My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Cheap Thrills is a mix of live and studio tracks that were recorded between March and May of 1968. The album was subsequently released in August of 1968.
What I think: This album is sort of a tale of two sides. Side A (Tracks 1-4) have a sort of soul feel to them, while Side B (Tracks 5-7) have a heavier electric blues thing going. I prefer side A, but B isn’t bad either. “Combination of the Two”, Summertime” and of course the perfect “Piece of My Heart” are the standouts here along with the hard luck “Turtle Blues”. It’s also interesting that the tracks are a mix of live and studio takes, because while listening to it I thought they were all live. If I have a complaint here, it’s that there isn’t enough Joplin, but I guess that is understandable as this wasn’t a solo album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s good, but that’s it. Nothing here compares to the passion of “Piece of My Heart” and thus does seem to pale as a whole. I just frankly don’t get a “legendary” feeling from it.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (99/124)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%