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    Big Brother And The Holding Company

    Sourced from the Original Master Tapes, on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Jacket Meticulously Recreated from the Original Art!


    Includes the Songs Coo Coo and The Last Time, Which were Originally Released on 45 RPM 7 Inch Singles!


    Janis Joplin's raw, bluesy and soulful delivery launched a short but powerful singing career. Although she originated from Texas, Joplin rose to stardom in psychedelic San Francisco in the late 60's. She had a love-hate relationship with the city: its beat & hippie community provided great musicians and a receptive audience, but the city's prevailing drug culture unfortunately caused her early demise.


    Her studio debut with backing band Big Brother And The Holding Company from 1967 showed a band on its way to greatness. Janis uplifts the loose and live sounding blues rock on Big Brother with scorching vocal performances. Minor hits Bye Bye Baby and Down On Me, Big Brother And The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin shows a band on its way to greatness. It's the starting point for anyone exploring the Joplin legacy!

    1. Bye, Bye Baby
    2. Easy Rider
    3. Intruder
    4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
    5. Call On Me
    6. Coo Coo
    7. Women Is Losers
    8. Blindman
    9. Down On Me
    10. Caterpillar
    11. All Is Loneliness
    12. The Last Time
    Janis Joplin
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Speakers Corner)

    When Janis Joplin died in October 1970 at the early age of 27, thus involuntarily confirming the beatnik adage live fast, love hard, die young, it was only a matter of time before she was crowned the "Queen of Rock". Of greater importance than this posthumous entry into rock 'n' roll's hall of fame is the recognition during her lifetime of her explosive vocal style, which - so Vogue - turned the whole history of singing upside down.



    Janis Joplin's discography is just as short and changeable as her life. After two LP releases with the standard 'cast' of rock musicians in the band Big Brother And The Holding Company, with whose excellent musical support she obtained her first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1968, the company provided her with a group augmented with organ and winds. Their intention was to broaden her vocal expression with blues and funk elements, which, however, her most loyal fans regarded as betrayal of the ideals of rock music. Rock fans in the Old World were less critical, especially since Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band went on a two-month tour of Europe. For those Woodstock fans whose ears are still ringing with the band's full, meaty wind sound and Janis's bluesy soul singing, this album is an absolute must.



    Musicians:



    • Janis Joplin (vocal)

    • Cornelius Snooky Flowers, Terry Clements (saxophone)

    • Luis Gasca (trumpet)

    • Richard Kermode, Gabriel Mekler (organ)

    • Sam Andrew (guitar)

    • Brad Campbell (bass)

    • Maury Baker, Lonnie Castille (drums)



    Recording: June - August 1969 by Sy Mitchell, Jerry Hochman, and Alex Kazanegras

    Production: Gabriel Mekler



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
    2. Maybe
    3. One Good Man
    4. As Good As You've Been to This World
    5. To Love Somebody
    6. Kozmic Blues
    7. Little Girl Blue
    8. Work Me Lord
    Janis Joplin
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Cheap Thrills

    Ranked 338/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
    Sourced from the Original Masters


    One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1968 by press and public, Cheap Thrills delivered on every expectation and more. Released within a year after the debut album Big Brother And The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Cheap Thrills showcases a tried & true Big Brother And The Holding Company, a highly confident Janis Joplin on vocals and an impeccable production.


    With the heart-rending version of Piece Of My Heart and a definitive cover of Gershwin's Summertime, the album (which consists of studio in addition to live material) shot to the top of the charts and stayed there. Featuring elaborate cover artwork by Robert Crumb, known for his Keep On Truckin' and Fritz The Cat cartoons, Cheap Thrills became a 60's icon and not just because of the music.


    A classic album and an important part of Rock history, this album is 'a time capsule for one of rock's most distinguished singers.'

    1. Combination of the Two
    2. I Need A Man to Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece Of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball And Chain
    Janis Joplin
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Cheap Thrills

    Ranked 338/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Quintessential 1968 Record a Potent Mix of Psychedelia, Blues, Folk, and Rock: Janis Joplin Delivers Cathartic Vocal Performance on Major-Label Debut That Includes Powerhouse Piece of My Heart


    Mobile Fidelity 45RPM Vinyl Pressing Touts Superb Spaciousness, Punchiness, Dynamics, and Texture: Cheap Thrills Sounds As Close to Live as Music Gets and Features Robert Crumb Artwork


    In many facets, Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills is the quintessential album to spring from the outcome of the Summer of Love. Best known as Janis Joplin's major-label debut, the 1968 set arrived when the countercultural movement was in full swing and before co-optation, drugs, and violence signaled the fall of the era. Ranked #338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it puts a female singer in the prominent position traditionally given to a male and showcases a band pouring a potent cocktail of fiery psychedelic, blues, and folk sounds that informed the unfettered creativity of the San Francisco scene. Produced by John Simon, Cheap Thrills also features one of the most iconic and elaborate album covers in history. Now, thanks to Mobile Fidelity, the instantly identifiable effort also possesses sonics equivalent to its visual and musical status.


