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Big Brother & The Holding CompanyBig Brother & The Holding Company

Tracklist

Bye, Bye Baby2:29
Easy Rider2:24
Intruder2:27
Light Is Faster Than Sound2:27
Call On Me2:27
Women Is Losers2:00
Blindman1:59
Down On Me2:25
Caterpillar2:14
All Is Loneliness2:17

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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1967US1967
    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Disques Vogue – CLVLXMA 165France1967France1967
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    Fontana – 5457, Fontana – TL5457, Fontana – TL.5457, Fontana – 683 741 TLUK1967UK1967
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099Canada1967Canada1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – 56099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Fontana – STL 5457, Fontana – STL.5457, Fontana – 883 741 TYUK1967UK1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – 56099Canada1967Canada1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099Canada1967Canada1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
    LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Press
    Mainstream Records – S/6099, Mainstream Records – S 6099US1967US1967
    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – 56099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, 8-Track CartridgeBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – MSM 86099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – 56099US1967US1967
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    Mainstream Records – MSX 6099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – YS-2020-MSJapan1967Japan1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1967US1967
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099, Mainstream Records – S. 6099Canada1967Canada1967
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    Mainstream Records – MSX 56099, Mainstream Records – MS 56099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – 56099, Mainstream Records – S6099, Mainstream Records – S/6099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Call On Me, 1967, VinylCall On Me
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    PAX – ISL 5016, PAX – ISL. 5016Israel1967Israel1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, 8-Track CartridgeBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – MSM 86099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1967, 4-Track CartridgeBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – MSX 46099US1967US1967
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1968, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Disques London – 195.011France1968France1968
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1968, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    London Records – SAHM-T 6357New Zealand1968New Zealand1968
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1968, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
    LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Abbey Press
    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1968US1968
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1968, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1968US1968
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1969-03-00, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    London Records – SHT 8377, London American Recordings – SHT 8377UK1969UK1969
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    London Records – SAHA-8377Australia1969Australia1969
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    London Records – HAT 8377, London Records – HAT.8377UK1969UK1969
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    Cover of Big Brother And The Holding Company, 1969, VinylBig Brother And The Holding Company
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    CBS – 19.153Argentina1969Argentina1969
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1969-12-00, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
    LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, Stereo, Abbey Press
    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1969US1969
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    Cover of Coo Coo, 1969-10-00, VinylCoo Coo
    LP, Album, Promo, Reissue, Test Pressing, Stereo
    Mainstream Records – YS-2220-MSJapan1969Japan1969
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    Cover of Big Brother And The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin, 1970, VinylBig Brother And The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing
    Columbia Limited Edition – LE 10205US1970US1970
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    Columbia Limited Edition – LET 10205US1970US1970
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1970, 8-Track CartridgeBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Mainstream Records – M 86099US1970US1970
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1970-04-00, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
    LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Abbey Pressing
    Mainstream Records – S/6099US1970US1970
    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1970, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    CBS – CLS 5334Mexico1970Mexico1970
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    Cover of Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1971, VinylBig Brother & The Holding Company
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    Columbia – C 30631US1971US1971
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    Cover of Janis Joplin With Big Brother And The Holding Company, 1971-09-00, VinylJanis Joplin With Big Brother And The Holding Company
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    World Record Club – S/4998, World Record Club – S-4998Australia1971Australia1971
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    London Records – 195.011France1971France1971
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    • ronmellot's avatar
      ronmellot
      Edited 2 months ago
      Seek this one out. This early Janis Joplin sounds great in mono and includes 2 bonus tracks.
      Coo-Coo and The Last Time can only be found as bonus tracks to the LP on certain reissues.
      Not available as a single or on compilations. Coo-Coo is an early version of Oh, Sweet Mary.
      • lswerner's avatar
        lswerner
        1st US press Abbey Pressing is very quiet with great stereo separation. No background noise between tracks or within tracks. I purchased a visually VG+ LP that plays NM all the way. Very surprised by the high quality vinyl and the stereo mix. This is not a simulated stereo recording.
        • OldRusty's avatar
          OldRusty
          Extremely groovy late-1960's acid-folk-rock with a stupendously spacey stereo-mix. It sounds like Joplin's voice is triple-tracked on some songs to great effect. Janis & The Boys knock it out of the park! Good fidelity & nice bass.
          • Beachbeatle1's avatar
            Beachbeatle1
            Decent band with relatively unknown incredible singer unleash respectable initial blues/rock/psych demo released unbeknown to the band following their successful appearance at Monterey Pop Festival. Confirms the phenomenon that the mid-60’s period San Francisco sound that sounded so fantastic live, lost almost everything when translated in the studio. Catches a glimmer of the adrenalin driven passion the band would soon deliver.
            Promising taste of things to come.
            • leftypem's avatar
              leftypem
              This appears to be a simple label error, and not an actual hybrid pressing, as the runout info indicates the mono master on both sides.
              • Records-Everywhere's avatar
                Edited 2 years ago
                Even to the enthusiast, the first Big Brother & The Holding Co. LP is often treated as an afterthought, though there are several things of relevant interest here. The first is the marvelous, freaky acid journey "All Is Loneliness," which alone makes this record worth hearing, more than anything else on the label. Powell St. John (later to work with the 13th Floor Elevators and Mother Earth) also wrote the hit "Bye, Bye Baby," which provides an interesting connection. Janis Joplin's voice channels that highly-sought-after blues howl, which would also later be captured by e.g. Robert Plant -- and when it's used right, it _really_ works.

                This album was originally released as a short-duration 10-track venture on Mainstream records circa August 1967 in both mono and stereo. These original pressings tend to be quite noisy. After "Bye, Bye Baby" became a hit, Columbia acquired the rights for distribution and reissued the album starting in the '70s with 12 tracks, adding a non-LP single at the end of each side. The album has also been reissued several times on CD, with a remix appearing in 1999 as done by Vic Anesini. The remix is quite good and emulates the original mix so well that it apparently was not even recognized as a remix for more than 20 years; for the audiophile scrutineers, that may be the "best" version. For archivists, the 2016 high-res remaster has good fidelity with lots of headroom, and seems to be closer the original Mainstream vinyl if the left channel is amplified by about 3db.
                • brakeshoe's avatar
                  brakeshoe
                  My copy has the radio station timing sheet shown on the promo version listed elsewhere on this release. The record has no promo markings and is identical to this release.
                  • lacaille's avatar
                    lacaille
                    Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Stamped): ACTZ 3140 K4
                    Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Stamped): ACTZ 3141 K3
                    • lacaille's avatar
                      lacaille
                      VARIANT Matrix / Runout (Side One, runout stamped, except "1 T" etched): AL 30631-1A 1 T o
                      Matrix / Runout (Side Two, runout stamped, except "1 T" etched): BL 30631-1K 1 T o
                      • Lance_Rishel's avatar
                        Lance_Rishel
                        I like this album a lot, it's their most psychedelic album. Very underrated in my mind.

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