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32 tracks-three previously unreleased on CD-from the one early-'70s heavy metal band from America who could go toe-to-toe with the British (Led Zep, Black Sabbath) big boys! Includes every key tune: Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll; Buck's Boogie; Astronomy; (Don't Fear) The Reaper; Burnin' for You; Godzilla; Harvester of Eyes; Kick out the Jams , and more, with rare memorabilia and photos!

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002A2X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. E FELL on June 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Workshop Of The Telescopes" is a 2 cd compilation of Blue Oyster Cult's work from 1971-1985. The group consisted of the Bouchard brothers; Joe on bass and Albert on drums, Eric Bloom on vocals and guitar, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser on lead guitar and vocals, and Allen Lanier on keyboards and guitar. The band played a sort of progressive "thinking man's" hard rock. Some of their songs were co-written by such people as Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Patti Smith (Lanier's girlfriend). The lyrics were at times abstract, futuristic, and horror/science fiction influenced. Their first three albums are the most interesting and make up the bulk of the material on the first disc. Concert favorites such as "Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll", "Astronomy" (lately covered by Metallica), "Career Of Evil" and other essential cuts are here. Regretably "Then Came The Last Days Of May", and "Hot Rails To Hell" were not included. However, rare live promo versions of "Workshop Of The Telescopes", and "The Red And The Black" were included. Other rarites included are a version of "Buck's Boogie" from a compilation album and previously unissued studio version of "Born To Be Wild". The second disc contains material which was more commercial. Radio favorites like "Don't Fear The Reaper", "Godzilla", "Burnin' For You", and "Take Me Away" are included on the second disc. Other notable tracks on the second disc include "E.T.I.", "Dominance And Submission" and "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars" are included.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on March 6, 2000
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Staggeringly talented lead singer Eric Bloom, virtuoso guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, fluid keyboardist and the songwriting backbeat the Bouchard brothers formed a truly unique and powerful alliance in the '70s with Blue Oyster Cult, a marriage of progressive rock, metal and pop elements that made only a small dent on the charts but left a distinctive touch on rock history.
Some of the best, most innovative rock songs ever written can be found on this collection: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", invoking The Byrds vocally and in that resounding guitar line, but with a beautifully transcendental lyric that's like Led Zeppelin with a romantic factor; "Astronomy", one of the most dynamic and ethereal songs in the band's catalogue; the keyboard-driven "Flaming Telepaths", with its memorable melodic hooks; "Veteran of the Psychic Wars", the best song from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and a prog-rock gem; "Career of Evil", with its Patti Smith-penned lyric and tongue-in-cheek keyboards; "Goin' through the Motions", a sunny, irresistible piece of California rock...
Bloom's vocals are what distinguish the Cult from its competition. An instrument capable of tackling intense narratives (as in "Astronomy"), soaring pop anthems ("Goin' through the Motions") and eccentric madness ("Career of Evil"), Bloom's voice was a marvel, the perfect companion to Buck Dharma's always tasteful, melodic guitar lines. And remember that the band had two other vocalists, neither of whom has Bloom's power but contributing nonetheless to the diversity of the band's sound, Dharma's tasteful croon ("(Don't Fear) The Reaper") and drummer Albert Bouchard's strange pub-rock voice ("Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll") offering alternatives to the mighty Bloom bellow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry P. S. on November 3, 2004
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Looks like your one stop place for the beginner here.

The early punk-influencing tracks,and the cream of the mid-period are all here!

"Dancing In The Ruins" and "Perfect Water" are great to get here too,'cuz ya wouldn't wanna buy "Club Ninja" just for those two good tracks and miss the alternate early tracks on disc one here. So,just grab this and use it to guide you thru the BOC catalog. Just skip Club Ninja...really.

A great set covering all the early bases. Looks tasty!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2004
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Blue Oyster Cult are often overrated by fans but just as often underrated by everyone else. Their first three studio albums are great ALBUMS; they hold up as self-contained entities and sound fresh and engaging after all these years. While BOC's subsequent albums from AGENTS OF FORTUNE on have their moments, what's more noticeable is a few really good songs per album sandwiched between LOTS of filler and substandard material. Over time, they became the Seventies and Eighties equivalent of Steppenwolf, a band with strong individual, often radio-friendly tunes who couldn't sustain that creativity through an entire release. Maybe there's an acknowledgement to that comparison evidenced by BOC's cover of "Born To Be Wild," a journeyman studio version of which is included in this collection.
More striking, however, is that the first disc of this two-disc retrospective of BOC's years with Sony/Columbia is mainly given over to the music from those first three studio albums, while disc two culls material from seven of the eight studio albums that followed (the eighth, IMAGINOS, is one of the band's best and not only is it denied any representation here, it's not even in print anymore, which is outrageous!). You can rail and scream at the label wonks for their short-sightedness in song selection, but, honestly, I think they pegged it right this time. Those later albums just aren't up to the first three. Come on, admit it, when was the last time you played MIRRORS, CULTOSAURUS ERECTUS or CLUB NINJA? Even the band doesn't like CLUB NINJA!
But what you get with WORKSHOPS is a good distillation of what was, and is, good about Blue Oyster Cult.
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