Sunday, August 22, 2010


Janis Joplin expressed the pain of her existence in every nuance of her voice, and FAREWELL SONG is a highly confessional testimony to her short, tragic life. It contains six songs from her stint with Big Brother and three recorded after she departed their company. The live and studio recordings capture all the bitchiness, pathos and generosity of Joplin's voice and spirit, as well as the taint of self-destruction and tragedy that seemed destined to dog her until her early demise. The collection richly portrays the abandon that propelled Joplin to both worldwide fame and premature self-immolation.

There's a bone-chilling version of the highly autobiographical "Misery'n" and the Todd Rundgren-produced "One Night Stand," the latter a portrait of the paranoia and confusion of the transient life of the star. Joplin's voice positively soars in this sadly revealing tune about the fleeting nature of love on the road. Also impressive are the vocally acrobatic "Catch Me Daddy" and the mournful title track. A goofy version of "Amazing Grace" is somewhat disappointing when one considers how Joplin could have wrapped her soulful voice around this spiritual hymn, but this collection is deeply satisfying in both its diversity and the intimacy of its autobiography.

Tracks :

Tell Mama;
Magic Of Love
One Night Stand
Raise Your Hand
Farewell Song
Amazing Grace/Hi Heel Sneakers
Catch Me Daddy.

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