The Original Human Being

The Original Human Being is Blue Cheer's fifth album. It was released in 1970 and shows Blue Cheer exploring a more psychedelic and laid‑back rock and roll with horn sections on a few of the songs. This album features a very unusual, and different, song for Blue Cheer: "Babaji (Twilight Raga)", which features extensive use of sitar and synthesizer. These instruments were only used one other time in the song "I'm the Light" on the album Oh! Pleasant Hope.

The Original Human Being
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1970
StudioMercury Sound Studio West, San Francisco, California
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock, country rock
ProducerGary Lee Yoder, Eric Albronda, Norman Mayell (track 1)
Blue Cheer chronology
Blue Cheer
The Original Human Being
Oh! Pleasant Hope
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

Side one
  1. "Good Times Are So Hard to Find" (Kent Housman, Norman Mayell) – 3:22
  2. "Love of a Woman" (Dickie Peterson) – 4:35
  3. "Make Me Laugh" (Ralph Burns Kellogg) – 5:06
  4. "Pilot" (Gary R. Grelecki, Gary Lee Yoder) – 4:49
  5. "Babaji (Twilight Raga)" (Mayell) – 3:46 (instrumental)
Side two
  1. "Preacher" (Grelecki, Yoder) – 4:01
  2. "Black Sun" (Grelecki, Yoder) – 3:31
  3. "Tears in My Bed" (Kellogg) – 2:06
  4. "Man on the Run" (Peterson) – 3:58
  5. "Sandwich" (Grelecki, Yoder) – 5:01
  6. "Rest at Ease" (Grelecki, Yoder) – 5:35


Blue Cheer
  • Dickie Peterson – bass, guitar, lead vocals (tracks 2, 3, 9)
  • Gary Lee Yoder – guitar, harmonica, vocals, harp, lead vocals (tracks 1, 4–8, 10–11), producer
  • Ralph Burns Kellogg – organ, piano, synthesizer, bass
  • Norman Mayell – drums, guitar, percussion, sitar, producer on track 1


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Blue Cheer - The Original Human Being review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2020-03-16.