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Founded in 1967 in Long Island, N.Y., USA (as Soft White Underbelly) - Hiatus 1986-1987 - Still active as of 2017

Hailing from NYC, the members of the band that was to become BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (BÖC for short) began to come together in the late 1960s, as a band called "Soft White Underbelly"; then changed into "Stalk-Forrest Group" in 1968. The name BLUE ÖYSTER CULT probably came from a 1960s poem written by manager Sandy Pearlman, though there are different versions of the story. It was part of his poetry, later used more extensively in their 1988 album "Imaginos". In Pearlman's poetry, the "Blue Oyster Cult" was a collection of aliens who had to secretly guide Earth's history. The addition of the umlaut above the vocal "o" was suggested by either Allen Lanier or Richard Meltzer. Other bands, such as Motörhead and Queensr˙che, later copied the practice of using umlauts or diacritic marks in their own band logos. The band's logo is the alchemical symbol for lead, one of the heaviest of metals. Pearlman considered this, combined with the heavy and distorted guitar sound of the band and coined the description "heavy metal" to describe BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's music.

Nicknamed 'the American Black Sabbath', or 'the thinking man's hard rock band' BÖC released their self-titled debut album in 1972. Its striking black-and-white cover prominently featured the now famous hook & cross symbol which the band adopted as their logo, and one of their most famous tracks to date, "Cities on Flame (With Rock and Roll)". Their second album, "Tyranny and Mutation", was built on the first album's basis, but moved towards harder (The Black side) and richer sounds (The Red side). After that, the band aimed to make an album with more emotional impact for their third outing. When "Secret Treaties" was released in 1974, it gained critical acclaim, and it's still now by many considered their "proggiest" effort of the Seventies, with such songs as "Astronomy" and "Flaming Telepaths". The lyrics to "Career of Evil" were written by punk icon Patti Smith, whose collaboration with the band lasted several years, since she was the girlfriend of keyboardist Allen Lanier.

Then came "Agents of Fortune" (their first gold record) that contained their most famous track ever, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", which reached #12 on the US Billboard charts. For its follow-up, "Spectres", the band tried to come up with an even better record; however, for a lot of hardcore fans "Agents." was t...
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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.42 | 202 ratings
Blue Öyster Cult
1972
3.48 | 200 ratings
Tyranny And Mutation
1973
4.16 | 298 ratings
Secret Treaties
1974
3.23 | 208 ratings
Agents Of Fortune
1976
3.37 | 152 ratings
Spectres
1977
2.64 | 122 ratings
Mirrors
1979
3.51 | 157 ratings
Cultösaurus Erectus
1980
3.71 | 179 ratings
Fire Of Unknown Origin
1981
3.10 | 96 ratings
The Revölution By Night
1983
2.66 | 90 ratings
Club Ninja
1986
3.82 | 111 ratings
Imaginos
1988
2.00 | 1 ratings
Bad Channels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1992
2.98 | 23 ratings
Cult Classic
1994
2.89 | 79 ratings
Heaven Forbid
1998
3.04 | 76 ratings
Curse Of The Hidden Mirror
2001
3.26 | 36 ratings
The Symbol Remains
2020

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 88 ratings
On Your Feet or on Your Knees
1975
3.46 | 80 ratings
Some Enchanted Evening
1978
4.00 | 64 ratings
Extraterrestrial Live
1982
2.88 | 16 ratings
Live 1976
1991
1.00 | 1 ratings
Tales of the Psychic Wars
2001
3.48 | 27 ratings
A Long Day's Night
2002
3.10 | 10 ratings
Extended Versions
2004
1.00 | 1 ratings
Forbidden Delights LA 1981
2015
3.33 | 3 ratings
45th Anniversary: Live in London
2020
1.00 | 1 ratings
iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
2020

