Music Library Review of the Week

Music Library Review of the Week

Wednesday 7/24, 2:00pm

Album: Vincebus Eruptum | Artist: Blue Cheer | Genre: Rock | Label: Mercury

Springing from the fertile musical ground of late '60s San Francisco, the power trio Blue Cheer (possibly named after a type of LSD making the rounds at the time) delivered raw, amped-up psychedelic rock that punches harder and louder than most of the bands from that era and region. They're like a bluesy MC5. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes and with only six tracks, this 1968 album makes its case quickly with screaming vocals/guitars and driving rhythm. They had a hit with a raucous version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" (#1), and that's followed by B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" (#2) and later Mose Allison's "Parchment [sic] Farm" (#5). Their own compositions fit comfortably alongside these covers, with "Out of Focus" (#4) being the best of the three originals. Be warned, while this is not an FCC violation, there is a drum solo in "Second Time Around" (#6). - Zack McLain