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The Roots of Janis Joplin

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The Roots of Janis Joplin Review

by Steve Leggett

A 23-track collection of various tracks that Janis Joplin either covered or was influenced by, this set works just as well as a sequence without the Joplin connection. When you can hear Bo Diddley's calling card "Bo Diddley" next to Wanda Jackson's "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," and then back it up with Clarence Ashley's folk classic "The Coo Coo Bird," you've got yourself a nice little chunk of American music history, and yes, the roots of Janis Joplin, too.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bo Diddley 02:31 Amazon
2 Little Richard 02:12 Amazon
3
Lee
Shirley & Lee 02:23 Amazon
4 Moondog 00:59 Amazon
5 Howlin' Wolf 02:54 Amazon
6 The Highway Q.C.'s 03:34 Amazon
7 Kitty Wells 02:30 Amazon
8 Wanda Jackson 02:36 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday 02:57 Amazon
10 Nina Simone 04:17 Amazon
11 Bessie Smith 03:08 Amazon
12 Jelly Roll Morton 03:10 Amazon
13 Blind Boy Fuller 02:42 Amazon
14 Lead Belly 04:10 Amazon
15 Big Bill Broonzy 02:40 Amazon
16
Alan Lomax 03:14 Amazon
17 Bessie Smith 02:57 Amazon
18 Big Bill Broonzy 02:36 Amazon
19 Jesse Fuller 02:57 Amazon
20 Bessie Smith 03:08 Amazon
21 Jesse Fuller 05:09 Amazon
22 Lead Belly 05:34 Amazon
23 Clarence Ashley 02:56 Amazon
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