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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968'
Artist - Big Brother & the Holding Company Ft. Janis Joplin

'Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968' is a previously unavailable live concert recording of Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin. Recorded on June 23rd of that year by the late legendary soundman Owsley Stanley (aka "Bear") - who supervised the mastering of this release - in truth, the album marks the one-year anniversary of his passing and is dedicated to the man himself.

The album kicks off with knock ya rock ya of 'Combination Of The Two,' before Joplin's vocals are stretched to the limit on 'I Need A Man To Love.' 'Flower In The Sun' and 'Light Is Faster Than Sound' are next, before the true depths of Joplin's raspy vocals are brought forth on 'Summertime.'

The jam of 'Catch Me Daddy' is followed by the short 'It's A Deal' and the slow sway of 'Call On Me.' Then comes 'Jam - I'm Mad (Mad Man Blues)', before an incredible, rousing rendition of 'Piece Of My Heart.' This followed by a near 7 minute softly-sung 'Coo Coo,' before the album rounds out with the guitar-riffing 'Ball & Chain,' 'Down On Me,' and another 'Call On Me' - recorded from the previous nights show.

Thankfully the quality of the audio is incredible. For being sourced from a 1968 soundboard the audio is really quite good. You can hear all the instruments and vocals and the overall balance is great too. You, as I, will have no complaints, trust me.