On October 4, 1970, producer Paul A. Rothchild became concerned when On October 4, 1970, producer Paul A. Rothchild became concerned when today's singer failed to show up at Sunset Sound Recorders for a recording session. Full Tilt Boogie's road manager, John Cooke, drove to the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood where Janis was staying. He saw today's singer' psychedelically painted Porsche 356C Cabriolet in the parking lot. Upon entering her room, he found her dead on the floor beside her bed. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly compounded by alcohol. Cooke believes that she had accidentally been given heroin that was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week. (More victims from the war on drugs).
She was well known for her performing abilities, and her fans referred to her stage presence as "electric". At the height of her career, she was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul," and became known as Pearl among her friends. She was also a painter, dancer and music arranger. Rolling Stone ranked her number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
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Today's mystery album was released August 12, 1968 is the second studio album released by today's singer. For her first major studio recording, today's singer played a major role in the arrangement and production of the recordings that would become Big Brother and the Holding Company's second album, Cheap Thrills. During the recording, Joplin was said to be the first person to enter the studio and the last person to leave. Footage of today's singer and the band in the studio shows today's singer in great form and taking charge during the recording for "Summertime". The album featured a cover design by counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb. Although Cheap Thrills sounded as if it consisted of concert recordings, like on "Combination of the Two" and "I Need a Man to Love", only "Ball and Chain" was actually recorded in front of a paying audience; the rest of the tracks were studio recordings. The album had a raw quality, including the sound of a cocktail glass breaking and the broken shards being swept away during the song "Turtle Blues".
The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band's original cover idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together, was dropped by the record company. Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of our singer to grace the front. But she—an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb—so loved the illustration that she demanded Columbia Records place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone's list of one hundred greatest album covers.
Today's mystery album was a great success, hitting #1 on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies, it produced very popular hits with "Piece of My Heart" and "Summertime". In 2003, the album was ranked #338 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is also listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. On March 22, 2013, the album was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and thus it was preserved into the National Recording Registry for the 2012 register. Here today in its remastered and extended version.
Goldy Rhox 153 (flac 328mb)
Goldy Rhox 153 (ogg 128mb)
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