First Installment of Bear’s Sonic Journals: Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother and the Holding Company – 1968

On March 13, one day after the one year anniversary of Owsley “Bear” Stanley’s death, Columbia/Legacy will release Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968, an unreleased Bear recording of Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Bear was involved with the mixing of this release before the fatal car accident which took his life and it will be the first of a long-awaited “Bear’s Sonic Journals” archival release series. “Care was taken to preserve and ensure the integrity of the music as well as to present an accurate snapshot of the masterful talent of one of the greatest singers of her generation and one of the hottest live bands in the San Francisco scene,” wrote Bear’s widow, Sheilah Stanley, in her dedication to Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968. “This is Bear’s vision — how he heard the band live, and how he wanted to transmit that to you… this truly is Bear’s presentation of this phenomenal band and inspirational music.”

Here’s the track listing…

1. Combination Of The Two
2. I Need A Man To Love
3. Flower In The Sun
4. Light Is Faster Than Sound
5. Summertime
6. Catch Me Daddy
7. It’s A Deal
8. Call On Me
9. Jam – I’m Mad
10. Piece Of My Heart
11. Coo Coo
12. Ball & Chain
13. Down On Me

Bonus Track:

14. Call On Me (Saturday Show – June 22, 1968)

We’re glad that Bear’s work will live on through this new archival series and look forward to future releases.

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3 Responses

  1. Fantastic news. Way back in 2002 or 2003 I contacted Bear via email asking him about this release. I came across a live recording labeled with this date. He asked me to snail-mail him a copy to see if it was the same show, and a couple weeks later Bear told me it was actually a mis-dated recording of another performance. I’ve been dying to hear this one for *years…….. I’m So glad it’s Finally coming out officially, but sad that he didn’t live to see it happen. [Thanks Bear!] – Michael

  2. Got my copy today – excellent sound quality as you would expect from Bear and looking forward to other releases in the series.

  3. The show is good but the way its mixed sucks. He should have just done it mono. I mean really push your speakers next to one another. PLEASE some one did way to much acid.

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