• [118] Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

    Apr 19 2009, 21:29 di Llorenza

    Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum

    I've never taken the trouble to listen to heavy metal music, but I have a sneaking suspicion it's not really something for me. But we will just see about that when heavy metal shows up in the list... For now, I'll have to be satisfied with Blue Cheer's debut album 'Vincebus Eruptum', known as one of the pioneers of heavy metal.

    Is this album that heavy? No.
    Is it heavier than what we have heard already in this list? Yes. (Although The Monks sometimes came close)

    My sneaky suspicion about heavy music is not really confirmed with this album because it is great! It doesn't sound perfect, but it sounds exciting. The band is clearly having fun, and that makes this album a serious rush from beginning to end.

    The album starts with a cover of Summertime Blues which is fantastic: a perfect combination of melody and some heavier drum and guitar work (and it has a great intro!). The same is true for Rock Me Baby that starts off like the Otis Redding version (with slightly more pronounced drums)…
  • Song Of The Day - 01 Mar 2008: Parchment Farm

    Mar 2 2008, 2:16 di sablespecter

    Personal One-Hit Wonder*

    Blue Cheer / "Parchment Farm" / Vincebus Eruptum (5) /Jan 1968

    Artist: Blue Cheer
    Original Album: Vincebus Eruptum
    Track: Parchment Farm

    *The first of every month is reserved for "Personal One-Hit Wonders"
    (See 01 Feb 2007 entry for details.)

    In last month's discussion of with last month's One-Hit Wonder from Sir Lord Baltimore and the next day's selection from Dust, I brought up Blue Cheer, which got me to thinking about that band this time around. Hailing from San Francisco and playing raucous, loud , they're another of the worthy pioneers of . They're one of the bands that will not go away forever. After splitting up in the early 70s, they were active for a good while at the end of the 80s and early 90s, and active again since the middle part of this decade. There have been several players moving through a revolving door at guitar and the drums over the years, working always with Dickie Peterson on bass and vocals.
  • Bands I've Seen Live [Part 3, 2nd ed.]: Blue Cheer at The 1968 Pop Festival

    Ago 28 2006, 16:30 di emergingsynergy

    I guess I will stay with the theme for a while, i.e., the bands I heard at The 1968 Pop Festival, at Gulfstream Park near Miami, Florida. This was a two-day affair, but the second day was, for the most part, rained out. Blue Cheer appeared on the afternoon of May 18.

    I still have a poster from the event, that I have saved since getting it free at the door. It has a psychedelic picture of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with, embedded in Jimi's hair, the words "a Joint Production" . The only other words on the poster, other than the dates, were, "The 1968 Pop Festival. The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Gulfstream Park." I think I still have my ticket stub somewhere, too; or maybe a whole ticket because they gave some out as "rain checks" during the second day.

    I was 16 years old at the time, in high school in Ft. Lauderdale. I attended both days .

    One of the highlights of the festival was a daytime performance by Blue Cheer. …
  • Just A Random Mix

    Apr 17 2006, 6:42 di ninarose85