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ambrebalte
(A pale blue dot)
Posted: Dec 24, 2017 18:13
 

Goosebumps! 10
Time machine: I'm here in Beijing on this glorious sunny Christmas day, remembering this summer 76, when I was fifteen and heard this for the first time, thinking it was unfair that I was born in Europe, ten years too late to have been a part of the huge movements in the US. "Movement" was a magical word which included music, rock and roll (yes Lazarus and sex and drugs) an adventurous life and freedom, "on the road". All of this in a melting pot, mixing the very delusional perception we had about reality and our own desires of escaping the limited life of a small Alsatian Village in the middle of nowhere (that we used to call the "trou du cul du monde")
We had our own dissents and awareness coming up, demonstrating against nuclear power plants (my first and unique sitting!), ecological catastrophes... 
We were aware though that we were lucky enough to live in a very beautiful, protected area: we could walk, and cycle, and go swimming in the lakes around, wandering in the beautiful forest; we used to camp outside at all time listening to this music around fire camps, with the very new portable tape-recorder (radio-cassette), smoking pot and drinking schnapps, one of us playing the guitar not yet dreaming about leaving, rather, to imagine other kind of jobs which would allow us to stay and make the place even better.
It was a wonderful period of time.

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin acts like a "Madeleine de Proust" : the whole summer comes back, in all its details, to the point that I can almost smell the dryness of the land and see the shimmering colours of the landscape, the steam emanating from the tared road which goes along the river Rhine. 
Memories, memories.


Tomasni
(Sweden)
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 23:46
 

Thank you Janis Joplin  for
Me and Bobby McGee

This is a 7 for me


GuiltyFeat
(Ra'anana)
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 23:44
 

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" - this is the perfect synthesis of lyric and performance. Breathtaking.
 
jhorton
(Trailer Park on Cape Cod)
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 11:31
 

 wgsu_1978 wrote:
One of those great classic tunes that I'd be very happy to never hear ever again. So a 7.
 
What he said.
ziggytrix
(Dallas, TX)
Posted: Apr 27, 2017 17:16
 

"La da la la la, la da la la la da la 
La da da la la la Bobby McGee yeah"

or

"I was gonna write more words,
but then I got high."
sfyi2001
(Seattle)
Posted: Mar 28, 2017 4:14
 


nkapon
(Israel)
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 8:20
 

This is great song, and Janis Joplin is one of the greatest. I like this version much more.

Dont be over-sophisticated,  this is great performance full of pure true soul. It will survive much after we will.
So take it easy and enjoy it.

" In the moments of silence
I hear again
Janis Joplin singing
an old blues on Bob Mcgee"  
VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Jan 05, 2017 9:04
 

Even today she would put all those freaking Madonnas, Rihannas, Lady Gagas, Beyonces and the whole forelorn and dreadful rest of so called  "singers" in their place!

Sing it Pearl! You're the best! Were then, still are! {#Clap}{#Music} 
dragon1952
(Oregon coast)
Posted: Dec 23, 2016 18:53
 

The ending of this song is almost as annoying and monotonous as the ending to Layla :^ / I mean, you've got decent tunes and then you just run them into the ground :^ /
mattenuttall
Posted: Aug 23, 2016 17:58
 

Huge Kristofferson fan, but it all comes down to urgency. Kris's version makes you think it's all been said and done. Janis puts an immediacy into this song that makes you want to take her hand and say "we need to have a talk about all this...".
Wolford
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 7:55
 

Janis Joplin - ugh!  Kris K's version is far superior.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 7:54
 

Love Kris's original country version. After all, it is a Country Song.
This Otis Reddingized version ain't bad either. 
dalebryan
(Melbourne, Florida)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 9:52
 

The fidelity of this original version really sucks, which makes for terrible segues with the hi-fi selections on RP.
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Feb 12, 2016 12:22
 

 Lazarus wrote:

This cover is one of the best examples of how the singer's diction is a perfect match for the lyrics of the song—  Janis Joplin's voice sounds exactly like the character you would expect to express the lyrics of this song as a true experience...

