I never thought a voice could sound like Janis Joplin and, however, be autonomous and not an imitation. This is the case for Magie Bell, who leads the vocals in this album. The material compiles the different formations of Stone the Crows, a band whose name shall be translated in moder english as "Hell with it". The group had Bell as the greatest brandname. However the band is not so chaotic as Janis' Big Bother and the Holding Company. She shares vocals in pretty good stuff such as "The touch of your loving hand" and "Rain in my heart" (this track appears in two different versions). Stone lost his guitar player in a tragedy - he got an unfortunate electrocution touching a mic ! - and they carried on, although this final period was not as good as their beginnings. In this phase the guitar had Jimmy McCulloch, who was a gifted player in both Thunderclap Newman and later with Paul McCartney's Wings. The seminal track in that period is the erotic "Peniciline Blues", sang with the proper obscenity by the great Maggie. This band is terrific, they sound great and Maggie is the best rock singer in Britain. Of course in folk rock you have Sandy Denny, but in rock I guess Maggie has not equals. The set is a proper introduction to the band and compiles their best songs. To get the original studio albums is difficult given they have not been re-issued. However in some legal download sites you may get them and Amazon sells them used. I praise this band and I am convinced Janis Joplin fans will love the energy of Maggie. She does not pretend to be another Janis and she is not the hippie or bluesy Janis. However, she is really good indeed and the only one who could claim to compete with her in Britain. Janis of course, well you know, is Janis. But Maggie has personality and she deserves to be explored with Stone the Crows, whose sound is quite good and better structured than Big Brother and the Holding Company.