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.14 | 5 ratings
Career Of Evil: The Metal Years
1990
3.46 | 12 ratings
Workshop of the Telescopes
1995
3.88 | 6 ratings
Don't Fear the Reaper
1997
4.08 | 19 ratings
Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult
2000
3.26 | 4 ratings
Are You Ready To Rock?
2003
1.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles Collection
2005
2.00 | 2 ratings
Collections
2006
2.83 | 3 ratings
Triple Feature
2009
4.56 | 12 ratings
The Columbia Albums Collection
2012
3.91 | 3 ratings
Rarities Vol. 1
2017
3.91 | 3 ratings
Rarities, Vol. 2
2018

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Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll
1972
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Hot Rails to Hell
1973
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Career of Evil
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
1976
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This Ain't the Summer of Love / Debbie Denise
1976
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Goin' Through the Motions / Searchin' for Celine
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Godzilla
1977
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Mirrors / Lonely Teardrops
1979
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In Thee
1979
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Fallen Angel
1980
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You're Not the One (I Was Looking For)
1980
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Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan)
1980
5.00 | 1 ratings
Burnin' for You
1981
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Blue Oyster Cult Live
1982
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Take Me Away
1983
5.00 | 1 ratings
Shooting Shark
1983
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Perfect Water
1985
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White Flags
1985
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dancin' in the Ruins
1986
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Astronomy
1988

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 Club Ninja by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.66 | 90 ratings

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Review by FragileKings
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4 stars 'Twas early 1986, me barely 15 years old, and a new Blue Oyster Cult release with a silly title and a goofy cover. I had only one BOC album, "The Revolution By Night", which I had been somewhat duped into buying because a friend said they were really heavy and the song "Take Me Away" seemed to affirm that. So I was hoping that a second attempt to hear heavy BOC would prove fruitful with this album. It was not. But was I disappointed? Baffled at first is more like it.

I wasn't sure what to make of this album. There were the hard rocking and heavy guitars but there were also bright, eighties pop synth sounds which I still cringe at to this day. There was dramatic music with really catchy vocal melodies but there were also electronic drums which I have never cared for much. I found certain songs intriguing as they offered something new or at least rare in my cassette collection. That jangly eighties guitar sound I didn't like actually sounded pretty good on "Perfect Water", and in spite of the keyboard sounds, I felt the song drawing me back for repeated listens, eventually becoming one of my favourite tracks on the album. It had a mysterious and also beautifully serene atmosphere to it. Not one band in my music collection at the time had a song like this.

Then there was "White Flags". A song packed with tension and moments of release sometimes simply through a keyboard effect but more so with the break into the chorus. One of my favourite parts was the organ bit that follows the, "Take me away! Yeeeaaahhh!" part. When I finally heard the original version recorded by the Leggatt Brothers, I was disappointed that there was no organ part.

"Shadow Warrior" was a wonderfully ominous and dark track with lyrical imagery typical of the band's works - a kind of future, science fiction / fantasy tale. And "Madness to the Method" had this dynamic piano solo in the song's dramatic conclusion. "Spy in the House of Night" also was not my usual cup of tea but somehow strangely attracted my ears. In fact, the only songs that I thought were a little silly were "Make Rock Not War" and "Beat 'Em Up", mostly for their atrocious meathead rock band-sounding titles. Musically, they were actually not so bad except for the keyboard sounds.

In truth, "Club Ninja" was to me an unfamiliar concoction of hard and heavy rock with pop sounds and at times an epic feel while at others very emotive and strong. Even songs that had goofy parts (are they really singing "Ooh-ga chaka" in "When The War Comes"?) were also interesting for their other aspects. Chorus voices. Slap bass. Longer tracks with meticulous attention to the details in the music. From a certain sonic point of view, this album would be most similar to Queensryche's "Rage for Order", though the two bands are quite different from one another.

I finally bought this album on CD and listened to it for the first time in about 30 years. I was surprised how much I remembered of the songs. I must have listened to this album more than I thought because I felt like I was listening to an old classic or an old favourite. True, I still flinch at some keyboards parts and "Beat 'Em Up" is still a goofy title. But I found that I actually really like this album! In fact, I think one of the things I appreciate about it now more than before is the prog element. In the mid-eighites, prog was carefully concealed beneath the pop flash of former prog kings or in the more complex music of some metal bands. "Club Ninja" on the other hand grasps hard and heavy rock, pop sounds and melodies, classic rock, and progressive flare (heavy organ and dramatic piano solos plus seven-minute songs with sci-fi and fantasy concepts) and sets them all out on the table.

