Blue Cheer – Outsideinside

ARTIST: Blue Cheer

TITLE: Outsideinside220px-Blue_cheer_outsideinside

YEAR RELEASED: 1968

CHART ACTION: #90

SINGLES: Just a Little Bit (#92), Feathers From Your Tree, The Hunter

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover Satisfaction

LINEUP: Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens, Paul Whaley. Ralph Kellogg added the keyboards.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Toning down the volume but not the drugs, the follow-up by Blue Cheer is surprisingly nuanced, especially in contrast to their bludgeon of a debut.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, there are a couple of songs that are loud just to be loud, but Blue Cheer’s second album is more than an excuse for deafness.

Starting out with the nuanced “Feathers From Your Tree” and the relatively mellow “Sun Cycle”, Blue Cheer is more in the psychedelic camp this time around. And even with some of the songs being loud, tracks like “Gypsy Ball” and “The Hunter” are more than just amp-cranking exercises.

They do stumble with a cover of “Satisfaction” which kind of sounds half-hearted, and “Come and Get It” is something that just thuds along with no remorse, but this is an overall better record that is more varied without alienating the fans of volume.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: It’s called Outsideinside since they recorded some tracks at Muir Beach in California and Pier 57 in NYC, along with using four actual studios.. Also soundman Peter Wagner is credited for co-writing three songs.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A remaster with one outtake, again. They didn’t waste much.

 GRADE B: There are a couple of stumbles here, but the good tracks are better. It’s also loud as heck at times, again.

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