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Janis Joplin with Big Brother: Ball and Chain

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Editorial Reviews

The performances featured on this DVD were filmed at the studios of KQED TV in April 1967, just weeks before Big Brother & The Holding Company shot to international fame following their blinding set at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 (which featured Joplin's show-stopping performance of 'Ball And Chain', a highlight also of D.A. Pennebaker's famous movie documenting the festival). For many fans this was the period when Janis Joplin was at her best, before the pressure of fame and the ravages of drugs took over. This is the first DVD to release these KQED TV tracks. The songs are interspersed with short interviews with Janis and other band members, all in excellent sound and picture quality for the era. In addition to 'Ball And Chain', which was to appear on the group's second album in the following year, the set features two of the group's hit singles, 'Down On Me' and 'Coo Coo'. This package also includes a bonus audio CD of the tracks.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Janis Joplin
  • Directors: Robert N. Zagone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Charly
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029LD2QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After three lengthy release postponements already, it appears increasingly unlikely that this disc will ever be released. The program is a 30 minute Black & White T.V. broadcast,taped in 1967 in the group's hometown ,San Francisco, before the group's major label commercial breakthrough.
I already owned the program on a Rhino label Laserdisc released in the 1980's, and I'm always on the lookout for DVD releases to replace my old Laserdiscs, but my attempts to obtain this Charly label DVD have only ended in frustration with repeated release postponements. Out of interest, I went to the group's website, to see if they had the disc. The surviving group members DO offer their own DVD release of the program(with the original artwork that was used on the original VHS & Laserdisc releases), but unfortunately, the group's release was a mediocre DVD-R, taken from a less than VHS quality source with a pixelated picture and choppiness during rapid movement. If this Charly DVD release doesn't end up materializing, and you already own the VHS or Laserdisc release, my advice is to make your own DVD. The group's own DVD release is poor quality, and who knows what the quality of the Charly label DVD will be, when and if it is released.
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Love this band...love the DVD it brings back alot of memories from my past...the procduct was in excellent conditon and the prices are very reasonable..I highly recommend this company for hard to find and new releases of DVD's..
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Very good interviews and band insight. I understand Big Brother, the band, a lot better now. Love the vintage footage.
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