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Big Brother & The Holding Company|Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills

Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin

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Fifty years after its release in 1968, the legendary Cheap Thrills has emerged with a multitude of unreleased tracks and rarities. This time, the opus which sold 1 million copies has kept its original title Sex, Drugs & Cheap Thrills, which was rejected at the time by Columbia for being too scandalous. Cheap Thrills, the best-seller that revealed Janis Joplin to the world, captures the essence of the Cosmic Mama who devoted herself body and soul to the recordings in the summer of ’68. Her coarse voice and her quirky rock vibes are showcased in Summertime, the real emotional peak of the album.

While the seven initial tracks illustrated on the cover by the illustrator Robert Crumb, with their dirty, raw sound, may seem to be live recordings, only Ball and Chain was recorded at the Winterland Ballroom concert in San Francisco on April 12th, 1968. From Combination Of The Two, a six-minute jam between Sam Andrew III and Joplin, to the blues of I Need A Man To Love and the classic rock of Oh Sweet Mary, Cheap Thrills comes together to make up 37 minutes of joy. Two years later, after leaving Big Brother & The Holding Company and having successively formed several other groups including Kozmic Blues Band, the psychedelic queen died a heroine. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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1
Combination of The Two (Take 3)
00:05:33

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

2
I Need a Man to Love (Take 4)
00:08:05

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Summertime (Take 2)
00:04:10

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Dubose Heyward, Lyricist - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

Originally Recorded 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Piece of My Heart (Take 6)
00:04:55

BERT BERNS, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JERRY RAGOVOY, Composer, Lyricist - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Harry (Take 10)
00:01:12

David Getz, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Janis Joplin, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Turtle Blues (Take 4)
00:04:47

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Oh, Sweet Mary
00:04:23

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Ball and Chain (Live at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA - April 12, 1968)
00:07:28

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - W.M. Thornton, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Roadblock
00:05:43

James Gurley, Engineer, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, Composer, Lyricist, Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Fred Catero, Engineer - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Roy Segal, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Sam Houston Andrew III, Guitar, Bass, Vocal - Peter S. Albin, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Bass - Jerry Hochman, Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

1999 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)
00:05:34

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

11
It's a Deal (Take 1)
00:02:42

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

Originally Recorded 1968 & released 1999. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Easy Once You Know How (Take 1)
00:04:35

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - S. GETZ, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

Originally Recorded 1968 & released 1999. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
How Many Times Blues Jam
00:05:26

David Getz, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Janis Joplin, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Farewell Song (Take 7)
00:05:02

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Flower In the Sun (Take 3)
00:03:14

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Oh Sweet Mary
00:06:55

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Summertime (Take 1)
00:03:14

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - George Gershwin, Composer, Lyricist - Ira Gershwin, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Dubose Heyward, Composer, Lyricist - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Piece of My Heart (Take 4)
00:04:07

BERT BERNS, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JERRY RAGOVOY, Composer, Lyricist - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Catch Me Daddy (Take 9)
00:03:15

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Catch Me Daddy (Take 10)
00:04:22

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

7
I Need a Man to Love (Take 3)
00:07:08

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Harry (Take 9)
00:01:11

David Getz, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Janis Joplin, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Farewell Song (Take 4)
00:04:27

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Misery'n (Takes 2 & 3)
00:03:57

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Misery'n (Take 4)
00:04:58

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - P. Albin, Composer, Lyricist - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - D. Getz, Composer, Lyricist - J. Gurley, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Magic of Love (Take 1)
00:03:19

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - M. Spoelstra, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

Originally Released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Turtle Blues (Take 9)
00:03:59

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Turtle Blues (last verse Takes 1 - 3)
00:04:35

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - J. Joplin, Composer, Lyricist - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

15
Piece of My Heart (Take 3)
00:04:32

BERT BERNS, Composer, Lyricist - James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JERRY RAGOVOY, Composer, Lyricist - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

16
Farewell Song (Take 5)
00:05:12

James Gurley, Guitar, Vocal - Peter Albin, Bass - S. ANDREW, Composer, Lyricist - Janis Joplin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - JOHN SIMON, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Big Brother & The Holding Company, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Andrew, Guitar, Vocal - Dave Getz, Drums - Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Fifty years after its release in 1968, the legendary Cheap Thrills has emerged with a multitude of unreleased tracks and rarities. This time, the opus which sold 1 million copies has kept its original title Sex, Drugs & Cheap Thrills, which was rejected at the time by Columbia for being too scandalous. Cheap Thrills, the best-seller that revealed Janis Joplin to the world, captures the essence of the Cosmic Mama who devoted herself body and soul to the recordings in the summer of ’68. Her coarse voice and her quirky rock vibes are showcased in Summertime, the real emotional peak of the album.

While the seven initial tracks illustrated on the cover by the illustrator Robert Crumb, with their dirty, raw sound, may seem to be live recordings, only Ball and Chain was recorded at the Winterland Ballroom concert in San Francisco on April 12th, 1968. From Combination Of The Two, a six-minute jam between Sam Andrew III and Joplin, to the blues of I Need A Man To Love and the classic rock of Oh Sweet Mary, Cheap Thrills comes together to make up 37 minutes of joy. Two years later, after leaving Big Brother & The Holding Company and having successively formed several other groups including Kozmic Blues Band, the psychedelic queen died a heroine. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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