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Cheap Thrills

Big Brother & The Holding Company

1968

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Cheap Thrills

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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

Cracker. Surprise Janis Joplin gem.

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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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5

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

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

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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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5

I’d never listened to this. Amazing

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5

Good would listen again

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5

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

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

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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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5

Brilliant album. Nice bit of Janis screeching away!

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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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5

Loved it.

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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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4

Zeppelin couldn’t copy if they tried.

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

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Janis Joplin en directo. Espectacular.

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wasnt expecting that

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5

Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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5

very good loved the vocals

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

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5

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

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5

Jesus this vocals.

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5

Heard this one before, food album.

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Amazing

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5

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

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5

Fanfuckinhtastic! Another of my all time faves

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5

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

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5

Joplin!

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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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Cool

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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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5

Man...Janis Joplin whoa.

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Amazing experience, epic Janis vocals

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

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Awesome album. Amazing voice. Amazing blues.

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OKAY JANIS

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5

This album is just rock and effing roll

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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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😳😳💌🫣

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cool cover, I think it's Robert Crumb

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Jesus Christ, Janis Joplin.

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4

Some classic songs

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

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What a time to be alive

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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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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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Pretty great

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

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

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Blues rock. Con Janis Joplin.

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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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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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Enjoyed that. 4/5

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Awesome. Would have been incredible to see live

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

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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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Really enjoyed it especially not knowing what to expect.

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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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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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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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Fun. pretty janis joplin forward in a fun way.

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

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

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Nice, kannte die Band von Janis Joplin bislang nicht

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-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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groovy man

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

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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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raw

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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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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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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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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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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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4

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

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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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4

Very good, worth another listen

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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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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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4

Amazing funk party music but still laid back

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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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4

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

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8/10

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

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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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yup

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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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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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I like it, I like it a lot.

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

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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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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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4

Hell yeah. Call me pleased.

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Love Janis Joplin. Her voice is such a treasure.

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4

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

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4

Can’t go wrong with Janis

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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4

Offensive album cover but Janis is a queen of rock.

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4

When in the mood, this is killer

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This was pretty good actually

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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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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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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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4

Was good, need a bit of drugs though.

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4

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

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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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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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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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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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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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7/10. Not bad, but nothing crazy

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listen carefully...

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I will always love Janis.

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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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2.5/5

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Low 3

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not a fan of Janis Joplin's screaming style of singing

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This album was interesting. It featured Janis Joplin with a raspy voice. Had two different songs that I recognized. Other than that she went from this into her solo artist career. Probably a good move.

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Best songs: Summertime, Piece of my heart (classic) tortured vocals bluesy cool fuzz guitar (Ball and Chain) 6.5/10

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Good solid rock/blues album. Joplin's voice is incredible.

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3.6

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Honestly, I didn't get through the whole album. Janis never resonated with me. It's good, but doesn't grab me.

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Fav Song: Oh, Sweet Mary

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JANIS JOPLIN and a buncha guitars. Yes!

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Not a bad listen, but nothing very memorable.

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Me gusta ese sentido que le dieron al disco como si hubieran hecho una sesión como las del estudio B de reactor, la banda no es mala pero sin Jannis creo que hubiera sido una banda del montón

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Classic. Janis could really wail.

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I understand the regard its held in, I mostly played out my interest in the 60s psychedelic rock era around the turn of the century.

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Solid ~60s album w/Janis Joplin's band

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Janis Joplin screaming out from under the rest of the band was fun, but I don’t think I’ll listen to much here again.

