Welcome to Big Brother And The Holding Company. This is their first album. They were one of the best known groups on the West Coast. The popularity of their music spread throughout the country leaving its impact on the entire music industry. You will be amazed at the gamut of emotional sounds this group produced. From Blues, to Rock, to Folk Commentary, to Spiritual, Big Brother And The Holding Company had the capacity for excitement and power that grabs and holds an audience.
Critics called them the most exciting group of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and their material was virtually their trademark. Janis Joplin the lead singer, who is featured on a great deal of their material is considered to have been one of the greatest blues singers.
The essentials of Pop or Jazz or Folk have never been exactness of playing one's instruments, proper intonation or catering to one's music teacher, rather it has been its brashness, violence and sometimes bordering on the almost undisciplined raw power that causes its popularity. There is sometimes irreverent and unexpectedly mad humor as well as irony of life in their lyrics and music.
The earthy, hard emotional excitement so long shunted to the background has been slammed forward, and Big Brother And The Holding Company have been in its forefront.
"Big Brother... occupies a significant place in the history of San Francisco psychedelic rock, as one of the bands that best captured the era's loosest, reckless, and indulgent qualities in its high-energy mutations of blues and folk-rock." - Richie Unterberger, allmusic.com
The Band that gave Janis Joplin her Start
Janis Joplin, vocals
Peter Albin, bass
David Getz, drums
James Gurley, guitar
Sam Andrew, guitar
1. Bye, Bye Baby
2. Easy Rider
4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
5. Call On Me
1. Women Is Losers
3. Down On Me
5. All Is Loneliness