Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
Some record covers are so amazing that they would be worth having even if no record came along with it. Big Brother & The Holding Company’s “Cheap Thrills” has one of those. Originally, they wanted to use a photo of them naked in bed together, but the record company thought that was a bit too spicy. Cult artist Robert Crumb drew the now iconic sleeve which was originally intended for the back, but Janis Joplin insisted it would become the front cover. Of course, the music on the accompanying record is even better. I don’t know how many times I listened to Janis sing, but it’s still an experience again every time I play any of her records. She was truly one of a kind, attempted to be copied so many times but never matched. Her voice was a force of nature but also deeply emotional. And she was fortunate enough to have a band that matched her vocals perfectly. They were immensely talented - raw, hard rocking, bluesy, absolutely thrilling. This record captured the revolutionary zeitgeist of the late 60’s like few others.