The album was costly to produce and took nearly a year to put together under the strict guidance of visionary Sandy Pearlman. In the end, the results were probably more baffling to most people who couldn't make sense of what the band was trying to do. My opinion is that Blue Oyster Cult created an album of intelligent lyrical content, music of atmosphere, drama, energy, and dark and light, and many modern sounds that captured both the light, popular side and the harder-edged rock side.

Having this album back again, I appreciate it even more now after decades of exploring heavy and progressive music much, much further. Forget the pop elements. Songs like "White Flags", "Perfect Water", "Shadow Warrior", and "Madness to the Method" show a band who are not afraid to be serious and heavy, melodic, and more musically daring than a lot of bands in the eighties.

 The Symbol Remains by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.26 | 36 ratings

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Review by FragileKings
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3 stars Note: I wrote my review first for the MetalMusicArchives, so I did not mention any of the prog factor on this album. Actually, there is not very much that would get ticked for prog if anything. My opinion is that for a Blue Oyster Cult album, this is a surprisingly good release at this stage in their career. But for this site, I'm lowering the score by one star because this is after all the "prog" archives.

So here we have a classic band of the seventies whose fortunes declined in the eighties, who were in disarray throughout most of the nineties, tried to get back in gear in at the turn of the century and who then carried on mostly as a classic rock band playing their classic tunes. Then after 19 years of silence from the recording studio, Blue Oyster Cult drop a new release. The title, "The Symbol Remains" seems less like a victory shout and more like confident statement made through weathered and grim lips with a knife edge of a smile. "It's 2020. BOC is still here."

I was curious. I had never been a huge fan, but my musical travels brought me to BOC Base on a few occasions, allowing one or two more albums to nestle into my collection. My recent reacquaintance with the much-derided "Club Ninja" exposed me to the new album's cover. Somehow, I felt it had to be good.

Of the original line-up, only the two guitarists and principal singers, Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom remain. That's something important though as what defines a band's sound is mostly in the vocals and lead instruments, as well as the songwriting. And to my delight, I feel that this is very much a Blue Oyster Cult album!

The band's familiar heavy side opens the album with "That Was Me", a song that I thought was a reflection back on a "career of evil". At this age, I think this song is very suitable and it is executed in the familiar style of Blue Oyster Cult.

The next two, "Box In My Head" (about his brain), and "Tainted Blood" (a vampire song) continue that familiar sound and style. Obviously, the two legendary members are that much older and the sounds of the instruments and recording is very modern, but they deliver songs worthy of the legendary band name.

I'll confess, though, that partway through the album, it begins to sound more like a generic old dudes' rock album. While at the start I felt it was without a doubt a BOC album, by the middle I thought had I heard this without knowing who it was, I don't think I would have even suspected that I knew what band it was.

Fortunately, once we reach "Stand and Fight" we know who put out this platter. It is actually a heavy tune, perhaps in the sense of classic heavy metal of the seventies but again with a modern sound. "Florida Man" is pretty good, but "The Alchemist" is totally a Blue Oyster Cult track with the heavy guitars, some piano, and an epic tale of fantasy and a quest. Had the album ended here (and I expected that it would as I was listening while walking and not looking at the track list), I would have applauded the band.

However, there is yet another track, and another, and another. It became a game to guess if I had heard the final track yet. I would think, "Now there's a great conclusion to a song and a great way to finish up the album." But then another track would begin. Not that the last five tracks were bad or dull. There are still some very good ones there and some even better than those in the middle of the album where I was wondering if I would recognize the band. I suppose after 19 years, the band had enough material for a 60-minute album. But I personally feel the album could have been more cohesive and more like a BOC album if some of the songs - three or four - had been relegated to CD/download bonus tracks that were separate from the rest of the songs.

