There is so much that could be said about this album - without any doubt 5 stars for anyone who loves or loved the West Coast music or lovers of Janis. However perhaps I'll let Bear describe the performance in his own words:
"I believe this album will be hailed as the definitive Big Brother live album of all time. If perhaps on some other night they gave a better and more energetic performance, I don't know - I wasn't lucky enough to be present at it. I was at this one, and I thought at the time it was exceptional. The important thing is these tapes survived. This is Janis at her absolute peak, and the band was rarely so "on" as they were at these shows. They were kicking ass and having a hell of a time".
The above is an extract from Bear's short essay in an excellent 28 page booklet that also includes a page comment by Sheilah Stanley and an essay by Bear's son Starfinder Stanley. There's even instructions on positioning your speakers to reproduce as close as possible the sound of the band as you would have experienced them at the Carousel - needless to say it tells you to play it loud!!
For anyone who has not in the past considered Big Brother a fully paid-up member of the SF psychedelic scene, then they should listen to this. Many of the BB favorites are featured with full-on performances!!
I note that Amazon only shows 13 tracks listed (which are from the Sunday June 23 performance), but my copy has a bonus of "Call On Me" taken from the Saturday night.
Well done to Sony for a 100% cardboard and paper packaging, it's a fold-out slip case with the CD one side and booklet the other.
As a final comment, Bear's son states that this is the first posthumous release made at the Carousel - if there's more to come, then I say bring it on!!!!!!!