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18 Essential Songs

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Released  January 24, 1995
Artist  Janis Joplin
Label  Columbia Records
Length  69:39
Release date  24 January 1995
Genres  Blues, Rock music
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Recorded  Various Recording Dates
18 Essential Songs (1995)  Live at Winterland '68 (1998)
Producers  Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Shad, John Phillips, Lou Adler, Gabriel Mekler, Paul A. Rothchild
Similar  Janis Joplin albums, Rock music albums

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18 Essential Songs is a collection of songs recorded throughout Janis Joplin's career (in both career and with Big Brother & The Holding Company), released in 1995 on Columbia. It reached gold RIAA certification on April 12, 1999.


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The Allmusic review by William Ruhlmann awarded the album 4.5 stars stating "18 Essential Songs is a one-disc distillation of the triple-disc Janis box set. Running 70 minutes, it is a more extensive best-of than the ten-track 1973 Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits album. But it is denied "first pick" status because, unlike that album, it does not contain the hit version of Joplin's only number one single, "Me and Bobby McGee." (It does, however, contain an alternate demo version of that song.)".

Track listing

  1. Trouble In Mind (Richard M. Jones) – 2:54
  2. Down On Me (trad., arr. Joplin) – 2:05 (from "Big Brother and the Holding Company")
  3. Bye Bye Baby (Powell Saint John) – 2:38 (from "Big Brother & The Holding Company")
  4. Ball And Chain (Big Mama Thornton) – 8:13 (recorded live 6/17/67 at Monterey Pop Festival)
  5. Piece Of My Heart (Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Russell) – 4:26
  6. I Need A Man To Love (Joplin, Sam Andrew) – 4:51 (from Cheap Thrills)
  7. Summertime (George & Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 4:06 (from "Cheap Thrills")
  8. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (Ragovoy, Chip Taylor) – 3:56 (from I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!)
  9. One Good Man (Joplin) – 4:09 (from "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!")
  10. Kozmic Blues (Joplin, Gabriel Mekler) – 4:22 (from "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!")
  11. Raise Your Hand (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell) – 2:18
  12. Tell Mama (Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell) – 5:47
  13. Move Over (Joplin) – 3:40 (from Pearl)
  14. Mercedes Benz (Joplin, Mike McClure, Bob Neuwirth) – 1:46
  15. Get It While You Can (Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 3:23
  16. Half Moon (Johanna Hall, John Hall) – 3:52 (from "Pearl")
  17. Trust Me (Bobby Womack) – 3:15 (from "Pearl")
  18. Me And Bobby McGee-alternate demo; recorded in mono (Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster) – 3:58 (from "Pearl")


  • Janis Joplin – lead vocal
  • James Gurley, John Till, Jorma Kaukonen, Michael Bloomfield – guitars
  • Sam Andrew – guitars, backing vocals
  • Gabriel Mekler, Richard Kermode – keyboards
  • Ken Pearson – organ
  • Richard Bell – piano
  • Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers – baritone sax
  • Terry Clements – tenor sax
  • Luis Gasca – trumpet
  • Brad Campbell, Peter Albin – bass
  • Clark Pierson, Dave Getz, Lonnie Castille, Maury Baker, Roy Markowitz – drums, percussion
  • Produced By Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Shad, John Phillip, Lou Adler, Elliot Mazur, Gabriel Mekler, Paul A. Rothchild
  • "Tell Mama" remixed by Elliott Mazur
  • Songs

    1Trouble in Mind2:57
    2Down on Me2:06
    3Bye - Bye Baby2:39


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