My impression is that Blue Oyster Cult have released a surprisingly good album for a mature band. They keep the BOC flame burning for us with songs that both musically and lyrically are congruent with the classic sound of the band.

Any disappointments would be in two or three tracks that could have been either left off or come after the main album track list. I think the album would have had more of a wow impact at somewhere around 10 or 11 tracks.

Overall though, it's a solid release!

 Heaven Forbid by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.89 | 79 ratings

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Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars I've openly admitted several times that I am a big Blue Oyster Cult fan, and I still am. Even though they may not be the most progressive of bands, their music has always been appealing to me, mostly because they have found this line between popular metal and original style that has way too often eluded artists. They never really caved to the pressures of being another hair metal band even though they were around long before that craze, lived throuhg it and survived long after. There is just that certain something about them that has intrigued me, whether it's the appealing sound of heavy guitar mixed equally to cool keyboard riffs and solos, or their crazy and original lyrics, or the feeling of the mystic surrounding them. Maybe it's a combination of everything. But they've always been a favorite.

I'm not saying that they've always made perfect choices though. Though I don't hate "Mirrors" as much as some, I still find that there are some great songs on it and "Club Ninja" also has enough redeeming qualities to keep it on rotation for me, they are admittedly their weakest moments. Add "Heaven Forbid" to their weaker efforts, though, again, it still has it's redeeming qualities nonetheless.

"Heaven Forbid" came along during after a long hiatus where we hardly heard anything from the band, a period of time that started after the underrated and amazing progressive album "Imaginos", so it was a nice surprise when it came out. The band was considered to be a thing of the past because it had become one of those revolving door bands that see members come and go, changing as often as you'd change a pair of socks. They had resorted to playing 2nd rate outdoor concerts in fairs and such. When they got together to make this album, at least they had somewhat solidified their membership again with the amazing Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Alan Lanier and (for the most part) Danny Miranda returning. The only "stranger" was drummer Chuck Burgi, who had played for just about everyone from Michael Bolton's band to "Rainbow" to Enrique Iglesias, however, he held his own here. They also recruited the help of sci-fi/horror writer John Shirley to help on most of the lyrics. They had used lyrical guests in the past, like Patti Smith and critic Richard Meltzer, so this was something to help bring back the original feel of the band. Well, for some reason, it didn't work out quite as well as it should have.

The album starts off sounding very promising with the 1-2-3 punch of excellent tracks; the heavy metal rocker "See You in Black" that will make you sit up and listen thinking, wow they are back with a vengeance. This is followed by the excellent "Harvest Moon" which reminds one of the complex lyrics and sound of the band that once was, and if that's not enough, "Power Underneath Despair" is solid, dark and mysterious. At this point, you might be wondering, how is it that this is such a bad album. You'll be convinced that this is one of their best albums, like I was. But following this, the music gets a bit lighter and poppier, the lyrics get repetitive and even corny sometimes and the music less interesting. It's not all a loss at this point as Dharma gets to play more of his excellent solos, and there is a bit of variety, but the lyrical content suffers along with some boring and repetitive choruses. After this point, the only salvageable songs are "Damaged" which is a fast rolling track that speeds up even more on the coda, somewhat similar to "Moon Crazy" from "Mirrors" album, and "Live for Me" which returns to better lyrics and even reminds one of the excellent song "Perfect Water", the best track on the "Club Ninja" album. It's not enough to bring back the excitement of the first part of the album after the remaining so-so tracks in between it all. The album tries to bring back the glory days with a sequel to "Burnin' for You" and a live version of "In Thee" that sounds rushed, but neither one of these are that great.

Overall, this was a disappointment, but it still has enough on it for the true fans of the classic band to be happy about. Just the first 3 songs are almost enough of a reason to pick it up. When weighing out its value, it still manages to come out with 3 stars as the great songs are really great, even though most of the songs are definitely not their best effort. There is probably less prog than normal with this album too. Most of their albums usually have some progressive songs on them, but in this one, the prog seems to be missing. Yet, the great songs are still great, so overall, it's an average album.

