338 Big Brother and the Holding Company

I don’t know much about Big Brother and the Holding Company except that, for a little while, Janis Joplin was their lead singer. In 1968, they released Cheap Thrills, which sounds like a live album. At least I thought it was a live album while I was listening to it. I’m not a big fan of live albums so some times I notice. Apparently, the band and producer incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give it that impression by only one song, “Ball and Chain,” was recorded live. Cheaters.

Fake live sound aside, it’s Janis Joplin. Listening to Janis Joplin, live or not, is fun. The original album is only 7 songs long and clocks in around 37 minutes, kinda short. I accidentally listened to a re-released version (1999, I think) that has 11 songs and a 56 minute running time. I really should make sure to check versions before listening. Anyway, it’s Janis Joplin. Listen to it.

 CBS, 1968

CBS, 1968