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.