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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B003O5MNJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Remastered from the original tapes are Godzilla; Goin' Through the Motions; I Love the Night , and the rest of this 1977 fave. PLUS you'll hear unissued versions of Be My Baby; Please Hold; Night Flyer , and more!

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SPECTRES shows the bands hard and softer side quite well.
Michael Courtney
"Godzilla", "Golden Age of Leather", "Fireworks", "I Love The Night" & "Nosferatu" are my TOP Favorites on this album.
Kevin B. "0820"
This album has a lot of variety and I pretty much like every track.
Steven Sly

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on May 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the success of `Don't Fear the Reaper,' it had been proven that even a complex band like Blue Oyster Cult had the potential to score huge FM radio hits; the musical pioneers earned a strong following among the nation's metal fan base with their dark, cryptic, heavy brand of rock, but the aforementioned single and album "Agents of Fortune" propelled them to Top 20 status. Perhaps sensing that their mysterious heavy metal could still make a hit single, BOC recorded "Spectres," a record which Rolling Stone described as "Hard as nails but sweet as cream...proves Blue Oyster Cult to be the Fleetwood Mac of heavy metal." It embraces the menace and grim hauntings of earlier records, but the tracks here have been sculpted slightly to allow for FM radio station accessibility (for instance, a previous example `This Ain't the Summer Of Love'). BOC were still one studio album away from letting loose with a deliberate attempt at pop-metal (1979's "Mirrors"), but this was the layout for their plan for heavy metal domination.
Most of the material on this album and its predecessor is much more direct and slightly shorter than earlier classics like `7 Screaming Diz-Busters' or `Astronomy.' But the mystique is always present, and the Cult delivers a careful, meticulous assault. The gorgeous `I Love the Night' and the irresistible `Goin' Through the Motions' are, in hindsight, obvious preludes to what BOC were aiming for with "Mirrors." `Nosferatu' and the concert crowd-pleaser `Godzilla' perfectly embrace the sci-fi/horror flick themes that have always been identified with the group, neatly woven into blistering tapestries.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By music fan on February 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Spectres is not my favorite BOC album, or even top three favorite but, I was so pleased with the previous BOC remasters I had to get it. For $10.99 it was money well spent.

The remaster slightly improves the overall sound and clarity of the album and while the packaging is slightly less robust than the remasters of the first 4 BOC albums, it certainly has more to offer than the original cd release.

The bonus tracks are leftovers from the same recording sessions that yielded the album so I wasn't expecting anything fantastic. That said, I actually think Night Flyer is a stonger track than one or two of the tracks that made the original Spectres. Also, M For Murder is decent as is their cover of Be My Baby (surprisingly).

Overall a very solid remaster. I have already ordered the Legacy Edition of Some Enchanted Evening and as someone mentioned earlier...

Where is the remaster of On Your Feet Or On Your Knees???
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2007
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Coming off their immortal hit "Don't Fear The Reaper" and the classic album "Agents Of Fortune," Blue Oyster Cult decided that "if it was worth doing, it was worth overdoing." I always thought the similarity to the title "Spectres" and the wall-of-sound production style of the legendary Phil Spector was not a coincidence, as the band layered it on like never before. As they posted on "RU Ready To Rock," "I only live to be born again." So what the heck, since they had just become one of the hottest touring rock acts of the seventies, why not go all out?

That they did. "Spectres" is crazy with variety. From a monster (yes, pun intended) riff rocker that opens the album with "Godzilla" to the dark double whammy the closed the original album via "I Love The Night" and "Nosferatu," the band let their imaginations run wild. The allusion to Spector comes through loud and clear on "I Love The Night," with atmosphere and density for miles. There was even an unrecognized hit single co-written by Eric Bloom and Ian Hunter, "Going Through The Motions." Why there wasn't another radio breakthrough ala "Reaper" amazes me to this day. The mood was often dark, but it was more a thrill-ride than a slasher-flick. The cinematic sci-fi boys' choir on "The Golden Age Of Leather" would have made Queen proud.

In the Blue Oyster Cult's second act of their illustrious career (the knockout first three albums, then the seventies arena period from "Agents" through "Fire Of Unknown Origin" to the mixed line-up albums that followed), "Spectres" is probably second or third on my list of favorites. (Number one is "Agents.") I am quite pleased by the re-mastering, more so for the repackage job than the slapdash original CD. Here is hoping "Mirrors" and "Cultosaurus Erectus" get the same respectful treatment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Ross Archer on December 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
For me, this review is A) My very 1st review on Amazon & B) unequivocally my all-time favorite L.P ever. Big statement to make, so here's my little piece on just why this album gets to me like no other...

Firstly a little plug for Martin Popoff's excellent book on the 'cult "Blue oyster cult-Secrets revealed". It is a very well written book with lots of great insights about the key reason for their success-the great music they produced together. If you are a fan of the band, then i urge you to buy the book. It is well worth the money !!! But crucially in acknowledging this book, what it did was give me unparalleled insight into how "Spectres" came into being, Where the band in terms of their overall career, personal relationships between members & management and so on. Armed with this extra knowledge, i feel vastly more confident in giving a more considered, balanced & more objective review than if i had not read the book previously. O.K, thats enough background. On with the review...

Coming off the heels of a successful tour & major career boost that was "Dont fear the reaper" , the bands confidence was very high & all came into this project wanting to do an album that would connect with a bigger audience, hence the album containing more poppish sounds than previously.
To progress, you have to try different things which may at the time be slightly alien to some sectors of your fanbase, but the greatest artists never settle. They need to keep challenging themselves-didn't Neil Young head for the ditch on more than one occasion ???. Anyways, all band members came into the sessions armed with great ideas. Which to digress slightly is another crucial aspect of why this group is so great.
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