More than three decades after her death from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room, Janis Joplin remains the goddess of female rock vocalists.

More than three decades after her death from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room, Janis Joplin remains the goddess of female rock vocalists. That fact resounds from every bar of this two-CD set. The 30 tracks span Joplin's career—from her early days with Big Brother & the Holding Company to her posthumously released, final solo album, Pearl—and matches up favorably with other compilation sets. Assembled here are blazing live cuts (including songs from the famed Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals) and canonized classics like "Piece of My Heart," "Move Over," "Mercedes Benz," and, of course, "Me and Bobby McGee." This is the sound of rock'n'roll's immortal pulse.—AZ