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Ya no hablaré de la portada porque podría seguir y seguir mucho más que hablando de música. Dejémoslo en qué curiosa portada y qué atinada al título "Cheap Thrills." Aceptaré no sabía del nombre de la banda, ni que aquí fuera una donde cantó Janis, ni mucho menos que en este disco viniera Piece of My Heart. Muy interesante disco, parece que la primera mitad se va mucho más al sonido del soul y la segunda se regresa a sonidos muy de blues. Creo que me agrada más la primera, aunque las dos son bastante entretenidas. Si bien por un lado creo que este disco como trabajo de época psicodélica está alto, quizá cerca (pero no a la par) del disco que nos tocó de Jefferson Airplane, también tiene un par de detalles que a mi parecer le bajan un poco. No hay suficiente Janis; entiendo que no era como tal "SU" banda pero su voz es innegable que es el punto que le da alma a la música. Es un poco largo; me parece que aunque no harta sí hay una cantidad de canciones de relleno que no eran necesarias. De inicio pensé que era en vivo, luego a ratos me sonaba medio rara la mezcla y resulta que en varias canciones son estudio con los ruidos de la gente añadidos. Se supone que querían dar la sensación de su energía en vivo y aunque funciona hasta cierto grado si se llega a notar partes que no son en vivo y distrae un poco. Por último, ninguna canción se acerca a tocar lo brillante en música y canto de Piece of My Heart; su presencia en la lista se sintiera que se basa totalmente en que aquí viene esa canción (termina siendo una CANCION que debes escuchar... ni cerca de ser el álbum completo realmente). Disco bueno, bastante agradable pero como proyecto completo no lo consideraría tan legendario como pareciera.

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Schon ganz nice. 3

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7

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3/5

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It's inevitable that I will compare this with Janice Joplin's solo work. It is less bluesy and more soft rocky than that, and consequently seems not to bring out such outstanding vocals. The most most Blues track on here, Piece of My Heart, stands above everything else, which is basically fine. 3/5.

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"I want to just put my arms around ya, like the circles going 'round the sun." (I need a man to love) "Babe, and I cry all the time" (Piece of my heart) Siempre está bien empezar el día escuchando a Janis Joplin, aunque me gustan más sus temas en solitario. La portada de este disco es de pesadilla, eso sí.

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Goeie rock/blues met Janis Joplin! - Combination of the 2 - Piece of my heart

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Good old Janis Joplin blues.

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Kindof fun. Not mind-blowing but pretty good!

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Dobar album za poslušati, pogotovo ako si u toj nekakvoj psihodeliji, woodstock mood-u u kojem znam zalaziti. Pošto vidim da ne mogu dati koliko sam mislio, moram staviti 3/5, a zapravo je ipak mrvčicu bolje od toga. (3,5/5)

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I honestly thought I would have enjoyed this album more. Joplin is an unparalleled singer and you can really feel her rocking out in most of this album. But the band behind her isn’t very strong and a lot of the time that makes her appearance seem weaker. I wanted to like it but I really didn’t.

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I had never heard of Big Brother & the Holding Co, but this is the classic rock sound I love (plus no one sounds like Janis). Pass me the bowl, I can listen to this and chill all day.

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Good instrumentals. I liked it but it’s hard to listen to the whole thing.

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Ok. Znie to ako led zeppelin ale nikdy to nie je dostatocne zaujimave.

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Pretty good. Didn't know Janis Joplin was a part of this.

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Fun album. Janis had such a unique voice.

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хорошая музыка, но слушать её постоянно я бы не стал, слишком гротескная

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It's allright.

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Classic Janis Joplin

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Not as hateful as expected and actually had some nice moments but then they do have Janis Joplin doing vocals. Not bad hippies, not bad.

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It’s the blues with an absolutely kick ass singer and the guitars turned up loud. Decent recipe for an album

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Janis Joplin has an awesome voice, but I found the songwriting and the rest of the music completely unmemorable. Not bad, but into one ear and out the other.

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Grpovy

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I've never been a big fan Janis Joplin. That being said, this is a pretty good album. I like the raw sound of the recording and "Piece of my Heart" is a classic. Side two was better than side one for me, especially the closing track: "Ball and Chain"

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Most people think of Janis Joplin as being the high point, but I really liked the guitar on this. I thought the solos worked well. I listened to the bonus tracks and they were definitely... uneven. "Ball and Chain" went on too long, I thought.

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I thought this was going to be unremarkable for my tastes, but found myself leaving it playing. 3-stars for that.

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just for Janis Joplin's voice, which was amazing

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Important in that it was the first major release featuring Janis Joplin - it is interesting to hear other songs aside from the big hit and eternal classic radio staple "Piece Of My Heart" It's not necessarily ground-breaking or mind-blowing though, which isn't necessarily a criticism, but after a while the blues-based songs take on a sameness - perhaps one that they've had all along. Good musicianship by the band though, that definitely comes through especially on tracks like "Oh, Sweet Mary." Enjoyable enough listen I suppose in some ways (as I waver between giving this 2 or 3 stars) but would this get a look/listen if it weren't featuring "Janis Joplin™" on vocals? Too many times I'm hearing this as "generic late 60s capable psychedelic blues hard rocking band" and throughout this album that's what you get i.e. it's not really one I'd ever think to immediately repeat once it's done. 5/10 3 stars.

