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Cheap Thrills

Big Brother & The Holding Company

1968

Cheap Thrills

Album Summary

Cheap Thrills is the second studio album by American rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was their last album with Janis Joplin as lead singer before she started a solo career. For Cheap Thrills, the band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, for which it was subsequently mistaken by listeners. Only "Ball and Chain" was actually recorded in concert at Winterland Ballroom.Cheap Thrills reached number one on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968.

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Rating

3.46

Votes

5316

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

When the Album art has R. Crumb doodles you know it's gonna be a *freak out* All of a sudden, it's 1968. Vietnam. Nixon. Motown. Psychedelia. And screaming atop that Mountain is Janis Joplin. Such voice, such energy. I like to imagine Janis at the Crossroads with Robert Johnson, selling her very soul for her voice. That growl, that twang. It's unmistakable and irresistible. Especially on my new favourite version of "Summertime". The guitar tone is fuzzy and the temp is funky and soulful. There's solos, call and response. The piped in crowd noise before each track adds a wonderful electricity to each. These are the hymns of the counterculture, sung by their troubled high priestess and burned into our collective memory of the late 60s. Take a piece of my Heart, Janis. Just take it.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Let's fucking party! Lo-fi and wild, and Janis sounds amazing. Great fun all round.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Janis Joplin kills it in the vocals, strong blues roots, great guitar

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Cracker. Surprise Janis Joplin gem.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

This was made for me. I loved this. Also I kept thinking of 30 rock when Jenna has the fake Joplin doc.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

A classic. Raw, powerful, soulful. And that voice.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Dripping in acid haze and California heat wave, so damn cool and confident

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Honestly, I had no idea that Janis Joplin fronted a band until this album came up. I always thought she was a solo act only. I also found out today that Congress has several subway trains connecting their buildings. So not to brag, but I learned two things today! Janis has a voice that shouldn’t work, but is just right for theses songs. It’s gravelly. It sort of sounds like what happens the day after a night of drinking and screaming too many songs. It sounds like the after effect of smoking too many cigarettes. Maybe she drunkenly screamed too many songs while smoking gravel cigarettes. Nothing would surprise me here. The guitar distortion during the first minute of Ball And Chain reminds me of her voice. Maybe she has a distortion pedal in her throat. The point is Janis’s voice is perfectly imperfect. I like the songs on this album, I don’t love them. There is a bit too much jamming for my taste that’s better saved for the live show.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

I’d never listened to this. Amazing

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Good would listen again

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Incredible album, I love it. Janis Joplin is timeless.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Incredible album, I love it. Janis Joplin is timeless.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

This was simply great! The vocals, the guitar, the drums, the bass, the whole band, the album cover. Even not liking too much the "live" inserts in the middle of the songs, this still is a great piece of modern music. Enough said!

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Brilliant album. Nice bit of Janis screeching away!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Amazing record, those live track are huge and this is the record that has Sumertimw in it. As great of a record as Pearl

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Loved it.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

This is a gem! I'm slightly embarrassed to have never even heard of the band or album before, but grateful for the tip, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pure class.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

OKAY JANIS

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Zeppelin couldn’t copy if they tried.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Blues is not usually my jam. I think this is the second time listening to this album; the first time through I was not grabbed at all...this time definitely moreso. Summertime is my personal favorite and the one two punch of that song and Piece of my Heart is worth the price of admission. Though I find the gutar on Ball and Chain heavy handed Janis' vocals are tour de force. And there are other incredible vocal performances. I'm giving it a 4 which after my first go through I would have never thought would happen. Maybe it will increase still on my next listen (hard to find to listen to anything but the next two on the list (yeah I'm doing 2 per day.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

