Janis Joplin – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:16 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Rock
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I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! was Joplin’s first solo record after breaking off from her former group Big Brother and the Holding Company. The record features hits “Kozmic Blues”, “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)”, and “To Love Somebody”.
Janis Joplin’s solo debut was a letdown at the time of release, suffering in comparison with Big Brother’s Cheap Thrills from the previous year, and shifting her style toward soul-rock in a way that disappointed some fans. Removed from that context, it sounds better today, though it’s still flawed. Fronting the short-lived Kozmic Blues Band, the arrangements are horn heavy and the material soulful and bluesy. The band sounds a little stiff, though, and although Joplin’s singing is good, she would sound more electrifying on various live versions of some of the songs that have come out over the years. The shortage of quality original compositions – indeed, there are only eight tracks total on the album – didn’t help either, and the cover selections were erratic, particularly the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.” On the other hand, “Try” is one of her best soul outings, and the reading of Rodgers & Hart’s “Little Girl Blue” is inspired. The 1999 CD reissue adds three bonus tracks: a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Dear Landlord” from the Kozmic Blues sessions that was first heard on the Janis box set, and previously unreleased versions of “Summertime” and “Piece of My Heart” from the Woodstock Festival. “Summertime” is okay, but this “Piece of My Heart” really pales next to the Big Brother interpretation.
01 – Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
02 – Maybe
03 – One Good Man
04 – As Good As You’ve Been to This World
05 – To Love Somebody
06 – Kozmic Blues
07 – Little Girl Blue
08 – Work Me, Lord
Recorded June 1969 at Columbia Records Studios in New York, NY.