Farewell Song

1967/70 [1982]

Tracks (9)

01 Tell Mama (Marcus Lewis Daniel, Wilbur Terrell, Clarence George Carter) info icon
Live (5:45) Toronto June 28, 1970
02 Magic of Love (Mark Warren Spoelstra) info icon
Live Live, Grande Ballroom, Detroit 02 03 1968
Produced by John Simon
03 Misery'n (Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Dave Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin) info icon
04 One Night Stand (Barry Flast, Samuel Gordon) info icon
Version 1 (3:01)
05 Harry (Dave Getz) info icon
06 Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd, Stephen Lee Cropper, Alvertis Isabell) info icon
Live (3:43) Frankfurt April 12, 1969
07 Farewell Song (Sam Andrew) info icon
Live (3:43) San Francisco April 13, 1968
08 Amazing Grace/Hi Heel Sneakers
Live Medley: Amazing Grace (1:06)/Hi Heel Sneakers (1:28) Farewell Song - San Francisco January 31, 1967
09 Catch Me Daddy (Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin) info icon


Farewell Song (32:55)
(r. January 11, 1982)
LP: Columbia PC 37569
CD: Columbia CK 37569 (r. June 01, 1986)

Track listing:

Side 1:

Tell Mama (5:45) Toronto June 28, 1970
Magic of Love (2:59) Detroit March 02, 1968
Misery 'n (4:09)
One Night Stand Version 1 (3:01)
Harry (0:55)

Side 2:

Raise Your Hand (3:43) Frankfurt April 12, 1969
Farewell Song (3:43) San Francisco April 13, 1968
Amazing Grace (1:06) San Francisco January 31, 1967
Hi Heel Sneakers (1:28) San Francisco January 31, 1967
Catch Me Daddy (4:49)


  1. Janis Joplin disc release: PC 37569PC 37569
    LP Columbia
  2. 32793
    LP CBS
  3. 37569
    CD, Cassette Columbia 10/25/1990


  1. Yahoo! Music
    Big Brother And The Holding Company: Sam Andrew, James Gurley (guitar); Peter Albin (bass); Dave Getz (drums). Full Tilt Boogie Band: John Till (guitar); Richard Bell (piano); Ken Pearson (organ); Brad Campbell (bass); Clark Pierson (drums). Kozmic Blues Band: Sam Andrew (guitar); Terry Clements (tenor saxophone); Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers (baritone saxophone); Luis Gasca (trumpet); Richard Kermode (organ); Brad Campbell (bass); Roy Markowitz (drums). Additional personnel: Denny Seiwell, Chrissy Stewart, Mick Weaver, Elliot Mazer, Roy Markowitz, Peter Stroud, Vinny De La Rocca. Producers: Elliot Mazer, John Simon, Todd Rundgren. Engineers include: Larry Keyes, Elliot Mazer, Fred Catero Recorded at Columbia Studio E, New York, New York on April 1 and in June 1968; Columbia Studio D, Los Angeles, California on March 28, 1970; Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan on March 1, 1968; Winterland, San Francisco, California on April 13, 1968; The Matrix, San Francisco, California on January 31, 1967; Frankfort, West Germany on April 12, 1969; Toronto, Canada on June 28, 1970. Includes liner notes by Country Joe McDonald. Janis Joplin expressed the pain of her existence in every nuance of her voice, and FAREWELL SONG is a highly confessional testimony to her short, tragic life. It contains six songs from her stint with Big Brother and three recorded after she departed their company. The live and studio recordings capture all the bitchiness, pathos and generosity of Joplin's voice and spirit, as well as the taint of self-destruction and tragedy that seemed destined to dog her until her early demise. The collection richly portrays the abandon that propelled Joplin to both worldwide fame and premature self-immolation. There's a bone-chilling version of the highly autobiographical "Misery'n" and the Todd Rundgren-produced "One Night Stand," the latter a portrait of the paranoia and confusion of the transient life of the star. Joplin's voice positively soars in this sadly revealing tune about the fleeting nature of love on the road. Also impressive are the vocally acrobatic "Catch Me Daddy" and the mournful title track. A goofy version of "Amazing Grace" is somewhat disappointing when one considers how Joplin could have wrapped her soulful voice around this spiritual hymn, but this collection is deeply satisfying in both its diversity and the intimacy of its autobiography.