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One Good Man
As Good As
To This World
To Love Somebody
Little Girl Blue
Work Me Lord
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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
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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