 The Symbol Remains by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.26 | 36 ratings

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Review by MrMan2000

4 stars Yeah, if you had Blue Oyster Cult putting out one of the best albums in their entire catalog after nearly 20 years of silence and at 50 years(!) past their original album on your 2020 bingo card congratulations! I had no idea these guys were even making music, let along releasing a full-length album. More importantly the "band" features original key member Eric Bloom and Donadl Roeser and long-time member Richie Castellano.

Everything that has made BOC is here:

1. riff-heavy proto-metal 2. groovy pop-laden, mid-tempo rockers 3. bizarro sci-fi-tinged lyrics that somehow make no sense but also make cogent commentary on society today

Honestly, it's shocking how good this album is. Favorites include conspiracy-rocker Edge of the World, mega-shuffle Train True, sinister The Aldhemist and classic BOC rocker The Return of St. Cecilia.

But it's Stand and Fight that truly shines. A no-holds-barred, heavy metal rocker (think Cities on Flame heavy riffs) combined with an anthemic chorus and cool instrumental section that bludgeons the listener while simultaneously making us stand and raise our fist. Seriously, no band 50+ years into their career has a right to be making music this heavy.

A truly shocking and surprisingly enjoyable release that fits proudly amongst the band's best in their mammoth catalog.

 The Symbol Remains by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.26 | 36 ratings

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Review by mohaveman

3 stars It's been a long time, I believe 19 years since the last album from BOC. But they are finally back with THE SYMBOL REMAINS. There are 14 songs on this release, and, like most of their recent efforts, it is very hit and miss. I have always been a huge fan of BOC going back to their early "progressive" heavy albums and even through their more commercial albums from the 80's. While they are not all great, there was always enough meaty songs to make up for the ones to skip. Even albums like CLUB NINJA have some great tunes. With this current release the Cult has given us a mixture of excellent tunes, good tunes, and a few that I just can't get myself to find interesting. "Box in my head" is pure Buck Dharma and brings back memories of many earlier Buck tunes. I enjoy "Nightmare Epiphany", and "Tainted Blood" (another vampire BOC song to add to things like "Nosferatu", as well as "The Alchemist". I have issues getting into the more rocky, bluesy numbers like "Florida Man" and "Train True". So, this is not a stellar album like "Imaginos", "Secret Treaties", or "On Your Feet or On Your Knees" but it contains enough gems among the lesser pieces to rate 3 stars. No matter what, it's fantastic to hear something new from a classic band...
 The Symbol Remains by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.26 | 36 ratings

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Review by Heart of the Matter

3 stars Nothing to proclaim, but also nothing to complain about this album. It has everything one have learn to expect from the Cult: Thunderous riffs, like the one in the opener. Effective (yet distinctive) vocal harmonies introducing a welcomed dose of strangeness, like in "Box in My Head". And, of course, the tasty and unmistakable electric guitar soloing by their long-time leader, Buck Dharma, like in "Tainted Blood".

The songs may not be the best among their considerable catalog, but certainly they are fine material, strong both in composition and execution: hard rock with a touch of creepy weirdness (never indulging in glam excesses, nevertheless, listen to "Nightmare Epiphany").

A good album to consider.

 Bad Channels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Kelder

— First review of this album —
2 stars First review of this "Blue Öyster Cult" album!!!

Alright, first things first: this is not a BÖC album. It's a soundtrack and it's not even by BÖC... Half of the record are instrumentals recorded by BÖC for the movie Bad Channels. The other half are songs recorded for the movie which also feature in the movie, played by the bands that also perform the songs in the movie. So there's actually only 2 songs by BÖC on this album. It's obvious the BÖC name was used for commercial reasons.

The instrumentals are pretty good when you hear them during the screening of the movie. The movie itself is really cheesy and not recommended to watch. When listening to the score itself it's pretty boring and it basically sounds like some good ideas that last 30 to 60 seconds. So I can't really think of anybody that wants to hear these instrumentals outside of the movie.

