Paste Review: Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills

26 Nov Paste Review: Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills

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Some may argue that the original version of Cheap Thrills ought not be overshadowed, and that is a valid point. After all, it was the record that gained the group its notoriety and made Joplin the star she was destined to be. Still, it’s fascinating to peer into its early origins as deciphered by the early attempts to pull it together. Likewise, liner notes from Joplin’s sister-in-arms Grace Slick and Big Brother drummer David Getz provide additional insight and historical perspective. Indeed, when Slick describes her initial reaction to Joplin’s singing as “spontaneous explosions of every emotion — no holds barred,” it’s clear she’s speaking not only for herself, but for all who were originally mesmerized and are still held in thrall half a century on.