J'ai profité d'une heure durant laquelle je devais surveiller une élève pendant qu'elle rédigeait son devoir de français pour écouter cet album. Bien que je l'aie globalement apprécié, deux moments ont bien failli gâcher son écoute. En plein milieu de l'album, l'élève en question eut l'impolitesse de me demander comment "langweilig" se disait dans ma langue. J'enlevai mes écouteurs et allai écrire le mot "ennuyeux" au tableau avant d'éclater la craie au sol d'un geste d'humeur et de me rasseoir. Enfin, alors que mon écoute en était à la dernière piste, si proche du but, l'élève crut bon de m'annoncer qu'elle avait terminé son devoir. J'entrai alors dans une colère noire. Les tables volèrent, les chaises voltigèrent, les fenêtres se fracassèrent... Une note de quatre sur cinq bien méritée en attendant de finir incessamment les trente secondes restantes.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Definitely has a raw, faux-live energy that is both fun but a little bit grating at the same time. Songs are solid though, and everything has a pretty loose and jammy feel to it. All the players here are great, but compared the Janis they are like candles to a torch, which really holds back the songs where she isn't in the spotlight. Overall a very fun time, and Janis is always a pleasure, and its flaws are many but minor.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

This record has always felt a little disjointed to me, but it is undeniably an all-time classic.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Janis Joplin en directo. Espectacular.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

wasnt expecting that

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

very good loved the vocals

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

52. Ele já te vê de longe e ainda não sabes o seu aspecto. Uma eternidade à espera na montra do Preço Certo. Gostava de ter mais bom texto p'ra ti. Meu bem. Meu bem. Leva a aorta primeiro. MotA: Piece of My Heart "Everybody's got it"

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Wow! 5 songs in and LOVE IT. Loved it all the way through

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Fav song: - I Need a Man to Love - Summertime - Piece of My Heart - Oh, Sweet Mary - Ball and Chain -

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Jesus this vocals.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Heard this one before, food album.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Amazing

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Sulla fiducia, da un primo ascolto senza cuffie. Da riascoltare

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Fanfuckinhtastic! Another of my all time faves

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Is Janis Joplin the greatest singer of all time? No, but damn if she isn’t great

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Joplin!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Super bon album, l'essence de la musique hippie même. Bons passages plus blues rock aussi. Définitivement un classique à revisiter.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Cool

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Fantastic album. Great energy, the songs have so many layers, I could listen 100 times and hear something new each time

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Man...Janis Joplin whoa.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Amazing experience, epic Janis vocals

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Vraiment bon, janis est super bonne et les tounes sortent vra8ment de lordinaire. C’est a reecouter car toutes les tounes sont bonnes. 4.95

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Janis Joplin??? Iznenađena san (ugodno naravno). Slusat ću ponovo!

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Awesome album. Amazing voice. Amazing blues.

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Sat May 07 2022
5

This album is just rock and effing roll

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Wed May 11 2022
5

This is another really good example of music that would be better produced, rather than live. I mean, the live performances are superb - genuinely remarkable - but the reliance on "first take" recording means that there's so much in here that could be made better. The drums, I don't think, were mic'd particularly well, so they sound rather clipped and tinny. The balance between Joplin's singing and the music is not great. I mean, this music is brilliant. Truly brilliant. But it would have been so very much better in a studio. Even a mediocre producer could have taken this from brilliant to world-changing.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

😳😳💌🫣

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

<3

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

God damn, Janis was good. I never knew which of her hits were actually part of Big Brother and the Holding Company vs. solo. But there are some big time classics on this album. And you've got to love this album cover.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

The arguable peak of blues rock, Janis Joplin’s voice is absolutely vibrant and aggressive. You can almost smell the late 60s on this record. 👍

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Excelent!

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

I haven’t participated in this as much as others but this is the first album that I actually really liked. The amount emotion in Joplins voice is palpable. It’s impossible to not be moved by it. She’s one of the best rock singers ever and this album exemplifies it.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Stuff of legends! Dem pipes, dem pipes.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Buenísimo, te lleva a los inicios del rock & roll de los 70's

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

It's a wonder I haven't heard this one early. With my recent enamoring with The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. These bands feel like future successors of Big Brother & The Holding Company. It's also easy to see how this band fit right into the counter culture movement and hippie scene in San Francisco. If this is Janis Joplin in her early and inexperienced, I can't wait to listen to more as she grew as a person and artist. Favorites: 'Summertime', 'Oh, Sweet Mary', and 'Piece of My Heart'

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Excellent album. Though there is a clear sound (Joplin's singing voice is quite distinct) throughout there is enough variety and energy in each song that you'll find you skip barely any.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

This album slaps so hard, oh my god. The album cover, from R Crumb's hand, is super cool and a super creative way to present the band and songs. Apart from the... you know...

