Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills

Janis Joplin had a voice that was unmistakable. Constantly cited as an inspiration to women singers in the generations that followed, she sang with an emotional intensity that will alway take another Piece Of My Heart and never be surpassed by singers of any gender in any generation. This was her last album with Big Brother and the Holding Company. 

The cover artwork was done by 1960’s underground artist R. Crumb. It was supposed to be the back cover, but Janis was a huge fan of his and pushed to have it used on the front instead. Rolling Stone has ranked it as one of the 10 best album covers of all time.

Part of the album was recorded in the studio and part live, in Bill Graham’s Fillmore East. The album opens with Graham introducing the band to the stage:  “Four gentlemen and one great broad – Big Brother and the Holding Company.”