Blue Cheer Songs Ranked

Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues-rock or acid rock style and is also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, with their cover of “Summertime Blues” sometimes cited as the first in the genre. They have also been noted as influential in the development of genres as disparate as punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge. “Blue Cheer” was the name of a variety of LSD made by chemist and Grateful Dead patron Owsley Stanley and the band was probably named after that, although the name existed earlier, as the name of a laundry detergent after which the LSD variety itself was named. Here are all of Blue Cheer songs ranked.

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15. Be In (Blue Cheer, 1969)

“This track was in Blue Cheer early days when it was with Leigh Stephens. This track was when Blue Cheer first started as a Psychedelic rock/Instrumental rock artist in 1967.”

14. The Hunter (Outsideinside, 1968)

“Albert King’s blues chestnut “The Hunter” gets a down and dirty work out as well, and its somewhat interesting to compare this version to the one UK blues heavies Free recorded this same year of ’68.”

13. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Outsideinside, 1968)

“I’ve never thought that ‘Satisfaction’ was really that amazing anyway…this is what they seem to call ‘heavy psych’ or something, though and some of it is pretty good indeed.”

12. Gypsy Ball (Outsideinside, 1968)

“It’s a shame that Outsideinside doesn’t get as much cred as the influential Vincebus Eruptum, because despite not having the same impact it’s really just as good, another excellent slab of heavy, fuzzed out psychedelia, with nearly as many great smoky tunes.”

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11. Sun Cycle (Outsideinside, 1968)

“I tried to hear some of their later lp’s and the debut but nothing can match this one. The sound and songs, like Sun Cycle , with a fuzzy guitar solo, hits the top for me.”

10. Just a Little Bit (Outsideinside, 1968)

“Just a Little Bit is totally interesting, heavy and a bit weird, like krautrock or something. Rhythmic. But, after all maybe not, it’s just normal heavy psych.”

9. Come and Get It (Outsideinside, 1968)

“Come and Get It” is fast, powerful and hard charging numbers that show off both the band’s improved playing skills as well as still maintaining their penchant for brain-leveling volume.”

8. Babylon (Outsideinside, 1968)

“The whole album shudders to a halt with another great heavy tune; the blues based “Babylon,” another cut that would have sounded completely out of place on Vincebus, but fits in here like a wiener into a bun.”

7. Feathers from Your Tree (Outsideinside, 1968)

“There is nothing more in the red than this album. “Feathers from Your Tree” gets things going with a song that alternately rumbles heavily, but breathes psychedelic mellow tones just as convincingly. “

6. Rock Me Baby (Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

“The band’s take on Albert King’s “Rock Me Baby” might have suffered a similar fate, but fortunately the band amp it up, drag it out, and beat the crap out of it. The funny thing here is that band actually displays a lighter touch on this number, only to crank back up to kill levels come solo time.”

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5. Out of Focus (Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

““Out Of Focus” is just around the corner, and this loping, lurching ride into slightly more restrained territory was written by bassist/vocalist Dickie Peterson when he was “deathly ill.” It’s not as earth quaking as the record’s other material, but still contains a snaking, twisting riff and more emergency broadcast system soloing from Stephens.”

4. Summertime Blues (Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

“Summertime Blues,” it’s all about the fuzz overload, period. Leigh Stephens was the possessor of an amazing guitar tone, more so in his soloing than in his rhythm work, but as the air raid siren, ambulatory timbre of his notes emerge, you know you’re in the presence of a dude in the throes of distortion and volume worship.”

3. Doctor Please (Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

“The heaviest, sickest, most outlandish number on the album is still to come in the form of “Doctor Please,” a nine minute trip through the newly plowed land called heavy.”

2. Parchman Farm (Vincebus Eruptum, 1968)

“The real treatment of an old school cut that Cheer really blow into orbit is Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm,” somehow filtered through the band’s consciousness to be re-titled “Parchment Farm.” Here, the band get down to the mean business of plowing their way through a standard structure, but they infuse it with so much amplifier noise and off the rails energy, it honestly sounds like the song could fall apart at any second.”