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MAKE SURE YOU ORDER THE CORRECT ITEM,
This review is from: Big Brother & The Holding Company (Audio CD)
Amazon have put the wrong title here, "Big Brother & The Holding Company", which is a single CD, even the mp3 link is to that single album.
What you should have here according to the track listing is "Box Of Pearls" which has all 4 studio albums issued by Janis Joplin, (Big Brother & The Holding Company + Cheap Thrills + I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! + Pearl) with a bonus CD of rarities, so 5 CD's in total and 55 tracks.
To make matters more complicated, there is more than one issue of this box set, some very expensive, even 5x more expensive, strange but true, but all seem identical apart from minor packaging differences and year or place of issue.
Anyway, getting back to what should be a 5 CD box set, it can represent excellent value for money, (Amazon do not allow prices to be mentioned in reviews) and it is an easy way to buy a huge amount of JJ's small output, coupled with decent presentation and booklet, plus the sound is digitally remastered and cleaned up.
It certainly can work out cheaper than buying all 4 individual albums, plus you get the rare takes etc.
If you want one box set only of JJ, then this is about as good as it gets and is currently quite a bargain.
I own "Janis" by Janis Joplin, a 3 CD box set with almost as many tracks, 49 against 55, sadly as it is out of production and so it is usually very expensive, even in used condition. It has many similar tracks but more rarities.
I highly recommend either but if you want a single CD and cheaper alternative, buy "18 Essential Songs."
PS Be careful reading other reviews as Amazon has the ridiculous policy of putting reviews against any similar album, so some reviews here refer to a single CD issue, not a 5 CD box set. Reviews on Amazon are often in a mess due to this policy, I have even seen reviews for the wrong artist because the album titles have been the same, eg "20 Best Of" etc.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2014 11:56:34 GMT
Chris Carson says:
Thanks for the info here. I've had it in mind to buy some Janis Joplin for quite some time. As you say, it makes more sense to get the best value and a good representation of all her work.
Posted on 24 Dec 2014 04:16:45 GMT
My Box Of Pearls review has ended up here under this Vinyl lp as well and you can put product price of how much you paid for it, i have done so on my Box Of Pearls Review...the sale info for this Boxset says released 2005, issued first and only in U.S and Brazil in 1999 and Europe in 2013 so says the official Janis Discography, im yet to receive mine as i ordered it 23/12/14 so i have it after Xmas...but i have the Auto-rip in my iTunes and think its sounds quite good and great at the price of £17.59, seeing i dont own any of her original album releases, i do have "The Greatest Hits", "The Collection" and recently "Ball & Chain" (A.K.A The Lost Tapes) all on CD.
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