Big Brother & The Holding Company ‎– Cheap Thrills

CBS ‎– 63392
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Combination Of The Two
Lead Guitar – James GurleyWritten-By, Vocals – Sam Andrew
A2 I Need A Man To Love
Lead Guitar – Sam AndrewWritten-By – Janis Joplin, Sam Andrew
A3 Summertime
Arranged By – Sam AndrewWritten-By – DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin
A4 Piece Of My Heart
Lead Guitar – Sam AndrewWritten-By – Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy
B1 Turtle Blues
Guitar – Peter AlbinPiano – John SimonWritten-By – Janis Joplin
B2 Oh, Sweet Mary
Lead Guitar – Peter AlbinVocals – Sam AndrewWritten-By – Janis Joplin, Peter Albin
B3 Ball And Chain
Lead Guitar – James GurleyWritten-By – Big Mama Thornton

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This version has NO "<-STEREO->" in large text at the top of the rear sleeve, unlike the otherwise identical UK release Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
This version has "Printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd...." at the bottom right of the back sleeve, unlike Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

UK 1st issue
Laminated illustration with cartoons & credits in Crumb's inimitable style includes:
"Live material recorded at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium"
and "Turtle Blues 'vibes' courtesy of Barney's Beanery".
Back of cover unlaminated, imprinted "Ernest J Day" & "GB"

Labels: "Made in England"
℗ 1968
Tracks; A1, A2, A4, B1, B2 & B3 (Cop. Con.) [Copyright Control]
Track; A3 Chappell & Co.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side run-out, stamped): 63392 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side run-out, stamped): 63392 B1

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March 24, 2017
I wish i could find more reviews like this. Thanks swagski. Everyone should try to write more comprehensive period pieces like this. I knew this was a good album when i snagged it for a buck, but i want to know if what im holding is a classic in someones eyes..this site rocks!


April 24, 2009

This album has just got to be the jewel in the crown of Joplin's work. On the sleeve notes 'The Village Voice' review describes Joplin being for you "...Like the girl next door, but you live on the Lower East Side..."

For me, Joplin IS the streetwise village voice of those hot 'n smokey San Francisco nights of the period. She's the embodiment of the lyrics she sings, immersed in a liquor-soaked and gravel-voiced delivery, accentuated by awesome crystal-sweet high notes, all wrapped up in a driving package that's supported by a band who know what they're doing- and just where to do it. They had cut their teeth with an eponymous album on the Mainstream label but this next work, after signing with Albert Grossman, has the band really chewing hard and showing its class. The live recording of Ball And Chain captures the essence and spirit of where they were at in mid '68. The other six tracks are studio numbers recorded at Columbia, although their clever engineering work provides a 'back room juke-joint' intensity to the performances.

There are no individual highlights on this album. The whole thing is a 1000-watt highlight, right down to the iconic sound of breaking glass on Turtle Blues- no doubt an empty bottle of Southern Comfort that slipped from Joplin's grasp in a magical moment of vocal delivery...

Initially to be titled Dope, Sex, and Cheap Thrills, but vetoed by the band's management, Cheap Thrills is an album which captures that 'turn on, tune in, drop out' psychedelic San Francisco moment of the late 60s perfectly. The sleeve's "Approved by Hell's Angels - Frisco" logo and Robert 'Mr Natural' Crumb's cover art simply adds to the thrill.