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MOJO – April 2010 Issue

THE VINYL COUNTDOWN #1
BLUE CHEER: VINCEBUS ERUPTUM (Mono Edition)
“Just as the German King Tiger outgunned the allied Sherman in World War II, so California’s Blue Cheer out-louded their peers with their 1968 debut. These super-dence blues rock tunes owe Hendrix a debt and are prone to powering off Blues Magoos-style, but come in their own special engine oil and LSD marinade (see the surprise Top 20 cover of Summertime Blues). A long-spurned, now essential stop-off on the cakewalk to stoner-rock nirvana. The reissue comes with an embossed sleeve and a poem from Owsley Stanley.”

RECORD COLLECTOR – April 2010 Issue
VINYL COLLECTOR
BLUE CHEER: VINCEBUS ERUPTUM (Mono Edition) – 5 STARS
BLUE CHEER: OUTSIDEINSIDE – 5 STARS
LEIGH STEPHENS: RED WEATHER – 5 STARS
“A heavy metal precursor, Blue Cheer were there at the start and became true pioneers. Their cracking debut, Vincebus Eruptum, sounds primordial, even by today’s standards. Lord knows how it must have gone across in 1968. Though entrenched in blues-rock, the Cheer’s sheer power broke new boundaries. On this re-issue of the rare, mono mix of the album, the drums retain their chunky presence alongside the thick, stodgy bass. Check out the unlikely hit, Eddie Cochran’s ‘Summertime Blues.’

The same year’s follow-up, Outsideinside, tried to retain the force but added panache to the production- and it worked. Each member of the band appeared to be better represented, with their individual talents brought to the fore. Clarity doesn’t replace power, though- the word was that parts of Outsideinside literally had to be recorded outside because they were so loud.

Leaving the band (as some claim, due to deafness) just two LP’s in, co-founder Leigh Stephens subsequently released his debut solo LP. Praised by many, it was slammed by Cheer fans. Moving away from his band’s energy storm, Red Weather was more psychedelic, and both inventive and creative enough to survive the shift in focus. As a bonus for hardcore name-trackers, it features uber-session bloke Nicky Hopkins, Blossom Toes’ Kevin Westlake and Jeff Beck Band’s Mick Waller.”

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE – ISSUE 49
“…a mandatory purchase for anyone even slightly interested in the conception and gestation of hard rock/psychedelic blues/heavy metal that these landmark albums brought into the world in 1968. These two Marshall-stack-laden slabs are not just forbearers of what would become the genre that is now considered heavy metal, but quintessential examples of excellent rock music, period.”

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