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. Big Brother are primarily remembered as the group that gave Janis Joplin her start, but that is not the whole story. There are not many Big Brother gigs featuring Janis on tape. The music on Disc 2 has been released in various forms by less than reputable record labels, although it is presented here in its first official release. Disc 1 is the Holy Grail for Big Brother fans. 12 unreleased tracks presented here for the first time, recently discovered by the surviving members of Big Brother. Not only is the sound pristine, the performances show remarkable maturity for a group developing their trademark sound at hyperspeed. Back in 66 right after Janis joined the band, Big Brother & The Holding Company were habitually blowing people's minds; each and every time they performed in front of an audience. Buy the 2 disc CD at Amazon.
1. Move Over
2. Cry Baby
3. Woman Left Lonely, A
4. Half Moon
5. Buried Alive In The Blues
6. My Baby
7. Me And Bobby McGee
8. Mercedes Benz
9. Trust Me
10. Get It While You Can
11. Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails)
12. Me And Bobby McGee - (demo version)
13. Move Over - (alternate take)
14. Cry Baby - (alternate take)
15. My Baby - (alternate take)
16. Pearl - (previously unreleased, instrumental)
1. Tell Mama
2. Half Moon
3. Move Over
4. Maybe - (previously unreleased)
5. Summertime - (previously unreleased)
6. Little Girl Blue
7. That's Rock 'N Roll - (previously unreleased)
8. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) - (previously unreleased)
9. Kozmic Blues
10. Piece Of My Heart - (previously unreleased)
11. Cry Baby - (previously unreleased)
12. Get It While You Can
13. Ball And Chain
o Available subtitles: English, Spanish
o Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
o Over 50 minutes of bonus concert footage
o Uninterrupted music tracks
o Extended interviews
o Making-of featurette
o Photo gallery
o Number of discs: 2
o DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
JULY 22 - Sony Legacy is planning to release overhauled editions of Janis Joplin's four-album catalog, plus her Greatest Hits set and a limited-edition boxed set, on Aug. 31. The re-releases will include a number of bonus tracks.
The 1967 release Big Brother & the Holding Company will feature "Coo Coo" and "The Last Time," two songs that were added when Columbia reissued the LP during the '70s; as well as two more tracks, previously unreleased alternate versions of "Call On Me" and "Bye Bye Baby."
Cheap Thrills, Joplin's 1968 breakthrough album with Big Brother, will also include four bonus tracks--two session outtakes ("Roadblock" and "Flower In The Sun") and two live tracks ("Catch Me Daddy" and "Magic Of Love") recorded on March 2, 1968 at Detroit's famed Grande Ballroom.
Added to 1969's I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! is the cover of Bob Dylan's "Dear Landlord" that appeared on the Janis boxed set, as well as live versions of "Piece Of My Heart" and "Summertime" from the original Woodstock festival in 1969. Ol' Kozmic Blues is also said to have a dramatic sound upgrade, thanks to the discovery of a heretofore unknown first-generation master tape.
Four live tracks round out 1971's posthumous release Pearl. "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" and "Cry Baby" are culled from a June 28, 1970 show in Toronto, while "Little Girl Blue" and "Tell Me" were recorded on July 4, 1970 in Calgary.
Greatest Hits will feature two additional tracks, "Mercedes Benz" and "Maybe."
Also due is Box Of Pearls--The Janis Joplin Collection, which includes the four studio releases plus a five-song EP titled Rare Pearls. Included on that disc are the Cheap Thrills outtakes "It's A Deal" and "Crazy Once You Know," plus the live tracks "Maybe" (Amsterdam, April 1969), "Bo Diddley," and "Raise Your Hand" (both from the Fillmore West in October 1969).
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A CD is coming out on March 16, 1999, called Live At Woodstock.