1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

880. Vincebus Eruptum – Blue Cheer


Brief Background: Vincebus Eruptum was recorded in 1967 and released in January of 1968. It is among the first albums to be classified as heavy metal and is certainly the first successful album with that classification.

What I think: This is one of those albums that you have to be in the right mood to listen to, but if you are it’s a great bunch of songs. The music is heavy and distorted, the lyrics are ridiculous, but it can be really fun if you are in the right head space. I tried listening to this album earlier this summer (non project related listen) and it didn’t do much for me, but this fall it was really enjoyable. My favorite tracks here (there are only six) are the Eddie Chochran cover of “Summertime Blues”, the B.B. King cover of “Rock Me Baby” and their original, “Second Time Around”.



Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think this should be here. It’s pretty much the bridge from Hendrix to metal. You can not only here the influence they had on the metal bands of the seventies and eighties, but on the likes of Jack White and The Black Keys.

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? No (25/122)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%


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