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TBH, I kind of find Janis’s voice to be a bit annoying.

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Summertime and Piece Of My Heart are amazing. So is cover art. The rest of the album is fine but not much more.

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To me this feels like a weaker Janis Joplin vocal record. Piece Of My Heart is one of those rock and roll songs that will stay forever. But this album is mostly the blues. I still don't see what people find interesting about the blues. Janis's vocal tone is one in a billion, which you hear right in front on Ball And Chain.

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It was interesting to hear more Janis Joplin. Very distinctive voice 😄

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Such a strong and unique voice from Janice, overall a good album some heavy hitting songs on it

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Joplin carries this one for me but there is a lot more interesting guitar than I expected. Full of meandering tracks that kinda lose me. Piece of My Heart is an all timer.

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Was good! Not the best, not the worst. Really enjoyed it

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Seminal blues/rock, but a bit samey

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Noodly, but with some good tracks on there - was not aware that it was a live album before i listened :)

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Great Voice. Drives the album completely. Not really my thing. though

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just don't really care for Janis Joplin.

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I appreciate Janis Joplin, I just find her voice grating at times.

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Country psych blues echoed by The Doors and The Strokes. Janis had one hell of a voice.

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Вот она какая Дженис Джоплин.

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Ball and chain prachtig

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A large dose of Janis. Classic rock with a high energy

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Meh

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// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 3

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Rating: 6/10

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Nice and entertaining classic rock but not enough for me for 4 stars

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Legendary singer, but really messy tunes. Did not enjoy the sound throughout.

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Such a powerful voice! Janis smashed my speakers!

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Woefully disjointed. Either make it a live album or a properly structured studio one. Very much of its time.

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I loved the instrumentals, but Janis' vocals just don't do it for me. I can see the appeal to some but for me the wailing is just too much.

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Good, but some unneeded psychadelic noodling. Great ballsy blues voice. A few now classic songs (and covers).

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Well, there's this: https://musicaficionado.blog/2020/01/28/cheap-thrills-an-album-cover-by-robert-crumb/ I agree that the art for Summertime will not see the light of day today. But the music is nice. I'd certainly listen to it again.

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Good tunes…. Hate Janis Joplin’s voice though!

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Not enough groove, too much wtf

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3.6 - The Robert Crumb album art would be the only reason I’d buy this LP. Still, Janis Joplin’s singular rock voice is loud and proud and I do love “Piece of any Heart.” Thankfully there’s more than just 12-bar white blues. “Oh, Sweet Mary” is a dark freak out with some bellowing guitars. Less successful is “Flower in the Sun” that tests Joplin’s limits and makes her sound shrill and slightly out-of-tune. It’s a fine example of San Francisco psychedelic culture, underpinned by LSD, but it feels rooted to its time and place.

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There a few songs I liked, which of course includes Piece of My Heart, but otherwise this album wasn’t too much my style. 2.5

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A slightly different take on the concept album by structuring it as a live album, it does add a bit of flair and interest to it overall. A good acid/psych rock album with a bit of blues thrown in for good measure. The album cover certainly is unique. It gives an overview of what to expect from the album - as though it was a live show played out in comic. Although, some of those drawings in particular wouldn't fly in today's market. Best: I Need A Man To Love Worst: Ball & Chain Note: Spotify had the re-release album with bonus tracks - I only listened to the original songs.

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parecido com o primeiro, mas desconhecido kkkkk

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Actually really enjoyed this. Haven’t heard much by Joplin but I can see why she’s lauded as a talent. Don’t think I can go 4* but high 3

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I'm just not that big of a fan of Janis Joplin's. I want to like the raspy voice and all but I'm just like "meh". "Peice of my Heart" is the most popular song on the album and probably my favorite. 6/10.