    Cut at 45RPM and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, the iconic audiophile label's analog reissue intensifies the quintet's storied sophomore effort. Due to the wider grooves, this pressing benefits from increased spaciousness, punchiness, energy, pacing, and dynamics. Joplin's hurricane-force singing reverberates with texture, grittiness, and volume. An arresting array of instrumental colors and tones comes on with clearer separation and depth. While previous pressings find the band and Joplin's voice in competition with one another for room, both emerge as distinct entities. Always noted for its rawness, Cheap Thrills sounds as close to live as it gets, an unadulterated portrait of nervy rock n' roll delivered with exuberant enthusiasm and all-out determination. This is music at is most visceral.


    Having drawn national attention for their legendary performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, Big Brother and Joplin faced huge expectations to deliver a studio set that would convey their onstage vibrancy and potency. Cheap Thrills does this and more, becoming one of 1968's most commercially successful releases that remained on the charts the week Joplin announced her separation from the ensemble. Contrary to popular belief, only one of the album's songs, Ball and Chain, was recorded live. Everything else owes to the unhinged, spirit-elevating performances and true collaboration between vocalist and band that manifests itself throughout the record's 37-minute-plus running time. Merging biker-babe ruggedness with wounded-bird poignancy, Joplin's expressive belting, mega-watt moaning, and sensitive crooning take center stage. Yet her bandmates match every step with explosive rhythms, heavy guitar-driven blues, and assertive solos that take inspiration from free-form jazz.


    Indeed, Cheap Thrills still exhilarates not only due to Joplin's almighty singing but because of boundary-shredding arrangements that reflect the period's anything-is-possible mindset. More so than any other musicians Joplin encountered, the members of Big Brother pushed limits on convention via soirees into acid-dipped psychedelia and its orbiting sonic galaxies. Together, they aim and achieve an aural mythos that makes a permanent connection between artist and audience by way of eliminating traditional divisions. Such communal power is evident on the mind-bending version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and insistent, sinewy I Need a Man to Love. It's also obvious during quieter moments, whether the tripped-out, twisted, and curvaceous contours of George and Ira Gershwin's Summertime or restrained, throwback acoustic blues of Turtle Blues.


    Yes, Joplin presents - and rallies against - loneliness and desperation in a cathartic language few had heard before or since. What's even more significant is the fearlessness, toughness, synergy, and sexual danger pulsing through every song, including the take-on-all-comers challenge Piece of My Heart, which the collective attacks with career-making ferocity. Like Robert Crumb's daring pop-art illustrations that grace the cover, they simultaneously lure and dare the listener to enter a space where outsiders run free and where outlaws are heard above the mainstream din.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Combination of the Two
    2. I Need a Man to Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball and Chain
    Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    The Classic LP Collection

    Janis' celebrated albums, on 180 gram vinyl. Sourced from the original masters. Includes Janis Joplin's Pearl, I Got Dem' Kozmik Blues Again Mama, and Big Brother and the Holding Company's self-titled release and Cheap Thrills.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP1 - Big Brother & The Holding Company - Big Brother & The Holding Company
    1. Bye, Bye Baby
    2. Easy Rider
    3. Intruder
    4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
    5. Call On Me
    6. Coo coo
    7. Women Is Losers
    8. Blindman
    9. Down On Me
    10. Caterpillar
    11. All Is Loneliness
    12. The Last Time


    LP2 - Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
    1. Combination of the Two
    2. I Need A Man To Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece Of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball & Chain


    LP3 - Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
    1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
    2. Maybe
    3. One Good Man
    4. As Good As You've Been To This World
    5. To Love Somebody
    6. Kozmic Blues
    7. Little Girl Blue
    8. Work Me, Lord


