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Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties [Columbia KC 32858] (April 1974)

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Blue Oyster Cult

Title:

Secret Treaties

Released: April 1974
Label: Columbia
Catalog: KC 32858
Genre: Hard Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Career Of Evil
02 Subhuman
03 Dominance And Submission
04 ME 262v 05 Cagey Cretins
06 Harvester Of Eyes
07 Flaming Telepaths
08 Astronomy
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Thom Jurek [allmusic.com]

While the speed-freak adrenaline heaviness and shrouded occult mystery of Tyranny and Mutation is the watermark for Blue ÷yster Cult's creative invention, it is Secret Treaties that is widely and critically regarded as the band's classic. Issued in 1974, Secret Treaties is the purest distillation of all of B÷C's strengths. Here the songs are expansive, and lush in their textures. The flamboyance is all here, and so are the overdriven guitar riffs provided by Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom. But there is something else, texturally, that moves these songs out from the blackness and into the shadows. Perhaps it's the bottom-heavy mix by producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman, with Allen Lanier's electric piano and Joe Bouchard's bass coming to rest in an uneasy balance with the twin-guitar attack. Perhaps it's in the tautness of songwriting and instrumental architectures created by drummer Albert Bouchard, Bloom, and Don Roeser (Buck Dharma). Whatever it is, it offers the Cult a new depth and breadth. While elements of psychedelia have always been a part of the band's sound, it was always enfolded in proto-metal heaviness and biker boogie. Here, B÷C created their own brand of heavy psychedelic noir to diversify their considerably aggressive attack. Listen to ''Subhuman'' or ''Dominance and Submission.'' Their minor chord flourishes and multi-tracked layered guitars and Bouchard's constantly shimmering cymbals and snare work (he is the most underrated drummer in rock history) and elliptical lyrics -- that Pearlman put out in front of the mix for a change -- added to the fathomless dread and mystery at the heart of the music. Elsewhere, on ''Cagey Cretins'' and ''Harvester of Eyes'' (both with lyrics by critic Richard Meltzer), the razor-wire guitar riffs were underscored by Lanier's organ, and their sci-fi urgency heightened by vocal harmonies. But it is on ''Flaming Telepaths,'' with its single-chord hypnotic piano line that brings the lyric ''Well, I've opened up my veins too many times/And the poison's in my heart in my heart and in my mind/Poison's in my bloodstream/Poison's in my pride/I'm after rebellion/I'll settle for lives/Is it any wonder that my mind is on fire?'' down into the maelstrom and wreaks havoc on the listener. It's a stunner, full of crossing guitar lines and an insistent, demanding rhythmic throb. The set closes with the quark strangeness of ''Astronomy,'' full of melancholy, dread, and loss that leaves the listener unsettled and in an entirely new terrain, having traveled a long way from the boasting rockery of ''Career of Evil'' that began the journey. It's a breathless rock monolith that is all dark delight and sinister pleasure. While the Cult went on to well-deserved commercial success with Agents of Fortune an album later, the freaky inspiration that was offered on their debut, and brought to shine like a black jewel on Tyranny and Mutation, was fully articulated as visionary on Secret Treaties.


Blue Oyster Cult - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Columbia PG 33371) (1975)

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Title:

On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Released: 1975
Label: Columbia
Catalog: PG 33371
Genre: Hard Rock
NOTE: Live Recording
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Subhuman
02 Harvester Of Eyes
03 Hot Rails To Hell
04 The Red & The Black
05 Seven Screaming Dizbusters
06 Buck's Boogie
07 Last Days Of May
08 Cities On Flame
09 ME 262
10 Before The Kiss (A Redcap)
11 I Ain't Got You
12 Born To Be Wild
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by William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

On Your Feet or on Your Knees, Blue Oyster Cult's first live album (there would be two more), was also their first to peak inside the Top 40 best-sellers, which is more of an indication of the audience the group was building up through extensive touring than of its quality. Songs that had a tight, concentrated impact on studio albums got elongated here, and that impact was dissipated. And the song selection left a great deal to be desired if this was to be a fitting summation of the band's career so far. Perhaps by their 1974 tour, BOC had dropped such classics from their first album as "Transmaniacon MC," "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep," and "Stairway to the Stars," but the less impressive material from the third album was no substitute. The album did mark the first commercial release of a version of "Buck's Boogie" as well as covers of the Yardbirds' "I Ain't Got You" and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild."


Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres [Columbia JC 35019] (November 1977)

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Title:

Spectres

Released: November 1977
Label: Columbia
Catalog: JC 35019
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Godzilla
02 Golden Age Of Leather
03 Death Valley Nights
04 Searchin For Celine
05 Fireworks
06 R. U. Ready 2 Rock
07 Celestial The Queen
08 Goin' Through The Motions
09 I Love The Night
10 Nosferatu
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Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue ÷yster Cult, released in November 1977. The album, which features one of the band's biggest hits, the concert staple ''Godzilla,'' was certified gold in January 1978. [wikipedia.org]


Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors [Columbia JC 36009] (06-19-1979)

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Mirrors

Released: 06-19-1979
Label: Columbia
Catalog: JC 36009
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Dr Music
02 The Great Sun Jester
03 In Thee
04 Mirrors
05 Moon Crazy
06 The Vigil
07 I Am The Storm
08 You're Not The One (I Was Looking For)
09 Lonely Teardrops
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Mirrors is the sixth studio album by Blue ÷yster Cult, released in 1979. Mirrors was the first Blue ÷yster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album is notable for a collaboration with British fantasy/science-fiction author Michael Moorcock, who co-wrote a song based on his novel The Fireclown. ''The Great Sun Jester'' is the first of several Moorcock co-writing credits with the band.

After the success of 1976's Platinum Agents of Fortune, 1977's Gold Spectres and 1978's Platinum live effort Some Enchanted Evening, the fact that Mirrors struggled to reach Gold status disappointed the band and label alike. According to interviews with the band and production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high-charting record with glossy production; however, the backlash from this attempt led to the band's future pairing with Martin Birch and an attempt to return to a darker sound.

Acoustic ballad ''In Thee,'' written by Allen Lanier, went into the charts at No. 74. The line ''Jim says some destinies should not be delivered'' references the Jim Carroll Band song ''Day and Night.'' [wikipedia.org]


Blue Oyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin [Columbia FC 37389] (1981)

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Fire Of Unknown Origin

Released: 1981
Label: Columbia
Catalog: FC 37389
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Fire Of Unknown Origin
02 Burnin' For You
03 Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
04 Sole Survivor
05 Heavy Metal : The Black And Silver
06 Vengeance (The Pact)
07 After Dark
08 Joan Crawford
09 Don't Turn Your Back
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Fire of Unknown Origin is the eighth album by the American hard rock band Blue ÷yster Cult, released in 1981. It was produced by Martin Birch.

The album, which included the Top 40 hit ''Burnin' for You'' (#1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart) represented a resurgence of the group's commercial standing after two albums with disappointing sales. Fire of Unknown Origin would be the final studio LP featuring the band's original lineup until 1988's Imaginos; during the subsequent tour, the band fired original drummer Albert Bouchard.

The album continues B÷C's tendency to write quirky songs, from the title track (featuring lyrics by Patti Smith) to ''Joan Crawford''. Many of the songs were intended for the soundtrack of the animated film Heavy Metal, such as ''Vengeance (The Pact)'', whose lyrics follow in detail the plot of the ''Taarna'' segment of the movie. However, only the song ''Veteran of the Psychic Wars'' (which, ironically, was not written for Heavy Metal), co-written by science fiction author Michael Moorcock, ended up in the film's final version and soundtrack.

