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Big Brother & The Holding Company Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00BUOOVH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bye, Bye Baby - Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
2. Easy Rider - Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
3. Intruder - Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
4. Light Is Faster Than Sound - Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Combination of the Two - Big Brother & The Holding Company
2. I Need a Man to Love - Big Brother & The Holding Company
3. Summertime - Big Brother & The Holding Company
4. Piece of My Heart - Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
2. Maybe
3. One Good Man
4. As Good As You've Been to This World
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Disc: 4
1. Move Over
2. Cry Baby
3. A Woman Left Lonely
4. Half Moon
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Disc: 5
1. It's A Deal - Janis Joplin / Big Brother & The Holding Company
2. Easy Once You Know How
3. Maybe
4. Raise Your Hand
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Product Description

Five CDs chronicle the too-brief career of the amazingly gifted performer from Port Arthur Texas. This Bookset recreates the original Box Of Pearls Boxset which features all 4 of her legendary studio albums, each includes unreleased live cuts, outtakes, and alternate versions. Rare Pearls, a 5-track bonus CD of even more unreleased material completes the collection. And a 44 page booklet with extensive Liner Notes and Photos.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Amazon have put the wrong title here, "Big Brother & The Holding Company", which is a single CD, even the mp3 link is to that single album.
What you should have here according to the track listing is "Box Of Pearls" which has all 4 studio albums issued by Janis Joplin, (Big Brother & The Holding Company + Cheap Thrills + I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! + Pearl) with a bonus CD of rarities, so 5 CD's in total and 55 tracks.
To make matters more complicated, there is more than one issue of this box set, some very expensive, even 5x more expensive, strange but true, but all seem identical apart from minor packaging differences and year or place of issue.
Anyway, getting back to what should be a 5 CD box set, it can represent excellent value for money, (Amazon do not allow prices to be mentioned in reviews) and it is an easy way to buy a huge amount of JJ's small output, coupled with decent presentation and booklet, plus the sound is digitally remastered and cleaned up.
It certainly can work out cheaper than buying all 4 individual albums, plus you get the rare takes etc.
If you want one box set only of JJ, then this is about as good as it gets and is currently quite a bargain.
I own "Janis" by Janis Joplin, a 3 CD box set with almost as many tracks, 49 against 55, sadly as it is out of production and so it is usually very expensive, even in used condition. It has many similar tracks but more rarities.
I highly recommend either but if you want a single CD and cheaper alternative, buy "18 Essential Songs."
PS Be careful reading other reviews as Amazon has the ridiculous policy of putting reviews against any similar album, so some reviews here refer to a single CD issue, not a 5 CD box set. Reviews on Amazon are often in a mess due to this policy, I have even seen reviews for the wrong artist because the album titles have been the same, eg "20 Best Of" etc.
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Format: Audio CD
The Box Of Pearls is simply wonderful and seeing this was released in a very groovy book type set with a book i decided to go for it, yet im waiting for it to be delivered, so im' listening to the auto rip you get when you order it direct from Amazon it self..i don't own the original vinyl releases or the single CD discs reissues. i paid £17.59 for it....i could have got it through an sellers Amazon store for £2.85 cheaper at £14,74 with P+P which i normally do for single disc CD albums or if the boxsets dont have an auto rip, if it works out cheaper...but i mostly buy them with auto-rip if the price is reasonable with Amazon, as it saves me ripping them to iTUNES to put on my iPOD Classic 160gb,

I had already The Greatest Hits and The Collection CD and recently purchased the "Ball & Chain" Live 2 CD set originally called "The Lost Tapes" off Amazon...this is a great price if you don't have any of Janis Joplin's albums, it saves you buying them individually which may cost you more an you may have future collectable item and the selling info says this was released in 2005, im enjoying The Auto-Rip and cant wait to play the actual discs when i receive this set soon in the post...so i cant say much more until i receive the item.
The above review is my Husbands as he purchased this through my account.
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By Terry Gough on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I knew very little of Janis Joplins work. But I liked the couple of songs I had heard so decided to investigate further, I wasn't sure which album to buy, but saw this box set of all 4 of her studio albums, reasonably priced, so decided to take a punt. I created a playlist of the whole box set, with the intention of removing the weakest tracks after a few listens to create my own best of. 8 times through the playlist and not a single track has been removed and to be honest I doubt any will. What a voice she had and how she could interpret a song. I wish I'd discovered these albums 30 years ago.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Big Brother & the Holding Company: Remastered], is an early recording by Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic blues rock San Francisco-based band during the late 1960's. The record survives largely because of their great, great chick singer, Janis Joplin, of course, who joined them on a Chicago gig. Although Joplin fans will know that she did not, unfortunately, survive the 1970's, as she passed on October 4, 1970 (aged 27), in Los Angeles, California. But in her brief career, despite her troubled life, she left behind a stunning, gutsy repertory of work that has long since floated free of, and outlived, Big Brother. This record, however, was laid down about six months before she (and they) achieved lasting blazing stardom at the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival.

This record, although made rather early in her all-too short career, functions almost as a best-of: it's got a number of her hits on it, including "Bye Bye Baby," "Easy Rider,""Call on Me,"and a very bluesy "Down on Me,"all delivered thrillingly, and in her trademark growling/shouting style that owed a lot to the women blues shouters before her. Weren't very many female blues shouters in Janis's day, although, actually, one of the best of them was the Chicago-based Koko Taylor(What It Takes: The Chess Years [Expanded Edition]). (Somehow or another, I have to tell you, I saw Taylor perform live twice, each time seemingly wearing a house dress and $10 wig, but each time, she tore the roof off the venue, even at Brooklyn's open-air Prospect Park.
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