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the current still passes as on the day it was recorded,
This review is from: Cheap Thrills (Audio CD)
Janis Joplin is totally electrifying on this album, which also gives the band Big Brother and the Holding Company quite a lot of space, as you hear on the brilliant intro number, Combination Of The Two. The whole thing has a very sixties feel, as others have said, but is also timeless in that her voice can never date - you only have to hear it to feel the emotion as if she was singing it right in the present. Her take on Summertime is unique, I Need A Man To Love just aches as only Janis can - just thinking about it is moving ... Piece Of My Heart is one of her greatest tracks, caught here in a superb version, while Ball And Chain is different from the Greatest Hits version and just as good, maybe a bit more weary in tone. With four extra tracks the album gives you more than the original LP, compensation for having Robert Crumb's brilliant cover reduced so much, perhaps? There are also several classic photos of Janis and the band; she was a particularly interesting subject because she had such candour, an almost child-like quality.