Over 40 years ago, Janis Joplin left Texas to sing with Big Brother and The Holding Company. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Big Brother and The Holding Company is still rocking along and reaching more fans than ever. We’re following the band on Twitter! http://twitter.com/bbhc
Big Brother & The Holding Company’s high energy psychedelic guitar blues rock was a natural for Janis Joplin’s powerful vocals, but not many of those live gigs were recorded on tape for posterity.
Big Brother and The Holding Company (BBHC) has just released a great new album called The Lost Tapes! Disc One features twelve unreleased tracks, just recently discovered and remastered. Imagine rediscovering these classic blues rock tracks: “Turtle Blues, Hi Heel Sneakers, Bye Bye Baby, All Is Loneliness” and the great gospel classic “Amazing Grace.”
Tracks on Disc Two have been previously released by various record labels, but never before in an official release that showcases the mind-blowing sound of Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin. Dig it: “(Come On Baby) Let The Good Times Roll, Hey Baby, Down On Me, Oh My Soul,” and the classic “Hall Of The Mountain King.”
Just a year after their formation in San Francisco, Big Brother & The Holding Company burst into the national spotlight after playing the Monterey Pop Festival, June 1967. Shortly after, the band signed with Columbia Records and released one of the biggest rock albums of 1968, Cheap Thrills sold over a million albums. Only one track was recorded live, Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain,” one of Joplin’s favorites.
Live at Winterland ’68 is probably their best live album, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom in April of 1968.
Seems like everyone has a music page on MySpace, but it’s awesome to tweet with our favorite classic rock bands on Twitter! You can too! Follow the fun at http://twitter.com/bbhc
Official web site bbhc.com
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Concert, Rock & Roll