Turn It Up Tuesday!


March 29, 2011 by esarsea

I was sorting through a bunch of CDs over the weekend and stumbled across a brand new, still-sealed copy of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Live at Winterland ’68. What a discovery! Released in 1998, it captures Janice and the band at their absolute peak. Although you may have heard most of the songs on this album, I suspect you may not have heard these versions. Very fresh, very raw, very energized. Good, good stuff.

The first 2 clips below feature Janis performing with The Kozmic Blues Band on the Dick Cavett show. The Kozmic Blues Band was Janice’s 2nd band after her time with Big Brother and The Holding Company, and before Janice formed The Full Tilt Boogie Band.

And here’s 2 songs from that Live at Winterland 68 CD. It’s my new favorite Janice recording, that’s for sure. If you’re short on time, skip the 2 clips above and just listen to the video below. Songs include Piece of my heart and I need a man to love. You’ll need to click through to watch it on Youtube, but it’s worth the listen!

SPECIAL DEAL ON THIS CD!  You can pick up a brand new copy of Live at Winterland 68 for only $6.55 here!

4 thoughts on “Turn It Up Tuesday!

  1. torqdog says:

    NICE!!!! Being that I’m a product of the Bay Area, this brings back memories of those days in the Haight, the free concerts in Golden Gate Park and just the awakening spirit that was all around back then. Then I went to the Rolling Stones Altamont concert and was about 50 feet from that poor fella that got beaten to death by the Hells Angels. That was the end of an era right there.

    I wonder, if Janis was able to continue on with her career, how long would her voice have held out singing that way? Grovelly singers seem to have a fairly short life due to the stress put upon their vocal chords.

  2. esarsea says:

    Hard to tell if her voice would have held up. Also hard to believe it’s been 43 years since that concert at The Winterland Ballroom.

    Quite a history that venue had. I imagine you went to a show or two there? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winterland_Ballroom

    • torqdog says:

      More than a “show or two” my friend. Back in the late 60s through the 70s I must have seen easily 80 to 100 shows, maybe more. Some serious memories were etched into my cranium back then.

      The Fillmore was even more special. Waiting in line with the dealers going up and down chanting “Acid, Speed, Mescaline”, paying $3.50 for two shows (each band played two shows but they never kicked anyone out after the first) and sometimes not leaving ’till 3:30 in the morning was a very special experience that will never be lived again.

      Too many memories and not enough time or space on these boards to express the awesome musical experiences back then. However, one of the most memorable Fillmore shows was when I saw Buddy Miles a few weeks after the death of Jimi Hendrix. He and his band just tore it up and played for countless hours and even though the mood was somber at first, he really did get everyone feeling good about the whole affair. That big band of his was truly sensational and Buddy would take turns on various instruments as the other drummer would keep the beat. I don’t think I ever went to sleep that night ……. or morning. I do remember going home and coming to what we called “Acid Hill”, a freeway ramp in Oakland that was steep and long enough to make you feel you were launching into outer space. As we were ascending up the ramp, “Them Changes” was blaring out the radio.

      Yeah, those were the days my friend!

    • torqdog says:

      I was just looking over some of the shows listed on that wiki page and another that brings back wonderful memories was a New Years concert featuring the Tubes. Firmly planted next to the stage and sporting a typical psychadelic mental state enjoying the crazy antics of the Tubes with their costumes and awesome theatricals, one member of our group sort of disappeared……… for a real long time. We found him at the end of the show residing in the detox facility they had at Winterland just for these kind of occasions. Yep, the Tubes “blew his mind” alright!

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