Janis Joplin's Pearl gets 50th anniversary vinyl reissue

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      This Monday (January 11) marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Pearl, Janis Joplin's second, and final, solo album.

      As you may recall, if you're an old person like me, that LP was released posthumously, three months after Joplin's death from an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.

      She was only 27.

      And man could she sing.

      Columbia/Legacy Recordings and the Janis Joplin Estate announced today that, to commemorate the half-century since Pearl's original release, it will be reissued in April in limited-edition white "Pearl"-colored 180-gram vinyl. You can pre-order it here.

      The album has sold over four-million copies, and is best known for its cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee".

      But it will also be remembered for the bluesy a cappella track "Mercedes Benz", "a song of great social and political import" that was recorded in one take three days before Joplin died.

      Track listing:

      1. Move Over
      2. Cry Baby
      3. A Woman Left Lonely
      4. Half Moon
      5. Buried Alive In the Blues
      6. My Baby
      7. Me and Bobby McGee
      8. Mercedes Benz
      9. Trust Me
      10. Get It While You Can