Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Released this week: Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968...
Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Sony Music)
This previously unavailable live concert recording of Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, was recorded on June 23, 1968 by legendary soundman Owsley Stanley, aka "Bear." Bear supervised the mastering of this release before his fatal car accident on March 12, 2011, in his adopted homeland of Australia.
The release of the album marks the one-year anniversary of his passing and is dedicated to Bear, cited by San Francisco rock scribe Joel Selvin as "truly one of the fathers of today's concert sound systems.” Rock scribe Jaan Uhelszki notes “these 14 songs are a testament to what a force of nature Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company was during these two nights at the Carousel Ballroom. Showing them at the zenith of their considerable power, it's so fortunate that this recording was ever made—only two months before their break up. This is one of the few living documents of that propitious and monumental pairing."