Label: Line Records - 6.25748 AP,Line Records - LRLP 5354 AP • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock
It was their last album with Janis Joplin as lead singer before she started a solo career. For Cheap Thrillsthe band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression The Great Pretender - Orchester Anthony Ventura - Je TAime 5 a live albumfor which it was subsequently mistaken by listeners.
Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their performance at the Monterey Pop Festivaland had released their debut albumthe eponymously titled Big Brother and the Holding Companysoon after.
The followup, Cheap Thrillswas a great success, reaching number one on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in Columbia Records offered the band a new recording contract, but it took months to get through since they were still signed to Mainstream Records. The album also features Bill Grahamwho introduces the band at the beginning of "Combination of the Two". The album's overall raw sound effectively captures the band's energetic Tell Me Why - Franke & The Knockouts - Franke & The Knockouts lively concerts.
The LP was released in both stereo and mono formats with the original monophonic pressing now a rare collector's item. The album had been considered for quadraphonic format in the early 70's and eventually inwas released as a Multichannel Sony SACD. The original quadraphonic mix remains unreleased. The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band's original cover idea, a photo of the group naked in bed together, was vetoed by Columbia Records.
Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Janis Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin—an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb—so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone ' s list of one hundred greatest album covers. Crumb later authorized the sale of prints of the cover, some of which he signed before sale.
There were no changes with R. He refused to be paid, saying, 'I don't want Columbia's filthy lucre. GETZ " are faintly visible in the word balloon of the turbaned man, apparently referring to a track that was dropped from the final sequence. The words "ART: R. CRUMB" replace them. Initially, the album was to be called Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrillsbut the title was not received well by Columbia Records.
Cheap Thrills was released in the summer ofone year after their debut album, and reached number one on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the top spot for eight nonconsecutive weeks, while the single " Piece of My Heart " also became a huge hit.
By the end of the year, it was the most successful album ofhaving sold nearly a million copies. The success was short-lived however, as Joplin left the group for a solo career in December Outtakes originally to have appeared on the album have since been released on Janis Blow My Mind - Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheaper Thrills compilations such as Farewell Song In which Big Brother's original instruments were replaced with studio musicians fromangering the band and the Janis compilation box set featuring all original studio songs and live recordings.
In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone magazine's John Hardin believed Cheap Thrills lives up to its title and is merely satisfactory: "What this Blow My Mind - Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheaper Thrills is not is 1 a well-produced, good rock and roll recording; 2 Janis Joplin at her highest and most intense moments; and 3 better than the Mainstream record issued last year. In a retrospective review, AllMusic 's William Ruhlmann hailed Cheap Thrills as Joplin's "greatest moment" and said it sounds like "a musical time capsule [today] and remains a showcase for one of rock's most distinctive singers.
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