Good Times Are So Hard To Find

Good Times Are So Hard To Find

by Blue CheerBlue Cheer




Blue Cheer's massive contribution to the early evolution of American heavy metal exists entirely on their first two 1968 releases, Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside. While those initial releases charted admirably, critics largely ignored the band's loud, bluesy, psychedelic-tinged hard rock. The touchy-feely summer of love lasted a lot longer than three months and building heavy metal momentum in the States was a difficult affair. There resulted some lineup shifts, minor stylistic excursions, brief creative flourishes, more lineup changes, solo projects, half retirement, and reunion retreads. Some decent songs were recorded during that long descent and fortunately many of them were picked to grace the track list of Good Times Are So Hard to Find. Chief among them is the title cut and "Pilot" from 1970's Original Human Being. Other tracks from the group's eponymous release and 1971's Oh! Pleasant Hope have a boogie-down and MOR feel respectively that, while competent, contains hardly any of the group's original fire. Of course there are a few 1968 classics like the splendid "Out of Focus," "Parchment Farm," and the band's first (and only) big hit "Summertime Blues." Fans of '70s rock in its many forms might enjoy this 1990 retrospective, but metal historians need not worry about anything beyond Blue Cheer's first two offerings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0042283403024
catalogNumber: 834030

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Cheer   Primary Artist
Randy Holden   Guitar,Vocals
Leigh Stephens   Guitar,Vocals
Norman Mayell   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Sitar,Vocals,Delruba
Dickie Peterson   Bass,Vocals
Bruce Stephens   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Whaley   Drums,Vocals
Gary Yoder   Guitar,Harp,Vocals
Ralph Burns Kellogg   Organ,Bass,Piano,Reeds,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Blue Cheer   Producer
Mose Allison   Composer
Eric Albronda   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Abe "Voco" Kesh   Producer
Norman Mayell   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Dickie Peterson   Composer
Michael Sunday   Producer
Gary Yoder   Producer
Michael Bays   Art Direction
Gary R. Grelecki   Composer

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