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Janis at her finest

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Almost Zep feel, heavy influence on later music. Why didn't I know more

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Screaming guitars Angela growling vocals. I loved this

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Janis Joplin. What more needs to be said !

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Janis showcase. She was so good.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

rnr

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

one of the best psychedelic rock albums of all time . 10/10

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

I'm struggling to find words for how much I enjoyed this album. I really didn't expect much from it which is why I was caught off guard, I guess. I forgot that Janis Joplin used to front this band. Joplin was an absolute powerhouse of a presence, though. She was one of those singers who never holds back and just leaves everything on the stage. And the rest of the band ain't slouches either. Overall, an utterly riveting performance from top to bottom. Super great. Instant repeat. Saved to listen to later again and again.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

harsh twangy gritty blues. soulful screeching and smoky backroom parlor vibes. note: the last 4 tracks are bonuses, hence the drop in quality

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Honestly, wasn't expecting this to be that good. Never heard a thing from Janis Joplin before, really only knew her from her image being painted on numerous hostels when backpacking Europe and news articles about The 27 Club. Must say she blew me away with those vocals. The instrumentation is also top notch and although not live according to Wikipedia, it feels right at home at a den or a cavern type theatre full of smoke and booze. Nice little variety too for blues which can be repetitive at times from experience. Got great solos, reliable rhythm section and some slow acoustics too. I guess the thing I find odd is that the songs themselves feel secondary to the performances. I didn't come away point at a particular song and say "This was the shit" or alternatively "Well that was shit". But if the performances were so good that you can view this record as an album, then who cares. Also the artwork, very creative and innovative instead of an image of the band or a model. Love how the comic style features images of each song along with the band members. Only bad thing about it is a couple of the images not aging well (*cough* Summertime *cough*).

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Really solid psychedelic and blues album. Really good.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Janis!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Soort van psychedelische bluesrock met een dijk van een zangeres. Heel goed album!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I almost wish I didn’t see the R Crumb album cover before listening to the album itself. The racial caricatures aren’t cool. Janis’s vocals are superb, a surprise to no one, and the band highlights her voice well. The guitars are fantastic, it’s the early days of the fuzz pedal and you just don’t hear tone like that anymore. You can feel that they’re pushing the boundaries of the music that’s currently available to them. I could do without the tanbura (or super sparse sitar?) on “Oh, Sweet Mary,” but I can’t fault them too much for wanting to experiment. Overall I’m super glad I listened to this, no complaints about the music.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

I can't be the first person to have this realization but I think Robert Plant bases a lot of his vocal stylings on Janis Joplin? Just another thing Zep stole... This record is great! Imagine hearing these people live. They're really going for it.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

An absolute glorious mess. 1968 summed up in a record. Changing the world through music, messing up themselves with drugs, everything is possible and nothing is sacred. Joplin burning bright but too, too fast.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

cool cover, I think it's Robert Crumb

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Jesus Christ, Janis Joplin.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Some classic songs

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Fun! I didn't realize that Piece of My Heart was Faith Hill covering Janis Joplin. Cool.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

What a time to be alive

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Mon May 03 2021
4

4.5 | Con este disco aprendí algo del pasado de Janis y de Robert Crumb y sus dibujos problemáticos. La música me gustó más de lo que esperaba antes de saber quién estaría cantando; me gustó mucho también la canción en la que hay una voz masculina acompañando, creo que debieron hacer más de eso. Mi favorita del disco (que siempre creí que era de solista) es Piece of my Heart.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Si no hubiera leído la historia del disco, me habría ido con la finta y pensado que fue grabado en vivo. Un detalle muy interesante de la producción del disco. El grupo me agradó mucho, y me sorprendió saber que fue de donde surgió Janis Joplin. Me hubiera gustado estar en uno de los conciertos de Big Brother, pero al menos con este disco podemos tener una probadita de lo que hubiera sido. Creo que es un poco desafortunado que Janis como solista haya eclipsado al grupo, pero es entendible: su voz y su talento eran demasiado. La canción que más me agradó fue Ball and Chain, pero todo el disco es un placer de escuchar.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Pretty great

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Damn good. Didn't even know Janis Joplin had projects outside her solo work. Way better imo.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Didn't realise this was Janis Joplin on vocals at first. Pretty cool album with some solid tracks.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Blues rock. Con Janis Joplin.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

