JANIS JOPLIN Live From The Festival Express Tour, Canada, 1970

FrontLive From The Festival Express Tour, Canada, 1970
Outstanding Full Tilt Live Tracks

Excellent live Joplin, from The Festival Express Tour – the 1970 train ride tour through Canada that included Janis, The Band, Grateful Dead, Delaney & Bonnie and many others (it’s sometimes on the Documentary channel and the DVD is a hoot). These tracks were recorded from June 28th to July 4th, with the newly christened Full Tilt Boogie Band, just 4 months before her death. The sound is outstanding and provides a wonderfully positive snapshot of Joplin, who’s chatty and obviously having a good time, nailing all her highlights & hits in an aggressive 80 minute faux set that doesn’t let up. The band is hornless and mostly Canadian and the recording is smoothly mastered, sounding like some of those old Fillmore recordings… more sterile than dynamic, but clean and clear (if a little tinny), nonetheless. I’ve always liked Joplin, as she always gave it her all, even on those rare nights when she wasn’t cutting it. She sounds great here, and the band has a raw delivery that still manages to echo Big Brother’s, while stepping up the consistency and nuance. “Piece Of My Heart” is rushed, but rocks, while the addition of keyboardist Ken Pearson gives the music an earthy, Woodstock-ian feel. Originally a bonus disc added to the Legacy Edition of Janis’ Pearl, HERE.

Tell Mamma (6:47)
Half Moon (4:38)
Move Over (4:42)
Maybe (3:57)
Summertime (4:40)
Little Girl Blue (5:11)
That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll (5:04)
Try (9:11)
Kozmic Blues (5:29)
Piece Of My Heart (5:22)
Cry Baby (6:32)
Get It While You Can (7:21)
Ball And Chain (8:15)


  • Willard
    September 19, 2011 - 09:56 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • courtney
    September 19, 2011 - 14:19 | Permalink

    Enjoyed the movie quite a lot and am glad to hear an extended set from this tour. JJ may have been a marginal talent in the big scheme of things, but, as you note, she gave her all.

  • Colin H
    September 19, 2011 - 16:05 | Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, The Canadians in Janis’ band at this point were basically the crew Ronnie Hawkins put together to be the new Hawks after the ones who became The Band left to back Dylan

    • Willard
      September 19, 2011 - 16:35 | Permalink

      Didn’t know that either… she introduces them; Richard Bell (piano), Brad Campbell (bass), John Till (guitar), Ken Pearson (organ) and the lone American, Clark Pierson (drums).

  • snakeboy
    September 19, 2011 - 17:40 | Permalink

    Aces all around. Thanks for this.

  • Colin H
    September 20, 2011 - 13:09 | Permalink

    Yup, I was right. Alot of those guys were part of the band Hawkins had in the late 60’s. He fired them all in 1970, after which, Bell was also in the Cdn. band Crowbar, who had a hit with the tune “Oh What A Feeling”, in the same general era as he played with Joplin. Joplin’s manager Albert Grossman (whom Dylan had fired in the era) had reason to know that Hawkins was a source of good musicians and seems to have hooked them all up. Bell also played in one of the latterday versions of The Band.


    • Willard
      September 20, 2011 - 13:25 | Permalink

      How incestuous.

  • September 22, 2011 - 16:29 | Permalink

    I remember reading a great article in Rolling Stone back in the day about this tour (I think David Felton penned it) — it gives some great backround on the whole deal (the movie is good as well). Oh, one other thing: Janis Joplin weren’t no marginal talent!

  • Arnie
    September 22, 2011 - 20:35 | Permalink

    Was there in the Calgary.. hey, was it ever true about her coat hook project? Just another hippie rumour, I guess. I do have it on good stead that the fuzz ran after the train, in the stations, jumping up down trying to get a look inside the windows to spot the reputed, “illegal activities.”

  • Ian of Cornwall
    September 23, 2011 - 10:59 | Permalink

    Janis Joplin weren’t no marginal talent! Right on, Johnny P. Great show. Didn’t know I had it on Pearl already. Cheers! Peace.

  • Rhod
    September 23, 2011 - 19:01 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Janis Joplin share. Janis could be supported by 5 tin whistles and still have the powere and emotion to move people.



  • rap
    September 24, 2011 - 15:43 | Permalink

    I was actually at that show. Crazy day. Drove in from Buffalo in the back of Crazy Joe’s VW bug. Oy.

    • Willard
      September 24, 2011 - 17:11 | Permalink

      How is Crazy Joe?

  • ate2zee
    May 8, 2012 - 00:49 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting Janis Joplin. I haven’t listened to her music for a long long time, probably because I never really got over seeing her as a tragic figure. She became such a cautionary tale for me that I actually feared turning 27. I guess the other thing is that my turntable hasn’t worked for quite a while.

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