The other half of the record consist of 11 songs performed by 6 bands. The bands also perform the songs in the movie except BÖC and the Ukelalians (which is not a real band). Here's a list of how eclectic this album is:

BÖC: classic rock, hard rock Joker: glam metal Fair Game: heavy metal, hard rock (features Ron Keel as singer, remember him?) Sykotik Sinfoney: alternative rock DMT: grunge Ukelaliens: polka

Like I already stated there's only 2 BÖC songs... So what about them?

Demon's Kiss: standard rock song with simple chord-progression and some cheesy horror lyrics

The Horseman Arrive: great stomping cock rock with mysterious dark lyrics. This is the kind of song what BÖC was know for in the '70s. It has that eerily feel of Reaper mixed with the stomping of Godzilla. Great!

Conclusion: do not buy this album is you are not an extreme BÖC fan like myself. The score music is boring and sounds like some short ideas that need more work. The songs on the album only feature 2 BÖC songs in which one is pretty standard and totally forgetable. If you are into glam metal, the songs by Joker and Fair Game are not bad at all. Overall, this album only contains 1 great BÖC songs: The Horseman Arrive. Is it that good that you should want this album? No. Is it a bad album? No, not bad it just lacks consistentcy. I would say it's just for collectors/fans only (a BÖC fan like myself).

 Cultösaurus Erectus by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.51 | 157 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The band return to a good and convincing shape after two below average efforts. This album is a best marriage between older hard rock/rock, adventurous trips to prog-rock/jazz-rock and radio friendly AOR. The band delivers no fillers, decent compositions and seems to be getting the creative peak again. Songs are not only well composed but also thoroughly developed to admire arrangements and finesse that BOC got so renowned for.

"Back blade" is a strong opener with Hammond and hard rock guitars. The chorus is a bit cheasy but the middle section with organ sounds mysterious and perfectly recreates the spirit of BOC. Using vocoders spoils the good feeling a bit. "Monsters" is a monster track and total highlight with hard-rock riffs followed by jazz saxophone moments which is very progressive. These two breathtaking tracks by followed by bluesy and ominous "Divine wind". "Deadline" has a futuristic bass line and 80's synth texture, a nicely updated sound. "Hungry boys" is a radio-friendly new wave song that still manages to feature a fast guitar solo. "Fallen angel" captures my attention by shouting vocal and ARP accolades. The last two tracks return to the 70's BOC territory: from hard rock to a lighter rock'n'roll. A fresh breeze of music and one of the band peaks.

 Some Enchanted Evening by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Live, 1978
3.46 | 80 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The band confirms their instrumental and live quality without sacrificing the sophistication of their studio work. Guitar playing and drumming stands out in particular. You can see a couple of tracks as videos on Youtube which will only support the positive and professional live impression.

Those who bought the CD without bonus tracks like me will be complaining for having only 37 minutes of playing time which does not suffice to include major tracks from studio albums. Moreover, the time is marred by addition of cover track like "Kick out the jam" that leaves fans willing for more own material. For more casual listeners of BOC, both greatest hits are included on the CD. I am fan of their more progressive cuts so I feel happy about "Astronomy" at its 8 minutes. A good but non-essential album. Their previous live album from 1975 is rawer and importantly, longer.

 Spectres by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.37 | 152 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Godzilla is a trademark song full of catchy riffs and easily readable note, far from the usual complexity of BOC. Fortunately, not too much is sacrificed to give away this radio-friendly song. Guys have matured significantly with their vocal harmonies and that is one of the highlights. I prefer other songs on this album that have a bit more substance which are still up to BOC standards. "Golden age of leather" has excellent vocal harmonies and good drum fills, a good energetic song. "Death valley nights" reminds us of a harder edge that BOC previously had but "R U Ready 2 Rock" still beats it with simple but effective riffs and elaborate vocals. "Fireworks" has focus on well matching vocals and catchy melody - remotely the chords remind of "Don't fear the reaper". "Goin' through motions" could be attributed to a R&B/Soul artist and BOC did a great job by arranging it in the way. "Nosferatu" is the only song that has hints of prog-rock ambitions due to its guitar/drum complexity and multiple changes in the song. Let's also mention mellotron. All elements brought to the BOC perfection, a track to get addicted to.

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