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Friday, 12 August 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 225 Big Brother & the Holding Company

Big Brother & the Holding Company - Big Brother & the Holding Company
Produced by Bob Shad
Released 12th August 1967
US Chart #60

Original Track List
Mainstream Records Version 1967
Side A
1. Bye, Bye Baby
2. Easy Rider
3. Intruder
4. Light is Faster Than Sound
5. Call On Me
Side B
6. Women is Losers
7. Blindman
8. Down on Me
9. Caterpillar
10. All is Loneliness

Bonus Tracks
Columbia Records Version 1967
11. Coo Coo (Single, Side A track 6)
12. The Last Time (Single, Side B Track 6)
1999 CD Reissue
13. Call On Me (Alternate Take)
14. Bye, Bye Baby (Alternate Take)

Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & the Holding Company
Produced by John Simon
Released 12th August 1968
US Chart #1

Original Tracklist
Side A
1 - Combination of the Two
2 - I Need a Man To Love
3 - Summertime
4 - Piece of My Heart
Side B
1 - Turtle Blues 
2 - Oh, Sweet Mary
3 - Ball and Chain

Once again we return to the 1960s for our daily infusion of music and today a special 2 for 1 because both albums by the same band were released on the same day a year apart.

Big Brother & the Holding Company are of course well known for the fact that centre stage on the mic was one heck of a blues howler in Janis Joplin.

The Debut Album was released in 1967 shortly after the band's successful apperance at The Monterey Pop Festival. When Columbia took over the contract from the band they reissued the album with "featuring Janis Joplin" on the cover. It's actually not a bad album for a Debut and some have highlighted that the production is maybe not all that good, as someone with no experience twiddling the knobs in a recording studio I really can't comment on that.

It's actually the second album that really is the bees knees as they say (I've never worked out exactly who "they" actually are so you'll just have to trust me on this).

Cheap Thrills was actually the first album I ever bought with my own money mainly because I absolutely loved the cover art and secondly because I absolutely loved Piece of My Heart and Ball and Chain. I think I probably heard them on the radio at some point in time and just loved the sound and that throaty howl of Ms Joplin.

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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