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The Beast Is Back: The Megaforce Years

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Editorial Reviews

1985 reunited album from Acid Rock trio, with some of their classics re-recorded. Megaforce. 1996.

1. nightmares
2. summertime blues
3. ride with me
4. girl next door
5. babylon
6. heart of the city
7. out of focus
8. parchment farm

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce
  • ASIN: B000003T99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Sandlin on December 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Best known as BC's most successful comeback attempt. "The Beast is Back" was originally released with little fanfare in 1985 on the Megaforce label. BC returns to their roots with the ultra-heavy and loud sound of the early days. For the fan of the mellower, softer BC - pass this baby up. The BC of old is back with a vengence.
Original members Dickie Peterson (vox, bass) and Paul Whaley (drums) are joined by guitarist Tony Rainier as they dive into some classic BC songs as well as freshly penned ones.
Producer Jon Zazula makes BC's sound very contempary. You never thought BC could sound so good. The standouts are "Out of Focus", "Parchment Farm" and "Ride with Me." The whole album is wonderful however.
If you like the first 2 albums. I strongly suggest you purchase this before it goes out of print (again). Its BC back on all 12 cylinders doing what they do best.
Keep a'rocking Dickie.. Keep a'rockin...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jason p. melancon on May 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
alot of blue cheer albums that were released after the vincebus eruptum album strayed away from the "heavy" sound. i like all the blue cheer releases but this one brings it all back to the beginning. dickie peterson's vocals are sensational. all tracks are kickass. a must for all collectors of this power trio.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fred l. Hernandez on April 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After going through a dry periold without at least one other original member, Blue Cheer finally came back the formula that made them one of the Fathers of Heavy Metal Rock. They've gone back to their Blues roots and added that special touch of hard rock that drew me to the way, way back when.
If you want some good 60's style Hard Rock "Beast" is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is Blue Cheer playing 4 songs off the 1st 2 lps and some other songs. Some may be new; my favorites are "Ride with Me" and "Heart of the City". The whole CD rocks with feeling, there are no weak songs or uninspired efforts. Although the original Blue Cheer versions of Parchment Farm and Summertime Blues from their 1st lp might be just about impossible to ever out-do the band rerecords both them with spirit. There is lots of very different lead guitar work on the rerecorded Parchment Farm.
If you like this CD then you definitely want to listen over and over again to their first lp Vincebus Eruptus that includes the extended ravers "Doctor Please" and "Second Time Around".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Never even knew about this CD,until here recently. A 1985 reunion between two original Blue Cheer members, bassist / vocalist Dickie Peterson and drummer Paul Whaley. They had guitarist Tony Rainier play on this one album. I was a bit caught off guard. I mean,this CD is better than what I expected. Title has several reworkings of older tunes, like "Summertime Blues" and "Out Of Focus", but also good newly penned tracks like the rocker "Ride With Me", "Girl Next Door" and "Heart Of The City". So even though 'Beast Is Back...' is half new, half old material, it's still a worthy pick. Good revived late '60's heavy rock. Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Fowler on August 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was a high school senior when this came out and I bought it immediately, having been a fan prior. This was a great album, particularly when weighed against some of the cheesy garbage that was being cranked out by big haired spandex pseudo-metal bands. I had (and still have) a lot of respect for these guys. I think they rank as one of the most underappreciated bands in the genre. Dickie has a great voice, and can get some dirty blues out (especially now, older and after zillions of cigarettes, drinks, and ....who knows what else....).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on June 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Back in the 80's I had a saying:If the guitars sound like chainsaws and the drums sound like cannons,its music to my ears.I bought this album when it came out in 85',but lost it when my basement flooded.Thanks to Amazon,the beast is definitely back.If you have a taste for 80's heavy metal with a blues feel to it,then this will make you a Blue Cheer fan for life!!!!!
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