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Third Listen. janis Joplin is great, the album is ok. 3/5

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Loved all things Janis, enjoyed Piece of my Heart, everything else is fine

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I always had mixed feelings about this album: she is great, she really is, but the band doesn't seem to be right "there". There is certainly a good amount of energy going on but the songs don't sound right to me; they are probably underdeveloped or the arrangements are not at their best, I am not sure. Plus half of the tracks are live and I never liked live albums. So yeah, good for the vocals, the energy, the sense of "everybody's wasted", which doesn't do much harm in a rock and roll / blues context, but I am left with the feeling that this could have been a much better record. Or its issue might as well be with the high expectations that come with the hype? Or maybe it's just a matter of personal taste? Who knows!

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I actually had no idea that Janis fronted a band, let alone that "Piece of My Heart" and "Summertime" were recorded under said band; I always thought these were solo Janis songs! But, let's face it: even now, it's still a solo Janis song as far as I'm concerned; she is famous for it. I mistook this for a live album before reading that the live audience sounds were edited into the album. I am not really sure about the reasoning behind this decision, but I found it to be an interesting one. I am not typically a huge blues fan, but something about Janis has just always grabbed me. Her vocals always strike me as something that shouldn't work, but god, they just DO. The guitar on this album has a hazy, raw sound quality to it that just plays off of her vocals so well. The acid rock lean along with all that rasp and gravel take this album to an enjoyment level that would otherwise not be achieved for me, personally. Side A totally rocked for me, but Side B wasn't nearly as strong, save for "Ball and Chain".

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I actually listened to this twice and I liked it better the second time! It's like a more melodic Zeppelin, with bluesy vibes still. Glad I gave it another shot!!

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Nothing special but nothing bad about it either for me at least. "Piece of My Heart" the most enjoyable track.

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3/5 nice but ultimately no

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I love psychedelic rock and the band is pretty good. Of course JJ is intense and carries the show.

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This was very much a slice of a day for 1968

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CHEAP THRILLS | BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY • JANICE JOPLIN (1968)⭐️⭐️⭐️ COMBINATION OF THE TWO ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Love the guitar at the start - Rocky vibe, good groove - Love the drums - Ok now I'm getting a Motown vibe, love this - Nice intro track, nice to vibe to but not gonna be in the playlist just cus of a lack of lyricism. I NEED A MAN TO LOVE ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Love the melody from the get-go - Love the guitar - Not the biggest fan of the vocals, great tone but just wouldn't listen regularly. - Do enjoy the song though, actually incredible power in Janis's voice just not my kinda song personally. SUMMERTIME ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Greek kinda vibe, love this a lot - let's hope the vocals are good - oooooo we have guitar coming in on the left ear, nice split between the ears - Love this so much, vocals are in now. - This is a masterpiece - Janis's voice isn't for me but I can appreciate the talent. - Love the composition and layering of the song. PIECE OF MY HEART ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Absolute classic - Love this song and love Janis's vocals in this song - great melody and groove, danceable - beltable, just a good mood kinda beat TURTLE BLUES ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Ok love the start - This is a groovy, blues vibe. - I do really like blues, not sure what playlist to put this in though - No playlist but do like the song. OH, SWEET MARY ⭐️⭐️ - Not the biggest fan of this, odd vocals at the start - Love Janis's voice in this though, not sure about it at all. - Feels tribal BALL AND CHAIN ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Rock vibe, heavy metal start - I'll keep listening but not the biggest fan of the screeching - Vocals come in and I like it, might just have to skip the start every time. - I do really like this after all the screeching - Wow love Janis's tone - Can only give ⭐️⭐️⭐️ as the start isn't a bit of me ROADBLOCK ⭐️⭐️ - Ok I can back this so far - ok this is fun, I wouldn't listen often but feels good to listen to. - kinda boring tho - same same FLOWER IN THE SUN ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Love love love the layering - I enjoy this - Going in my 70s playlist - groovy, I can back this CATCH ME DADDY ⭐️ - Not a fan, Janis is screaming - I mean she has power and I respect it but also stop screaming - you don't like it, skip MAGIC OF LOVE ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I like this one already and its the one with the least streams wtf - this is groovy - Idk am also a bit scatty - ok

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Janis was definitely the highlight.

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Enjoyed it. Love that Janice blues.

