Blue Cheer Rocks Europe

Blue Cheer Rocks Europe

Director: Peter Shapiro

Cast: Blue Cheer, Dickie Peterson, Andrew "Duck" MacDonald

     
 

Forty years after the release of their debut album Vincebus Eruptum and their first (and only) hit single, a thoroughly overloaded version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Blue Cheer are still together and still on the road (and with two-thirds of their founding lineup -- the "new guy," guitarist Andrew "Duck" McDonald, has been in the band for a mere 25See more details below

Overview

Forty years after the release of their debut album Vincebus Eruptum and their first (and only) hit single, a thoroughly overloaded version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Blue Cheer are still together and still on the road (and with two-thirds of their founding lineup -- the "new guy," guitarist Andrew "Duck" McDonald, has been in the band for a mere 25 years), and this DVD finds the band in loud and heavy form playing a show for German television in the spring of 2008. Blue Cheer: Blue Cheer Rocks Europe has been transferred to disc in widescreen format, letterboxed at the 1.78:1 aspect ratio on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. The concert was shot on high-definition video and the picture is sharp enough that you can see the wad of chewing gum in Dickie Peterson's mouth during close ups, and the color balance is clear and naturalistic. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1; both mixes are appropriately loud and resonant, though the 5.1 mix adds a bit more low-end boom for fans of heavy bass. The songs are performed in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Bonus material include a commentary track from bassist and lead vocalist Peterson, who speaks with laconic enthusiasm about the band's career, their musical approach, how they wrote or discovered the songs featured in the set (four of which appeared on their debut LP) and the honor of being awarded a golden bong by High Times magazine for writing the best pot song of the year. The disc also features an on-camera interview with Peterson, a short feature on the band recording in Holland, a slideshow of still photos accompanied by an unreleased version of the tune " Alligator Boots," and a short liner essay from Jack Endino, who produced their album Highlights and Low Lives. For a band that hasn't scaled the charts in quite a while, this is a DVD release that looks and sounds great, and fans of Blue Cheer's righteous stomp will not be disappointed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2009
UPC:
0809289090197
Original Release:
2009
Source:
Rainman
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
38,535

Special Features

Dickie Peterson's Voiceover Commentary of the Entire Concert; ; Slide Show of Rare Blue Cheer Photos; ; Bonus audio unreleased studio recording of "Alligator Boots"; ; Dickie Peterson interview with rare insights to this concert and the past; ; Dutch TV Featurette; ; Liner Notes by original Nirvana producer, Jack Endino

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blue Cheer: Rock's Europe
1. Babylon [6:20]
2. Parchman Farm [8:30]
3. I'm Gonna Get To You [8:42]
4. Rollin' Dem Bones [5:37]
5. Out Of Focus [5:44]
6. Just A Little Bit [5:08]
7. Maladjusted Child [6:49]
8. Summertime Blues [8:33]
9. Doctor Please [26:08]
10. Hunter [7:08]

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