December 25, 2013 – 2:25 pm

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Get It While You Can [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Honolulu International Center Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii; July 8, 1970. Very good raw soundboard (restored first-edition vinyl).

Thanks to Doinker for sharing this at Dime. (It’s what they call a helluva Christmas present.)

Doinker noted:

What you have in your hot little hands is the original edition of “Get It While You Can”, which was pressed on yellow vinyl a very long time ago. I have the more recent reissue which runs a poor second on quality, and does nothing for listener. You have a great sounding Janis at top form to listen to, a rowdy audience, PLUS Mr. Asshole Announcer (who hasn’t a clue of how to deal with them). It’s simply great.

This is a raw soundboard, you can feel the room shake if you turn it up loud enough. I had a decision to make, either to lose a little bass and kill the hum in the recording, or to let it stand. I’ve chosen to let it stand, I simply don’t think it’s intrusive enough to mess with. The tracks have been repositioned to make the modern listening experience a bit better.

I have two copies of this record. I used one for sides 1/4 and the other for sides 2/3.

Wayne Harada of Billboard magazine (July 25, 1970):

H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu Hawaii: Janis Joplin wailed her way to two standing ovations in her Hawaii debut July 8th before a crowd of 7,000 at the Honolulu International Center Arena. The Columbia Records artist dazzled the audience with her eclectic song-bag and her style of dress. Besides her riveting hits (“Piece of My Heart” “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” “Kozmic Blues” and “Maybe”) she brought along a wild stage costume consisting of sequined pants outfit, a dozen bracelets, a number of necklaces, and orange feathers or her stringy hair.

“Summertime” was an unusual inclusion in her sock-rock repertoire. It had a baroque feel, and Miss Joplin often resembled Bessie Smith - haunting, creative and expertly polished. Day Blindness, a group from San Francisco, were her supporting act. While they must’ve had something to say lyrically, their sound system was up too high.

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Track 01. Intro/Tell Me Mama 8:39 (14.5MB)
Track 02. Half Moon 6:31 (10.9MB)
Track 03. Move Over 6:23 (10.7MB)
Track 04. Short Jams and Conversation 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 05. Maybe 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 06. Summertime 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 07. Band Intros and Conversation 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 08. Get It While You Can 7:03 (11.8MB)
Track 09. Kozmic Blues Time Keeps Moving On 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 10. Asshole Announcer and Conversation 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 11. Piece Of My Heart/Outro 6:15 (10.5MB)
61 mins

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  1. 20 Responses to “JANIS JOPLIN - HONOLULU 1970”

  2. Hey now we’re talking! A Janis set for Christmas Day! Haven’t had much Janis for a while, THANKS muchly Big O
    Can’t wait to check this

    Seasonal Wassnames to everyone on here!
    Especially you Big O
    Keep on Rockin’!

    By swappers on Dec 25, 2013

  3. Thank You so much! This show has very special meaning to me. I have been after it for a long time. This is my Christmas miracle! Merry Christmas and thank you again!

    By Joseph on Dec 25, 2013

  4. Happy Christmas, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Dec 25, 2013

  5. hey bigo, happy holidays! thanks for all the good shows i got from you this year.

    i am looking for one more thin lizzy show and you came through on the hammersmith odeon 1981 show. now i’m looking for drammen, norway feb. 5, 1981. as far as i know, it’s the only known live performance of sweetheart of chinatown. i know this cause there’s a youtube clip posted of sweetheart.

    now i have drammen, norway 1982, but i’ve been unlucky in finding drammen 1981. if you can find it and post it, that’d be great!

    i was just listening to thin lizzy-masonic temple auditorium, detroit, mi 10.26.77. it’s a killer one! i’ve played it 3x.


    By Ed Saad on Dec 25, 2013

  6. wonderful,some janis to heat up what is certainly becoming one of the coldest iciest winters so far for this canuck.
    We had an ice storm four days ago that has wiped out the power for thousands here in ontario .
    might not sound like much but when you have no power to heat your home and it is minus 18 outside it doesn`t take too long to become a serious problem.
    peace on earth , goodwill and all and thanks for this hot one to d/load
    shiverin` sluggo.