First Joplin experience- she has some lethal chirps. Loved the lead guitar too. Pretty chaotic album. Piece Of My Heart a cracker. Almost a 5, just a bit chaotic

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Tue May 11 2021
4

First up. Piece of my heart is bloody majestic. have always love it. love this (presumably first) version. The rest of the album is great fun without ever reaching the glorious heights of the song it was built around. 4/5 mostly for Piece of my heart.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Enjoyed that. 4/5

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Awesome. Would have been incredible to see live

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Blues rock. Best Tracks: Summertime, Piece of My Heart, Ball and Chain,

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Tue May 04 2021
4

This rocks! I honestly don't know how the whole Joplin thing passed me by, I've never really heard much of her music. One tiny complaint, this album does go on a bit too long. I could have happily lost a couple of tracks, but yes, that Joplin chick is pretty great! It was fun to spot that Eminem sample in there too, like a little cameo spot.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed it especially not knowing what to expect.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

my views on JJ are somewhat conflicted, but i really enjoyed this one. ball and chain is definitely the standout for me. also, i fucking love the album art.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Shit my notes didn't save. Great album. "Piece of my Heart" and "Ball and Chain" are the highlights. Great fuzz tones on guitar. Makes me want to be in warm weather walking around aimlessly.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Sound quality up and down (live recording), but fantastic energy and JJ on form. Bonus points for MAD-like album cover.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Fun. pretty janis joplin forward in a fun way.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Such a voice. Maybe not the definitive versions of songs but still very good

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Love it! Janis is a real powerhouse! Interesting to hear some live crowd noises added even though it’s a studio album.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Not my usual style but I actually liked it. Recognized some classic songs, and I learned a bit about Janis Joplin reading about this album. Lots of emotion in her voice which was I think why this album worked for me.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Очень рад, что встретил этот альбом - я встречал песни с него на других релизах, но приятно закрыть пробел в образовании и узнать первоисточник.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

26th May 2021 In the living room on the speaker while working. I loved this, right up my street. Not listened to Big Brother and the Holding Company before and didn't know it was one of Janis' bands but the raw energy (enhanced by the fake crowd noise put in production) is amazing. It sounds like they just hit record and went for it which I love. I Need a Man to Love, Turtle Blues, Ball and Chain, loved. Want to send an email to the Blues Kitchen podcast and hope they play one of these classics.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Good old rock album - didn't get through the whole thing, but it's a good rock album

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Nice, kannte die Band von Janis Joplin bislang nicht

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

-I particularly like "Piece of My Heart" and "Roadblock" -I also enjoyed "Ball and Chain," "Catch Me Daddy," "Magic of Love," and "I Need a Man to Love" -I kind of felt that these tracks just weren't as strong and energetic as "Piece of My Heart" -This is one of the strongest 4 albums I'd say, but it just didn't have something that really made me want to push it to 5

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Fri May 14 2021
4

groovy man

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Janis! Holy cow! This once again exposed the gaps in my music knowledge. I did not know the names of any of Joplin’s backing bands, and since this one doesn’t bear her name I didn’t realize it was her at first. Then as I listened, I thought that remarkable voice sounded familiar. And sure enough, this is the band that launched Joplin’s career. After plunging deep into her tragic story, which I really only knew the end of, I went back and listened to the first Big Brother and the Holding Company album, and the next one she made with a new band. You can definitely hear the progression in her style and confidence as a singer. Bluesy, awesome classic rock. They may have been dirty hippies in the height of Haight Ashbury, but damn can Janis Joplin sing.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

An album is only as strong as its weakest link. If that held true, this would be a TWO STARS package. Alternatively, if this album was to be judged as 'best ball' it'd receive a solid FIVE STARS based solely on 'Summertime' because Summertime cooks. The sound of the guitar on this album is absolutely incredible, deep, bossy, full of lazy rough distortion that you can sink your teeth into. The opening to Ball and Chain is soooo gooood. Oh Sweet Mary has a great start, but then syrup-voice starts the singing and just ruins it... I want Janis. Ohhh, Janis, you are the wings to my angel. Your voice and that guitar are such a sweet combination ...or so I'd think. The songs that are good, are REALLY good. The guitarless Turtle Blues, old time piano and Janis... beautiful. Piece of My Heart ... classic power, and, have I mentioned 'Summertime...?' But then there are these mediocre and less than adequate songs like the opening track, Combination of the Two, Flower in the Sun and Roadblock that don't belong and drag the rest of the album down. But the ones that cook... Summertime, (have I mentioned Summertime) I could listen to on repeat for hours...

