Flashback: “Turtle Blues” by Janis Joplin

Time for this week’s flashback, and much like when I flashed back to Janis’s version of “Piece Of My Heart” three months ago, this has a predictable story.

I first heard this song done by, you guessed it if you’ve been following this blog closely, Bonnie Tyler, off of her 1988 album that was called “Notes From America” here in the United States, “Hide Your Heart” in other parts in the world. Despite bombing in the US charts, it had a lot of songs that were covers (Don’t Turn Around, To Love Somebody), or would wind up being covers (The Best, Save Up All Your Tears, Hide Your Heart) for other artists.

Janis’s original version of “Turtle Blues” does a good job of capturing what was (or simulated to be) a jam session, with Joplin vamping as only she can. Lovely little song no matter who does it.


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