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Big Brother and the Holding Company: Be a Brother [Columbia, 1970]
With the obvious exception, all the original members are here, plus third guitarist David Schallock, good for both a funk-not-feedback feel and occasional psychedelic overload. Nick Gravenites is singer and auteur, and this is his message to the weary, wary, but steadfast hippies of the world--watch out for "heartache people" and "funkie Jim," but "be a brother." Bonus: Sister Janis does a bit of backup. A-