Janis Joplin at Woodstock
|Performed on||Day 2|
|Started at||2.00 am, Sunday, 17th|
|Played for||60 min.|
|Festival Day Chronology|
|Prev. artist||Creedence Clearwater Revival at 12.30 am|
|Next artist||Sly & The Family Stone at 3.30 am|
Janis Joplin and her former bandgained stardom at the . Unfortunately in late 1968 she left the band to move on to a solo career. Of course, Janis ended up in Woodstock together with a full ensemble of musicians.
Her late performance - she played in the night of Saturday to Sunday at about 2:00 am - didn't make things easier for her. The show was still strong but it lacked somewhat of Janis Joplin's power and improvisation of her backing band. Nevertheless, this gig is a worthwhile document of time.
- Janis Joplin - vocals
- Maury Baker - drums
- Terry Clements - tenor saxophone
- Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers - baritone saxophone, vocals
- Luis Gasca - trumpet
- John Till - guitar
- Richard Kermode - keyboards
- Brad Campbell - bass
- Raise Your Hand
- As Good as You've Been to This World
- To Love Somebody
- Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
- Kozmic Blues
- Can't Turn You Loose
- Work Me, Lord
- Piece of My Heart
- Ball and Chain
The band mostly played songs from Janis Joplin's first solo album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969). The song that stands out of this material is "Kosmic Blues", written by Janis and her producer, Gabriel Mekler.
The choice of cover numbers is varied:
- "Raise Your Hand" from the Soul singer ,
- The original "To Love Somebody",
- The newly interpreted composition "Summertime" (the arrangement originating from Big Brother & the Holding Company, but with the addition of horns) and
- "Work Me, Lord" a traditionally arranged song where Janis gives her best.
The two latter ones were probably the hightlights of her show.
There were two encores, two songs which had been regular parts of Big Brother & the Holding Company sets: "Piece of My Heart", a song first recorded by( elder sister) and a cover of "Ball and Chain".
"Can't Turn You Loose" was sung by Cornelius Flowers. Janis adds only a little of her vocals to the song.
At Woodstock contains Janis' complete Woodstock set as taken from the soundboard (no remastering). Her performance also circulates on various bootlegs which seem to run longer than the At Woodstock CD.
- 1993: At Woodstock
- 1994: Woodstock - Three Days of Peace and Music
- 2003: The Essential Janis Joplin
- 1999: I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Bonus Tracks)
- 2009: I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (The Woodstock Experience)
- 2009: Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm