Label
Sony Music Media
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
59:01

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Combination Of The Two 5:47 2,421
2 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - I Need A Man To Love 4:53 3,647
3 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Summertime 3:58 6,480
4 Big Brother & The Holding Company Feat. Janis Joplin - Piece of My Heart 4:13 270
4 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart 4:14 12,964
5 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Turtle Blues 4:20 2,400
6 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Oh, Sweet Mary 4:14 1,257
7 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Ball And Chain 9:31 3,008
8 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Roadblock 5:30 2,242
9 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Flower In The Sun (Previously Unissued) 3:03 18
10 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Catch Me Daddy (Live) 5:20 21
11 Big Brother & The Holding Company;Janis Joplin - Magic Of Love (Live) 3:58 17

About this album

Cheap Thrills is the second album from Big Brother and the Holding Company and their last album with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist.

Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and had released their debut album soon after. Despite their newfound success, the album was a modest hit reaching only number 60, though the single Down On Me nearly broke the Top 40. Columbia Records offered the band a new recording contract, but it took months to get through since they were still signed to Mainstream Records. By early 1968, they began work on what was the most eagerly anticipated record of the year. The album features three cover songs (“Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain”). The album also features Bill Graham who introduces the band at the beginning of “Combination of the Two”. “Combination of the Two,” “I Need A Man To Love,” and the nearly ten-minute “Ball And Chain” are the only live recordings. The album’s overall raw sound effectively captures the band’s energetic and lively concerts.

The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band’s original cover idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together, was dropped by the record company. The cover was originally meant to be the record’s back picture but the band did not like Crumb’s original front drawing. It is number nine on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers.

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  • Colt001

    @ dbertuzzi : the cover is correct. i have the album as original lp from the 70s and it's the same.

    13 Jul 12:21am Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    this is fucking beautiful [2]

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • shangoyal

    this is fucking beautiful.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Cryptic_Fiend

    I love this fucking album.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • rjoycerocknroll

    Big album at the time

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • salforddude

    My copy is signed by Sonny Barger and Janis in ink. Not the point though. I dont think this version is Janis singing. I think its the Swedish/Oz girl they were touring with a couple of years ago

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • crownanchor

    I have the Approved By The Hell's Angels version :)

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dbertuzzi

    wrong cover [2]

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • personman_4

    wrong cover

    25 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Zeppledelin

    Definitely the best Janis ever did. It's a shame she left Big Brother. Not that her other albums aren't fantastic, but this one is seriously legendary stuff.

    3 Feb 2008 Reply
  • natsthename

    Classic album and one of Janis' best performances on record.

    27 Jan 2007 Reply

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