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Blue Cheer was a San-Francisco based psychedelic blues-rock band, formed in 1966. They supposedly got their name from one of Bear Owsley's LSD brands. Eric Albronda and Jerry Russell co-founded the band, wanting to break into the burgeoning San-Francisco rock scene. They moved with Dickie Peterson from Davis, California (Wertpech's current location) , to San Francisco. their original lineup was, Dickie Peterson singer/bassist, Leigh Stephens guitarist and Eric Albronda as drummer. The drummer was later replaced by Paul Whaley. Albronda continued his association with the band, being a member of their management, and co-producing five of their albums. Whaley,was joined by Dickie's brother Jerre Peterson (guitar), Vale Hamanaka (keyboards), and Jerry Whiting (vocals, harmonica). After seeing The Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Monterey Pop Festival, They decided to reconfigure into a power trio. The change in lineup left Dickie, Leigh and Paul as a trio. They are most famous for their hit cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues."


Studio Albums

Vincebus Eruptum (1968) Philips Records
Outsideinside (1968) Philips Records
New! Improved! Blue Cheer (1969) Philips Records
Blue Cheer (1969) Philips Records
The Original Human Being (1970) Philips Records
Oh! Pleasant Hope (1971) Philips Records
The Beast Is Back (1984) Megaforce Records
Highlights and Lowlives (1990) Thunderbolt Records
Dining With the Sharks (1991) Nibelung Records
What Doesn't Kill You... (2007) Rainman Records

Live Albums

Blitzkrieg Over Nuremberg (1989) Magnum Records
Live and Unreleased Vol. 1: '68/'74 (1996) Captain Trip Records
Live and Unreleased Vol. 2: Live At San Jose Civic Centre & More (1998) Captain Trip Records
Hello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka - Live In Japan 1999 (1999) Captain Trip Records
Live in Japan (2003) Track Records
Bootleg: Live - Hamburg - London (2005) Rockview Records
Rocks Europe (2009) Rainman Records

Compilation Albums

Motive - Blue Cheer (1969) - German Release Only Philips Records
Louder than God: The Best of Blue Cheer (1986) Rhino Records/Warner Music Group
Good Times are so Hard to Find: The History of Blue Cheer (1990) Island Records/Mercury Records
The Best of Yesteryear (1990)

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