Big Brother & The Holding Company ‎– Big Brother & The Holding Company 1967


Big Brother & The Holding Company ‎– Big Brother & The Holding Company 1967 ( Mono )

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Label:Mainstream Records ‎– 56099
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono 
Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 8 slight general wear ( in good shape )
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 8  a little discoloured with age
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 7 ( slight scuffing all round lp )
side 2 -  7 ( slight scuffing all round lp )

BIN # 30

Mainstream Records debut

In September 1966, with no money to return to San Francisco, Big Brother signed a contract with Mainstream Records. They recorded four of the songs for the album Big Brother & the Holding Company in a studio in Chicago at the end of their four-week stint at Mother Blues on Wells Street. The club had paid them for only the first two weeks.'[8] The remainder of the record was recorded in Los Angeles December 12 through 14th. Mainstream was known for its jazz records, and Big Brother was the first rock band to work with them. This may have influenced the final result, since the album sounded very different from what the band expected: acoustic and folk instead of heavy acid rock. The first single released was "Blind Man" b/w "All Is Loneliness," both from the album sessions, in July 1967. It was popular in the San Francisco Bay Area, but did not garner much national attention. A second single, "Down On Me" b/w "Call On Me" was released along with their self-titled debut album in August 1967, following the band's national success after the Monterey Pop Festival. The album debuted on Billboard charts on 9/2/67, peaking at No. 60. It stayed on the charts for a total of 30 weeks. The Pop Chronicles criticized the record as difficult to find and "technically disappointing".[9] "Down On Me" had a long gestation in the marketplace and finally debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 8/31/68, peaking at No. 43. It stayed on the charts for 8 weeks. Other singles from the album were released through the end of 1967 and 1968. One final Mainstream single, "Coo Coo" b/w "The Last Time," was released after the band's second album came out on Columbia Records, in Nov. 1968. These last songs were from the original album sessions, but were not included on the album until Columbia Records bought the rights to all the Mainstream material and reissued the LP in the 1970s.[10][11]

The band then moved to Lagunitas, in Marin County California, to a communal house. Later in 1967 they put an ad in The Oracle with the apparent intention of moving back to the "City". The ad read: Big Brother is returning to the city. Need rehearsal hall and a place to live. Write to B.B.& the H.C. at Box 94 Lagunitas


A1 Bye, Bye Baby
A2 Easy Rider
A3 Intruder
A4 Light Is Faster Than Sound
A5 Call On Me
B1 Women Is Losers
B2 Blindman
B3 Down On Me
B4 Caterpillar
B5 All Is Loneliness

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