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Janis Joplin Live At Winterland '68

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Wow and double wow-a completely UNRELEASED live show from Janis Joplin & Big Brother, taken from an April 12-13, 1968 stint at the legendary Winterland in San Francisco!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMUR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. Barton on November 29, 1999
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This CD is what every live CD should be, that artist in concert, raw, unabridged, and true audience inspired highs. This one succeeds on ALL levels. The band, I once thought was okay, I now worhip, due to remastering. What fantastic work, and it's all here, in tremendous sound, for you to enjoy anytime. SUCH a great, electric feeling you get when you get a KILLER version of "Piece of my Heart" that is NEW, delivered gutsy, powerful on all levels as always, but NEW! A SHOCK of delight that this CD is FULL of! For those of us too young to have ever seen her live, this is a MUST HAVE! Her voice is incredible here, another tremendous version of "Ball and Chain", the old blues song, with Ma Bailey, never had anyone sing the HELL out of it like Janis. She was happy, full of the power of God, and in a great mood this night. Who wouldn't want to be with her?
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With the release of this album, we're exposed to a crucial moment in Janis Joplin's evolution. Riding the counterculture success of their #60 release on Mainstream Records, Big Brother and the Holding Company were headlining a star show for Bill Graham that was so big it couldn't even be held in the Fillmore Auditorium, it had to be held at the Winterland ice arena (despite Sam Andrew singing "Everybody's dancin' at the Fillmore" in the song "Combination of the Two"). The band got higher billing even than Booker T and the MGs or Iron Butterfly. Anticipating the release of their first major-label record, the band was flying high, trying out new arrangements and new songs, including a little tune Joplin, in her stage banter, credited to Irma Franklin, but which would soon be inescapably her own, "Piece of My Heart."
This album is everything the band wanted to create with Cheap Thrills when they tried to sound like a live concert. Songs like "Down on Me," with which the band opened and closed, grab the listener by the ear and refuse to let go, while the band's take on the Gershwin brothers' old chestnut "Summertime (and the Livin's Easy)" transforms a sweet but dippy show tune into a true mournful operatic cry from the heart.
Unfortunately, you can also here the ultimate seeds of the band's breakup on this album. Joplin was a strong idealist and a lover of the blues for arts' sake, while the boys in the band tend to be glory hounds. They have every right to be, not one musician in the group isn't a strong soloist, and any one of them could have led a band of their own.
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This is a truly remarkable album. Over 75 minutes of previously unreleased Janis with Big Brother and the Holding Company in a live concert at Winterland in 1968. It is a fantastic concert, full of raw energy and wonderful performances, not just from Janis but from the band too. I cannot understand how some people said that the band was amateurish. I think they are terrific and a perfect back up to Janis. The 24 page booklet that comes with this album is great in itself. Packed with never-before-seen pics, thoughts from some of todays top female rock stars, and informative essays, plus a reproduction of a letter that Janis sent to her mother just a few days before this concert was staged. This album is a must have for any fan of Janis Joplin.
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When I'm in the mood for Janis,I put on Cheap Thrills. Nothing wrong with Kozmic Blues or Pearl, but they are the "cleaned up, dressed for meetin'" Janis. There's something endearing, energizing, and wild about the intense sloppiness of Big Brother that's perfect for Janis' over the top caterwauling. Talk about the combination of the two! I'll be darned - it is better than Cheap Thrills! The band sears with buzzsaw acid-drenched guitars, practically coming off the track, with Janis hanging on for dear life. Time-warped garage band blues with a world class singer. Considering the technology at the time, the sound is great.
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Better late than never. This is the live album that should have been released decades ago. It SIZZLES with the excitement and talent of both the band and Janis. Their edge is just as edgy today, their blues as blusey as yesteryear, and their MOJO as mojo-y as any rock fan could want. BBHC were ahead of their time, a band that never deserved the charges of amateurism that has haunted their legacy, as proven by this live recording captured at the peak of their touring prowess. Let's face it. The jerks at Columbia who thought there was not much to cull from the BBHC live performances for the original Cheap Thrills album were obviously not paying attention. The only number from Winterland that made it on to Cheap Thrills was "Ball and Chain," a truly mindblowing track, yes, but wait, there's more. The Winterland "I Need a Man to Love Me" indeed outshines the track that made it onto Cheap Thrills, and there are other cuts as well that sadly had been sitting in the vaults all these years before seeing the light of day on this fantastic release.
And if the music weren't enough (Be sure to check out Sam Andrew's hot solo on "I Need a Man to Love Me" and Peter Albin's cool, rockin' bassline on "Piece of My Heart," not to mention James Gurley's awe-inspiring, monumental solo work on "Ball and Chain"), this CD is chalk full of way cool liner notes, memories about Janis from those she inspired such as Stevie Nicks and Debbie Harry, plus awesome photos that capture how hip this band really was. Check out the many facets of Janis among the marvelous photos featured. Plus some fascinating history about some of the famous concert posters available for purchase. And you really gotta love the cover art, dripping with cartoonish Kozmic psychedelia.
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