    LP4 - Janis Joplin - Pearl
    1. Move Over
    2. Cry Baby
    3. A Woman Left Lonely
    4. Half Moon
    5. Buried Alive In The Blues
    6. My Baby
    7. Me & Bobby McGee
    8. Mercedes Benz
    9. Trust Me
    10. Get It While You Can

    Janis Joplin
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company Big Brother & The Holding Company Quick View

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    Big Brother & The Holding Company

    Sundazed presents the high-definition vinyl reissue of the ultra-rare mono edition of Big Brother & the Holding Companys 1967 debut! Besides being the album that introduced the world to Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Companys first release stands as one of the classic recordings of 60s rock. Joplin had added her fiery wail to the archetypal Haight-Ashbury acid-rock quintet only months before it entered the studio to make the album, and for the sessions she shares vocal duties with bassist Peter Albin and guitarist Sam Andrew. But, thanks to the LPs raging single, Down on Me, it was immediately clear to radio audiences of the time that the Texas-born singer was a new force to be reckoned with.


    In addition to Joplins inimitable blues cry, Big Brothers other key strength lies in the scraping, distorted guitars of Sam Andrew and James Gurley, which are in heavy abundance on such choice cuts as the trippy Light is Faster Than Sound, the punkish Women is Losers, and the groups fuzzy, droning remake of Moondogs All is Loneliness. Cut from the original mono masters, this Sundazed edition adds two scarce single-only sides.

    1. Bye, Bye Baby
    2. Easy Rider
    3. Intruder
    4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
    5. Call on Me
    6. Women Is Losers
    7. Blindman
    8. Down on Me
    9. Caterpillar
    10. All Is Loneliness
    11. Coo Coo
    12. The Last Time
    Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
    $28.99
    Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 Quick View

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    Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968

    Starting in 1966, Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the
    Holding Company became accidental architects of what
    would be known as the San Francisco Sound. During that
    important cultural watershed quaintly referred to as the
    Summer of Love, they provided an unruly, party-tastic link
    between the cool, cerebral music of the Jefferson Airplane
    and the psychedelic covenant of the Grateful Dead.


    LIVE AT THE CAROUSEL BALLROOM 1968 is a previously
    unavailable live concert recording of Big Brother and
    the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, recorded
    by legendary soundman Owsley Stanley, a/k/a Bear,
    who supervised the mastering of this release before his
    fatal car accident on March 12, 2011. The release of the
    album marks the one-year anniversary of his passing and is
    dedicated to Bear.


    This is Bears unique vision how he heard the band live,
    and how he wanted to transmit it. From the very speciï¬c
    (non)stereo mix, to the cover artwork he commissioned
    from Stanley Mouse, to the liner notes written by those
    who knew Bear best, this truly is Bears presentation of this phenomenal band and inspirational music.

    LP1
    1. Combination Of The Two
    2. I Need A Man To Love
    3. Flower In The Sun
    4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
    5. Summertime
    6. Catch Me Daddy
    7. Its A Deal
    8. Call On Me


    LP2
    9. Jam Im Mad
    10. Piece Of My Heart
    11. Coo Coo
    12. Ball & Chain
    13. Down On Me
    14. Call On Me (Saturday ShowJune 22, 1968)*


    *Bonus Track

    Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Cheap Thrills Cheap Thrills Quick View

    $32.99
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    Cheap Thrills

    Ranked 338/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1968 by press and public, Cheap Thrills delivered on every expectation and more. Released within a year after the debut album Big Brother And The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Cheap Thrills showcases a tried & true Big Brother And The Holding Company, a highly confident Janis Joplin on vocals and an impeccable production.


    With the heart-rending version of Piece Of My Heart and a definitive cover of Gershwin's Summertime, the album (which consists of studio in addition to live material) shot to the top of the charts and stayed there. Featuring elaborate cover artwork by Robert Crumb, known for his Keep On Truckin' and Fritz The Cat cartoons, Cheap Thrills became a 60's icon and not just because of the music.


    A classic album and an important part of Rock history, this album is 'a time capsule for one of rock's most distinguished singers.'

    1. Combination Of The Two
    2. I Need A Man To Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece Of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball And Chain
    Janis Joplin
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Cheap Thrills Cheap Thrills Quick View

    $24.99
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    Cheap Thrills

    Ranked 338/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1968 by press and public, Cheap Thrills delivered on every expectation and more. Released within a year after the debut album Big Brother And The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Cheap Thrills showcases a tried & true Big Brother And The Holding Company, a highly confident Janis Joplin on vocals and an impeccable production.


