Janis Joplin ‎– Pearl

Columbia ‎– KC 30322
Vinyl, LP, Album, Pitman Pressing

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Move Over
Written-By – Janis Joplin
A2 Cry Baby
Written-By – B. Berns*, Ragovoy*
A3 A Woman Left Lonely
Written-By – D. Penn*, S. Oldham*
A4 Half Moon
Written-By – J. Hall*
A5 Buried Alive In The Blues
Written-By – N. Gravenites*
B1 My Baby
Written-By – J. Ragovoy*, M. Shuman*
B2 Me & Bobby McGee
Acoustic Guitar – Pearl (8)Written-By – F. Foster*, Kris Kristopherson*
B3 Mercedes Benz
Written-By – Janis Joplin, M. McClure*
B4 Trust Me
Acoustic Guitar – Bobby WomackWritten-By – B. Womack*
B5 Get It While You Can
Written-By – J. Ragovoy*, M. Shuman*

Companies, etc.



Pressed at Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman, evidenced by faint 'P' stamp in the runouts on each side.

Some copies have a radio station white timing strip sticker on front cover (see pic).

Artist name is Janis Joplin/Full Tilt Boogie on the back cover, Janis Joplin elsewhere on the release.
Tracks A1, A4, A5, B3 ASCAP; all others BMI

Track B1, B5, writer Shuman name misspelled on liner (Schuman); as above on label.
Track B2 credited as just "Kristopherson" on liner; as above on label.
Track B3 credited as just "Janis Joplin" on liner; as above on label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): AL 30322
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): BL 30322
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 1): P PAL 30322-2 2-K
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 1): o PBL 30322 2-G P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched [Stamped] Variant 2): [P o] PAL 30322 2-J
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched [Stamped] Variant 2): [P o] PBL 30322 2-H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched [Stamped] Variant 3): [P o] PAL 30322 2-H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched [Stamped] Variant 3): [P o] PBL 30322 2-G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched [Stamped] Variant 4): [P o] PAL 30322 2-H [B 5]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched [Stamped] Variant 4): [P o] PBL 30322 2-H [A]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched [Stamped] Variant 5): [P o] PAL 30322 2-J
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched [Stamped] Variant 5): [P o] PBL 30322 2-G

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KC 30322 Janis Joplin Pearl(LP, Album) CBS KC 30322 India Unknown Sell This Version
80.017 Janis Joplin Pearl(LP, Album, RE) Columbia 80.017 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
S 64188 Janis Joplin Pearl(LP, Album, RP) CBS S 64188 Europe 1972 Sell This Version
64188 Janis Joplin Pearl(Cass, Album) CBS 64188 1971 Sell This Version
SICP 20029 Janis Joplin = ジャニス・ジョプリン* Janis Joplin = ジャニス・ジョプリン* - Pearl = パール(CD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP 20029 Japan 2008 Sell This Version


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June 19, 2020
the night they wanted to record Buried Alive In The Blues, Janis died. Thats why the song is an instrumental on this, her last record.


December 15, 2019
I did not remember this album as a whole. All I could remember were some songs like 'Mercedes Benz,' 'Me & Bobby McGee,' and 'Cry Baby.' I just wanted to add some Janis Joplin to my collection, and I thought this would be her best effort. It's not that great of an album though.
I bought this copy used as VG+, and after cleaning it, it's decent. Lots of surface noise, but once the music kicks, it's barely noticeable, and that's just fine with me.


September 10, 2019
First my matrix runouts are the same as Variant 3, but on opposite sides of the record??????
Second my catalogue # is PC 30322 not KC 30322
Final it has a gold PROMOTION ONLY OWNERSHIP RESERVED BY CBS stamp on upper L back corner??????? but has the red label with gold colombia all around the edge?????



