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Blue Öyster Cult


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5 stars Yes!Yes!and Yes! I was intimidated into foolishly believing that this immortal non-prog recording would never see the light of day on this cherished site. Ah! the true progressive spirit demands of its fans to go out there beyond the stars and find new planets and cultures. Just like Star Trek! There are only 2 non-prog albums in my desert island selection (of which there are 50): Robin Trower's intoxicatingly majestic "Bridge of Sighs" and this sly, greasy , sweaty recording by the Blue Oyster Cult. The band is unfortunately focused on the "one song-that's it- syndrome", whereby "Don't Fear the Reaper" seems to be the only stop. Wrong! BOC has tons of brilliant proggish compositions littered thoughout their initial discography , of which no finer testament exists than this priceless jewel. "Career of Evil" has been regularly appearing in my mindless yet loud riff exhortations (Yeah! "Smoke On the Water")because its nasty guitar fueled rhythm is simply devastating. Simple, rude, sarcastic , metallic, very New York . The crown jewel here is the blistering and theatrical "Dominance & Submission" , shuttled by a driving pace and topped off with a ridiculously tortuous Buck Dharma salvo. Downright frightening! And the brilliance does not fade there , the last three cuts pushing the pedal to the metal..... No prisoners taken, heady rock music , with synths to boot . In many ways, BOC is a lot more progressive than meets the eye , but the first 6-7 albums in the 70" s were really as-kickingly good entertainment, loaded with amazing rythms, a very unique and highly ingenious sound , pre-"The Wall" symbolism (that foolishly and erroneously caused a neo-fascist labelling) and memorable compositions. And of course, don't forget that the real reaper was Buck Dharma's legendary guitar. Thank you for including this worthy iconoclast. 5 crosshookers
tszirmay | 5/5 |


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