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.