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Old 07-16-2019, 08:14 PM
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I loved her in The Rose.



Never cottoned to Janis. I completely get what she was doing with her voice and her music. It's the Blues. It's not The Magic Flute. You want crystal clear with firm even vibrato? Hike on down to The Met. So, I get it. But I sure never liked it.

Always enjoyed Mercedes Benz- but then, it's the lyrics not her performance that tickles me.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:27 AM
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I'm not really a fan but I saw the 2015 film Janis: Little Girl Blue in the cinema when it came out and thought it was quite fascinating and very watchable. A real insight into her life and music.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:31 AM
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Always enjoyed Mercedes Benz- but then, it's the lyrics not her performance that tickles me.
Mercedes Benz makes me think f the little kid singing

My baloney has a first name
It's O-S-C-A-R...

It's not the lyrics, it's the performance.

I expect Janis to go "How's that?" at the finish.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:20 PM
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Janis Joplin got dragged down by a bad band and lifted up by a good one. Listen to Big Brother and the Holding Company, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, and Pearl. Three different bands, three different styles. not to mention Janis' various bouts with addiction and hard living interfering with all three albums.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:16 AM
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I love her passion, but can understand your opposition.

Me? I don't like The Doors. I don't like Morrison's vocals or the imposing keyboard.

To each his own.
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I'm not necessarily a fan, but I can't deny that she had an original voice. I respect her for the impact and influence she brought to the era/culture even if I don't willingly seek her music out.

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I like Janis in small doses, the best two being "Ball and Chain" and "Summertime" off of Cheap Thrills. I have to add I like those more for the instrumental bits than the singing.

These threads are kind of fun because others' unexpected viewpoints can be interesting (or not). Take Joni Mitchell for example- some idolize her, but I find when she gets into that affected voice of hers, she sounds like Julia Child after she dropped a 20 pound frozen turkey on her toe.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:48 PM
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I love her passion, but can understand your opposition.

Me? I don't like The Doors. I don't like Morrison's vocals or the imposing keyboard.

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Old 07-18-2019, 02:50 PM
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It's a shame there's no recordings of her singing in Texas before moving to San Francisco.
Next best thing, perhaps? Janis and Jorma K. recorded in his house, June 1964.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr2AS3qDR3A


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I like Janis in small doses, the best two being "Ball and Chain" and "Summertime" off of Cheap Thrills.
Agreed. I kind of liked her at the time, but for me her recordings haven't aged well. "Summertime" being the shining exception, still a lovely understated performance.
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