May 8, 2010 – 3:55 am

SAM ANDREW R.I.P. 1941-2015

Sam Andrew, best known as the founding guitarist of Big Brother and the Holding Company - the band that introduced Janis Joplin to the world - died February 12, 2015 following complications from open-heart surgery due to a heart attack suffered 10 weeks prior. He was 73.

Andrew founded Big Brother and the Holding Company with Peter Albin in 1965 and were soon joined by guitarist James Gurley, drummer Chuck Jones (later displaced by David Getz) and eventually Janis Joplin. Andrew was a consistent writer with the group, and contributed songs including “Call on Me” and “Combination of the Two”. In 1968, Andrew and Joplin quit Big Brother to form the Kozmic Blues Band, recording one album called I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! But the following year Andrew returned to his former band. Through Big Brother’s breakup in 1972 and reunion in 1987, Andrew continued with the outfit, and later went on to form his own eponymous group as well - the Sam Andrew Band. He also served as music director of the musical Love, Janis, based on the life of Janis Joplin. [Janis Joplin died in 1970 at the age of 27.] - Billboard

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Blow All My Blues Away [no label, 9CD]

Various dates, 1962 through 1970.

Thanks to goa for sharing the lossless tracks on the internet.

We will be sharing the entire set over the coming week. Where it is not certain if the track has been officially released, the particular track will not be shared. It will be shared if reader/s can confirm that the track has never been officially released.

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Disc 3 The Late Years 1968-70 (70:08)
Cheap Thrills Studio Session Outtakes cont.
301. (04/01/68) Misery’n ? - omitted
302. (04/01/68) Catch Me Daddy ? - omitted
Track 303. (06/12/68) Harry (1.4MB)

The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI 01/02 March 1968
304. Magic Of Love ? - omitted
305. Down On Me - omitted
306. Piece Of My Heart - omitted

Amsterdam 01 APR 1969 w/The Kozmic Blues Band
307. Maybe ? - omitted
(Just added) Track 308. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (7.3MB)
Track 309. Ball And Chain (9.1MB)

Kozmic Blues Outtakes & Demos - June & July 1969
310. Dear Landlord (outtake) - omitted
Track 311. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out (Demo) (7.0MB)
Track 312. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (Demo) (5.9MB)
Track 313. Let’s Don’t Quit (Demo) (5.2MB)
Track 314. Get It While You Can #1 (Demo) (6.4MB)
Track 315. Get It While You Can #2 (inc.) (Demo) (5.2MB)

3/28/70 Studio Session Outtakes with The Butterfield Blues Band
316. One Night Stand (1) Outtake ? - omitted
317. One Night Stand (2) Outtake ? - omitted

“The Dick Cavett Show” ABC-TV 25 June 1970
Track 318. Get It While You Can (4.9MB)

Tracks 1,2, 16, 17 - Janis 3CD compilation (1993) ?
Tracks 4, 7 - Box Of Pearls ?
Tracks 5, 6 - In Concert
Track 10 - I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! reissue
Tracks 16, 17 - Janis 3CD compilation (1993) ?

Disc 4 Live Big Brother (73:58)
California Hall, San Francisco, CA 12 February 1967
w/Big Brother & The Holding Co.

Track 401. Call On Me (5.7MB)
Track 402. Combination Of The Two (9.0MB)
Track 403. Blow My Mind (8.0MB)
Track 404. Down On Me (4.2MB)
Track 405. All Is Loneliness/Drum Solo (18.1MB)
Track 406. Road Block (11.1MB)
Track 407. Light Is Faster Than Sound (9.6MB)
Track 408. Bye Bye Baby (8.5MB)
Track 409. Goin’ To Brownsville (12.6MB)
Track 410. Ball And Chain (11.8MB)
Track 411. I Know You Rider (4.0MB)

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  1. 8 Responses to “JANIS JOPLIN - BLOW ALL MY BLUES AWAY CD3/4”

  2. The Amsterdam 1969 Ball and Chain is beautiful. Just beautiful. I am blown away.

    Thanks for posting these discs!

    By ChimpyNuts on May 9, 2010

  3. ChimpyNuts:

    The Amsterdam 1969 show is WORTH LOOKING FOR. An absolutely incredible show, and you’ve already heard a sample of the amazing sound.

    But yes, BigO, many thanks for all of this Janis material.

    By Sluggo714 on May 12, 2010

  4. The Amsterdam “Try” is not on Box of Pearls - only “Maybe” from that set.

    By jeff on Jul 12, 2010

  5. Hello Jeff
    Thanks for your feedback. The two tracks have been liberated. Enjoy!

    By bigozine2 on Jul 12, 2010

  6. I’ve got that Amsterdam 1969 show and it IS stunning. ***** easily.

    By Rate Your Music on Feb 15, 2015

  7. for further reading about sam andrew -


    By darth on Feb 15, 2015

  8. Thanks, Big O, for all the marvelous Janis music!
    That young woman had blues in her heart.

    @ChimpyNuts, Sluggo714, here is a link to get the Amsterdam show:


    By dorgunr on Feb 25, 2015

  9. BigO can you fix the track…Disc 4 ‘Big brother live’ Track 407 Light is faster than sound please

    By Sarah Novak on Apr 19, 2015

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