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BLUE CHEER – VINCEBUS ERUPTUM – January 1968
Were Blue Cheer the originators of Heavy Metal? Punk? Grunge? Thrash? Psychedelic Hardcore Rock? Well, most would agree to all of that and more but Dickie Peterson (vocals and bass), said it simply that, “Blue Cheer were a Power Trio that played Ultra Blues.” Amen.
Blue Cheer, inspired by Hendrix’ power trio, were Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens – guitar, Paul Whaley – drums, and were the “loudest longest-haired savage cosmic primal ultra hard rock blues band” in our known universe. It was as if Blue Cheer actually achieved an “11” across the board on the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll Coolness Machine’s Rock Icon Essentials.
It was hard to ignore the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the room that was “Vincebus Eruptum” as it was a massive sonic assault that was pure pleasure to hear and feel!
Back in 1968 it hit us like the Qwsley acid they named themselves after! We had never heard anything as seriously aggressive, loud, distorted and beautiful – Blue Cheer erupted!
Some Garage Bands of the ’60s came close to this Rock ‘n’ Roll full-frontal “Hard Punk” assault; Hendrix and the Who had plenty of sonic rebellious punk attitudes and performances. But Blue Cheer’s “pure primal force impact” instantly created an adrenaline rush among Rockers and Hippies that pretty much defined Hard Rock; while decimating all other bands at the same time – and because of their purity maybe since then, too.
00individual didn’t take this musical fuel injection lightly. …during “Out of Focus” my mind was experiencing automatic endorphin release that triggered a peek into what was to come: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and beyond! While I didn’t actually ‘imagine” those groups (although the astute could see Deep Purple and “New” Yardbirds/Led Zep’s inevitable Heavy Metal ascension) it was easy to see that Blue Cheer introduced an awesome ultra-primal element to the Rock Universe …. and that it was just the beginning, ….
I was fortunate to see Blue Cheer live up close a few months after the release of this LP:
00individual wouldn’t deprive you of one of the Best Album Covers Ever; so here’s the cool-ass original front cover with semi-reflective “metallic” ink on tactile embossed psychedelia.
The lettering is righteously evocative and zeitgeist perfect; just like the sounds inside!
The header version is a fun psychedelic split mirror-image! The bottom overlaid lettering reveals an Ancient Tri-Dimensional Hard Rock Occult Power Symbol!
It’s basic translation is “Master of Chaos”