50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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Big Brother and the Holding Company, 'Big Brother and the Holding Company'
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Big Brother and the Holding Company, 'Big Brother and the Holding Company'

Janis Joplin's first band is still dissed for its crude musicianship, and its pre-Columbia album is still patronized for failing to showcase Joplin the blues singer. Only she wasn't a blues singer, she was a rock singer – a rock singer who learned to conceal her country twang after she cut these 10 crazed songs. Most are by her bandmates, whose folk-schooled garage-blues licks provide goofy hooks. One that isn't is the definitive Joplin original "Women Is Losers." She sensed what was coming – you know she did.

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