this really is a great song, and a brilliant cover...
 
precisely  : )  fucka' rocks
Hortense
(Seattle!)
Posted: Feb 12, 2016 12:19
 

Exactly what I needed to help kickoff the second half of this workday!  ☺️👏
skindy
(Land of Enchantment)
Posted: Dec 11, 2015 15:27
 

Just sang along as loud as I dared (I'm at work). This is my go-to song when I do karaoke. Don't judge! Karaoke can be great when you've got decent singers doing it... {#Cheesygrin}
ChrisVIII
(Germany)
Posted: Dec 11, 2015 15:24
 

I don't really like Janis Joplin but I do like this one song. Raising the rating from 6 to 7
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 12:33
 

This song was written by Kris Kristofferson who was a pretty decent country-folk singer-songwriter in his own right.
xtalman
(What dimension?)
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 12:31
 

 AhhtheMusic wrote:
I just can't take her.  Never could.  I don't get why she even "made" it, nor why she is still adored by so many. 

 
Yea, I feel the same way.  She did have some great support musicians though.  Her vocals, just tired with way to much booze and cigarettes. 
greiffenstein
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 12:29
 

Most people don't know this song was written by Chris Christopherson.  Behind every great woman...?  I'm just sayin'
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: Nov 10, 2015 8:27
 

 wgsu_1978 wrote:
One of those great classic tunes that I'd be very happy to never hear ever again. So a 7.
 
I keep thinking "one of these days, I'm going to get sick of this song.  I was never a big Janis fan anyway, and I've heard it a million times."  But it never seems to happen.  It is a classic story telling song that I don't seem to mind hearing on a regular basis.  Can't say that for a lot of other songs.
Aud
(lost in lakecity)
Posted: Oct 10, 2015 2:05
 

 wgsu_1978 wrote:
One of those great classic tunes that I'd be very happy to never hear ever again. So a 7.
 

Good way to put it. I usually leave the rating blank but then I get them on PSD. I am so tired of Led Zep, Pink Floyd & Dire Straits but I don't want to rate them low because I don't dislike them and I don't want to rate them a"6" so I won't hear them on PSD. So I'm stuck hitting PSD over and over...
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Sep 08, 2015 17:08
 

 jameshay wrote:

Interesting way of looking at things.. I take a different slant - I happen to have this on a CD at home, but I rarely listen to the CD - not because I don't like the song, more because I like listening to RP so much.  And like others have noted here many times, I reckon that's because of the way Bill sequences the songs, with some familiar ones and some I've never heard before (some of which have become part of my CD collection at home). Sure, Bill puts the odd one in now and then that makes me think 'why?'.  But then I just remember all the great music that he's introduced me to - and some where my initial reaction was something close to 'why?' that I've come to love. Thanks Bill. 

 
What Bill does is an art form.  Even if I don't like this song or that, there's usually a reason for it to be in the specific mix.  Brilliant!
jameshay
(Wokingham, UK)
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 8:15
 

 bbunyard wrote:
"... I don't think there's much room for this anymore. Anyone who enjoys this sort of music, likely already has it on cd or lp at home. 

 
Interesting way of looking at things.. I take a different slant - I happen to have this on a CD at home, but I rarely listen to the CD - not because I don't like the song, more because I like listening to RP so much.  And like others have noted here many times, I reckon that's because of the way Bill sequences the songs, with some familiar ones and some I've never heard before (some of which have become part of my CD collection at home). Sure, Bill puts the odd one in now and then that makes me think 'why?'.  But then I just remember all the great music that he's introduced me to - and some where my initial reaction was something close to 'why?' that I've come to love. Thanks Bill. 
kgage
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 8:07
 

Tired.
AhhtheMusic
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 7:59
 

I just can't take her.  Never could.  I don't get why she even "made" it, nor why she is still adored by so many. 
wgsu_1978
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 7:57
 

One of those great classic tunes that I'd be very happy to never hear ever again. So a 7.
ChrisVIII
(Germany)
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 10:02
 

I see that listeners are divided on this title as well... I personally usually don't like what Janis Joplin did, but this song is an exception, I enjoy listening to it. It has a retro sound that goes further than the hippies and it brings a little spring in my step :)
whomhow
(changeable)
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 10:00
 

 bbunyard wrote:
"Janis has some great songs..."
Name one. I cannot. RP has access to seemingly limitless interesting and entertaining music. I don't think there's much room for this anymore. Anyone who enjoys this sort of music, likely already has it on cd or lp at home. 

