Cheap Thrills is a studio album by American rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was their last album with Janis Joplin as lead singer.
For Cheap Thrills, the band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, which it was subsequently mistaken for by listeners. Only the final song, their cover of “Ball and Chain“, had been recorded live at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band’s original cover idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together, was dropped by the record company. It is number nine on Rolling Stone’s list of One Hundred Greatest Album Covers.
In 2003, Cheap Thrills was ranked #338 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2013, the album was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and thus it was preserved into the National Recording Registry for the 2012 register.
Re-Issue. Previously released on Columbia as “KCS 9700”. LP Columbia PC 9700 1980 *****