Big Brother & the Holding Company is the debut album from Big Brother and the Holding Company and the studio debut of Janis Joplin. It was originally released in the summer of 1967, following the band's major success at the Monterey Pop Festival. The album was a minor success, peaking at #60 and almost producing a top forty hit with the song "Down on Me". A year after its initial release, Big Brother would release their second album Cheap Thrills which went on to become a massive hit. "The Last Time" and "Coo Coo" do not appear on the original Mainstream release, only available on a 45 rpm single; they were added when Columbia Records reissued the album.