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About half of this two-record set features Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1968, performing songs like "Down on Me" and "Piece of My Heart." The rest, recorded in 1970, finds her with her backup group, Full Tilt Boogie, mostly performing songs from I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Joplin puts herself out on-stage, both in terms of singing until her voice is raw and describing her life to her audiences. Parts of this album are moving, parts are heartbreaking, and the rest is just great rock & roll.
Track listing
Side one
No. Title
1. "Down on Me" traditional; arranged by Janis Joplin March 2, 1968 at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan 3:07
2. "Bye, Bye Baby" Powell St. John April 12, 1968 at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California 4:27
3. "All is Loneliness" Louis Harden April 4, 1970, at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California 5:45
4. "Piece of My Heart" Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy March 2, 1968, Grande Ballroom 4:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
5. "Road Block" Joplin, Pete Albin June 23, 1968, the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California 2:59
6. "Flower in the Sun" Sam Andrew June 23, 1968, Carousel Ballroom 3:03
7. "Summertime" George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward June 23, 1968, Carousel Ballroom 4:45
8. "Ego Rock" Joplin, Nick Gravenites April 4, 1970, Fillmore West 8:02
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
9. "Half Moon" John Hall, Joanna Hall June 28, 1970, Festival Express, Toronto, Ontario 5:14
10. "Kozmic Blues" Joplin, Gabriel Mekler June 28, 1970, Festival Express, Toronto 4:45
11. "Move Over" Joplin June 28, 1970, Festival Express, Toronto 6:37
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
12. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" Ragovoy, Chip Taylor July 4, 1970, Festival Express, Calgary, Alberta 7:51
13. "Get It While You Can" Ragovoy, Mort Shuman July 4, 1970, Festival Express, Calgary 7:04
14. "Ball and Chain" Willie Mae Thornton July 4, 1970, Festival Express, Calgary 8:03
Total length: 76:50

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