At Winterland '68

1968-04-12/13 [1998] Big Brother & the Holding Company

Tracks (14)

01 Down On Me (Eddy Head, arr. Janis Joplin) info icon
02 Flower In The Sun (Sam Andrew) info icon
03 I Need A Man To Love (Janis Joplin, Sam Andrew) info icon
04 Bye, Bye Baby (R. Powell St. John, Jr.) info icon
05 Easy Rider (James Gurley) info icon
06 Combination Of The Two (Sam Andrew) info icon
07 Farewell Song (Sam Andrew) info icon
08 Piece Of My Heart (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns) info icon
09 Catch Me Daddy (Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin) info icon
10 Magic of Love (Mark Warren Spoelstra) info icon
11 Summertime (DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin) info icon
12 Light Is Faster Than Sound (Peter Albin) info icon
13 Ball and Chain (Willie Mae Thornton) info icon
14 Down On Me (Eddy Head, arr. Janis Joplin) info icon
second version


N. CDs: 1

Live, recorded at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, April 12 & 13, 1968


  1. Janis Joplin disc release: ACK 64869-S2ACK 64869-S2
    CD Columbia 2/6/1998
  2. Janis Joplin disc release: CK 64869CK 64869
    CD Columbia 2/6/1998
  3. Janis Joplin disc release: 6486964869
    CD, Cassette Legacy Records 2/6/1998
    Full performer name: Janis Joplin/Big Brother & The Holding Company. Big Brother & The Holding Company : Janis Joplin (vocals); Sam Andrews, David Gurley (guitar, background vocals); Peter Albin (bass, background vocals); David Getz (drums, background vocals). Recorded live at The Winterland, San Francisco, California on April 12 & 13, 1968. Digitally mastered by Vic Anesini at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Dave Getz, Sam Andrew, Beng Fong-Torres, Jaan Uhelszki, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Meredith Brooks, Deborah Harry, Kim Gordon, Amy Ray, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks. Thirty years after Big Brother And The Holding Company signed with Columbia Records comes LIVE AT WINTERLAND '68. Returning to San Francisco upon completing a triumphant East Coast tour that found acts such as B.B. King and Albert King opening for them, Big Brother were hailed as conquering heroes prior to their hitting the studio to record what would become CHEAP THRILLS. At the center of it all was Janis Joplin, a raw-throated Texan whose love of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith was channeled through her music every night. More than a mere lover of the blues, Joplin's amply displayed her impressive range as she crooned her way through the standard "Summertime," poured her soul into Erma Franklin's "Piece Of My Heart" and belted out folkie Mark Spoelstra's "Magic Of Love." Whether it was Joplin's trading vocals with James Gurley on "Easy Rider" or the chugging insistency of "Combination Of The Two," WINTERLAND perfectly demonstrates the fluid synergy between Pearl and Big Brother's brand of acid-rock and intensity that this impressive unit carried through the two sets that make up this disc.


  1. Entertainment Weekly (6/5/98, p.85)
    Joplin fans won't find any forgotten gems on this famous, beautifully recorded performance, but Big Brother, thrillingly raw and raunchy, emerges as one of the most unjustifiably maligned bands of the era..." - Rating: B+