(Janis Joplin) Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills Japan LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1974 Japanese copy of Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese copy of Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Cheap Thrills is a 1974 pressing on the CBS/Sony label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is VG++, with faint general wear.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

This particular pressing did not include a gatefold cover.

The disc is VG++ on side one, with a faint inaudible scuff across the entire side.  Side two is M-.  There are 3-4 spindle marks on each of the labels, suggesting that the disc has only been played a few times.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: 1968’s Cheap Thrills was the album that made Janis Joplin a star, and the cover by R. Crumb is well-remembered, too.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and has sold more than two million copies.

Allmusic.com gave the album 5 stars:

When Cheap Thrills appeared in August 1968 — sporting a Robert Crumb cover on its gatefold jacket that constituted the most elaborate album design ever lavished on a rock album from Columbia Records, as well as a pop-art classic rivaling the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s jacket — it shot into the charts, reaching number one and going gold within a couple of months, and “Piece of My Heart” became a Top 40 hit and helped to propel the LP to over a million sales. Joplin, with her ear- (and vocal cord-) shredding voice, was the obvious standout. Nobody had ever heard singing as emotional, as desperate, as determined, or as loud as Joplin’s, and Cheap Thrills was her greatest moment.  Big Brother’s backup, typical of the guitar-dominated sound of San Francisco psychedelia, made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in precision. But everybody knew who the real star was, and Joplin played her last gig with Big Brother while the album was still on top of the charts. Neither she nor the band would ever equal it. Heard today, Cheap Thrills is a musical time capsule and remains a showcase for one of rock’s most distinctive singers.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in