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Awesome classic rock / blues with Joni Mitchell's amazing voice!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Janis was a goddamn national treasure. It's a shame she died much too young. Great album from the psychedelic blues era. 4 stars.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

raw

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

3.5/5. Pretty good, definitely a little out there. The singers voice was also a little out there, but that’s not a bad thing. The album art is also interesting.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Well I got an education. Janis Joplin always seemed to get mentioned on her own but she had just as many album with these guys as solo. Man, that voice. One of a kind. Huge plus and makes the song something special on I Need a Man to Love and Turtle Blues. But at times the album was too self-indulgent, like the opener Combination of the Two - aimless guitar work and warbling. Ditto for Oh Sweet Mary. But I didn't mind any of it on the longest track Ball and Chain - 9 minutes wasn't enough and Joplin was electric. I'd put it right up there with Piece of My Heart, which is an all-time great, gives me chills everytime.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Joplin is the standout on this album with an emotionally soaring voice on hit tracks Piece of My Heart and Summertime. I was blown away by the vocal performance on Turtle Blues. Some of the jam tracks don’t measure up to her vocals. This was her last album with this band before going solo and her dominance shows. Her voice is so unique that she is in the pantheon of great singers like Aretha, Etta James, Whitney, etc but we’ll always wonder what she could have accomplished had she not died so young.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

often i dont like albums that feel like theyre blending into each song bc theyre so similar but i really like the way this album is so cohesive. favourite tracks: road block, piece of my heart Janis <33

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Wow. Much better than I expected. I was not sold on Janis Joplin until now. What a voice. Honestly mesmerizing. The instrumentals were neat, too. ;)

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Classic album. Janis is wonderful as always. Love it.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. My first experience with Janis Joplin. I can wee why she was immensely popular at that time. She can wail! Anyway, it doesn’t earn 4 stars because the ‘acid rock’ sound isn’t at the top my my list.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

Very good, worth another listen

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

An explosive album with phenomenal vocals from Janis Joplin. My biggest gripe is that it was not produced or mixed well.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

11. Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & The Holding Company. Hadn't heard of the band before despite obviously knowing Janis Joplin. Looking at album I recognised no songs, but when they play you know them. It's quite course or rough in sound, but that's just her bluesy/rocky style. It's a good album. 4/5

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Amazing funk party music but still laid back

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Weird record. It’s poorly recorded. The songs aren’t all that good. The band is bar band grade. The singer has more chutzpah than talent. And yet it’s still oddly compelling. It holds together. 4.5.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

I've never been a huge fan of Janis Joplin, but this was a great album.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Prachtig album met de bekende hit pieces of my heart, erg vet live gevoel

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Lo fi as fuck production, but this album is a revelation. A freight train of awesome blues rock power. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in power and energy. Janis Joplin slays on the vocals and it’s so good that even Eminem sampled this record.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

yup

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Une très belle campagne de mobilisation contre les dangers de la cigarette offerte ici par Janis Joplin, qui ne cesse de choquer par sa voix absolument détruite par le tabac. Les esprits sont marqués, on espère que cela servira de leçon aux jeunes auditeurs du générateur.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

This hits like a ton of bricks! I didn’t know anything at all about Janis Joplin before and had her in my head as a folksy Joni Mitchell type. How wrong can you be. The soul and psych stuff on here is amazing, it all sounds so fun and exciting. Very nearly got a 5 star but for one too many blues tracks which are really not to my taste. Definitely going on regular rotation though.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I like it, I like it a lot.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one, not sure what else to say. Surprised it's from the 60s

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Blistering acid rock. Janis Joplin absolutely steals the show with her insane yowl. I could take or leave some of the jamming, but overall I enjoyed this quite a bit. Good highway music. Favorite tracks: "I Need a Man to Love", "Piece of My Heart", "Ball and Chain"

