Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the fourth album by Blue Cheer, the self-titled, Blue Cheer.
About this copy: This copy of Blue Cheer is an original U.S. pressing on the Philips label.
The cover is VG, with general wear and a repaired 2″ seam split on the bottom edge.
The disc is VG++, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.
A nice copy of a scarce LP.
Background: Blue Cheer went through a number of band members during their brief, six album career. On Blue Cheer, their fourth LP, the softened their sound somewhat. The album did not chart.
After working with two monstrously loud guitar heroes, Leigh Stephens and Randy Holden, Blue Cheer wanted to pursue a more subtle musical direction, and on their fourth album, simply titled Blue Cheer, they followed the path of the first half of 1969’s New! Improved! Blue Cheer, featuring guitarist Bruce Stephens and keyboard man Ralph Burns Kellogg, instead of the power trio format they pioneered on their first two albums and the second half of New! Improved! with Holden. Drummer Paul Whaley had also dropped out of the band by album number four, with Norman Mayell taking over the traps and leaving bassist and singer Dickie Peterson as the only original member of Blue Cheer, all within two years of the release of Vincebus Eruptum. Given all these changes, it’s no wonder Blue Cheer sounds so much different than they did on the band’s first two LP’s, but so long as you’re not expecting the monolithic power of their earliest stuff, it’s a fun album that generates an impressive groove. … If Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside sounded like music for an acid-and-amphetamine-crazed Saturday night biker party, Blue Cheer is the stuff the same bikers would put on for a Sunday beer-and-weed cookout; it’s a more laid-back and relaxed effort, but it still rocks with a strong and steady roll.
|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Year of Release:||1969|