BLUE CHEER

Hard Rock / Heavy Psych / Heavy Metal • United States
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Blue Cheer were an American psychedelic blues rock band with a hard rock edge, who are considered to be among the pioneering band of the early heavy metal genre. The band was formed in 1966, but Eric Albronda and Jerry Russell who had moved from Davis, California, to San Fransisco with Dickie Peterson, who played in Andrew Staples & The Oxford Circle. Eventually the two bands fused as further members from The Oxford Circle joined Blue Cheer, resulting in the line-up of Peterson on bass and vocals, Paul Whaley and Jerre Peterson on guitars, Vale Hamanaka on keyboards and Jerry Whiting on harmonica and vocals and Albronda taking up management and production duties rather than musicians duties. The period from 1966 to 1969 is considered the golden age of the band, who released their debut album "Vincepus Eruptum" in 1968, which contained the mega hit "Summertime Blues". After the release read more...
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BLUE CHEER albums / top albums

BLUE CHEER Vincebus Eruptum album cover 3.67 | 21 ratings
Vincebus Eruptum
Heavy Psych 1968
BLUE CHEER Outsideinside album cover 3.31 | 7 ratings
Outsideinside
Heavy Psych 1968
BLUE CHEER New! Improved! album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
New! Improved!
Heavy Psych 1969
BLUE CHEER Blue Cheer album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Blue Cheer
Heavy Psych 1969
BLUE CHEER The Original Human Being album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
The Original Human Being
Hard Rock 1970
BLUE CHEER Oh! Pleasant Hope album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Oh! Pleasant Hope
Hard Rock 1971
BLUE CHEER The Beast Is Back album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Beast Is Back
Heavy Metal 1984
BLUE CHEER Highlights And Low Lives album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Highlights And Low Lives
Hard Rock 1990
BLUE CHEER Dining With the Sharks album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Dining With the Sharks
Hard Rock 1991
BLUE CHEER What Doesn't Kill You... album cover 4.80 | 5 ratings
What Doesn't Kill You...
Heavy Metal 2007

BLUE CHEER EPs & splits

BLUE CHEER Summertime Blues / Signs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Summertime Blues / Signs
Hard Rock 1986
BLUE CHEER Summertime Blues / (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Summertime Blues / (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Hard Rock 2006

BLUE CHEER live albums

BLUE CHEER Blitzkrieg Over Nüremberg album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Blitzkrieg Over Nüremberg
Hard Rock 1989
BLUE CHEER Live And Unreleased 2: Live At The San Jose Civic Center And More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live And Unreleased 2: Live At The San Jose Civic Center And More
Heavy Psych 1996
BLUE CHEER Hello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka: Live In Japan 1999 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka: Live In Japan 1999
Heavy Psych 1999

BLUE CHEER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BLUE CHEER re-issues & compilations

BLUE CHEER Motive - Blue Cheer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motive - Blue Cheer
Heavy Psych 1969
BLUE CHEER Louder Than God: The Best Of Blue Cheer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Louder Than God: The Best Of Blue Cheer
Heavy Psych 1986
BLUE CHEER Good Times Are So Hard to Find - The History of Blue Cheer album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Good Times Are So Hard to Find - The History of Blue Cheer
Heavy Psych 1989
BLUE CHEER Live And Unreleased '68 - '74 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live And Unreleased '68 - '74
Heavy Psych 1996
BLUE CHEER Vincebus Eruptum / Outsideinside album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vincebus Eruptum / Outsideinside
Heavy Psych 2003

BLUE CHEER singles (12)

