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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[caption-width-right:350: ''Take another little piece of my heart''.]]˛˛''Cheap Thrills'' is the second studio album by Big Brother and the Holding Company, released in 1968. It is their last studio album to feature lead vocalist Music/JanisJoplin, who chose to leave the band to go solo not long after release. The closing track on the album "Ball and Chain" was recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom. This album features the band's SignatureSong "Piece of My Heart". The album cover is also famous, being drawn by UndergroundComics icon Creator/RobertCrumb.˛˛In 2013 it was added to the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important". ˛˛----˛!! Tracklist:˛˛[[AC: Side One]]˛˛# "Combination of the Two" (5:47)˛# "I Need a Man to Love" (4:54)˛# "Summertime" (4:01)˛# "Piece of My Heart" (4:15)˛˛[[AC: Side Two]]˛˛# "Turtle Blues" (4:22)˛# "Oh, Sweet Mary" (4:16)˛# "Ball and Chain" (9:02)˛˛----˛!! Bonus Tracks (Reissue):˛˛# "Roadblock" (5:31)˛# "Flower in the Sun" (3:04)˛# "Catch Me Daddy (live)" (5:32)˛# "Magic of Love (live)" (3:58)˛˛----˛!!Principal Members:˛˛* Peter Albin - bass, guitar˛* Sam Andrew - guitar, vocals, bass˛* David Getz - drums, piano˛* James Gurley - guitar, bass˛* Music/JanisJoplin - lead vocals˛˛----˛!! Cheap Tropes: ˛˛* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Oh Sweet Mary"˛--> ''Oh, sweet Mary, child of confusion''˛* AllThereInTheManual: The album cover describes everything you need to know about the track list, the performers, and where the recording took place (mostly; as described below, the location for "Ball and Chain" is wrong).˛* BigBeautifulWoman: Janis Joplin was drawn by Crumb as this, with her sister recalling that he was admiring her figure.˛* BreakUpSong: "Ball and Chain"˛--> ''I hope here's someone out there who could tell me''˛--> ''Why the man I love wanna leave me in so much pain?''˛** In "Turtle Blues" it's the other way around. The woman in the song describes herself as someone who treats all men badly. ˛--> ''Yeah, maybe, maybe you could help me, come on, help me!''˛* CoverVersion: Covers on this album are Music/GeorgeGershwin's "Summertime" from ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'' and "Ball and Chain" by blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Even "Piece of My Heart", a SignatureSong by the band, was originally sung by Music/ArethaFranklin's older sister Erma. ˛* CradleOfLoneliness: "Combination of the Two" and "I Need a Man to Love"˛--> ''Why, I need a man to love''˛--> ''I gotta find him, I gotta have him like the air I breathe''˛--> ''One lovin' man to understand can't be too much to need''˛* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Crumb's album cover is so full of SceneryPorn detail that even this TV Tropes page can't do it justice, as it turns out far too pixelated to show in all of its artistic glory. ˛* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: ˛** "Oh, Sweet Mary"˛--> ''Tell me why, why is it all so hard?''˛** "Ball and Chain"˛--> ''And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now hon', tell me why, why does every single little tiny thing I hold on goes wrong?''˛* EpicRocking: "Ball and Chain", which runs for more than nine minutes. "Combination of the Two", at a few seconds shy of six minutes long, ''just'' misses qualifying.˛* FaceOnTheCover: The whole band, shown as cartoon characters in comic strip panel format.˛* InTheStyleOf: The album cover is in the style of a comic strip.˛* IWantSong: "I Need a Man to Love". ˛* LiveAlbum: "Ball and Chain" is the only song on the album recorded entirely live, and even though the cover credits assert that the live material was recorded at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium, it was actually taken from a concert at the Winterland Ballroom in 1968.˛* LongestSongGoesLast: "Ball and Chain" (9:02) is the last song on the album (apart from bonus tracks on reissues).˛* LoveHurts: "Piece of My Heart", "Ball and Chain". ˛--> ''Take another little piece of my heart now, baby''˛--> ''Oh, oh, break it''˛--> ''Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah''˛* {{Mammy}}: Crumb drew the character from "Summertime" on the album cover as the Afro-American woman in ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'', despite the white Janis Joplin singing it on the album. The way Crumb drew her on the album cover would not fly that easily today. It's in line with the Afro-American stereotypes in vogue in American culture back in the early 20th century, a period Crumb is interested in, but still very racially stereotypical.˛* MetalScream: Joplin's trademark. Appears most famously (of course) on "Piece of My Heart".˛* NonAppearingTitle: The album title doesn't appear in any of the lyrics.˛* OneManSong: "I Need a Man to Love".˛* OneWomanSong: "Oh Sweet Mary". ˛* OneWordTitle: "Summertime". ˛* PackagedAsOtherMedium: The cover looks like a comic strip, {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that Creator/RobertCrumb designed it.˛* PepTalkSong: "Summertime"˛--> ''One of these mornings you're gonna rise, rise up singing''˛--> ''You're gonna spread your wings''˛--> ''Child, and take, take to the sky''˛--> ''Lord, the sky''˛* RuleOfTwo: "Combination of the Two".˛* ShoutOut: "Rock Bottom" on Music/{{Eminem}}'s ''Music/TheSlimShadyLP'' samples "Summertime" from this album.˛* SingerNameDrop: From "Turtle Blues".˛--> ''Yeah, but I'm gonna take good care of Janis, yeah, honey, ain't no one gonna dog me down.''˛* SomethingBlues: "Turtle Blues".˛* SpeechBubbles: On the album cover. ˛* TimeMarchesOn: The way the black {{Mammy}} is drawn on the album cover is something that wouldn't be politically correct anymore nowadays, despite Creator/RobertCrumb just delving into the iconography that was popular in the comic strips he grew up with. ˛˛----


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