions is released on Record Store Day in April of 2012. Audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab had planned the release of a half-speed mastered LP release in 1984, but is abruptly cancelled, though test pressings do exist. Over thirty years later, MFSL announces that the title is to be released as a 45 RPM mastered double 180 gram vinyl LP set. It is finally released on March 2, 2016, and is also issued as a hybrid SACD. “Pearl” is released ten weeks after Joplin’s death, spending nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.