Big Brother and the Holding Company (album)

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Big Brother & the Holding Company
Studio album by Big Brother and the Holding Company
Released August 1967[1]
Recorded December 12–14, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 33:51 (1999 reissue)
Label Mainstream, Columbia
Producer Bob Shad
Big Brother and the Holding Company chronology
Big Brother & the Holding Company
(1967)
Cheap Thrills
(1968)
Janis Joplin chronology
- Big Brother and the Holding Company
(1967)
Cheap Thrills
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

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[1] 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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bye, Bye Baby"   Powell St. John 2:35
2. "Easy Rider"   James Gurley 2:21
3. "Intruder"   Janis Joplin 2:25
4. "Light Is Faster Than Sound"   Peter Albin 2:29
5. "Call on Me"   Sam Andrew 2:32
6. "Coo-Coo"   Albin 2:01
7. "Women Is Losers"   Joplin 2:01
8. "Blindman"   Albin, Andrew, David Getz, Gurley, Joplin 2:00
9. "Down on Me"   Traditional, arr. Joplin 2:02
10. "Caterpillar"   Albin 2:15
11. "All Is Loneliness"   Moondog 2:13
12. "Last Time"   Joplin  

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Janis Joplin". RockHall.com. Janis Joplin Highlights. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Viglione, Joe. "Big Brother & the Holding Company [Columbia Special Products]" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2011.