    With the heart-rending version of Piece Of My Heart and a definitive cover of Gershwin's Summertime, the album (which consists of studio in addition to live material) shot to the top of the charts and stayed there. Featuring elaborate cover artwork by Robert Crumb, known for his Keep On Truckin' and Fritz The Cat cartoons, Cheap Thrills became a 60's icon and not just because of the music.


    A classic album and an important part of Rock history, this album is 'a time capsule for one of rock's most distinguished singers.'

    1. Combination of the Two
    2. I Need A Man to Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece Of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball And Chain
    Janis Joplin
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Quick View

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    I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!

    Sourced from the Original Masters


    I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! was the rst solo studio album Joplin recorded after leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company. The LP was released on September 11, 1969 and reached gold record status within two months of its release.


    When Janis Joplin died in October 1970 at the early age of 27, thus involuntarily confirming the beatnik adage live fast, love hard, die young, it was only a matter of time before she was crowned the "Queen of Rock". Of greater importance than this posthumous entry into rock 'n' roll's hall of fame is the recognition during her lifetime of her explosive vocal style, which - so Vogue - turned the whole history of singing upside down.


    Janis Joplin's discography is just as short and changeable as her life. After two LP releases with the standard 'cast' of rock musicians in the band Big Brother And The Holding Company, with whose excellent musical support she obtained her first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1968, the company provided her with a group augmented with organ and winds. Their intention was to broaden her vocal expression with blues and funk elements, which, however, her most loyal fans regarded as betrayal of the ideals of rock music. Rock fans in the Old World were less critical, especially since Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band went on a two-month tour of Europe. For those Woodstock fans whose ears are still ringing with the band's full, meaty wind sound and Janis's bluesy soul singing, this album is an absolute must.

    1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
    2. Maybe
    3. One Good Man
    4. As Good As You've Been to This World
    5. To Love Somebody
    6. Kozmic Blues
    7. Little Girl Blue
    8. Work Me Lord
    Janis Joplin
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama

    Sourced from the Original Masters, on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Jacket Meticulously Recreated from the Original Art


    Janis Joplin decided to make a sharp turn after Cheap Thrills, and abandoned her previous band Big Brother And The Holding Company. Her new band, the Kozmic Blues Band provided a tighter, more soulful approach to the blues rock 'Big Brother' is known for. By going solo, Joplin made a crucial point: she's got soul for miles on end.


    Featuring a horn section and a stronger emphasis on organ, I Got Them Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! yielded soul burners Try (Just A Little Bit Harder), Work Me Lord and As Good As You've Been To This World, as well as slower tracks like Maybe and Kozmic Blues. Hearing is believing!

    1. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
    2. Maybe
    3. One Good Man
    4. As Good As You've Been To This World
    5. To Love Somebody
    6. Kozmic Blues
    7. Little Girl Blue
    8. Work Me, Lord
    Janis Joplin
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At The Carousel Ballroom Live At The Carousel Ballroom Quick View

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    Live At The Carousel Ballroom

    Big Brother & The Holding Company might best be known for being the first band Janis Joplin sung in, a live recording like this one shows their prowess as a fivepiece band.


    Their June 23, 1968 show at the Carousel Ballroom would prove to be legendary on a number of levels. The venue was owned by members of Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead and would later become the Fillmore West. Janis would leave the band only two months after the show to pursue her solo career, making this one of the last times the ensemble worked together. The show was recorded by Augustus Owsley Stanley III , a.k.a. 'Bear', soundman of The Grateful Dead and a masterful LSDcooker, who also supervised the remastering of the recordings shortly before his death in March 2011.


    This is to be the first in a series of releases from his archive titled 'Bear's Sonic Archive', and it promises to be one hell of a ride. Though some of these songs have appeared on a 1972 Janis Joplin collection before in a very raw form, this is the first time these recordings are being released on vinyl.


    Dedicated to Bear, this live performance is a more than welcome addition to the Big Brother catalogue!

    LP1
    1. Combination Of The Two
    2. I Need A Man To Love
    3. Flower In The Sun
    4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
    5. Summertime
    6. Catch Me Daddy
    7. It's A Deal
    8. Call On Me


    LP2
    1. Jam - I'm Mad (Mad Man Blues)
    2. Piece Of My Heart
    3. Coo Coo
    4. Ball & Chain
    5. Down On Me


    Bonus Track:
    6. Call On Me (Saturday Show)

    Janis Joplin
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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