 
What's about Move Over?
bbunyard
Posted: Dec 01, 2014 18:51
 

"Janis has some great songs..."
Name one. I cannot. RP has access to seemingly limitless interesting and entertaining music. I don't think there's much room for this anymore. Anyone who enjoys this sort of music, likely already has it on cd or lp at home. 
xman222
Posted: Dec 01, 2014 18:10
 

Janis has some great songs, this isn't one of them. Over played and over rated.
treatment_bound
(Duluth to Madison)
Posted: Oct 31, 2014 11:09
 

 stevesancarlos wrote:
Incredibly overrated. Both the song and the performer. Let it go, hippies. Move on.

 

>>we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.<<


wavy gravy


stevesancarlos
Posted: Oct 31, 2014 10:55
 

Incredibly overrated. Both the song and the performer. Let it go, hippies. Move on.
Andy_B
(Living aboard, east coast Fla.)
Posted: Apr 24, 2014 13:41
 

One of the few 10s I've ever given.  After all it's Janis...
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Mar 24, 2014 0:36
 

This is the only song of her, i can stand. Not my taste, the sreaming on the end at a lot of her songs. I also dont like, people want to be social, and then kill themselves with drugs.
coloradojohn
(A Mile High and then some, Hilltop, Denver)
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:25
 

1 of the most powerful voices and songwriting talents ever to grace this Earth! Sometimes the quality of her passion just makes me swoon
siskinbob
(United Kingdom)
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:24
 

Simply Sublime {#Bananajam}
Hoosfoos
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:22
 

Ugh. Awful.
zepher
Posted: Feb 20, 2014 7:39
 





unclehud
(Charlestown, baby!)
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 7:15
 

Dripping with emotion that sounds sincere.  Has always made me stop and stare into space.
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 20:34
 


Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this cover song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

molson
(Santa Rosa, CA)
Posted: Oct 16, 2013 16:54
 

Sorry, this ALWAYS made me want to blow up my radio, starting with my hand held transistor radio in the 70's....just irritating!
goozer321
(Maidstone, Kent)
Posted: Sep 17, 2013 13:50
 

That awful version by Willie Nelson did it for me - irritating tuneless shit.
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:58
 

I am not her biggest fan, but this is really nice!
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:20
 

Jack Jersey ruined this song for me.

 
Xstar
(Ya'll, Kentucky)
Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:19
 

Politics blah blah blah blah blah.  Human all too human!  Stop it!
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jul 16, 2013 16:34
 

 Webfoot wrote:

Thin reference to the music. No thanks. Always a solid nine for me (the music).
 

Janis Joplin's diction is perfect for this cover...  I gave this cover one of my rare 10's...  love it...  thank you for sharing your opinion with me...
 
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Jul 16, 2013 16:29
 

 Lazarus wrote:

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose..."  love this cover...

these two dudes are even starting to look alike—

NSA collected US email records in bulk for more than two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011.

The collection of these records began under the Bush administration's wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the NSA codename Stellar Wind...


George Bush and Barack Obama 




 
Thin reference to the music. No thanks. Always a solid nine for me (the music).
Sweet_Virginia
Posted: Jul 14, 2013 11:12
 

The greatest version of a great song - first one I learned to play and still love it.
gillespp
(Portland, OR)
Posted: Jun 12, 2013 14:59
 

 LizK wrote:
AHHH  Pearl!

 
What an awesome album . . .