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Great form from Janis. Excellent closer as well. I think that if I lived during this I would've loved a performance of this more than the album itself.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Hell yeah. Call me pleased.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Love Janis Joplin. Her voice is such a treasure.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Janis Joplin's vocals are just timeless, the heavy guitar tone are to die for.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Can’t go wrong with Janis

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

This was much better than expected. I was never a fan of Janis Joplin but after listening to this full album I have a much better appreciation of her now. Summertime and Piece of my Heart are a wicked one-two punch and Ball and Chain is the knockout. I’m not crazy about the Robert Crumb artwork but I guess it’s iconic and emblematic of those hazy hippie days. After listening to this for the second time my 3 gets raised to a 4.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

I like the renditions of Piece of My Heart and especially Ball & Chain – the video of her/them performing it at the Monterey Pop Festival a year earlier, where she blew away the crowd, is something else. Janice was a decent song writer as she showed later on her solo albums and here on Turtle Blues. They take a bit of a detour (from Blues Rock) on Oh Sweet Mary, which sounds like it’s from another album. On that and the opening track, where the vocals are handled by Sam Andrews there’s no doubt that they he has the world’s greatest back-up vocalist. Their decision to pump in crowd noise on many of the songs was a bit weird, and the introduction of “4 Gentlemen and one great, great broad” would have seemed out of date even in '67. Love the Album Cover.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

"We are ugly but we have the music". (from a song L. Cohen wrote about his time with Janis) Summertime, Piece of My Heart and Ball and Chain are classics - sure Ball & Chain is a bit too long but it is legit live rather than aspartame live. Summertime provides a unique experience since it's not too often you can listen to a song that Billie Holiday also covered and say "Yup, this one is better than Billie's version." The  guitar licks to start and throughout that song provide a quintessential psychedelic feel while Janis' vocals are poured into every word. While the highlights are all covers, some of the original songs, like I Need a Man to Love and Turtle Blues are also good. It's interesting that this album is faux live. I like Janis but always thought studio Janis was a mere fraction of what live Janis would be. If the customer wants a live album, here you go, sort of. 

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

liked the album, smth to say you like to listen to when talking to a music expert (almost sreaming, kinda shit quality audio adds to the effect, old guitar and ddrum backround, kinda riot girrrrl but not really tho

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

EXCELLENT! I loved this, it sounded great live and what an amazing talent Janis was! I loved the cover of Summertime and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart Now Baby. LOVE the Crumb cover, of course! Will definitely listen to this again.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

great album. The vocals of janis joplins i was familiar with but the energy of this album is much more than that

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Offensive album cover but Janis is a queen of rock.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

When in the mood, this is killer

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

This was pretty good actually

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Some of it isn't exactly my style, but a handful of the songs are truly great.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Impressive vocals, fun to listen to. Favorite Songs: Combination of the Two, I Need a Man to Love

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

A fun and powerful listen! I've seen this album cover a few times before (it is possibly the coolest art from an album on this list so far which says a lot), but I had never heard of the band. It came to a pleasant surprise that Janis Joplin was the lead vocalist; while I am not too familiar with her work, her voice is so distinguishable that I knew immediately that I had heard it before. Her vocals might not be for everyone as they can be a bit too much at times, but I enjoyed them overall throughout this record. It brought a sense of creativity and spark that the music might not have had without her. I did recognize one track going through this one: 'Piece of My Heart'. That song is really great and was probably the most upbeat song on the record, but the whole album was very consistent with its blues rock style and energetic instrumentals. The one weird thing that stood out to me was the use of fake crowd noise throughout the album. I was fully expecting live material based on the initial cheers in the first song as well as the message on the cover stating "Live Material Recorded at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium"; however, it was obvious right away that this wasn't truly live as the crowd would come and go throughout every song. This wasn't "fake" in the way that the album 'Alive' by Kiss is as that album attempted to recreate the live experience; with how this one was laid out, I am not sure exactly what they were going for as it could have just been a very solid studio recording. Odd, but it didn't ruin it for me at all. I had a great time listening to this one, and I would give it another shot for sure. 3.5/5 (but close to a 4!).