    By sluggo on Dec 25, 2013

  7. Once again, WHERE the FUCK do they get these sound mixers who LEAVE OUT THE LEAD GUITAR?
    Makes this “ASSHOLE ANNOUNCER” seem like an angel.

    By Timmy on Dec 25, 2013

  8. timmy - these recordings arent done for public consumption. how things sound to us on a recording made off of the board isnt necessarily how it sounded to the people at the venue at the time 43 years ago. for someone who is obtaining these things for nothing u sure do a lot of complaining. there are more guitar oriented sounding janis shows out there.. some sbd / fm / tv in source and some audience of very nice quality if thats what u need to hear.
    one of the reasons this recording wasnt ever released was that it isnt pristine altho there are parts that do come close enough to be included as bonus tracks if they were played with a little.
    if u want a better mix of guitar on a janis recording there is a show she did from a tv brdcst thats about 30mins long i think its from 67 or early 68. i forget now. but its from sf. maybe kcet. its superbly recorded in the audio track. its available on vhs and probably dvd too. it isnt on cd or audio at all officially. its probably on youtube.

    By darth on Dec 26, 2013

  9. Happy Christmas and a successful New Year to everyone around here…. cheers, too.

    By Canute on Dec 26, 2013

  10. sluggo why don`t you just crawl inside one of them hollowed out mooses you got up there for warmth ? minus 18 i never new there was such a degree. damn, that ain`t right.

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 26, 2013

    Back in the 60’s and 70’s not every instrument went through the sound system. A lot of times the guitar players were playing through stacks of amps and were loud enough without the sound system. What the audience heard was balanced out by the other instruments being boosted by the sound system. I have noticed a lot of 6o’s boots sounded better from a good audience recording rather than the unmixed soundboard.

    By Mackster on Dec 26, 2013

  12. thanks for the janis, big-OH!


    By I-) on Dec 28, 2013

  13. > Track 09. Time Keeps Moving On 6:04 (10.2MB)

    that is correctly titled as ‘kozmic blues’.


    By I-) on Dec 28, 2013

  14. Hello I-)

    Thanks for the note.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 29, 2013

  15. Sluggo is 1000% correct. Worst winter storm in Toronto that I ever experienced in 51 years. Spoiled fridge full of food and no electricity and heat for close to 3 days. -25 C ( with wind chill factor) We in Canada and Europe measure temperature in celcius not Farenheit. O is temperature water freezes. Very simple measurement system. The US should try using celcius. I still don’t understand Farenheit other than paper burns at Farenheit 451. Our Crackhead Mayor, Rob Ford may have had something to do with the power failure. Last year he reduced the tree pruning service for the city to “Save Money.” There were very mature and dead trees that should have been pruned and when the ICE STORM hit all those dead branches and trees were hiting all the power lines. Presto no power for +200K Toronto people. He didn’t give a fuck because the Downtown Core(Hellsville)was still lit up like a Christmas Tree.

    By Lou Torro on Dec 29, 2013

  16. The Amsterdam concert in 69 is one for the collection if you do not have it. Her Summertime is hair raisingly good. Easily found on youtube.

    By ND on Dec 29, 2013

  17. I like Janis Joplin.There is something sbout her unbridled refusal to conform that tickles me.
    What a gal.

    By the emperor`s new clothes on Dec 31, 2013

  18. Nice!!! Thanks, BigO!!

    By DanC on Jan 7, 2014

  19. I have this disc pictured. This recording is very good.

    By Rick on Jan 11, 2014

  20. isn’t it tell mama not tell me mama?

    By lee on May 29, 2018

  21. Anyone remember what the name of the band was that opened for her that night? I remember they were really good, and later made a real name for themselves as well…but at that time they were new to the scene. I just for the life of me cannot remember who it was!!

    By Madfinnegan on Feb 13, 2021

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