Oh! Pleasant Hope
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Studio album by Blue Cheer
Released April 12 1971
Recorded 1970 - 1971 at Coast Recorders in San Fransisco, California
Genre Country Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock
Length 32:18
Label Philips
Producer Eric Albronda, Blue Cheer
Blue Cheer chronology
The Original Human Being
Oh! Pleasant Hope
The Beast Is Back

Oh! Pleasant Hope is the sixth studio album by San Fransisco hard rock group Blue Cheer. Released in April 1971 via Philips, this album drifted even further from the sounds established on the previous records and ultimately failed to even chart in the United States. For nearly twelve years it proved to be the band's final album as Blue Cheer would break up the next year, until several reformations and a reboot leading to the release of 1983's The Beast Is Back.

Background[edit | edit source]

Oh! Pleasant Hope was recorded in late 1970 presumably going into 1971, with the band adopting all sorts of guests and extra instruments. The sound of the record itself deviates more into folk rock and country rock than the previous two records, drifting away from even a hard rock or psychedelic sound. Like the previous two records, band founder Dickie Peterson's role in the release is questionable. Peterson only contributes vocals to three songs, songwriting credits to only the last track and with several other members playing bass it's questionable if he's even playing bass on the album. Another unusual aspect is that the song "I'm the Light" features extensive use of the sitar and synthesizer, although on the previous album The Original Human Being the song "Babaji (Twilight Raga)" also featured extensive use of the aforementioned instruments.

Despite the drastic change in sound the album has attained positive reviews by various critics. Mark Deming of AllMusic gave the album 3 1/2 stars out of 5 with a description of "loose, laid-back, and playful; if it doesn't hit very hard, it's one of the most organic and natural-sounding recordings to carry the group's name."[1] Notorious rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a B+.[2] The Portrait in Review Blog digs into the finer details of the album itself, describing it as a "lost gem" and "one that brings the pleasantries".[3]


Blue Cheer - Oh ! pleasant hope (1971) (US, Acid Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Classic Rock)

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  • 1. Hiway Man (Gary R. Grelecki, Norman Mayell, Gary Lee Yoder) (4:22)
  • 2. Believer (Grelecki, Yoder) (3:41)
  • 3. Money Troubles (Dr. Richard Peddicord) (4:02)
  • 4. Traveling Man (Grelecki, Yoder) (3:10)
  • 5. Oh! Pleasant Hope (Peddicord) (2:39)
  • 6. I'm The Light (Kent Housman, Norman Mayell) (5:39)
  • 7. Ecological Blues (Mayell) (2:26)
  • 8. Lester The Arrester (Ralph Burns Kellogg) (3:02)
  • 9. Heart Full of Soul (Dickie Peterson) (4:37)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Dickie Peterson - Bass, Lead Vocals (7 - 9)
  • Gary Lee Yoder - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Lead Vocals (1 - 6)
  • Ralph Burns Kellogg - Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Bass
  • Norman Mayell - Guitar, Sitar, Delruba, Drums
  • Bob Gurland - Mouth Trumpet
  • Kent Housman - Dobro, Backing Vocals
  • Cynthia Jobse - Harp
  • Jim Keylor - Bass
  • Douglas Killmer - Bass
  • Jack May - Guitar
  • Dehner Patten - Guitar
  • Dr. Richard Peddicord - Guitar, Vocals
  • Ronald Stallings - Saxophone
  • William Truckaway - Guest
  • Des Strobel - Art Direction
  • Mark Harman - Engineer
  • George Horn - Engineer, Remixing
  • Eric Albronda - Producer

External Links[edit | edit source]

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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