Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"A Little Piece of My Heart" - Live - 1969 Germany

I was very pleasantly surprised to find this on You Tube, my favorite place to hang out. All of the other “live” versions I have heard of this classic song by Janis Joplin are really hard to listen to. She is either too stoned, or the band is way out of tune with one another. The Jefferson Airplane had the same problem. I always called it the San Francisco sound. But this version, live from German television in 1969, just one year after the songs release, really shines.

Ms. Joplin is often portrayed as being way out of touch with her career, being “led” by handlers and promoters. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ms. Joplin was in firm control of both the direction of her career, as well as the material she chose to record, right up until her death.

A quick listen to her original “demo” of “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson will confirm my assertion. She merely arrived at the studio, whipped out her acoustic, and played the song the way she felt and heard it. Here is the link to that “demo”;

With the new tribute show, "A Night with Janis" making the rounds, it's quite a treat to watch the real thing from the archives of my old friend You Tube.

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