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Good stuff. Some uninspired instrumentals, but overall a very great sound and an awesome voice on that Janis. That's a 4 damn. "Summertime" really fucking slaps.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Janis Joplin's vocals are just insane: wild, raw and exploding with power. Don't fuck with her.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

A lot of blues, a little prog and the best female rock vocalist ever. Gershwin's Summertime and 'Piece of My Heart' get the proper love and respect Janis' legacy deserves, but the cover of Big Momma Thornton's "Ball and Chain" rounds this out as a great slice of Americana. 4.5/5.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Beautiful blues-rock and Janis Joplin's vocals? Amazing. Most songs probably worked better when performed live, though, because they don't have a lot of structure.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Was good, need a bit of drugs though.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

More Janis. - second day in a row l. Luckily I live it - lots of fun to listen to.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

This is acid rock alright. The bluesier, harder cousin of psychedelia best exemplified by Clapton's Cream. It's incredibly raw, inspired by garage and jam bands of the time. Most psychedelic tracks are "Summertime", "Oh Sweet Mary", and "Ball and Chain." Janis is a fantastic frontman, her raunchy vocals compliment the chaotic screeches. There's a pop hit "Piece of my Heart" to pull in skeptical listeners. Hopefully Janis's reputation is enough reason for most people to give this acid rock landmark a fair shot.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I really liked the few Janis Joplin songs that I new, but never went out of my way to listen to her band. I really liked this album as a unit. It was really enjoyable to listen to and scratches that classic psychedelic rock itch very well. No one who has ever lived has had a voice quite like Janis Joplin's.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

This is a pretty good '60s album. I'm not sure if it's entirely my thing though because I probably won't listen to anything on it again other than the one that comes on the radio every once in a while. The singing is the highlight, with Janis Joplin giving an incredible performance on vocals. Highlights: 3, 4, and 7.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

I really wasn't sure what I was expecting going into this, but I was surprised when I enjoyed the experience. The guitar just sounds so good. I generally wouldn't like the vocal, but it pairs so well with the rest of the sound. Everything feels like it goes together, like a puzzle set. Favorite track: Summertime

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Genre: Blues Rock 4/5 This was a fucking blast. Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills, led by the incomparable Janis Joplin on vocals, is one of the best rock albums from the late 60s, and I mean that. Once the album kicked off with Combination of the Two, a 6-minute instrumental blues jam that gets almost to Led Zeppelin territory in terms of heaviness, I knew I was in for a great time. Loud, bombastic guitar riffs and drumming, with Joplin's powerful brand of vocals (I can't believe she was only 25 when they recorded this), as well as some added production elements that makes this thing feel and flow like a live album, Cheap Thrills is one of my favorite albums I've listened to since starting this exercise. While Piece of My Heart is the big hit from this album, and a great tune overall, it's their cover of Summertime that puts this album to the next level. All Janis Joplin does here is sing her fucking ass off, rendering one of music's most popular standards into one of the single best blues ballads I've ever heard, and one of my all time favorite versions of the song by far. And ending it all with the 9-minute blues epic, Ball and Chain, another classic Joplin put her own unique twist on, was the icing on the cake. An outstanding piece of work, and one that I assumed I'd enjoy just fine, but came out of with newfound respect for Janis Joplin and co., and also came out of it with a new album to play on a random day this summer. Really good shit.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

I like it, I just don’t love it. 7/10

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

7/10. Not bad, but nothing crazy

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

listen carefully...

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

I will always love Janis.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Loads of jams in this. Very stonery. This opens up great. Blues influenced. Janis stretched vocals hit hard but are quite stretched. This can't be good for her throat. Riffs are top. Was a fun time capsule.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

A lot of raw energy here. And Janis. Joplin's. Voice.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

