Big Brother & The Holding Company
Janis Jopin

All Is Loneliness / Blindman
Moondog (2:17) / Albin (1:59)
Mainstream 657, 9/66

Down On Me / Call On Me
Joplin (2:25) / Andrew (2:27)
Mainstream 662, 3/67 BB

Monterey International Pop Festival
Bye Bye Baby / Intruder
St John (2:29) / Joplin (2:27)
Mainstream 666, 8/67


Big Brother & The Holding Company
Mainstream 6099
9/67 BB
Back Cover

Side One
Bye Bye Baby St. John 2:29
Easy Rider Gurley 2:24
Intruder Joplin 2:27
Light Is Faster Than Sound Albin 2:27
Call On Me Andrew 2:27
Side Two
Women Is Losers Joplin 2:00
Blindman Albin-Andrew-Getz-Gurley-Joplin 1:59
Down On Me Joplin 2:25
Caterpillar Albin 2:14
All Is Loneliness Hardin 2:17
Janis Joplin-vocals
Sam Houston Andrew-guitar, vocal
James Gurley-guitar
Pete Albin-bass, vocal
Dave Getz-drums
Produced by: Bob Shad


Women Is Losers / Light Is Faster Than Sound
Joplin (2:00) / Albin (2:27)
Mainstream 675, 12/67

Coo Coo¹ / The Last Time¹
Albin (1:55) / Joplin (2:11)
Mainstream 678, 2/68 BB


 ➜ Live: 4/12-13, Winterland; released 1998: Live At Winterland '68 


 ➜ Live: 6/23, Carousel Ballroom; released 2012: Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 

Cheap Thrills
Columbia KCS-9700
8/12/68  1  RS500
Back Cover

Inside Cover

UK Back Cover

No gatefold for the UK.

Playin' An' Singin' Fer Yew The Following Tunes...

Side One
Combination Of The Two† Andrew 5:45
I Need A Man To Love† Andrew-Joplin 4:56
Summertime Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward 3:59
Piece Of My Heart Berns-Ragavoy 4:12
Side Two
Turtle Blues Joplin 4:21
Oh, Sweet Mary Albin-Andrew-Getz-Gurley-Joplin 4:16
Ball And Chain† Thornton 9:30
Janis Joplin-vocals
Sam Houston Andrew-guitar, vocals (Combination Of The Two and Oh, Sweet Mary)
James Gurley-guitar
Pete Albin-bass
Dave Getz-drums
John Simon-piano (Turtle Blues)
Produced by: John Simon

Note: †Cover states live material recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium, however Ball And Chain was recorded at Winterland (probably Apr)
The album was to be called Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but was vetoed by Columbia Records. Cover by R Crumb.

Piece Of My Heart³ / Turtle Blues
Berns-Ragavoy (2:43) / Joplin (4:26)
Columbia 44626, 8/68 BB

Joplin to solo work, below (taking Sam with her and forming Kozmic Blues Band...)
Debuts new band at Fillmore East Feb 11-12, 1969 (after "preview" in Boston) to mostly bad reviews.

I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again
Columbia CS-9913
9/11/69 BB
Back Cover

Cover With Sticker

Side One
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) Ragavoy-Taylor 3:57
Maybe Barrett 3:41
One Good Man Joplin 4:12
As Good As You've Been To This World Gravenites 5:27
Side Two
To Love Somebody Gibb-Gibb 5:14
Kozmic Blues Joplin-Mekler 4:24
Little Girl Blue Rodgers-Hart 3:51
Work Me, Lord Gravenites 6:45
Janis Joplin-vocals
Kozmic Blues Band
Sam Andrew-guitar
Richard Kermode-organ
Gabriel Mekler-organ
Brad Campbell-bass
Maury Baker-drums
Lonnie Castille-drums
Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers-baritone sax
Terry Clements-tenor sax
Luis Gasca-trumpet
Mike Bloomfield-guitar (One Good Man, Work Me Lord, Maybe)
Produced by: Gabriel Mekler


Kosmic Blues³ / Little Girl Blue
Joplin-Mekler (3:45) / Rodgers-Hart (3:48)
Columbia 45023, 11/69 BB

This Is Tom Jones: Janis & Tom belt out Hold Your Hand, 12/4/69
Joplin breaks up Kozmic Blues Band and goes to Brazil to vacation and rest, returns in Spring 70 to form Full Tilt
Boogie Band; meanwhile, Sam goes back to Big Brother...
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / One Good Man
Ragavoy-Taylor (3:54) / Joplin (4:14)
Columbia 45080, 1/70

Maybe / Work Me, Lord
Barrett (3:38) / Gravenites (6:34)
Columbia 45128, 4/70

Festival Express
Janis Joplin Oct 4, 1970, Los Angeles, drug overdose
Just after finishing the album that was titled in her honor.

