Vincebus Eruptum
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Vincebus Eruptum

April 6, 1993

  Song Title
Summertime Blues
Rock Me Baby
Doctor Please
Out Of Focus
Parchment Farm
Second Time Around

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  • Label: Island Def Jam
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  • Total Length: 32:06
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  • ASIN: B000V6981K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,670 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fuzz & feedback forever! January 28, 2003
By Crypt
Format:Audio CD
When people say that this is one of the noisiest, heaviest, most ear splitting, skull smashing rock albums ever recorded, for the love of all that is holy, LISTEN TO THEM! If you play this too loud you're almost guaranteed ear damage. And make sure you have some good speakers before you crank this monster. I can't even imagine what people thought about this in 1968. By this time folks thought that Hendrix, Cream and The Yardbirds were too much. Lets describe the music for a minute... Chaotic, aggressive, sludgy, heavy, noisy, and years ahead of it's time. The music is very blues based, but the grooves are aggressive and the guitars are transformed by fuzztone and overdrive into monster dinosaur riff makers. One can see that Blue Cheer is another major influence on the current doom/stoner metal scenes. Pretty amazing considering this band predated Black Sabbath by 2 years. Though not nearly as dark as Sabbath, this album is arguably heavier and noisier than "Black Sabbath" and "Paranoid". No doubt this is a hard rock/early metal masterpiece, but it's far from perfect. I rated this album on a basis of how much I enjoy it rather than it's technical merrits. The riffs are almost a-tonal, the guitars are louder and bigger than anything; bass, drums or vocals. The note-blurring distortion makes the riffs almost impossible to not sound sloppy. The guitar solos seem off key at times and the jams sound very random... but that's what makes this record so awesome. It wouldn't be half as good if these guys were proficient, classically trained musicians. This is raw, heavy rock& roll in its purest and most stripped down form. Fuzzed out fury that will rip your face off and leave you in a crumpled heap, twitching and begging for mercy. So if you're into unrestrained, distorted, feedback drenched proto-metal, look no further. If you're looking for something with pristine production, sweet melodies and clean technical proficiency, you might pass on this.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Blue Cheer released this debut in 1968 when groups and artists like Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf and The Doors were putting out psychedelic rock. Blue Cheer were three guys who played loud psychedelic rock and I can still see those stacks of Marshall amps piled a mile high. These guys had one major hit "Summertime Blues" which has been covered by other artists. Their version stands alone by itself as my favorite. The other songs on this album such as "Out Of Focus" and "Parchment Farm" are pure psychedelic kick a.. rock. This groups follow up album "Outsideinside" was also much of the same. Too bad these guys didn't get the credit they deserved and were lost in the shuffle of all the psychedelic groups popping up in the late 60's. If you're into 60's psychedelic rock don't pass this gem up. Highly recommended!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of Heavy Metal April 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In the sixties, I had a tendency to pick up albums based on the photo of the band, not what I thought I knew about their music. I pretty much hated pop music so looked for the underground bands. The longer the hair, the uglier they were, the weirdest dressed, that was my incentive. Blue Cheer had very long hair, there was only three of them, and I heard Summertime Blues on the radio. Bringing that album home, I eagerly put it on my mono record player and was shocked. If there was a way to blow the tiny little speaker out of that record player and hit me in the face, this album was the one to do it.
Picture three little guys walking out on stage in front of a wall of Marshall amplifiers (they were not actually little, it just seemed that way in front of those Marshalls). What was then mind numbing volume pounded into your whole body as they played through six songs that were crude, nasty, and so different from the peace and love [stuff] of the time it made your head spin. That impression is what hit me in the head as it came out of that little record player.
Blue Cheer were groundbreakers for the time. To me they are the first-ever heavy metal band. When you put them up against other trios of the time like Hendrix and Cream, there was no comparison. Their loud and nasty sound corrupted my musical tastes forever and at fifty years old, I still listen to heavy metal.
As a guitar player, Leigh Stephens became my hero (over Hendrix and others) and I tried to play every song note for note and came close but am not good enough to play them exactly. I still play Rock Me Baby, Summertime Blues, and Doctor Please regularly.
Blue Cheer slapped blues in the face and created a new sound that has progressed into many new forms. Outside/Inside was similar but too refined in comparison.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Controlled' Chaos?? Not Quite!! April 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Some groups' debut albums are straight from the garage: Raw, gritty, unrestrained, and yet to be tamed by success. Aerosmith's debut album was that way, as was Velvet Underground's, and The Stooges'. This debut album by Blue Cheer, called "Vincebus Eruptum" (Latin for "Controlled Chaos"--or in this case, lack thereof!) defintely fits that mold. The producer simply flipped the switch and let'em bang out the tunes as hard and as crude as they wanted to--possibly in one take! A lot of the "Blue Cheer sound" was in the equipment they used and the way they used, or abused, it. Certainly, what strikes me the most on this album is the guitar playing of Leigh Stephens. He was to the "whammy bar" what Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton was to the "wah-wah pedal". When describing the Stooges' first album, one critic called Asheton the bands' "wah-wah pedaler". I will thus refer to Leigh Stephens here as this bands' "vibrator". His specialty was to find more ways to use and abuse one part of a guitar more than anyone else ever thought about doing, and that "whammy bar" was his toy on this album! Another thing about Stephens' playing is that it doesn't sound like he used a whole lot of Fuzztone. he just had his Marshall amp cranked, and when he played rhythm, you could tell he was hitting the strings hard to get natural amp distortion (unlike, say, Tony Iommi or Leslie West, who didn't hit the strings as hard, but it came out hard, because of the Fuzztone. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars worst remaster ever
I bought this thinking the sound quality would be upgraded from the original.big mistake ,I cannot even listen to it is that bad stick with the older version. Read more
Published 1 day ago by cosmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I am fairly well up on the rock of the 60's and 70's era, so I was surprised to run across this album. Definitely a keeper. I played it for my brother-in-law. Read more
Published 8 days ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincebus Eruptum commeth
I read onetime about a punk band that was described as "awful, they can't play at all", The response was "yeah, aren't they great!". Read more
Published 12 days ago by Leon
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor sound quality
The guitarist in this band is pretty much out there but the sound quality spoils it. What a shame I would love to hear a better engineered version of it.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Exeter
4.0 out of 5 stars I play this a lot
What is there to say, either you love this guys music or you don't, if you are looking at it then it's obviouse you already enjoy this music and, this is a good one to have.
Published 4 months ago by HHA
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music by beautiful people for beautiful people...
The ultimate Sixties album, starting out with the blues-ed out, freaked-out version of “Summertime Blues”, the story just goes on and on and on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Surferofromantica
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Cheer
I was surprised it was Mono, I thought it was going to be Stereo. Wish there could have been some liner notes inside. I always like to read about the band and the artists. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sherril Gerell
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Cheer in perfect condition
I couldn't wait to get this CD, it is great and in perfect condition. I am completely satisfied with my purchase
Published 13 months ago by Tim Fierro
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Reminded me of when I was in 5th grade riding the scool bus home and the driver had this song blasting on the radio system. He was in his 60's at the time.
Published 16 months ago by S. Gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I CANT go back.
I bought this cd thinking I remembered just how hot the band was, and how they were the progenitors of something that has since evolved into a wide genre of hard, loud,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by mark kantor
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