Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum – Mono, White Colored Vinyl, LP, Sundazed, 2018
Blue Cheer looms large in the annals of hard rock, laying down the sonic foundations of heavy metal, and serving as a crucial influence on the birth of punk, grunge and stoner rock. Vincebus Eruptum, Blue Cheer’s landmark 1968 debut, is widely regarded as Ground Zero of the heavy metal explosion. The album, featuring the classic Blue Cheer lineup of guitarist Leigh Stephens, bassist/vocalist Dickie Peterson and drummer Paul Whaley, includes the trio’s mind-melting reading of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” which became a Top 20 single, along with such raw, overdriven originals as “Doctor Please” and “Second Time Around” and distinctive reworkings of the blues standards “Rock Me Baby” and “Parchment Farm.” Long out of print on vinyl, with original copies trading for steep collectors’ prices. Sundazed’s vinyl MONO edition is sourced from the original Philips reels and, complete with the unique original cover design. This is the first US pressing on colored vinyl!