The Revolution By Night

October 13, 1987 | Format: MP3

$8.91
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 13, 1987
  • Release Date: October 13, 1987
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 42:00
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  • ASIN: B00138D2ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,523 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Overall I think it is a great musical experience.
P. Gatton
The rest of the album sounds like a weak remake of Spectres their most boring record.
JOHN SPOKUS
I love the guitar work on these songs, especially the use of feedback.
skybluboy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm no kid, just didn't want to create an account. At this point, 1983, B.O.C. was putting out their first studio record in 2 years, new drummer Rick Downey was in, original drummer & songwriter Albert Bouchard -out. On RBN, Bruce Fairbarn's (Loverboy, Aerosmith) production was too slick, very 80's, and a bit dated in spots. But overall, there are some real gems here. The two best tracks are "Take Me Away", which features some guitar from guest Aldo Nova, and a killer vocal from Eric Bloom. Then we get the ultra-cool "Shooting Shark", with lyrics by Patti Smith, and a great melodic vocal from Buck Dharma, this tune had session man/"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson on the "slap" bass. From there, it's spotty. "Eyes On Fire" is way too corny, and sounds like a bad Billy Joel outtake, not good at all. "Veins" has a cool and interesting Richard Meltzer lyric/storyline but the music is all mucked-up with electronic drums,(dated) and dopey synth effects - same goes for "Shadow Of California". After the misfire "Shadow", we get Eric Bloom's "Feel The Thunder"- not bad, but not great either. "Let Go" is totally stupid, but in an odd straight-rock-anthem way, is a lotta fun, and makes you laugh. "Dragon Lady"(co-written by Blotto !) comes off bland-although The Tubes may have done well with it...Don't listen to other folks who don't get "Light Years Of Love", it's a classic ballad sung by bassist Joe Bouchard, with lyrics by Helen Wheels. This song is one of Joe's best, it's soaring melody, beautiful wordplay, and imagery will take you into the outer limits...the 5th dimension, where the speed of light between 2 hearts collide. Dig it. Hoagie out. BOC rocks- On Tour Forever!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ji on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When people think of Blue Oyster Cult, its usually 'Don't Fear the Reaper' or 'Godzilla'. If there was an album in their prolific career that all of their works should be compared to, its 'The Revolution By Night'. The musicianship throughout this album is nothing short of spectacular. 'Take Me Away' and 'Shooting Shark' both enjoyed some airplay, but faded quickly. Too often, people mistakenly criticize the style variation on this album for lack of focus. Each song is well thought out and well produced. The only fault that could be found is in the trite lyrics. If you are looking for lyrical epiphanies, this ain't your album. If you want a high energy, melodic kick-ass (save for two ballads) album, it will be the best 10 bucks you've spent in a loooong time.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rustmanic on December 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is for the imaginative. The creative mind appreciates music that permeates. Revolution By Night will take you on a journey through your own mind, and it will clean out the cobwebs. To do the album justice, you have to contemplate it, and not just have it playing in the background. Calling BOC's songs "haunting" doesn't really describe it, because they are not depressing. A better term might be "probing," because they explore areas you've never been within yourself, and it's a very worthwhile exploration.
I don't believe in touting certain songs in reviews, because that spoils the joy of discovery by each listener. These songs will grow on you. Many will say BOC's first few albums were their best. Personally, I feel they reached their peak in the early '80s, and this was their crowning achievement.
I'm a music aficionado who listens to thousands of albums from thousands of artists in all genres. Blue Oyster Cult is one of the ten greatest groups ever, in my estimation, and this album is likewise among the best ten of all-time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Recchia on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't think that "The Revolution By Night" is the best album B.O.C. ever made, but it's certainly not their worst album, either. I have mixed feelings about the sound of the album. I hate the syn-drums, but I like the way the synthesizers sound...a comfy synthesizer sound. Overall, one of their better sounding albums...at least in my grumble opinion. Bruce Fairbairn, the late GREAT Bruce Fairbairn,that is... produced it.

In terms of songs, there are some real gems, along with a few duds. Unlike many other peoples who have reviewed this album, I happen to really LIKE "Light Years Of Love". I'll agree that Joe Bouchard's vocal is a bit awkward, but the lyrics are gorgeous and the production is beautiful. I like the Spanish guitar solo, love the sound of the synthesizers and I even like Downey's drumming on it. It's a nice little ballad!

Eric Bloom gives another one of his commanding vocal performances on the album's opening cut "Take Me Away", a song he wrote with Aldo Nova (who plays on the track) that deals with Eric wanting to be taken away by aliens! Strong guitar riff, powerful vocal melody, catchy as all heck, with an exciting and very listenable instrumental section. Unfortunately, this song is followed by one of the album's weaker cuts, "Eyes On Fire", one of B.O.C.'s first songs (or maybe their absolute first) studio track to be completely written by an outsider. It's kind of catchy, but it's made a bit unlistenable by the electronic drums.

The electronic/syn-drums don't bother me too bad on "Shooting Shark", a very atmospheric song that was written by Donald Roeser and Patti Smith. Nice sax solo, good bass playing by Randy Jackson, this is one of the album's better songs. "Veins", a Roeser/Meltzer colloboration, isn't a bad song either, though some B.O.C.
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