Big Brother and The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
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Based on 2 reviews
1968 Ratings: #29 / 71
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Based on 94 ratings
1968 Ratings: #18
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August 12, 1968 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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Due to Janis Joplin's voice, these thrills ain't cheap (and ain't live either), it's the main rock sound (call it acid-rock, call it blues-rock) for the late 60's.
Fav tracks: Combination of the Two, Piece of My Heart, Oh Sweet Mary,
Combination of the Two - 75
I Need a Man to Love - 80
Summertime - 100
Piece of My Heart - 100
Turtle Blues - 80
Oh, Sweet Mary - 70
Ball and Chain - 100

Destaques: Ball and Chain, Piece of My Heart e Summertime
I can appreciate that her voice was unique, and that it was probably extraordinary at the time, but the music does not engage me, except for a few songs. While this may be a game-changing work with excellent vocals and guitar work, the style of music was not enjoyable to me, though it probably would be for most.

BEST – 1, 3, 4

01. Combination of the Two – 8 – The opening had tambourines and a live feel, with the beat interrupted by a guitar solo. An audience is heard in the ... read more
This is classic rock n’ roll. It’s not as psychedelic as I assumed it would be, and I found this to be more like “roadhouse” rock with its mix of blues rock and hard rock. The guitar work was excellent, both electric 6-string and bass, especially on tracks like “Combination of the Two” or “Roadblock.” I think “Piece of My Heart” is one of the greatest rock songs ever, and is underappreciated when it comes to “best of” lists ... read more
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Track List

  1. Combination of the Two
  2. I Need a Man to Love
  3. Summertime
  4. Piece of My Heart
  5. Turtle Blues
  6. Oh, Sweet Mary
  7. Ball and Chain
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Added on: May 13, 2013