4.25

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

I’ve herd of Janis joplin can’t say i’am familiar with her work… The album starts with the song combination of the two I love how this song sets itself up as the opener to the album, it’s an odd song but I don’t hate it and yeah Janis is screamy as fuck but not as bad as I thought she would be. It’s an odd song but I don’t hate it. When Janis isn’t screaming she sounds like a singer who has passed her prime ( sadly ironic huh) this is first shown in the second song I need a man to love; the song sounds nice in the background but it lacks the gravitas of most songs of the 60’s. Summertime is the first song with any real substance instrumentally the verses remind me of the sonic “feeling good” ( I’am not sure who that song is by definitely not Buble or muse) with different guitars. It’s great though honestly the vocals are a bit grating but it’s good to have unique vocals in a decade that lacks distinctive vocalist ( even if they’re not good). The album goes more traditional rock with piece of my heart, I don’t know this song that well but I do recognise the “ come on’s”. It’s really good that section actually is a bit before it’s time a very strong vocal performance loved it! Turtle blues just kinda feels awkward for her vocal style I don’t know Janis Joplin doesn’t suit piano simple as that. The album moves on though to oh sweet Mary actually a party male done song I actually love this, it seems like the start of the rambunctious verse overly slow chorus technique of other bands. Also love the guitar break in the middle. The main album ends with ball and chain (and that’s where I’ll stop) a nine minute long blues style track with the dirtiest of guitars. I love her vocals on this track specifically the way she sings along with the way she pronounces her words works perfectly here. It was good I was kinda left wanting more ( but I guess that’s what the bonus songs are for) anyway I liked it.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Super relaxing after a stressful day

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

white woman but p good

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Janis Joplin Carries 7.1/10

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

I liked all the blues in this one.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Brilliant stuff in there

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Okay tunes but Janis pushes this one up to a 4 for me

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Pretty boppin' & upbeat. Listened as background music while working.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Never been a huge fan of Janis joplin, however this version of Ball & Chain still gives me chills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1zFnyEe3nE Also if you don't know who Robert Crumb is, I recommend a wonder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crumb (Warning - his work is NSFW) Overall: I would loved to have lived through this time and lost the plot at this smoky concert with friends. I give it a solid night on shots of tequila.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

God damn Joplin can sing

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Janis Joplin makes this album, the rest it’s purely decorative

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Janis has such a stylized voice that sometimes I just don't want to listen anymore. She was clearly different and powerful, but ultimately, I wonder what level of success she would have achieved has she not died so yound.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Great

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Some great hits but my metal has not aged well

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I was sceptical at first.. but boy oh boy was this album a pleasant surprise! The overall mood mixed with the uniqueness of Janis Joplin's vocals was just perfect.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Wasn’t too into this one early on

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

A pleasant album reminds me of being in a BBQ joint in the South. I am a big fan of the guitar work from the late 60s and 70s and this filled that for me.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Come for Piece of My Heart, stay for the acid rock Gershwin number. Best track: Piece of My Heart

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Was surprised at how many songs from this album were familiar (via covers or remakes)

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Not my usual jam but good

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

This is a fine piece of music. Joplin's voice is phenomenal. Didn't hear this album before. It is great, but has some weak points at least for my taste. Musically it has much to offer though, so I'll give it 4 stars.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Fun album. You can imagine the performances unfolding in front of your eyes. Definitely will listen again. Get LP.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Yer old rock, timeless

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Classic. sometimes too indulgent

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Stellar record, a real surprise. Great tunes.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

great album

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Awesome guitar!! Janis is a good vocalist. Insane for 68. Blackface :(

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Energetic, noisey, chaotic rock n roll. May be a bit abrasive for some. Musically relatively simple although played with gusto. Janis is just one of the most charismatic singers to grace the planet. She was a huge fan of Otis Redding and you can tell - she always had a more soulful bent imo and is a little bit wasted in this sort of band where she basically shouts through the set. Very lo-fi recording, little bits of filler here and there. A bit too frenetic to really settle into. Joplin's solo work albums are better examples of what she can do but the album has a mood, has Janis and does a good job of passing 50-odd minutes. Groovey, sexy and has Cr mb illustrations on the cover. Great bit of 60s psych hippy funk rock with a competent band and a generational singer

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Cheap Thrills shows us why, even with a tragically short career, Janis Joplin will always be in the conversation for best singer in rock history. She exudes raw power with her screams but also has some tender moments here too. The band is pretty great too, while this is not the most complex stuff, the band is dynamic and supports Joplin well throughout the album. "Piece of My Heart" is a rock classic that is still great every time I hear it and "Summertime" was a cool reinterpretation of a standard. The one thing I could have lived without was the fake crowd noise inserted here.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Points off for the addition of crowd noise on some of the tracks, but offset by extra points for the awesome Crumb cover. A great example of am uneven masterpiece. The highs, Janis' exceptional instrument, Piece of My Heart and Summertime are enough in my book to justify inclusion on one of these best of lists.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Pretty iconic stuff. Sick guitar and obviously nasty vocals

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