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BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY ‘Do What You Love’ (Mystic 2002)

The band formed in the 60's and marked the debut of Janis Joplin and now contains three original members - Peter Albin (bass), Sam Andrew (vocals/guitar), Dave Getz (drums) plus vocalist Lisa Battle and guitarist Tom Finch.

Kicking-off with the Jefferson Airplane sounding `Take Off', a nice blues based boogie. `I Need a Man to Love' is a slow burner with a great vocal performance from Lisa Battle. `Bo's Bio' is uptempo rocker with a co-vocal from Sam Andrew and Lisa Battle. The Joplin penned `Women Is Losers' has a real 60's feel and another top-notch vocal performance from Lisa Battle. `Freedom' is pure 60's in vibe, right down to the protest lyrics and echoey guitar soloing. `Looking Back' is a laid-back jazzy number, similar to early Toto material. Album closer `X Factor', is bizarre! Ethereal vocals over a distorted loop - Hawkwind anyone? A weak number, on an otherwise strong album. I will admit I have never heard any of the band's work before but this CD makes me want to find out more! If you are a fan of Jefferson Airplane, late 60's blues/stoner rock or modern day `jam' bands like Widespread Panic, then check this out.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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