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couple classics

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Janis Joplin sortint de l'ou i agafant el protagonisme de la banda, després d'un disc merament psicodèlic, portant-los aquí a unes aigües molt més marcades pel blues rock, sense perdre el punt de la psicodèlia de l'época. Haria de millorar en els seus discos posteriors, però temes com 'Summertime' o 'Piece of My Heart' ja donaven fe de la increïble personalitat en la veu de Joplin

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I like Janis Joplin, but I hate live albums

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Wasn't feeling this as much as I thought I would. Definitely not bad, but about mid-way through Janis Joplin started to wear on me a bit then I kinda zoned out.

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W00t, Janis.

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I was never much into Haight/Ashbury rock.

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I know some people can't deal with Billy Corgan's voice, but I don't usually mind it. Others don't like Geddy Lee, and I think he sounds fine. Some of you guys expressed indifference to Dave Mustaine yesterday, and I'm generally cool with it. But Janis Joplin's voice has always bugged me. There's definite power in it, but it's too screechy for me, there's almost no technique. The musicians themselves are great, but I don't know if I'll ever side with her abilities. D+

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Not bad. I didn't know about Janis stuff before solo work. I enjoyed it OK, but wasn't blown away by any means.

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Led Zeppelin ont définitivement suivi cette voie pour leur premier album. Summertime et Piece Of My Heart sont deux pièces essentielles à écouter pour comprendre pourquoi on parle encore de Janis Joplin aujourd’hui. C’est fou de penser qu’elle a 23 ou 24 ans à cette époque. Je le répète, je n’aime pas les albums live. Lui en est un en partie et je peux comprendre pourquoi. L’énergie du groupe est pas mal leur force. Un essentiel à entendre et pour ma part, à se procurer pas trop cher dans une vente de garage.

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Pleins de classiques sur cet album. Le petit rauque poussé pas fort fini par lasser par contre. C’est moins pire sur d’autres enregistrements. J’aime beaucoup le bassiste. Le band en général groove pas pire.

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I mean, Janis Joplin is an icon for a reason. Little bit too on the psychedelic side for me, though.

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before listening: oh god this is gonna be bad... the cover says "janis joplin vocal" so we're gonna start at 1/5 even without hearing a note. while listening: ok so it's a live album, sounds old-timey rock n roll. joplin not as annoying as solo stuff, sounds almost like robert plant lol. after listening: ah yeah, not too bad but doesn't really go anywhere. it's ok background music. according to wiki it's a fake live album too, lol. 2/5. 1 point for not boring me to death, another for joplin giving it a red hot go. no points for anything else.

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not bad, it's a period piece for me

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60’er rock, autentisk, “fake” live, energisk

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Not much to say on this. Was very much just okay. Not terrible, not great.

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Not a Joplin fan so the vocals really drained me.

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I like it. Very manageable. Janis is cool. Nothing life changing here that makes me want to dig deeper into Janis or this band but an easy Monday listen. 2.5.

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Another one of those "important" albums that I just could not get into.

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No quite my cup of tea

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The production value scales back the power of intensity of Jopplin's vocals, for me resulting in a lack of emotional connection.

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Great musicianship from the band but still somehow flat, boring and hard to enjoy. I am a huge fan of Janice and her voice, but this is not her greatest work. Overall a poor record.

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Pretty unremarkable. Even the 'big hit' isn't that much of a draw.

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"Piece of My Heart" is the real winner here. Not really my cup of tea -- I can appreciate the once in a generation voice but don't love the rambly, jam band songs.

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Woof. Fake crowds throughout the whole record? The production on this album is gimmicky and awful and if I never hear that cover of "Summertime" again, it'll be too soon. Janis Joplin's vocals are raw and singular, but it can't save the rest of the record. Favourite tracks: N/A

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Doesn't really hold up to modern listening. Overlong and unfocused. Some good moments along the way but not anything too great.

