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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster CultAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GMWFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transmaniacon MC
2. I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep
3. Then Came the Last Days of May
4. Stairway to the Stars
5. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
6. Screams
7. She's as Beautiful as a Foot
8. Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
9. Workshop of the Telescopes
10. Redeemed
11. Donovan's Monkey [#][*][Demo Version]
12. What Is Quicksand [#][*][Demo Version]
13. A Fact About Sneakers [#][*][Demo Version]
14. Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes [#][*][Demo Version]

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This 1972 debut album chartered the course from bluesy psychedelia to the fantastic posturings of heavy metal. 14 songs including Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll , and four previously unreleased bonus tracks!

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, Heavier, and Heaviest June 30, 2009
By Mike B.
Format:Audio CD
That's how I'd rate Blue Oyster Cult's 1st, 3rd, and 2nd albums (respectively). Collectively known as the band's "black and white period" for their cover art, they are 3 peerless monolithic slabs of heavy metal.

With this self-titled debut, BOC arrived on the scene with all their trademarks in place. The "hook and cross" logo? Yep, it's already there. The umlaut over the O of Oyster? Present and accounted for. And that's just the symbols. Already here are their cryptic sci-fi/horror lyrics and the blazing guitars and keyboards that are the calling card of their easily identifiable sound. So self-assured!

In some ways this is my favorite because of the variety it contains. "Screams" and "She's As Beautiful As A Foot" have a psychedelic edge to them, while "Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll" has a jazzy break and "Redeemed" serves up beautiful harmonies in an almost country setting.

The word that comes to mind when I listen to their second album "Tyranny And Mutation" is "relentless". There's an unusual flourish or tempo change here and there, but for the most part the band is in fierce speed-metal mode. There would be no Metallica if this record didn't exist. It's the best of its kind I've ever heard. "Hot Rails To Hell" and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" are every bit as sinister and propulsive as their titles imply. Not to be missed.

Their third release "Secret Treaties" combines the melodicism of the first album with the harder-edged attack of the second one. Many fans regard it as their finest achievement, and it's a fitting capstone to the "black and white" trilogy.

After this BOC found commercial success with "Don't Fear The Reaper", and filled coliseums on double bills with their British counterparts Black Sabbath (the "Black and Blue" tour).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew I'd like it, but not this much. July 14, 2011
By Stegor
Format:Audio CD
Well this was a pleasant surprise. I've enjoyed BOC's "popular" albums since the '70's: Agents, Spectres, Cultosaurus, and On Your Feet, and I saw them on the Spectres tour which I rank as one of the best shows I've ever seen. But I never got around to their first 3 until now. What surprised me even more is the quality of the bonus tracks, at least some of which were recorded when they were known as Stalk-Forest Group and/or Soft White Underbelly. Other than "Stairway to the Stars" EVERY song on here is awesome:

Transmaniacon MC - Starts out with a bang. It's heavy, but what strikes me is that they never let pure heaviness get in the way of a good song. Unlike Black Sabbath they were never ham-fisted. This is one of their biker gang songs (MC stands for Motorcycle Club), it contains drug references and Altamont and seems to glorify violence, topics I'm not particularly drawn to, but the song is so good I don't care. I'll excuse it as Rock Theater, like Alice Cooper glorifying necrophilia when we all know he doesn't really condone such things. Right?

I'm on the Lamb, But I Ain't no Sheep - Something about fleeing Canadian Mounties on a dogsled. Ridiculous, and catchy as hell.

Last Days of May - This song is completely different from the rest. It reminds me of something Springsteen might have written, like Spirits in the Night. It's a classic BOC song, one they really took seriously. A Buck Dharma song, with him on vocals, it's a preview of what was to come with Don't Fear the Reaper. There's so much tongue-in-cheekiness in their music, except this one. It's beautiful.

Stairway to the Stars - This one's stupid. Surprising they used to kick their shows off with it. It rocks out ok, but it is the weakest song and I don't think anyone could deny it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing debut. February 19, 2010
By T. Gadd
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Of course it was only their debut as BOC. They'd already been The Soft White Underbelly and The Stalk-Forrest Group, but this was the first album which actually got released (by Columbia, who had previously dropped them), and it was the first LP with the classic 72-81 line-up.

It's often said that an artist has the whole of their life to prepare for their first album, and maybe there's a smidgen of truth here. It'd be hard to get a spent match between any of their first three 'black and white' albums, but for my money, this slightly beats 'Tyranny and Mutation', which was written on tour, but falls short of their god-let's-admit-it's-awesome 'Secret Treaties' (74)

The Dark H.P Lovecraftian psyadelic noir of this album (HPL would have loved it) veers from crunching metal ('Cities on Flame', and 'Stairway to the Stars') to almost Band-esque country rock (with weird lyrics) ('Redeemed') and all points between. The band are diabolical, assissted by lyricist/guru Sandy Pearlman, and smart-arse cynic Richard Meltzer. This band had more published writers than anyone else I can think of (my last count, nine)

The album is a bit scattershot, but that's it's beauty. Where else could you squeeze in 'She's as Beautiful as a Foot', '(A Redcap) Before the Kiss', Then Came the Last Days of May' and 'Cities on Flame' on the same LP - not to mention the ones I already did.

BOC weren't heavy metal at this stage; they were just astonishing songwriters. Apart from 'Secret Treaties', this is their classic.
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they don't make music like this any more Great
Published 1 day ago by Gary Rutledge
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Published 21 days ago by Patrick T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Cult
This Cd is a prime example of B.O.C. and is a must have for anyone that likes this group. Bravo.
Published 3 months ago by Steve Magnetti
5.0 out of 5 stars BOC Rocks
The very first album has all the energy & riffs you want. The bonus tracks at the end, from the band that became BOC is also really cool to have.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Swenson
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loved it. got here quickly. good price...A+ X 5....I'm suppose to write another 11 words, but what more can be said. I new this blue oyster cult Cd was great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this album when it first came out. It was great then. And now I have on CD. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic
Probably the BOC album I've listened to the most (and owned it on cassette, LP and CD), though it is not typical of most of their work. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Oyster Cult Rocks
Their first and one of their best albums. New York City's best rock band of all time. Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser are great.
Published 10 months ago by Daniel W. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the most enduring music
This came out when I was still a teenager, and I still enjoy the music. My children grew up with it and still enjoy it. I am waiting to see if my grandchildren love BOC.
Published 11 months ago by Jemez Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great sounding record!
Great sounding album.
I'd recommend this to everyone.
Glad I could get this item for a great price.
Love it!
Published 11 months ago by Anthony Rodriguez
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