Columbia publish ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin featuring ‘Summertime’ and ‘Piece of My Heart’ (1968)

Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ is their second album and their last album with Janis Joplin, released on August 12, 1968 by Columbia.

Track listing : 1.Combination of the Two (Sam Andrew) – 05:47 . 2.I Need a Man to Love (Sam Andrew, Janis Joplin) – 04:54 . 3.Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 04:01 . 4.Piece of My Heart (Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy) – 04:15 . 5.Turtle Blues (Janis Joplin) – 04:22 . 6.Oh, Sweet Mary (Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin) – 04:16 . 7.Ball and Chain (Big Mama Thornton) – 09:02 .

Robert Crumb

Musicians : Janis Joplin – Vocals . Peter Albin – Bass, Guitar . Sam Andrew – Bass, Guitar . James Gurley – Bass, Guitar . David Getz – Piano, Drums . John Simon – Piano on (5) .

Production Produced by John Simon, Elliot Mazer . Fred Catero – Engineer . David Diller – Engineer . Jerry Hochman – Engineer . Robert Honablue – Engineer . Roy Segal – Engineer . Vic Anesini – Mastering, Mixing .

Packaging : Robert Crumb asterisques RVM – Cover artwork . John Byrne Cooke – Liner Notes . Elliott Landy – Photography, Tray Photo (gatefold photograph) . Jim Marshall – Photography . David Gahr – Photography . Thomas Weir – Photography, Back Cover .

Recorded March 2 – May 20, 1968 and live at The Fillmore East on March 8, 1968 .

Released on August 12, 1968 by Columbia.


The success was short-lived however, as Joplin left the group for a solo career in December 1968. In 2003, the album was ranked number 338 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time […]

But everybody knew who the real star wasand Joplin played her last gig with Big Brother while the album was still on top of the charts. Neither she nor the band would ever equal it. Heard today, Cheap Thrills is a musical time capsule and remains a showcase for one of rock’s most distinctive singers. […]

Drew Friedman
Interestingly, Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin—an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb—so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia Records place it on the front cover. […]


Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’


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