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The Beast Is Back

The Beast Is Back
Blue Cheer
Released 1984
Recorded Music America Studios, Rochester, New York, 1984
Genre Heavy metal, blues rock, hard rock
Length 37:14
Label Megaforce
Producer Carl Canedy, Paul Curcio, Jon Zazula
Blue Cheer chronology

Oh! Pleasant Hope
The Beast Is Back
Highlights and Lowlives
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Beast Is Back is the seventh album by a newly reformed Blue Cheer, 13 years after their previous album, Oh! Pleasant Hope (1971). It contains re-recorded versions of some of the band's most popular songs from their late-60s heyday as well as new material. The album features founding members Dickie Peterson and Paul Whaley. Original guitarist Leigh Stephens did not participate in the reunion.

The Beast Is Back has been released with three different album covers.

Track listing

Side one
  1. "Nightmares" (Dickie Peterson) – 5:03
  2. "Summertime Blues" (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran) – 3:57
  3. "Ride with Me" (Tony Rainier) – 5:25
  4. "Girl Next Door" (Rainier) – 3:39
Side two
  1. "Babylon" (Peterson) – 4:12
  2. "Heart of the City" (Dr. Richard Peddicord) – 4:19
  3. "Out of Focus" (Peterson) – 3:43
  4. "Parchment Farm" (Mose Allison) – 6:55


Band members
  • Carl Canedy, Paul Curcio - producers
  • Chris Bubacz - engineer
  • Jack Skinner - Mastering
  • Jon Zazula - executive producer


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