Big Brother & The Holding Company by Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
Six months before becoming an overnight sensation following a blistering set at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Big Brother and the Holding Company was an unknown group from San Francisco playing a month-long Chicago club engagement. Mutual freind, Chet Helms introduced the band to singer, Janis Joplin and after their gig was cut short, Big Brother and Janis avoided returning to California, signed with the small, struggling jazz label Mainstream Records and cut the three-day recording session that makes up this, their self-titled debut in December of 1966. The set mostly consisted of original songs, with the exception of New York City street musician, Moondog's All Is Loneliness and a more secular arrangement of the gospel standard Down on Me. Despite Joplin's fiery singing style, Big Brother was still the kind of democracy in which Joplin shared vocals with Sam Andrew on the trippy Light Is Faster Than Sound and the more soulful duet Call on Me. Most of the record features Joplin reaching back and channeling her hero, Big Maybelle on songs like the brassy Women Is Losers and the no-nonsense Intruder.
1. Bye, Bye Baby
2. Easy Rider
4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
5. Call on Me
6. Women Is Losers
8. Down on Me
10. All Is Loneliness
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