Is BLUE CHEER the first loudest band in the history of Rock'n'Roll? I leave it all to you, but for me this band sounds like the quintessence of pure over-amplified fuzzed-out phased-in loud screeching guitars.
The power trio from San-Francisco released its debut album in January 1968, and hit the charts with its badass version of Cochran's classic : "Summertime Blues".
Named after a very strong acid, BLUE CHEER boasts, on this first album, a non-existing raw, kinda weak production, a very simple guitar work (courtesy of Leigh Stephens), an overweight misled drumming, a booming bass and drugged out vocals.
“Second Time Around" is the last track of this über-important album that led the way to Heavy Metal bands some 10 years later. A true masterpiece that is worth $50 in mint condition.
BLUE CHEER “Vincebus Eruptum” – 1968 – USA – Philips PHS 600-264