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  • Audio CD (September 27, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fire of Unknown Origin
2. Burnin' for You
3. Veteran of the Psychic Wars
4. Sole Survivor
5. Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver
6. Vengeance (The Pact)
7. After Dark
8. Joan Crawford
9. Don't Turn Your Back

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Considered to be the some of their finest work since Agents of Fortune , this flight of dark fantasy, which includes the Top 40 hit, Burnin' for You , will satisfy the souls of Cult fans everywhere!

Customer Reviews

In fact, it's one of the best rock albums ever!
C. Duchesne
This is a great album will always be one of my favorites, they don't make music like this anymore and I really wish they did.
leah
From Fire of Unknown Origin and climaxing with Joan Crawford, this album will make a fan out of you.
Augusto C. Hernandez

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on June 13, 2004
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Blue Oyster Cult's two previous studio albums had been quite different from one another; "Mirrors" was a mostly light metal collection of pop attempts and the following "Cultosaurus Erectus" had been just the opposite, an almost stripped-down crunching guitar-dominated record. This may be why 1981's "Fire of Unknown Origin" received such a warm welcome; it sounded as gutsy and confident as their mid-70s breakthroughs, but was all the while accessible and easily enjoyable.
The success of "Agents of Fortune" been seemingly accidental; it certainly wasn't what you'd call mainstream for 1976, but it was BOC's unlikely commercial breakthrough. Its follow-up, "Spectres" saw the band trying to find another runaway hit single like they had with 'Don't Fear the Reaper,' yet still keeping their heavy metal poison in tact (the next year they would tone down the metal side). "Fire of Unknown Origin" sounds like a mix of those two albums. It has all of the blazing, dark, cryptic musical imagery of "Agents of Fortune" and their earlier works, yet there is still a catchiness to a lot of the music, making it an album fans will want to play again and again. Old friends such as Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Patti Smith made cameo appearances, but their contributions were mostly limited to being lyrical, as this album catches the band out-showing the outsiders.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on August 15, 2013
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Today, I heard that Allen Lanier died. It kind of hit hard as Blue Oyster Cult were one of my gateway bands into hard rock and heavy metal. Having an Aunt who gave me Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath albums helped, too. But BOC, they were pushing buttons with songs like "Dominance and Submission" and "Don't Fear The Reaper." So I became a fan. Loyal even through the albums like "Mirrors" and "Cultosaurus Erectus." Then, in the summer of 1981, "Fire Of Unknown Origin" arrived at my college radio station. All the detractors could then officially go to hell. "Fire Of Unknown Origin" kicked as hard as "Spectres" and "Agents of Fortune." And oddly enough, this may have been one of Lanier's finest moments with the band, as many of these songs are heavily keyboard and synth driven.

Take the lead-off of the title track. On top of one of Buck Dharma's fiery lead guitar solos, Lanier lays down a keyboard bed that was worthy of The Cars. This was, after all, 1981 and plenty of bands were playing catch up with the music of the times. But Blue Oyster Cult did so on a minimal level, relying mostly on Lanier's keys and tighter song compositions. It was those qualities that made "Burning For You," the second of only two singles to ever break the Top 40 for the band, such a marvel. Tightly wound up with a great Dharma lick to open it up, it was set up as a standard pop construction but with bigger sound.

There was an additional incentive for the band on "Fire Of Unknown Origin." They were approached by the producers of the upcoming "Heavy Metal" animated feature to contribute a couple of new songs. They responded with one of the band's best, "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars." A pounding martial drum gives marching orders to a soldier who has seen so many battles that "wounds are all I'm made of.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lama on January 26, 2007
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I listened to this album over and over when it first appeared in the early 80's. Don't know where that original LP went to (my brother says he doesn't have it) so I bought the CD. Glad I did. "Burnin' for You" isn't even the best song -- that distinction belongs to "Joan Crawford" imho. Really there's not a single horrible cut on this record -- even "Sole Survivor" is tolerable. That said, this album is still number six on my list overall. Here are the top five: Secret Treaties, Tyranny and Mutation, Blue Oyster Cult, Agents of Fortune, Spectres.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on May 12, 2000
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In the heyday of the eighties, when rock n' roll was dying down to commercially accessible and simple compositions, Blue Öyster Cult maintained their strong musicianship and writing while still reforming their sound into a hybrid of the new sound and their old rock mentality. This album is as vibrant as anything they had put out in the previous decade, still wrought with infectious hard-hitting rock n' roll that screams with passion and talent. "Burnin' for You," the only real hit off this album is worthy of the attention it received. It is a wonderful song; great lyrics, great guitar ("Buck Dharma" rulez), and a beautiful melody. "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" got its just due as another recognizable hit that was featured on the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack, although the other song on this album, "Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver" would have been a better choice (and I absolutely love the opening guitar riff to that song...let loose the wailing metal siren). But either way, "Veteran..." was yet another collaboration with sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock, and it is a brilliant song. It screams the word "epic." "Vengeance: The Pact" is my fourth favorite. This song is closest to the classic sound of BÖC than anything else on the album. The rest of the album is filled with simple arrangements, great lyrics, and a good blend of synthesizers and loud guitars. Basically what most rock bands of the eighties were doing, only BÖC were doing it much better. All hail the Blue Öyster Cult!
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Attention SONY: BOC's "Fire" needs the Remaster/Deluxe cd reissue !
To be fair, the band itself hasn't been very good at putting out product for a long time. Cult Classics? Career of Evil: The Metal Years? And Heaven Forbid included that dreaded "we-are-out-of-ideas" move, the song sequel ("Still Burnin'"), a re-recording of "In... Read More
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