Aug. 12th was a big day for Big Brother and The Holding Company when it came to …

Written by on August 12, 2018


Aug. 12th was a big day for Big Brother and The Holding Company when it came to record releases.

On Aug. 12, 1967, they released their self-titled LP”Big Brother & the Holding Company.” The record featured Janis Joplin as their main singer. Recorded during three days in December 1966 for Mainstream Records, it was released in the summer of 1967, shortly after the band’s major success at the Monterey Pop Festival. Columbia took over the band’s contract and re-released the album, adding two extra tracks, and putting Joplin’s name on the cover. Several tracks on the album were released as singles, the most successful being “Down on Me” on its second release, in 1968.

The, one year later to the day, on Aug. 12, 1968, they released their second LP “Cheap Thrills.” It was their last album with Janis as lead singer. For Cheap Thrills, the band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, which it was subsequently mistaken for by listeners. Only the final song, their cover of “Ball and Chain”, had been recorded live at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

When was the last time you listened to either of these albums?

Happy 51st Birthday to Big Brother and the Holding Company’s debut LP and Happy 50th Birthdays to their “Cheap Thrills” LP!!





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