Share  GOOD TIMES ARE SO HARD TO FIND; THE HISTORY OF BLUE CHEER - Blue Cheer (Island/Mercury)
Blue Cheer were once the world's loudest band. At that point, when they were playing a fractured style of blues doused liberally in heavy distortion so thick you could sit in it, and taking acid so strong it'd cripple a normal person, they released a brace of albums so quickly it'd be surprising for a non-indulger to take in – eight LPs in less years, some of which were less drug-addled than their Cream influenced debut. And more interesting.

"Good Times Are So Hard To Find" is one of those compilations that you're quite happy to find, as it gives you all the best work of a band without having to sort through the fluff. There's the proto-grunge of "Summertime Blues" and the wild blues riffing of "Parchment Farm" (to me BC's finest moment), but more rewardingly you come to some of the Skynyrd – style rootsier rock of "Saturday Freedom" and the groovy as hell dance-a-holic Hammond funk-driven thrust of the title track.

If you've never heard Blue Cheer before, this is an admirable place to start – the only essential album they released is their primal blues assault "Vincebus Eruptum" – "Good Times Are So Hard To Find" provides the kind of LP that the casual listener can listen to and not feel guilty about. - Mr Intolerance

 

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