Janis Joplin's Pearl is her second and final solo studio album, recorded in Sunset Sound Recorders, in Hollywood, was released posthumously on Columbia Records, January 11, 1971.
It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
The album with the Full Tilt Boogie Band has a more polished feel than the albums she recorded with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band due to the expertise of producer Paul A. Rothchild and her new backing musicians. Rothchild was best known as the recording studio producer of The Doors, and worked well with Joplin, calling her a producer's dream by her extraordinary vocal talent.
The Full Tilt Boogie Band were the musicians who accompanied her on the Festival Express, a concert tour by train of Canada, in the summer of 1970. Many of the songs on this album were recorded on the concert stage in Canada two months before Joplin and the band started their Los Angeles recording sessions. The band also appeared twice on The Dick Cavett Show.
By the end of 1970, nine tracks with Janis vocals were chosen for the album. A 10th song, “Buried Alive in the Blues,” was a Full Tilt Boogie Band instrumental that Joplin never got around to recording a vocal for. The finished songs, as the opening “Move Over” (the only song on Pearl for which Joplin received a sole writing credit), “Cry Baby” (which just missed the Top 40 when released as a single in May), “Half Moon,” “Me and Bobby McGee” (which reached No. 1 for two weeks), “Mercedes Benz,” “Trust Me” and the closing “Get It While You Can” (which was released as a single in September) are among Joplin’s all-time best. All nine tracks that she sings on were personally approved and arranged by her.
Her final session, which took place on Thursday, October 1 after a break of several days, she laid down an a cappella take of “Mercedes Benz,” a song she co-wrote. It would be the last number she ever recorded. Three days later she was dead at the age of 27. The recording sessions, starting in early September, ended with Joplin's untimely death on October 4, 1970. CONTINUES 2nd part IN COMMENTS.