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  • Vinyl (August 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B008GFZVXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 (Single)

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After listening to this CD, you will definitely know what I mean!!!!!!!!!!!!
mixer
Janis was not half-drunk, the band was not self-important, the musicians were actually darned good so this album is indeed a gem.
K. Binder
Nevertheless, a great record that reveals a developing young talent on the threshold of stardom...
David J. Clark

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mixer on April 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD exhibits the raw talents of a San Francisco based band-Big Brother and the Holding Company, including Janis Joplin of course. Though in studio, you can sense the many talents of the musicians being exhibited here.
Though much more "toned down" than in proceeding recordings, you can still sense that a blues powerhouse and an acid-rock motif is about to happen. Consider "Bye,Bye Baby" and "Down on Me." Here, Janis sang in a very harsh voice and yet kept her bluesy-saloonstyle persona:notice the strong Texas accent.
A very common misconception is: Big Brother and the Holding Company was just a "backup band"for Janis. Well, any competant music fan would dissagree-strongly.Consider guitarist/bassist Peter Albin.Albin was one of the main songwtiters of many of the songs here:Light is Faster than Sound,","Coo Coo","Catipillar"and"Blindman." In fact, Albin based Catipillar on an idea he came up with when he wrote children songs."Coo Coo"(misreferenced as Jack of Diamonds)" is actually the song that would be re-versed as "Oh Sweet Mary" on the next album. You just have to admire Albin's intuition here.
Guitarist Sam Andrew was responsible for the beautifully meticulus guitar leads played throughout this album. Note that he was actually singing a duet with Janis during the track:Call on Me(not the outake).
Now guitarist James Gurley, on the other hand, is a totally different character here. Originally a folkie-fingerstyle picker, Gurley ushered his talents into the "acid rock" genre that BB&HC became famous for. Notice in "Blindman," the twangystyle of electric fingerstyle guitar playing was no other than the works of James Gurley.Unfortunately, this CD does not have the classic instrumental "Hall Of the Mountain King".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Big Brother & the Holding Company," is an early recording by Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic blues rock San Francisco-based band during the late 1960's. The record survives largely because of their great, great chick singer, Janis Joplin, of course, who joined them on a Chicago gig. Although Joplin fans will know that she did not, unfortunately, survive the 1970's, as she passed on October 4, 1970 (aged 27), in Los Angeles, California. But in her brief career, despite her troubled life, she left behind a stunning, gutsy repertory of work that has long since floated free of, and outlived, Big Brother. This record, however, was laid down about six months before she (and they) achieved lasting blazing stardom at the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival.

This record, although made rather early in her all-too short career, functions almost as a best-of: it's got a number of her hits on it, including "Bye Bye Baby," "Easy Rider,""Call on Me,"and a very bluesy "Down on Me,"all delivered thrillingly, and in her trademark growling/shouting style that owed a lot to the women blues shouters before her. Weren't very many female blues shouters in Janis's day, although, actually, one of the best of them was the Chicago-based Koko Taylor (What It Takes: The Chess Years (Expanded Edition)). (Somehow or another, I have to tell you, I saw Taylor perform twice, each time seemingly wearing a house dress and $10 wig, but she tore the roof off the venue, even Brooklyn's Prospect Park -- without a roof!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By T. Horsefat on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be some confusion about this album. First, when initially released on Mainstream records in late '67, the title was, simply, Big Brother and the Holding Company. No special mention of Janis. That came with the several reissues on Columbia. Also with those reissues came the inclusion of the tracks Last time and Coo Coo. These songs were the A and B sides of a Mainstream single that was released along with the album. In other words, they were bonus tracks. Curiously, Coo Coo briefly made the top 100 in the pop charts. I have several versions BBHC, including a mono copy on Mainstream, and this is the first time the material has sounded right. The phase distortion that previously marred Janis's double-tracked vocals on Bye, Bye Baby is gone. Also, the instrumentals seem to have been re-synched (could be my imagination or just the drugs), so the band sounds more competant. The sound is as good as it's going to get and the price is right for this short, sweet slice of pre-history. For me Intruder makes it all worth the while.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Pulliam on November 25, 2008
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...because she makes this album worthwhile..as expected. While it is interesting to hear the early little folky sounds of BBHC it is even more interesting to hear Janis Joplin in her early BBHC days.
This album was the first release for Big Brother from a failing record company called Mainstream. The album's producer Bob Shad was a 'scout' of sorts at concerts and shows in San Fransisco or anywhere he thought he might find the almighty dollar. Well we can sit and listen and be thankful for Mr. Shad's capitalism. This is an awesome little buncha tunes.
This album was produced and recorded in a studio with people who were reportedly not used to hearing the loud freak-out sounds of BBHC so this is not as big sounding as Cheap Thrills. It IS however a great trip back in time and it sounds more like Janis does folk rock rather than the usual trip-out and boogie kind of stuff. ALL the songs are great but its Janis that makes them great. Her own songwriting comes to life here and even though the band werent allowed to record at volume levels that suited them- this is NO cheap bargain bin disc. (by the way an original vinyl copy of this album is worth a pretty penny and is a GEM for collectors and fans alike)

Its a young vibrant Janis doing great tunes with an underground feel. I bought this a long time ago and I have enjoyed it more than I can say here. Its a glimpse into a youthful, innocence that a lot of people dont see or hear very often with typical Janis stuff.

STANDOUT TRACKS (in my opinion) ARE:

*Easy Rider
*Call On Me
*Intruder (great lyrics by Janis herself here)

Extra tracks were added to this later and those CDs are still very available.
This version of Bye Bye Baby is heard on Janis' Greatest Hits album/CD.
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