Vincebus Eruptum

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Vincebus Eruptum
Studio album by Blue Cheer
Released January 16, 1968 (1968-01-16)[1][2]
Recorded 1967 (1967) at Amigo Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, hard rock, acid rock, stoner rock
Length 32:08
Label Philips
Producer Abe "Voco" Kesh
Blue Cheer chronology
Vincebus Eruptum

Vincebus Eruptum (/vɪŋˈkbəs ɪˈrʌptəm/) is the debut studio album by American rock band Blue Cheer. Released in January 16, 1968, the album featured the band's classic lineup of vocalist and bassist Dickie Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stephens and drummer Paul Whaley. A commercial and critical success, Vincebus Eruptum peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned the top-20 hit cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues". It is lauded as one of the first heavy metal albums.

Background and history[edit]

Blue Cheer's debut album was recorded in 1967 at Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, California.[3] In an interview with, frontman Dickie Peterson explained that "Some songs I wrote have taken 20 years to really complete. And there are other songs like 'Doctor Please' or 'Out of Focus' that I wrote in ten minutes."[4] On "Doctor Please" in particular, Peterson explained that "when I wrote the song (in 1967), it was a glorification of drugs. I was going through a lot of 'Should I take this drug or should I not take this drug? Blah, blah, blah.' There was a lot of soul searching at the time when I wrote that song, and I actually decided to take it. That’s what that song was about and that’s what I sang it about, sort of a drug anthem for me."[4] On the band's cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues", Peterson noted that "We kept changing it around and adding/taking bits away. It also has to do with large doses of LSD."[5]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[7]
Rolling Stone negative[8]

Blue Cheer's debut album has widely been held in high regard by critics. Writing for music website Allmusic, Mark Deming described Vincebus Eruptum as "a glorious celebration of rock & roll primitivism run through enough Marshall amps to deafen an army", praising the band's "sound and fury" as one of the founding movements of heavy metal.[6] Pitchfork reviewer Alexander Linhardt gave the album nine out of a maximum ten points, noting that the album was less structured than its successor, Outsideinside.[7]

Online music service Rhapsody included Vincebus Eruptum in its list of the "10 Essential Proto-Metal Albums", suggesting that the band "not only inspired the term 'power trio,' they practically invented heavy metal."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Summertime Blues"   Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart 3:47
2. "Rock Me Baby"   B.B. King, Joe Josea 4:22
3. "Doctor Please"   Dickie Peterson 7:53
4. "Out of Focus"   Peterson 3:58
5. "Parchman Farm"   Mose Allison 5:49
6. "Second Time Around"   Peterson 6:17
Total length:



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  3. ^ "Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Blue Cheer interview, Dickie Peterson". Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Dickie Peterson of heavy metal hard rock band Blue Cheer". Get Ready to ROCK!. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Mark Deming. "Vincebus Eruptum > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Alexander Linhardt (October 7, 2003). "Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum / Outsideinside". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Michael Geary. "Vincebus Eruptum > Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Justin Farrar (June 22, 2010). "Classic Rock Crate Digger: 10 Essential Proto-Metal Albums". Rhapsody. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2010.