Blue Cheer
Blue Cheer Self Titled.jpg
Studio album by Blue Cheer
Released December 1969
Recorded Summer 1969 at Wally Heider in San Fransisco, California
Genre Country Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Length 36:15
Label Phillips
Producer Michael Sunday, Eric Albronda
Blue Cheer chronology
New! Improved!
Blue Cheer
The Original Human Being

Blue Cheer is the eponymous fourth album by California hard rock band Blue Cheer. Released in late 1969 and with the band as a quartet, this album fully realized their shift into a commercial blues rock/hard rock sound. Dickie Peterson contributes lead vocals to half of the album and songwriting to three songs. Notably, Gary Lee Yoder contributes songwriting to the opening and closing tracks, Prior to joining the band in 1970.

The 2007 Japanese mini-LP sleeve reissue of Blue Cheer contains the mono non-LP single "All Night Long" (Kellogg) b/w "Fortunes" (Peterson) along with the single versions of "Fool" and "Ain't That The Way" as bonus tracks.

The album itself has attained fairly average reviews, with famed rock critic Robert Christgau giving it a "B"[1] and a revisit via AllMusic giving the album 3 1/2 stars.[2]

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  • 1. Fool (Gary R. Grelecki, Gary Lee Yoder) (3:26)
  • 2. You're Gonna Need Someone (Normal Mayell, Bruce Stephens) (3:31)
  • 3. Hello LA, Bye Bye Birmingham (Delaney Bramlett, Mac Davis) (3:29)
  • 4. Saturday Freedom (Stephens) (5:47)
  • 5. Ain't That the Way (Love's Supposed to Be) (Ralph Burns Kellogg, Dickie Peterson) (3:11)
  • 6. Rock and Roll Queens (Kellogg, Peterson) (2:44)
  • 7. Better When We Try (Kellogg) (2:48)
  • 8. Natural Man (Kellogg, Peterson) (3:36)
  • 9. Lovin' You's Easy (Stephens) (3:50)
  • 10. The Same Old Story (Grelecki, Yoder) (3:53)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Dickie Peterson - Bass, Lead Vocals (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10)
  • Bruce Stephens - Guitar, Lead Vocals (2, 4, 7, 9), Backing Vocals
  • Ralph Burns Kellogg - Keyboards
  • Norman Mayell - Drums
  • Michael Sunday - Producer
  • Eric Albronda - Producer, Backing Vocals

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References[edit | edit source]

V·T·E Blue Cheer
Past Members Dickie PetersonLeigh StephensPaul Whaley • Eric Albronda • Jerre Peterson • Vale Hamanaka • Jere Whiting • Allen "Gut" Turk • Randy Holden • Mitch Mitchell • Tom Weisser • Bruce Stephens • Ralph Burns Kellogg • Norman Mayell • Gary Lee Yoder • Troy Spence Jr. • James L. Curry • Ruben de Fuentes • Terry Rae • Nick St. Nicholas • Tony Rainier • Mike Fleck • Brent Harknett • Billy Carmassi • Eric Davis • Andrew MacDonald • David Salce • Dieter Saller • Gary Holland • Prairie Prince • Joe Hasselvander
Studio Albums Vincebus EruptumOutsideInsideNew! Improved!Blue CheerThe Original Human BeingOh! Pleasant HopeThe Beast Is BackHighlights & LowlivesDining With The SharksWhat Doesn't Kill You...7
Other Releases Blitzkrieg Over NürembergLive & Unreleased, Vol. 1: '68/'74Live & Unreleased, Vol. 2: Live at San Jose Civic Centre, 1968 & MoreHello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka – Live in Japan 1999Live Bootleg: London – HamburgRocks EuropeLive at Anti WAA Festival 1989Party Hard at the Underground CologneThe '67 Demos
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. The Oxford CircleKakThe Other HalfThe Sons of AdamPopulation IIPentagramDeath Row
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