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Buried Treasure: Randy Holden's Population II

Riches from the rock underground

Randy Holden is perhaps best remembered for his brief stint in Blue Cheer. However, it’s this monstrously heavy blues-driven proto-metal bomb that’s a holy grail for collectors. Understandably so, as Population II makes Blue Cheer (often described as the heaviest band of the 60s) sound light in comparison.

The band consisted of Holden on guitar/vocals/bass and Chris Lockheed on drums. The relentless dirge and excessive volume of Holden make this album more of a showcase for his six‑string heroics than a timeless exercise in classic songwriting, and these are both its strong and its weak points.

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