Vincebus Eruptum

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Vincebus Eruptum
Studio album by Blue Cheer
Released January 16, 1968 (1968-01-16)
Recorded 1967
Studio Amigo Studios, Hollywood, California
Length 32:08
Label Philips
Producer Abe "Voco" Kesh
Blue Cheer chronology
Vincebus Eruptum

Vincebus Eruptum (/vɪŋˈkbəs ɪˈrʌptəm/ Latin: Blue Cheer) is the debut studio album by American rock band Blue Cheer. Released on January 16, 1968,[1][2] the album features a heavy-thunderous blues sound, which would later be known as heavy metal. It also contains elements of acid rock, grunge,[3] experimental rock, blues rock, stoner rock,[4] and garage rock. 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". Being an example of hard rock,[5] it is also lauded as one of the first heavy metal albums.[6]

Background and history[edit]

Blue Cheer's debut album was recorded in 1967 at Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, California.[7] 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."[8] 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."[8] 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."[9]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[11]
Rolling Stone negative[12]

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.[10] 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.[11] It has also been described by Billboard as "the epitome of psychedelic rock".[13]

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."[14]

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. "Parchment Farm"   Mose Allison 5:49
6. "Second Time Around"   Peterson 6:17
Total length:



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  4. ^ "Blue Cheer - Live Bootleg: London - Hamburg review". Allmusic. Greg Prato. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Various Mojo Magazine (1 November 2007). The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition. Canongate Books. p. 137. ISBN 978-1-84767-643-6. 
  6. ^ Chris Smith (2009). One Hundred and One Albums that Changed Popular Music. Oxford University Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-19-537371-4. 
  7. ^ "Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Blue Cheer interview, Dickie Peterson". Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Dickie Peterson of heavy metal hard rock band Blue Cheer". Get Ready to ROCK!. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Mark Deming. "Vincebus Eruptum > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Alexander Linhardt (October 7, 2003). "Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum / Outsideinside". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Michael Geary. "Vincebus Eruptum > Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (2 March 1968). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 52. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  14. ^ 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.