Every Record I Own – J is for Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

Janis Joplin ‎– Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits

janis I’ve had this since I was 14 or so. I used to be able to do a pretty good impersonation of Janis then, thankfully I didn’t keep doing it because it ripped my throat out every time.

What can I say? Great album, great voice, nice screetching scratchy guitars, a rockin’ brass section and it reminds me of hot sunny days hanging around Plymouth Hoe, and bawling out ‘Cryyyyyyy’ in subways that made it a whole lot louder. Those subways are no longer there, clearly the sheer strength of my voice resonated deep into the concrete cancer and made demolition needed all the quicker. Hmm.

Weirdly, at the time I was hanging out with a male Janis and his very young mother who was sleeping with his best friend. Plymouth eh! They were both bright young things with genius brains, we’d stay up all night speedily stoned, discussing Mandelbrot sets and arguing about the value of an integer. Conversations then, that I didn’t know were practice for the sort of conversations I have with my 10 year old now. I don’t know what happened to Janis, good things I hope. His friend died of misadventure, I don’t know details but he did have a taste for the hard stuff so I assume it’s something related. Nice bloke. What a waste.

CBS ‎– S 65470
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo
  • A1 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Piece Of My Heart 4:19
  • A2 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Summertime 4:01
  • A3 Kozmic Blues Band – Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) 4:02
  • A4 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Cry Baby 3:57
  • A5 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Me And Bobby McGee 4:30
  • B1 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me 3:07
  • B2 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Get It While You Can 3:24
  • B3 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Bye, Bye Baby 2:36
  • B4 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Move Over 3:40
  • B5 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Ball And Chain 8:01