When Janis Joplin left the Band, it all fell apart in just a couple months. Sam Andrew had also left with Janis to help her forming the Band that would support her in the Solo career she was aiming to launch. Peter Albin and Dave Getz facing the dismembering of the Band went on to play with Country Joe And The Fish, with whom they Toured. It was however a shot lived collaboration, as in early 1969 both of them were trying to reform Big Brother (All the members came back, except for Janis). Complementing the Reformation were Nick Gravenites (worked with The Electric Flag and Janis), Dave Schallock and Kathi McDonald (who worked with the likes of Leon Russell and The Rolling Stones). This is the First and maybe the only good way to listen to what Big Brother sounded in their early days, before Janis appeared and sort of changed their sound. The Heydays of the Big Brother And The Holding Company were unfortunately counted. Critics were unreceptive to their 2 Albums and they broke-up as interest in them was fading away.
Best Tracks - "Keep On", "Joseph's Coat", "Home On The Strange", "Mr Natural", "Funkie Jim" and "Be A Brother". Janis Vocals are deeply missed, there is no way to deny it. The Album is as fantastic as the Musicians that play on it, pure San Francisco Music, by probably one of the best and most famous Psychedelic Bands that ever walked the earth.
Big Brother & The Holding Company:
- Sam Andrew - Vocals, Guitar.
- Nick Gravenites - Vocals.
- David Schallock - Guitar, Vocals.
- James Gurley - Guitar, Bass.
- Peter Albin - Guitar.
- David Getz - Drums, Piano.
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