Good Times Are So Hard to Find: The History of Blue Cheer

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All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
Blue Cheer's massive contribution to the early evolution of American heavy metal exists entirely on their first two 1968 releases, Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside. While those initial releases charted admirably, critics largely ignored the band's loud, bluesy, psychedelic-tinged hard rock. The touchy-feely summer of love lasted a lot longer than three months and building heavy metal momentum in the States was a difficult affair. There resulted some lineup shifts, minor stylistic excursions, brief creative flourishes, more lineup changes, solo projects, half retirement, and reunion retreads. Some decent songs were recorded during that long descent and fortunately ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
Blue Cheer's massive contribution to the early evolution of American heavy metal exists entirely on their first two 1968 releases, Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside. While those initial releases charted admirably, critics largely ignored the band's loud, bluesy, psychedelic-tinged hard rock. The touchy-feely summer of love lasted a lot longer than three months and building heavy metal momentum in the States was a difficult affair. There resulted some lineup shifts, minor stylistic excursions, brief creative flourishes, more lineup changes, solo projects, half retirement, and reunion retreads. Some decent songs were recorded during that long descent and fortunately many of them were picked to grace the track list of Good Times Are So Hard to Find. Chief among them is the title cut and "Pilot" from 1970's Original Human Being. Other tracks from the group's eponymous release and 1971's Oh! Pleasant Hope have a boogie-down and MOR feel respectively that, while competent, contains hardly any of the group's original fire. Of course there are a few 1968 classics like the splendid "Out of Focus," "Parchment Farm," and the band's first and only big hit "Summertime Blues." Fans of '70s rock in its many forms might enjoy this 1990 retrospective, but metal historians need not worry about anything beyond Blue Cheer's first two offerings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042283403024
  • Catalog Number: 834030
  • Sales rank: 21,802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summertime Blues (3:45)
  2. 2 Out of Focus (3:56)
  3. 3 Parchment Farm (5:47)
  4. 4 Feathers from Your Tree (3:30)
  5. 5 The Hunter (4:30)
  6. 6 Babylon (4:22)
  7. 7 Peace of Mind (7:02)
  8. 8 Fruit and Icebergs (6:03)
  9. 9 Fool (3:32)
  10. 10 Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham (3:17)
  11. 11 Saturday Freedom (5:56)
  12. 12 Good Times Are So Hard to Find (3:17)
  13. 13 Pilot (4:46)
  14. 14 Preacher (3:56)
  15. 15 Hiway Man (4:18)
  16. 16 I'm the Light (5:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue Cheer Primary Artist
Randy Holden Guitar, Vocals
Leigh Stephens Guitar, Vocals
Norman Mayell Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Sitar, Vocals, Delruba
Dickie Peterson Bass, Vocals
Bruce Stephens Guitar, Vocals
Paul Whaley Drums, Vocals
Gary Yoder Guitar, Harp, Vocals
Ralph Burns Kellogg Organ, Bass, Piano, Reeds, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Blue Cheer Producer
Mose Allison Composer
Eric Albronda Producer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Abe "Voco" Kesh Producer
Norman Mayell Composer, Producer, Contributor
Dickie Peterson Composer
Michael Sunday Producer
Gary Yoder Producer
Dennis M. Drake Mastering
Michael Bays Art Direction
Gary R. Grelecki Composer
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