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Janis Joplin c'est surcoté bordel

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Meh, her voice is a bit grating. The music is alright

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Never was a fan of Janis

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Geht okay. Für damalige Zeiten beeindruckend

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pretty cool music but the woman just sounds too much like marge simpson smh

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Not a big Janis Joplin fan. There are some things I can appreciate - Piece of My Heart is a classic and deservedly so, but in a lot of cases her voice grates on me. For example, her rendition of Summertime is supposed to be a classic but I couldn't stand her voice on it and even the fuzz guitar was annoying me. I liked a bit of the first track, "Combination of the Two" - it was half good sixties heavy rock and half hippy time. "I Need a Man to Love" had some good funk going on, but it also made me feel that this album is very much of its time. The best albums are timeless. I found Joplin's voice grating again on Ball and Chain, which is a shame because I really like Big Mama Thornton (her original version of Hound Dog blows away Elvis). Not sure if a link will work, but here's how Ball and Chain SHOULD sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbdUjHmCHA4 ...take it away Big Mama. Have to call this album a 2, unfortunately.

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It's fine.

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2nd listen. Still good.

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i didn’t really like the singing part of it, i thought it was scraggly but yeah just not really for me.

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Found it pretty forgettable

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Good quality, but the lead singers voice is not something I like. Personal preference stands in the way to enjoy what I believe is good music

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Mi dispiace ma questo album non fa per me. Non sono sicuramente mai stato un fan di Janis Joplin e tantomeno degli album dal vivo quindi non sono l'ascoltatore ideale per questo album. Comunque gli sproloqui chitarristici e Joplin che se spacca la gola a forza di virtuosismi non aiutano molto. Diciamo che i pezzi sono il solito blues mediocre noioso. Comunque poi alla fine si lascia sentire ma me lo so già scordato. Direi 2 scarso.

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Nel corso dell'ascolto, ho cercato di soprassedere al fatto che Janis, come cantante, mi stia un po' sul cazzo, ma è stato uno sforzo invano. La gente vede energia e anima nel suo modo di cantare, ma a me ricorda una cornacchia. Musicalmente stiamo al livello "band del liceo che suona durante l'autogestione". 2

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Not my cup of tea

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Not a big Joplin fan (one of the most overrated 60's artists). Enjoy Piece of my Heart but could pass on the rest. would never choose to listen to this 2/5

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Definitely better than i was expecting. The jam band, overdone backing vocals, repetitive shout/screech delivery, blues cliche all is tiresome and unpleasant. The good news is that there is actually some really good blues/guitar grooves and soulful delivery in here as well (summertime, piece of my heart and ball and chain). Still, too much of the former to want to listen to again.

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Meh

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Joplin was obviously such a massive and unique talent, and there's some really good stuff on here (Piece of My Heart being the obvious classic, but Oh Sweet Mary was also great, as was I Need a Man to Love despite Joplin's voice being a bit Marge Simpson in places). The framing of the studio cuts as faux-live performances was also interesting and added a lot of energy to the record However there were a couple of quite boring blues cuts on here, and the cover of Summertime was... not good. A mixed bag for sure, and not one I expect to go back to

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It was quite good. Again nothing remarkable.

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Ultra ungewaschen, Katzen Kreischend, Schuhe staubig, klarer Kolorit in puncto Zeit, was mir einfach nur ein Jucken in der Ohrmuschel bereitet. Robert Crumb gibt weit mehr als 2.0

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Bluesy rock, very much of the age

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Too intentionally heavy, and only intermittently (e.g., "Ball and Chain") do the blues feel authentic and cohesive. Otherwise I hear more screaming than singing on. Non-Janis cuts are muddy and ragged and kind of predictable. Some moments, but overall nothing special.

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I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless they are determined to listen to as many works by Janis Joplin as possible.

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the way janis joplin sang! it's still so unique, even after all these years. that being said, i'm just not a big fan of this type of music and this album.

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not as good as some of their other catalog

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Not my piece of cake

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Raucous. Unpolished. Summertime is a great cover, though. On a completely unrelated note. This is listed as an “Apple Digital Remaster”. Sounded like it had been filtered through Woodstock mud. Not sure whether noise cancelling headphones have made me a (far) more discriminating hearer, that my hearing is deteriorating, or …

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God. Damn. Hippies.

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On a shit run.

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Nope!

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Aburridísimo Sólo desde una perspectiv anglo céntrica pollaviejista puede considerarse este disco entre lo más relevante de la historia musical

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A ono, nije moja šalica čaja.

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The 60's

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Not very good

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bleh

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Annoying hippie blues based rock complete with "jam parts" and Joplin's annoying as hell vocals. Why she's considered such a legend is seriously beyond me. The only good thing about this album was the cover art.

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