This is a Fantastic Outing!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blue Cheer exploded upon the scene with absolutely no apologies, covering Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from the vital initial "Vincebus Eruptum" . This pivotal and groundbreaking album forged new territory in San Francisco Bay Area rock which introduced heavy metal and experimental guitar sound that was the blueprint for its entire genre. The "power trio" of Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens and Paul Whaley founded a style of experimentation that ushered in daring and HEAVY SOUNDS for decades to come.Enter, on "The Original Human Being", guitarist Gary Yoder -bringing his creative genius from the excellent groups Oxford Circle and KAK - to the forefront of Blue Cheer. Forging ahead with totally new musical design on every album they created, Blue Cheer never needed to repeat themselves musically!Gary Yoder so well understood the psychedelic scene that he was able to compose an entirely innovative dimension to Cheer with founding member Dickie Peterson; in addition, utilizing the talents of Norman Mayell and Ralph Burns Kellogg who contributed so much instrumentally and composition-wise, i.e. "Babaji - Twilight Raga" (a gorgeous sitar rock number that is amazing indeed). This is at once a hard rocking, sensual, melodious, funky, & well executed record that deserves serious study.This well crafted and representative project displays an epitome of San Francisco psychedelia. Blue Cheer is best understood by appreciatang each respective album viewed as its own entity, and appreciated as music that ranks among the most innovative of every style presented.Dynamic!!!!!!"
'Babaji' is transcendent & maybe the best ever raga rock fus
Ian Ram | Scotland | 08/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Babaji' is transcendent & maybe the best ever example raga rock fusion. I love indian music and sing some everyday. Back in the 70's I bought this album and wore out the Babaji track which morphs from the preceding track which ends with feedback ....... its devotional its sincere and sadly it only lasts some 3 minutes! However of its type you may never hear better. Where did this piece come from? The album is still musical enough but mostly heavyish (for the time, pre Black Sabbath etc) then all of a sudden this emerges and takes one someone else, whoever composed, envisioned it knew the genre well and like the rest of the album they play with conviction. One of my favourite ever tracks. Thanks Blue Cheer for helping me become an Original Human Being.