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Feathers From Your Tree / Sun Cycle
Heavy Psych 1968
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Summertime Blues / Out Of Focus
Heavy Psych 1968
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Just A Little Bit / Gypsy Ball
Heavy Psych 1968
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The Hunter / Come And Get It
Heavy Psych 1968
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West Coast Child Of Sunshine / When It All Gets Old
Heavy Psych 1969
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All Night Long / Fortunes
Hard Rock 1969
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Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham / Natural Man
Heavy Psych 1969
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Fool / Ain't That The Way Love's Supposed To Be
Hard Rock 1970
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I Want My Baby Back / Aces 'N' Eights
Hard Rock 1970
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Pilot / Babaji
Hard Rock 1970
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Summertime Blues / Just A Little Bit Better
Hard Rock 1989
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Summertime Blues / Looking At You
Hard Rock 2009

BLUE CHEER movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Rocks Europe
Heavy Psych 2009

BLUE CHEER Reviews

BLUE CHEER Vincebus Eruptum

Album · 1968 · Heavy Psych
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Unitron
The birth of Heavy Metal. In simple terms, metal was born out of a combination of heavy blues rock and psychedelic rock. While metal has gone in several different directions, the earliest forms of metal from the 60's and 70's still live on, especially in the doom metal, grunge, and stoner scenes.

Blue Cheer might not have been the first band to make a metal song (that honor goes to either Riders of the Mark or Clear Light), but to my knowledge they were certainly the first metal band and Vincebus Eruptum the first metal album.

Vincebus Eruptum is one of the heaviest albums ever recorded, as it's dominated by such a wall of distortion that it sounds like their amps are about to blow. The recording technology at the time couldn't even pick up the pure volume. It works though, the playing is so frantic and primal that it all sounds like pure instinct.

The booming cover of Summertime Blues was their only hit, and it's good as are the other covers, but it's the original songs where this album shines. There's no better showcase on this album for heavy metal in full force than Doctor Please. The anxious vocals, booming distortion, the speed of the bridge, and the dark theme of the song all show the beginnings of the genre. Out of Focus and Second Time Around are great too, with the latter shining with wild drumming.

If there's any complaints I have, it's some of the jamming. I'm fine with jamming to an extent, but sometimes it sounds too much like noodling and gets a bit annoying. The following album Outsideinside would improve the band's sound, cutting the annoying jams and improving the production (Even though the production works for how this album sounds).

If you're used to the metal sound of the 80's and 90's or even the 70's, this might be a hard listen. It's really noisy, but every metal fan should hear this album if only to hear the genre's first real album.

BLUE CHEER Vincebus Eruptum

Album · 1968 · Heavy Psych
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Warthur
Blue Cheer's debut album is one of those pieces which is more innovative than it is actually successful in its own right. With its cranked-up amps and distorted guitar, it clearly hit a new bar for heavy psych music and helped pave the way for metal to come - but as for actually being pleasant to listen to, well, that's another story. The cover of Summertime Blues it opens with is excellent, no doubt about it, but the covers of Rock Me Baby and Parchment Farm don't accomplish much beyond demonstrating that Led Zeppelin weren't the only ones plundering the blues for material.

As for the original material, that really highlights the band's shortcomings - they just weren't that good compositionally, and their improvisations get a little dull and interminable. The end result is perhaps the most important and influential two-and-a-half star album ever.

BLUE CHEER Vincebus Eruptum

Album · 1968 · Heavy Psych
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siLLy puPPy
Although this is often called the first heavy metal album, this is in fact nothing more than heavy psych and blues. The reference makes more sense when it is tweaked over to the proto-metal category because this probably indeed was one of the first albums where the Marshall amps were turned up to 11. The feedback is so thick that it actually interferes with the melodic flow at times.

The album begins with a cover of Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues” and then quickly retreats into some serious blues and heavy psych with some feedback freakouts that leave only the excellent metal worthy drumming of Paul Waley to keep the backbone of the music going to prevent a total entry into avant-free-jazz cacophony.

This is one of those albums i've always heard about but never was interested in hearing but after finally hearing it I actually like it. I find it to be more than a museum relic and actually a decent listen. Anyone with an adversity to noise may have a hard time with this, but without a doubt this is the heaviest album i've heard from 1968.

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