Big Brother & The Holding Company – Do What You Love (1999)
FLAC (image+.cue) | Tracks: 9 | Playtime: 00:32:01 | Size: 220.4 MB
Genre: Classic Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Cheap Thrills | Cat#: 0 664334 437026
Big Brother & the Holding Company’s two post-Joplin releases, Be a Brother and How Hard It Is, are two of the best recordings by bands picking up the pieces after the losses of their respective comets/focal points. Where the Billion Dollar Babies and Spiders from Mars had to move on without Alice Cooper and David Bowie, respectively, their musical genre didn’t lend itself to reconstituted hard rock groups — look at the sad fate of post-Jeff Lynne ELO or BTO without Randy Bachman. Like Grace Slick, Janis Joplin joined the group in which she rose to fame after it had formed, but as the Jefferson Airplane could reinvent itself for the future as a Starship with or without Slick, Big Brother was never given the chance to continue producing its experimental psychedelic pop.Lisa Battle has a strong voice, and it’s so different from Joplin’s that the band should have developed a new sound for her. It didn’t, doing a disservice to this able singer. Battle does a great job on the funky tribute to Joplin that is “Women Is Losers”; it succeeds because it is not a note-for-note copy but a new look at an original Joplin composition. On the other hand, what is the point in trying to re-create “I Need a Man to Love?” You can’t possibly top the electric John Simon production from Cheap Thrills, or Live at Winterland ’68’s power. The high points of this CD are “Save Your Love” (where Battle’s voice carefully patterns itself around this slinky blues-pop, despite the low-budget surroundings); the title track; and two very short pieces, “The OK Chorale” and “Back Door Jamb.” Both those musical exercises should have been expanded to give Battle the chance to identify herself as Big Brother’s current singer. The band, after all, began pre-Janis by creating unorthodox sounds. Kathy McDonald and Nick Gravenites, who both appeared on Be a Brother and How Hard It Is, are the kind of talents who bring out the best these musicians have to offer. Seven or eight albums with that lineup would have created a formidable body of work. Put Lisa Battle into that mix as well, and the possibilities are endless.
01. Take Off
02. Save Your Love
03. I Need A Man To Love
04. Bo’s Bio
05. Women Is Losers
07. The OK Chorale
08. Do What You Love
09. Back Door Jamb
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