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Be a Brother

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Released  October 1970
Length  35:09
Release date  October 1970
Label  Columbia Records
Recorded  1970
Be a Brother (1970)  How Hard It Is (1971)
Producer  Nick Gravenites
Genre  Psychedelic rock
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Artist  Big Brother and the Holding Company
Similar  Big Brother and the Holding Company albums, Psychedelic rock albums

Be a Brother is an album by Big Brother and the Holding Company, released in 1970. It was their first album after Janis Joplin's departure. Recruited in her place were guitarist David Shallock and singer-songwriter Nick Gravenites.


Included are ten original Holding Company compositions; though "Home on the Strange" is credited as "Arranged and adapted by P. Albin and S. Andrew", it is in fact a new composition with no apparent derivation from any public domain work.

Track listing

  1. "Keep On" (Sam Andrew , Peter Albin, David Getz, James Gurley, David Schallock) – 4:21
  2. "Joseph's Coat" (Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina) – 3:10
  3. "Home on the Strange" (Albin, Andrew) – 2:15
  4. "Someday" (Andrew) – 2:17
  5. "Heartache People" (Gravenites) – 6:36
  6. "Sunshine Baby" (Andrew, Albin, Getz, Gurley, Shallock) – 3:30
  7. "Mr. Natural" (Andrew) – 3:31
  8. "Funkie Jim" (Andrew, Albin, Getz, Gurley, Shallock, Gravenites) – 3:47
  9. "I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle" (Gravenites) – 3:14
  10. "Be a Brother" (Gravenites) – 3:04


  • Nick Gravenites - lead (2, 5, 8-10) and backing vocals
  • Sam Andrew - guitar, lead (1, 4, 6, 7) and backing vocals
  • David Schallock - guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Albin - guitar
  • James Gurley - bass, guitar
  • David Getz - drums, piano
  • Chart listing

    Billboard 200 - No. 134


    1Keep On4:19
    2Joseph's Coat3:10
    3Home on the Strange2:14


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