Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin.
While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve.
About this copy: This copy of Cheap Thrills is an original 1968 U.S. pressing on the then-current Columbia “360° Sound” label.
Stamper numbers end in -1C and -1F, indicating a first pressing.
As the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The cover is VG+, with slight corner and edge wear and a small stain in the lower right hand corner.
The plastic inner sleeve is still sealed, though about three inches of the perforated seal have been torn away.
A beautiful copy of a record that’s quite rare in this condition and only the second sealed original pressing we’ve ever seen.
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.
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.
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