Blue Cheer

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Intro

Stoner Rock / Heavy Metal / Psychedelic Rock / Blues Rock / Acid Rock Pioneers Blue Cheer.

Info

Formed out of San Francisco, American, they were a fundamentally a Rock band that were mostly active during the late '60s and early '70s and then, were occasionally active until 2009.

Their style was so much more than just one thing though, it had a bit of a of Psychedelic Rock, some Blues, and Rock, they are also cited as being pioneers of Heavy Metal (their cover of "Summertime Blues" is sometimes cited by many as the first of that genre), they also had a bit of Punk about them, a fair amount of Stoner Rock, some definite elements of Doom Metal, and some sounds of Grunge before anyone knew what Grunge was.

According to a book by Tim Hills called, "The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom";- "Blue Cheer was the epitome of San Francisco psychedelia".

Jim Morrison of The Doors called the group "The single most powerful band I've ever seen".

Eric Clapton defined them as "probably the originators of Heavy Metal".

Undoubtedly an influence over the influential.

Their name - "Blue Cheer" was also the name of a variety of LSD made by chemist and Grateful Dead patron Owsley Stanley and the band was probably named for that (although the name existed earlier, as the name of a laundry detergent for which the LSD variety itself was named).

Discography

Studio Albums List

1) 1968 Vincebus Eruptum

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2) 1968 Outsideinside

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3) 1969 New! Improved!

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4) 1969 Blue Cheer

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5) 1970 The Original Human Being

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6) 1971 Oh! Pleasant Hope

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7) 1984 The Beast Is Back

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8) 1990 Highlights and Lowlives

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9) 1991 Dining with the Sharks

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10) 2007 What Doesn't Kill You...

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Live Albums List

1) Blitzkrieg Over Nüremberg (1989; Nibelung Records)

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2) Live & Unreleased, Vol. 1: '68/'74 (1996)

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3) Live & Unreleased, Vol. 2: Live at San Jose Civic Centre, 1968 & More (1998)

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4) Hello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka – Live in Japan 1999 (1999)

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5) Live Bootleg: London – Hamburg (2005)

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6) Rocks Europe (2009)

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7) Live at Anti WAA Festival 1989 (CD, DVD, 2014; Nibelung Records)

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Singles

Singles From Vincebus Eruptum

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"Summertime Blues" (1968)

"Just a Little Bit" (1968)

Singles From Outsideinside

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"Feathers From Your Tree" (1968)

"The Hunter" (1968)

Single From New! Improved!

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"West Coast Child of Sunshine" (1969)

Members Name Check

  • Dickie Peterson – bass, vocals (1967–1972, 1974–1975, 1978–1979, 1984–1994, 1999–2009; died 2009)
  • Leigh Stephens – guitar (1967–1968, 2005)
  • Paul Whaley – drums (1967–1969, 1969, 1984–1985, 1990–1993, 1999–2004, 2005–2009)
  • Eric Albronda – drums (1967)
  • Jerre Peterson – guitar (1967, 1974–1975)
  • Vale Hamanaka – keyboards (1967)
  • Jere Whiting – vocals, harmonica (1967)
  • Randy Holden – guitar (1968–1969)
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums (1969)
  • Tom Weisser – guitar (1969)
  • Bruce Stephens – guitar (1969)
  • Ralph Burns Kellogg – keyboards (1969–1972; died 2003)
  • Norman Mayell – drums (1969–1972)
  • Gary Lee Yoder – guitar (1969–1972)
  • Ruben de Fuentes – guitar (1974–1975, 1987–1988)
  • Terry Rae – drums (1974–1975)
  • Nick St. Nicholas – bass, vocals (1975)
  • Tony Rainier – guitar (1978–1979, 1984–1987)
  • Mike Fleck – drums (1978–1979)
  • Brent Harknett – drums (1985–1987)
  • Billy Carmassi – drums (1987)
  • Eric Davis – drums (1987–1988)
  • Andrew "Duck" MacDonald – guitar (1988–1990, 1999–2005, 2005–2009)
  • David Salce – drums (1988–1990)
  • Dieter Saller – guitar (1990–1994)
  • Gary Holland – drums (1993–1994)
  • Prairie Prince – drums (2005)
  • Joe Hasselvander – drums (2004-2005, 2009)
  • Troy Spence Jr.- guitar (1972-1974)
  • James L. Curry- drums (1972-1974)