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Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. They are best known as the band that featured Janis Joplin as their lead singer. Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills is considered one of the masterpieces of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was ranked number 338 in Rolling Stone '​s the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Big Brother & The Holding Company Big Brother & The Holding Company 4
1968 Cheap Thrills Big Brother & The Holding Company 4.75 11
1970 Be a Brother Big Brother & The Holding Company 2
1970 How Hard It Is Big Brother & The Holding Company 2
2002 Cheaper Thrills Big Brother & The Holding Company 2
2008 Can't Go Home Again Big Brother & The Holding Company 1
Do What You Love Big Brother & The Holding Company 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Be a Brother / How Hard It Is Big Brother & The Holding Company 1
2008 The Lost Tapes Big Brother & The Holding Company 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 1968-06-14: Winterland, San Francisco, CA, USA Big Brother & The Holding Company 1
2002 Live in San Francisco, 1966 Big Brother & The Holding Company 1
2012 Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin 4 1

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