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Unusual, genuine 1960's concert experience
on 7 December 2001
It's true it sounds a little different but that really is only to our modern high frequency, bass reverberating eardrums. Most complaints seem to fall around a "tinny" quality, which I confess doesn't bother me in the slightest - I'm used to hearing many different kinds of music, live and otherwise. It's the "live" element here that makes it a special CD. I've read many descriptions of the electrifying performances of Big Brother and Janis. You probably had to be there really. But this CD is a live performance, from beginning to end. Make no mistake, this what the 1968 San Francisco music scene really sounded like, with all the gaps between songs whilst the band discuss and politely introduce each song, Janis acting as the vocal intro for other acts on that night also. There is also a certain joy here - the band had just come back home after a hard tour and were surrounded by friends. The live versions of the "Cheap Thrills" tracks are interesting, particularly as the "Cheap Thrills" album was supposed to sound like them live. This contains those songs live for real and they sound different to their studio recorded counterparts and much more raw. Acknowledged by the band as possibly the last set of live shows where they were all really happy and gelling as a team. You can't beat the authenticity of listening to this and knowing it's a real concert on 1968 sound equipment. You even pick up the slight echo of Gurley's guitar reverberating around the Winterland hall. Historically, it's fascinating. Musically, Janis is superb and the band are very tight with her. The songs have musical and historical interest. Big Brother's appeal was their live performance hence the emphasis of "Cheap Thrills" to get their live sound. So Big Brother live was v. important at the time. And this is them live. And Janis polite, but in her own fashion, of course !