The Original Human Being
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Studio album by Blue Cheer
Released September 15 1970
Recorded 1970 at Mercury Sound Studios West in San Fransisco, California
Genre Country Rock, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Length 44:30
Label Philips
Producer Ethan James, Eric Albronda, Ralph Burns Kellogg, Norman Mayell
Blue Cheer chronology
Blue Cheer
The Original Human Being
Oh! Pleasant Hope

The Original Human Being (Also known as BC5: The Original Human Being is the fifth studio album by Blue Cheer, released in September 1970, reaching #188 on the Billboard 200 at the time of it's release.

Background[edit | edit source]

By 1969, Blue Cheer had fully embraced a sound more closely resembling that of commercial rock rather than the heavy hard rock the band had been known for in their beginnings. Gary Lee Yoder, whom contributed songwriting to two songs on the previous album, would join the band as the guitarist for the band's fifth record. The album's sound is more laid-back commercial rock with heavy production and experimentation with various instruments, notably a sitar-driven song in "Babaji (Twilight Raga)". In regards to founder Dickie Peterson his role in the band would diminish by this point, only contributing vocals to three songs, songwriting to two and bass to a handful of tracks.

An edited version of "Pilot" (With "Babaji" as the b-side) would be released as a single via Philips in 1971.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  • 1. Good Times Are So Hard To Find (Kent Housman, Norman Mayell) (3:22)
  • 2. Love of a Woman (Dickie Peterson) (4:35)
  • 3. Make Me Laugh (Ralph Burns Kellogg) (5:06)
  • 4. Pilot (Gary R. Grelecki, Gary Lee Yoder) (4:49)
  • 5. Babaji (Twilight Raga) (Norman Mayell) (3:46)
  • 6. Preacher (Grelecki, Yoder) (4:01)
  • 7. Black Sun (Grelecki, Yoder) (3:31)
  • 8. Tears In My Bed (Kellogg) (2:06)
  • 9. Man on The Run (Peterson) (3:58)
  • 10. Sandwich (Grelecki, Yoder) (5:01)
  • 11. Rest at Ease (Grelecki, Yoder) (5:35)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Dickie Peterson - Bass, Guitar, Lead Vocals (2, 3, 9)
  • Gary Lee Yoder - Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Lead Vocals (1, 4, 6-8, 10-11), Producer (All tracks except 5), Photography
  • Ralph Burns Kellogg - Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Bass, Producer
  • Norman Mayell - Guitar, Percussion, Sitar, Drums, Producer (5)
  • Eric Albronda - Producer (All tracks except 5)
  • George Horn - Engineer
  • Mark Harman - Engineer
  • Russ Gary - Engineer, Mixing, Editing
  • Bob Sarenpa - A&R
  • Desmond Strobel - Art Direction
  • Gary R. Grelecki - Design
  • 'Bruce Steinheimer - Photography

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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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