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by Blue Cheer

BLUE CHEER 7 represents a rare look at the world’s first true Heavy Metal Blues Band during a late 70’s reincarnation which was closest to their original great success of Vincebes Eruptum, their million selling first album. Raw, heavy, and straight to the point - sit back and listen and turn it way up and know you are experiencing a big part of music history in this rare and wonderful glimpse of Dickie Peterson’s BLUE CHEER.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Summertime Blues
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4:04 album only
2. Route 66
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3:01 album only
3. Take Me Away
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4:43 album only
4. I Want You Once Again
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6:52 album only
5. Out of Focus
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3:47 album only
6. Starlight
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3:14 album only
7. Child of the Darkness
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3:24 album only
8. Blues Cadillac
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4:09 album only
9. Lies
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2:01 album only
10. Feelin' Ok
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2:37 album only


Album Notes
Dicki Peterson was best when he was onstage with a bass in his hands, a natural, a rock star.
Dickie almost had his wish to die with his bass on and playing. In the mid 1970’s, Dickie needed a much deserved vacation from music and life and so he took a couple of years and reinvented himself. I had met Dickie in the third grade at Gratten Elementary School in San Francisco
and was reacquainted with him again in 1965 in Davis, California. That was after he had returned from the Midwest, where he had been sent after both of his parents passed away. His father was the barber on Haight Street in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s.
Blue Cheer was Dickies’ life, not that he did not have any other interests, he was quite the history buff and especially liked Egyptian history. Sometimes he even took off by himself during tours and go to the museums, especially later in his life. None of the other musicians ever seemed to want to go with him though.
In 1978 Dickie started practicing with Tony Rainier (guitarist) from Davis and younger brother of Larry Rainier. Larry was high school friends with Jim Keylor, Gary Yoder, and Paul Whaley. He was fighting in Vietnam when Blue Cheer had their hit with Summertime Blues in 1968. Larry was a huge fan of Blue Cheer and later worked as a sound man and bodyguard in various reincarnations of Blue Cheer. Meanwhile Tony was younger and practicing away and learning his chops back in Davis. Tony learned well and developed a unique style of playing that was very suited to complementing Dickie's style of playing. Tony, being young and energetic, could play the guitar in the very Heavy manner that Blue Cheer required. Michael Fleck came to us by way of auditions held at the legendary Fab Mab where Jack May and Jim Keylor were working as sound staff. He was again much younger than Dickie and full of energy. He also had a very simple style of playing that was just what Dickie needed for this version of Blue Cheer.
Mercury - Phillips Records, which had paid the way for Blue Cheer through the first 6 Albums (and made a few million off them) decided after the 6th album that they were through with Blue Cheer, and so did not opt to finance the 7th album. At that time, if you sold 50 - 80,000 records, they thought it made sound business sense to do another one, as was the case with Blue Cheer. However, the real reason was that the company was just tired of all the rock and roll crazies that went along with Blue Cheer since the beginning.
But nothing stopped Dickie – nothing - and I was always there as his mouthpiece and brains, if you will, to prop him up and talk to the "suits" and produce his music (which was not easy because he was all over the place as far as ability at any given moment) -- quite the challenge!
Jim Keylor had recently built Army Street Studios and the time to record Dickie, Tony, and Michael was upon us. The concept was just to continue on with Blue Cheer in the raw form and perhaps move back to the original Heavy energy that made them famous in the first place. We wanted to perhaps go the less produced and more studio spontaneous route. Most of the side people on the album had known and worked with Blue Cheer at one time or another and knew Dickie before Blue Cheer even came about. This album is very much the creation of long time friends and the extended family that just kept on going from the early days of the Oxford Circle, Group B, Andrew Staples, all bands that Dickie, Paul Whaley, and Jim Keylor played in from Davis, before Blue Cheer.
The album Blue Cheer 7 represents a rare look at the world’s first truly Heavy Metal Blues Band in an incarnation that was closest to the original great success of Vincebus Eruptum, their million selling first album.
Eric Albronda, Producer and Co Founder, Blue Cheer
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Ken Schneider, Feedback Lourde

Just Some Good 'Ol Raunchy Rock & Roll!
After many years of listening to his album in booleg form (probably one of the most highly circulated tapes out there), it is good to finally see this fine collection of tunes get the proper release it deserves! Blue Cheer always seemed to sound better on vinyl than any other sonic format, except in concert, and this piece of wax is no exception. The mix is not overdone and comes across raw and powerful with each instrument loud and clear with perfect seperation, almost like the band is right there in your living room. And the tunes represent an era of BC history that has never been highly documented. Recorded in the late 70s, these songs pick up where Oh! Pleasant Hope and the '74 demos left off, even incorporating some of the Punk rock that had emerged by that time (you even get the rare glimpse of Tony Rainier's lead vocals). The music is a bit different from wha you may expect as it's not as balls-to-the-wall as the original two releases or as metalized as the Beast, but it does deliver, in a different vein, what Blue Cheer is best at: good 'ol raunchy Rock & Roll with all the volume and feedback intact. Just listen to I Want You Once Again, Child Of The Darkness, and the rocking cover of Route 66 and tell me otherwise! Congrats to Eric Albronda and Jim Keylor for their awesome production and ShroomAngel for the wonderful packaging!

Dr. Foo

Amazing stuff . I never thought blue Cheer could out do themselves but they have here with BC7.
Nobody, thats nobody, does it like Blue Cheer. The first heavy metal and the Last heavy metal Band in my humble ......
The magic returns for the second time. Whoever produced this thing sure did their homework. I cried I did , almost too powerful for the faint of heart and soul.
Buy it you will like it .
Dr. Foo-
Chief Chemist for UC School of Pharmacy