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Cheap Thrills [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Janis Joplin, Big Brother and The Holding Company Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000025AB5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Combination Of The Two
2. I Need A Man To Love
3. Summertime
4. Piece Of My Heart
5. Turtle Blues
6. "Oh, Sweet Mary"
7. Ball And Chain
8. Roadblock
9. Flower In The Sun
10. Catch Me Daddy
11. Magic Of Love

Product Description

BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING CO. Cheap Thrills (1999 UK 11-track CD album - Originally released in 1968 this was their second album and their last with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist. This newly digitally remastered version comes expanded with 4 Bonus Recordings including the studio outtakes Roadblock & Flower In The Sun and live versions of Catch Me Daddy & Magic Of Love. Housed in the original custom-stickered jewel case complete with picture booklet containingrare photos and new sleevenotes)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXUBERANT ACID ROCK 19 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Cheap Thrills is a great, raucous, exuberant celebration of life with Joplin's at times desperate, always intensely emotional vocals and the enthusiastic playing of Big Brother in their powerful acid rock/psychedelic onslaught. Piece Of My Heart sweeps the listener along in its maelstrom of sound, while Combination Of The Two has a certain addictive, hypnotic quality that is the trademark of great rock music. Summertime and Ball & Chain are innovative interpretations of the Gershwin and Big Mama Thornton tunes respectively, while of the added tracks, Magic of Love is the only one that matches the intensity of the original album's songs. Because of the Big Brother onslaught, it does sometimes seem that there's a cosmic battle taking place between Joplin's vocals and the band's wall of sound, but this creates a further element of tension that adds to the overall force of these performances. This is a great show of Joplin's magic.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother and Janis was the real deal 10 Aug 2001
By Moz
Format:Audio CD
This is West Coast psychedelia at its best - and recorded live. Janis belts them out but don't underestimate the power of those twin guitars from Sam Andrew and Jim Gurley. They're transendental at time, climactic at others - hammering away as the perfect foil for those screaming rasping vocals. It's improvised at times but everyone knows where each other is and where they're going. Then it all comes back together behind Dave's drums right on cue and into the next section. The bonus tracks are a bonus too - certainly not just fillers. Okay, so 'Piece of my Heart' and 'Ball and Chain' are the stand out tracks but I love 'Sweet Mary'- partly because Janis doesn't have the feature vocal but mainly for the soaring meandering guitar work and the oh so archetypal sixties hippy sound.

Rest your soul Janis. When I listen to this and the early stuff I gotta believe your happiest years were when you were in a gigging band. The later stuff's good but it's orchestrated and produced and somehow lacking. This is raw, earthy, full of passion, a sense of being and togetherness. Big Brother are still gigging and play an excellent set if you see them on tour. Certainly worth checking out as they're usually at affordable and intimate venues. Seminal stuff.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four gentlemen and one great, great broad... 11 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
That's what the announcer says at the beginning of this live/studio masterpiece... and for good reason because what follows is an outstanding example of blues-rock singing at its very best. But there's a lot more on offer here than just the touchstone that catapulted Janis Joplin to international stardom. First off, the band, in particular James Gurley's guitarwork, lay down some seriously impressive playing that's not only fully up to the task of keeping pace with her but which provides the perfect backdrop for her raw, stunningly powerful vocals. Then there's the quality and range of the songs themselves (other than the unnecessary, second rate "bonus tracks") including the "hippy" enthusiasm of "Combination of the Two", the driving acid-rock of "Sweet Mary" & "I Need a Man to Love", and the quite outstanding electric blues of "Summertime", "Piece of my Heart" & "Ball & Chain". And finally, the whole "style" of the album itself with it's quintessential Robert Crumb artwork, its atmospheric, often heavily reverbed sound, the enthusiastic audience reaction and the announcer's wonderfully laid-back contributions, all of which combine to capture what San Francisco's hugely influential ballroom scene was all about. A perfect time capsule that stands the test of time because it's more than good enough to and which, on the way, showcases a truly great singer on absolutely top form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 30 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Monterey 1967. Mama Cass Elliot is captured on film reacting open-mouthed to Janis and the boys ripping through Ball and Chain, Hurley's wailing SG sounding at once apocalyptic and soul reviving. Big Brother were an awesome band and this, for me, is Joplin's best work. The Full Tilt Boogie band don't come close. Cheap Thrills serves as a window on the late - sixties San Francisco scene, sure, but the music is timeless and visceral - essential.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy psychedelic blues-rock!! 18 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an example of the heavey blues influence on the San Fransisco music at the time. Dominated by Janis Joplin's frightening voice and the screaming guitar of James Gurley, Cheap Thrills invites you on an epic of energetic, predominantly blues numbers. The first track: Combination of the two,for me the highlight of the album, is a real rocker that eptomises the San Fransiscan rock vibe of the time, with awesome whoa whoa chants by Janis. Other blues tracks such as Summertime have a very psychedelic sound (James Gurley = father of psychedelic guitar) and showcase the talent of Janis's voice.(Although second to Grace).
Buyers looking for one of the most prominent (with good reason) acid-rock albums of the era cannot let this one slip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is A Really good mix of music and that woman has a brilliant passionate Marge simpson voice.

There song range from cover to original of blues standards and things and I just love every single song on it.
the music itself is really rather good too. but it is the vocals that stand out Janis has the most awesomely passionate voice I have heard for along time. you feel every note she sings and it resonates too and makes you sing along.
Brilliant album
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great tunes and singing
been lookin for this album for a while. great tunes and singing.
Published 29 days ago by Paul Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great CD
Oh, it takes me back!
Published 3 months ago by Gillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Janis's finest
Love everything by Janis, but Cheap Thrills is by far her finest moment
Raw but beautiful. If you haven't got it, buy it and sit back and listen
Published 8 months ago by Barry Spall
5.0 out of 5 stars cheap thrills album cd
great record.Glad to have it,just a pity there's no cover and thus
no track listing but it's still great stuff!
Published 18 months ago by paul forrester
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I am trying to listen to a bit of everything and to listen to stuff that might be a bit of challenge. This wasn't a challenge at all. I loved every minute of it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Martin Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass
This a great album, excellent, by one of the greatest singers ever..Janis Joplin...Rock on
She had a great range with her great vocals.
Published 20 months ago by Keven Mundy
5.0 out of 5 stars the current still passes as on the day it was recorded
Janis Joplin is totally electrifying on this album, which also gives the band Big Brother and the Holding Company quite a lot of space, as you hear on the brilliant intro number,... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb signature album
I adore Janis Joplin and have most of her records on vinyl bought as they were intially released. Subseqently I have also bought them as CD's, this one I bought probably when it... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by marshwader
5.0 out of 5 stars oozes the essence of late 60s rock
From Robert Crumbs album cover, through the first chords, to the final glorious note, this classic album ooozes the musical essece of the 1960s rock. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Captain Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Joplin
I've discussed this album with several other Janis fans, and we all agree this was her finest album. I own all her albums, and never again was she this raw and gutsy. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by James N. Beatson
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