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Janis Joplin
"Kozmic Blues"

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track listing
  • Try
  • Maybe
  • One Good Man
  • As Good As
    You've Been
    To This World
  • To Love Somebody
  • Kozmic Blues
  • Little Girl Blue
  • Work Me Lord

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    "Kozmic Blues"

    Originally titled I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! this is one of many vinyl albums I received from my older brothers. It would be the only album i would have of Joplin's, as I pretty much wore out this vinyl album. Joplin was distinguishing her own sound in a more unique way, as she belted out blues tunes at the Monterey Pop Festival, and having recorded her first two albums with Big Brother & The Holding Company. She formed a new band (Kozmic Blues Band) for her next album, Kozmic Blues, incorporating the blues style, and featuring a knockout horn section. Her last studio album Pearl, she formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band, and unforunately, she died of a heroin overdose in 1970.

    "Try"" is the leadoff track, and is a great R&B number, with the style of Blood, Sweat & Tears (horn section), yet having a more soulful sound. "Maybe" is probably my favorite song from the album, as it was a remake of The Chantels version, but done in a more slow almost tearjerking blues style. "One Good Man" is more of a standard blues song, where the horn section returns in the R&B soulful "As Good As You've Been To This World."

    The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" has a more soulful blues approach, as the horns return with Joplin's vocals. The title track is one of many songs that I would play repeatedly; it's another great slow moving blues song. Another great "repeated listening" song is the classic blues number, "Little Girl Blue." "Work Me Lord" is another great blues number, and it's songs like this, in the slow moving blues style, that are the standouts.

    A great sampling of blues, Janis Joplin belted out the blues probably bettter than most of her fellow female blues performers. Her white blues has always been outstanding, and we can only imagine how much more she would have entertained us. Kozmic Blues is one of those albums where you don't need a greatest hits to enjoy or introduce yourself to her music. Kozmic Blues stands out on it's own, every track is very enjoyable, yet the slow blues numbers are the standouts. We're all waiting for the movie on her life, and last heard, Melissa Etheridge was supposed to take on the lead role. There were mentions of Bette Midler's The Rose movie was based loosely on Joplin's life, but until we actually see a biography movie on Janis Joplin, we can only witness film documentaries of the likes, and always enjoy her music.

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