Maybe you got a brand new turntable for Christmas, and you're looking for some hot wax to take for a spin beneath your hungry diamond stylus. Look no further Bunkie, because on January 8, 2013 our friends at Legacy Recordings will be releasing the perfect slab o' PVC to inaugurate your new table...Big Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills LP.
Remembered as Janis Joplin's major label debut album (after a single self-titled Big Brother disc for NYC-based jazz 'n' pop label Mainstream Records), Cheap Thrills is a stunning collection of blues and rock with psychedelic leanings featuring Joplin's larger-than-life vocals. Released in August 1968, the album quickly went Platinumô on the strength of the #12 charting single "Piece of My Heart," which propelled the album to number one on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
This new Legacy reissue of the classic platter is an individually-numbered, limited edition release of the "ultra-rare mono edition" of Cheap Thrills is pressed on high-quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl, sourced from the original mono masters and featuring Robert Crumb's super-cool, multi-paneled cover, faithfully recreated from the original artwork. The music in the grooves speaks for itself - "Summertime," "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain," "I Need A Man To Love" - Janis (and Big Brother) never sounded better than they do here. Holding a copy of this album in your hands, and listening to the sound jumping out of the grooves, you'll remember why you fell in love with music in the first place. Ask your local record dealer to order you a copy of Cheap Thrills in the glorious original mono...you'll be glad you did!
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