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76 minutes of "thinking-man's metal," courtesy of Blue Oyster Cult! Includes all their hits- (Don't Fear) The Reaper; Burnin' for You; In Thee , and Shooting Shark -plus Godzilla; Joan Crawford; Black Blade; The Red & the Black; I Love the Night; Astronomy , and six more Cult classics.

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004HYKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blue Oyster Cult is one of my favorite bands.
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If you're just a casual fan or if you're wanting to get started listening to BOC, this is a great place to start.
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Greg on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For curiosity seekers interested in a sampling of the Cult's recording career with CBS, this new "Best Of" is serviceable, but not as thorough as the 2-disc "Workshop of the Telescopes" put out a few years back. The songs on this new disc were compiled based on fan votes for the Oyster Boys' best material, so some of the inclusions are questionable (for example, why "Marshall Plan" but not "Monsters"? or "Goin Through the Motions" but not "Golden Age of Leather"?), but overall the track listing does an admirable job of offering the listener a window on the world of one of the most bizarre, talented, and underrated American rock bands ever. Too musically accomplished, too lyrically complex, and too intelligent to warrant the "heavy metal" label under which they are often grouped, the Cult has offered a darkly satirical take on American life and institutions since the early 1970s. In a sense, they might be thought of as the Steely Dan of hard rock, picking up the clean, well-scrubbed flagstones of society to see what's crawling around in the darkness underneath.Read more ›
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
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I certainly can't find fault with any of the songs here. But what I can do is direct you to the double antholgy "Workshop Of The Telescopes," which has a more complete selection. BOC is a band that recorded at least four must-have albums and a load of super cuts in their later years, so this set seriously under-represents them. On the other hand, if all you want is "Don't Fear The Reaper," then by all means, go for it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2007
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Blue Oyster Cult is a group that nearly has no genre. Much of their early music, only a little of which appears in this compilation, is hard rock with flashes of progressive rock. Most startling are their lyrics, sometimes almost comedic, typically creatively bizarre, and just as frequently so eclectic as to be incomprehensible.

With the success of "Agents of Fortune" Blue Oyster Cult's music changed to a milder rock style, and in some cases, pop. The titles often remain bizarre, such as "Veteran of the Psychic Wars," and the lyrics also remain challenging and unusual, but the music itself is softer.

Consider, for example, "Goin' Through the Motions." This music sounds like something Foreigner might have created rather than the group that created "Harvester of Eyes" and "Flaming Telepaths." Even mellower is "In Thee," which I consider the mellowest song in this collection. This song is romantically beautiful, and somewhat un-Cult.

While I've focused somewhat on the more uncharacteristic songs in this collection, I would be remiss if I did not point out one of the best songs in this collection, "Shooting Shark." This song, from 1983's "Revolution by Night," is somewhat a product of its time, featuring electronics and an early 80s sound, and yet, it contains that spark that has always been at the heart of BOC's best music.

Blue Oyster Cult was formed in 1967, and released an album as recently as 2001. While they were likely strongly influenced by a variety of groups, they have also influenced a variety of musical styles that range from current hard rock to nu-metal or thrash. The length of Blue Oyster Cult's career is barely touched in this sixteen song collection.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Reinwald on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
B.O.C. is one of the greatest bands of all time and there is no way you can get all of their great songs on one cd, but for casual B.O.C. fans, this is the way to go. Obviously, everyone knows the classics "Godzilla", "Don't Fear The Reaper" & "Burnin' For You", but they have so much more. "Black Blade" is, in my opinion, the band's greatest song and "Take Me Away" has one of the greatest lead breaks ever. I could go one for hours, but I hate to bore. Bottom line is that the Cult is a great band and this cd is a must-buy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David (5Cats) Hiebert on May 6, 2000
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As a die hard BOC fan, I totally enjoy this CD. It has lots of good tunes all in one place, and they're re-mastered! It is a big plus to actually hear Eric singing the lyrics. Sure it doesn't have all their best songs, try Workshop of the Telescopes (which also has lots of so-so songs and is NOT re-mastered). This is a must-have for fans and a good intro into the BOC world. Newcommers should also try 'Secret Treaties' or 'Career of Evil'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pablo De Sevilla on August 31, 2001
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This is a great introduction to BOC, with songs representing most of their albums. They really were a great band - superb musicianship, beautiful lyrics. And the remastering is excellent. My only minor quibble: "Goin' through the motions" could have given way for something else. Otherwise, crank it up and get into the dark and mysterious world of BOC.
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