Be A Brother
Columbia KC-30222
11/70 BB
Back Cover

Side One
Keep On Andrew-Albin-Getz-Gurley 4:17
Joseph's Coat Gravenites-Cipollina 3:07
Home On The Strange Arr Albin-Andrew 2:11
Someday Andrew 2:14
Heartache People Gravenites 6:32
Side Two
Sunshine Baby Andrew-Albin-Getz-Gurley-Schallock 3:29
Mr Natural Andrew 3:28
Funkie Jim Andrew-Albin-Getz-Gurley-Schallock-Gravenites 3:42
I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle Gravenites 3:10
Be A Brother Gravenites 2:59
Nick Gravenites-vocals
Kathy McDonald-vocals
Sam Houston Andrew-guitar, vocals
Dave Shallock-guitar
Pete Albin-bass
Dave Getz-drums
Produced by: Nick Gravenites


Keep On / Home On The Strange
Andrew-Albin-Getz-Gurley (3:22) / arr Albin-Andrew (2:11)
Columbia 45284, 1/71


Columbia C-30322
1/11/71  1  RS500
Back Cover

Side One
Move Over Joplin 3:40
Cry Baby Meade-Russell 3:55
A Woman Left Lonely Oldham-Penn 3:26
Half Moon Hall 3:50
Buried Alive In The Blues Gravenites 2:23
Side Two
My Baby Ragavoy-Shuman 3:43
Me And Bobby McGee Foster-Kristofferson 4:28
Mercedes Benz Joplin-McClure 1:45
Trust Me Womack 3:14
Get It While You Can Ragavoy-Shuman 3:22
Janis Joplin-vocals, acoustic guitar (Me And Bobby McGee)
Full Tilt Boogie Band
John Till-guitar
Ken Pearson-organ
Richard Bell-piano
Bobbie Hall-conga/bongos
Brad Campbell-bass
Clark Pierson-drums
Bobby Womack-acoustic guitar (Trust Me)
Sandra Crouch-tambourine
Phil Badella-vocals
John Cook-vocals
Vince Mitchell-vocals
Produced by: Paul Rothchild


Me And Bobby McGee³ / Half Moon
Foster-Kristofferson (4:09) / Hall (3:50)
Columbia 45314, 1/71  1 

Cry Baby / Mercedes Benz
Meade-Russell (3:55) / Joplin-McClure (1:45)
Columbia 45379, 4/71 BB

Get It While You Can / Move Over
Ragavoy-Shuman (3:23) / Joplin (3:40)
Columbia 45433, 8/71 BB


How Hard It Is
Columbia KC-30738
8/71 BB
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
How Hard It Is Getz-Andrew 4:16
You've Been Talkin' 'Bout Me Baby Rivera-Hirsch-Garnett 3:26
House On Fire Getz-Rappaport 3:54
Black Widow Spider Andrew 3:33
Last Band On Side One Andrew-Rosco 2:06
Side Two
Nu Boogaloo Jam Andrew-Nudelman 3:23
Maui Andrew-Rosco 3:23
Shine On Albin-Andrew-Getz 5:18
Buried Alive In The Blues* Gravenites 4:05
Promise Her Anything But Give Her Arpeggio Shallock 3:52
Nick Gravenites-vocals
Kathy McDonald-vocals
Sam Houston Andrew-guitar
Dave Shallock-guitar
Mike Finnigan-keyboards, vocals
Pete Albin-bass
Dave Getz-drums
Janis Joplin-vocals* [uncredited]
Produced by: Roscoe, Roy Segel


Black Widow Spider / Nu Boogaloo Jam³
Andrew (3:33) / Andrew-Nudelman (2:38)
Columbia 45502, 11/71



The power of "Pearl" live can sometimes make your hair stand-on-end

Culling through hours of tapes, Elliott Mazer compiled this two-record set of Janis. Record one with the sorta sloppy, but always entertaining Big Brother & The Holding Company recorded at their various San Francisco stomping grounds (and one legendary dance hall in Detroit). Record two is taken from the great liquor-fueled train ride in the summer of 1970, with the slick Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Since 1972, many, many CDs of Joplin live have been released. Some should go straight to the recycle bin. This set is still pretty good.

In Concert
Columbia C2X-31160
5/72 BB
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Record One: Big Brother & The Holding Company
Side One
Down On Me Joplin 3:05
Bye, Bye Baby St John 4:29
All Is Loneliness Hardin 5:44
Piece Of My Heart Berns-Ragavoy 4:19
Side Two
Road Block Albin-Joplin 2:53
Flower In The Sun Andrew 3:07
Summertime Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward 4:31
Ego Rock Gravenites-Joplin 8:32
Record Two: Full Tilt Boogie Band
Side Three
Half Moon Hall 4:36
Kozmic Blues Joplin-Mekler 6:05
Move Over Joplin 5:09
Side Four
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) Ragavoy-Taylor 8:13
Get It While You Can Ragavoy-Shuman 7:04
Ball And Chain Thornton 9:15
Record One with Big Brother & The Holding Company
Janis Joplin-vocals
James Gurley-guitar
Sam Andrew-guitar
Peter Albin-bass
Dave Getz-drums
March 2, 1968, at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit: Down On Me, Piece Of My Heart
April 12, 1968, at Winterland, San Francisco: Bye, Bye Baby
June 23, 1968, The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco: Road Block, Flower In The Sun, Summertime
and from a reunion concert:
Nick Gravenites-vocal (Ego Rock)
April 4, 1970, Fillmore West, San Francisco: All Is Loneliness, Ego Rock
Record Two with Full Tilt Boogie Band
Janis Joplin-vocals
John Till-guitar
Richard Bell-piano
Ken Pearson-organ
Brad Campbell-bass
Clark Pierson-drums
recorded during Festival Express
6/28/70, Toronto: Half Moon, Kozmic Blues
7/4/70, Calgary: Move Over, Try (Just A Little Bit Harder), Get It While You Can, Ball And Chain
Compiled by: Elliott Mazer



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