The album's closing track, ''Don't Turn Your Back'', marks Allen Lanier's final songwriting contribution to Blue ÷yster Cult; it was played live by the group for the first time on June 17, 2016, at a special concert highlighting Lanier's music. [wikipedia.org]


Blue Oyster Cult - The Revolution By Night [Columbia FC 38947] (November 1983)

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Title:

The Revolution By Night

Released: November 1983
Label: Columbia
Catalog: FC 38947
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Take Me Away
02 Eyes On Fire
03 Shooting Shark
04 Veins
05 Shadow Of California
06 Feel The Thunder
07 Let Go
08 Dragon Lady
09 Light Years Of Love
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The RevŲlution by Night is the ninth studio album by American hard rock band Blue ÷yster Cult, released in November 1983. The album was intended to capitalize on the unexpected success of Fire of Unknown Origin just two years prior, hence the album's blend of straight-ahead rock and pop elements. This was the first album by the band not to feature all of the band's classic members, drummer Albert Bouchard having been fired during the previous tour and replaced by Rick Downey.

''Shooting Shark'' became a radio hit, and its accompanying video became one of MTV's most requested clips upon its release. The lyrics to ''Shooting Shark'' were based on a poem by Patti Smith. The song ''Take Me Away'', co-written by Eric Bloom and Canadian rock musician Aldo Nova, also received significant airplay on AOR radio. Nonetheless, the album failed to go Gold in the United States. [wikipedia.org]

Blue Oyster Cult's Biography

by William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

Blue Oyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Oyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group.

Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Oyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Oyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts. Columbia sent a promotional EP, Live Bootleg, to radio stations in October, and followed with BOC's second album, Tyranny & Mutation, in February 1973. Their third album, Secret Treaties, was released in April 1974 and became their first to break into the Top 100 bestsellers. (It eventually went gold.) BOC released a live double album, On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February 1975. In May 1976, came their fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, including the Top 40 (Top Ten on some charts) hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (featured in the classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween), which became their first gold and then platinum album. (On Your Feet went gold shortly after.) BOC's sixth overall album, Spectres, was released in October 1977 and went gold in January 1978. In September 1978 came a second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, which eventually would become BOC's second million-seller, followed by the studio album Mirrors in June 1979. A year later, BOC released its ninth album, Cultosaurus Erectus, with the gold Fire of Unknown Origin, containing the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You," following in June 1981.

In the summer of 1981, drummer Albert Bouchard was replaced by the band's tour manager and lighting designer, Rick Downey. BOC's third live album, Extraterrestrial Live, was released in April 1982, followed by the studio album The Revolution by Night in October 1983. Downey left in 1984 and was replaced in 1985 by Jimmy Wilcox. The same year, Lanier left and was replaced by Tommy Zvonchek. BOC released its 13th album, Club Ninja, in January 1986. Bassist Joe Bouchard left in 1986 and was replaced by Jon Rogers. In 1987, Lanier returned to the group, and Ron Riddle replaced Wilcox on drums. BOC's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final new album on Columbia Records in July 1988. BOC scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddle on drums. In 1994, Blue Oyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album of re-recorded favorites, in connection with the use of their music in the TV miniseries of horror novelist Stephen King's The Stand. Numerous lineup changes ensued throughout the '90s (as the band kept on touring the world), and in 1995, were the subject of a double disc anthology, Workshop of the Telescopes. By the late '90s, BOC had signed with the CMC label, resulting in their first album of all-new studio material in ten years, 1998's Heaven Forbid, and three years later The Curse of the Hidden Mirror. The group's music reached a whole new generation of hard rock fans when Metallica covered the BOC classic "Astronomy" for their best-selling Garage Inc. album in 1998, as a few other best-of collections surfaced around the same time -- Super Hits and Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best Of. In 2001, Columbia/Legacy reissued BOC's first four releases with a newly remastered sound and added bonus tracks.
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