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Big Brother And The Holding Company - Ball & Chain (2CD + bonus video tracks)

Big Brother & The Holding Company were amongst the leading lights of San Francisco's Psychedelic scene in the late 1960s.

Celebrated, alongside the legendary likes of Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, the group's brand of blues-inspired Psychedelic folk-rock defined the Bay Area sound of the era.

Much of the group's success was down to their charismatic lead singer, Janis Joplin, who was to go on to a highly-successful solo career, cut short by her death in 1970 from a drug overdose.

This limited edition CD set comprises recordings made by the band at the height of their creativity. The 2CD set features recordings of San Francisco concerts heard here in pristine sound, having being sanctioned and 24-bit re-mastered for this release by the group.

The twelve tracks making up disc 1 are all previously unreleased, having only recently been discovered by surviving band members, and were recorded in January 1967 at The Matrix. Those on disc 2 were recorded in July 1966 at California Hall and have previously only been available as poor quality bootlegs.

Disc 2 also contains two enhanced videos filmed at the studios of KQED TV in April 1967, just weeks before the group's legendary Monterey Festival appearance. Both tracks have excellent sound and picture quality for the era.

This release is housed in a hard back media book and includes notes from two of the original band members as well as additional detailed notes about the group and the recordings.


Disc One:

1. Bye, Bye, Baby
2. Great White Guru
3. Women Is Losers
4. Oh, My Soul
5. Amazing Grace
6. Caterpillar
7. It's A Deal
8. Hi Heel Sneakers
9. Faster, Pussycat, Kill, Kill
10. Turtle Blues
11. All Is Loneliness
12. Light Is Faster Than Sound

Disc Two:

1. Let The Good Times Roll
2. I Know You Rider
3. Moanin' At Midnight
4. Hey, Baby
5. Down On Me
6. Whisperman
7. Women Is Losers
8. Blow My Mind
9. Oh, My Soul
10. Ball & Chain
11. Coo Coo
12. Grutra's Garden
13. Harry
14. Hall Of The Mountain King

Video tracks:

1. Coo Coo (5.00mins)
2. Ball & Chain (6.53mins)



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