April 30, 2019

The woman in the hootch next to mine in Viet Nam played this album night and day, so often that I began to think it was the only album she owned, so it was many years before the full splendor of Pearl revealed itself to me, and while it isn’t an album I play often, I am thankful for the space it holds in my collection.

Pearl was the final evaluation of anything Janis would ever do. Janis could be a tender singer, and erratic singer, a downright lousy singer at times, often distracted, unable to find the voice to suite her vision, or on those special occasions, she blossomed with maturity and confidence, sounding larger than life. While I’d like to say that this assemblage of songs somehow seems polished, I think that it’s more that as good as these songs are, had Janis lived, she might have desired to revisit each and every one of them for the express purpose of breathing new life into the verses as her voice and presentation evolved … but that’s a dream that will never be, leaving us with what we have here, the music that stands as the pinnacle of all that this rising star would ever achieve.

Critics gave this album a difficult time when it came out, for exactly the same reasons I mentioned, claiming that she really wasn’t a blues artist, nor was she a soul artist. Janis was a rock hybrid, a Thelonious Monk if you will, walking in far too many worlds, and with her short time on this earth, she’d never been able to define or even identify herself in order to become a competent artist of character and grace. Often her music sounded hokey, often a bit desperate, yet what this album and Janis Joplin had going for them, was the fact that Pearl represented a point in time that fans had no intentions of forgetting, Janis was the quintessential hippie star, the lost little girl, the savage voice of a generation, and that immortalized her as no one else. The music found within these grooves bestows a simple charm, where I now realize that polishing these songs would be to remove that charm, that Janis was the voice of every woman singing her heart out as she did the dishes or ironed clothes alone, completely immersed in a space that men of that time could never understand.

The record also sees Janis as the voice of a band and not that of a frontman/woman, as she was with Big Brother, thus allowing for Janis to soar, to orbit her audience, to immerse her music into their very souls, where a number like “Me and Bobby McGee” became an instant classic, a timeless voice from the wilderness that inspired and touched so many, encouraging them to set out on their own adventure and see how it might unfold. Janis’ style was raw, rough and sincerely genuine, she in no way was the fabrication of a publicist, she lived in the moment, she sang in the moment, totally immersed in the emotion.

There are some ghosts haunting this record as well. The number “Buried Alive In The Blues” is a chilling poignancy, an instrumental manifestation, an unfinished song, as the night before Janis was due to lay down the vocal tracks she was found dead. Compared to her other outings, Pearl is far more refined, genuine, carefully crafted and labored over, a collection of songs that hang together with no actual sense of purpose, yet hearing them sung by this wondrous artist is entirely enough to give you chills.

*** The Fun Facts: Pearl was named after a character Joplin invented for herself, once described by biographer Alice Echols as a “fast-talking, sock-it-to-me broad”.

Review by Jenell Kesler


November 23, 2018
My copy is ALMOST like the above and also ALMOST like a couple of others, but not exactly, so I can't narrow down to whether my copy is an unique release or a variant of one of the others. One difference is what looks like a faint "AM" or "AMP" etched on Side B. I also question if the "2F" portion of "variant 3" for Side B is a misreading or mis-etching, because my etching is "2E" on Side B.


February 21, 2017

My pressing sounds horrible. Everything is mudded and gray. No separation between instruments and voice whatsoever.
Anyone else had the same issue with this or other releases?


June 12, 2016
This was Janis Joplin's final album , released just days after she passed away - was barely finished when it came out. Still, it is one of the best showcases of her massive talent and vocal prowess on record, and - by universal acclaim - one of the top-50 Rock and blues albums of all times. The album includes no
less than four top-10 charting hits, including Janis' timeless rendition of Kris
Kristopherson's "Me and Bobby McGee", no less than three (3) covers of Jerry Ragovoy's deep soul ballads (two originally performed by Garnett Mimms & the Enchanters and one by Howard Tate), plus songs by Bobby Womack, John Hall, Penn-Oldham and Janis herself - her immortal "Mercedes Benz."