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Workshop of the Telescopes

Blue Oyster CultAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll (Album Version) 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Transmaniacon MC (Album Version) 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Before The Kiss, A Redcap (Album Version) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stairway To The Stars 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Buck's Boogie (Album Version) 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. WorkShop of the Telescopes (Promo- Only Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Red and the Black (Promo- Only Version) 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters (Album Version) 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Career Of Evil (Album Version) 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Flaming Telepaths (Album Version) 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Astronomy (Album Version) 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Subhuman (Album Version) 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Harvester Of Eyes (Album Version) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. M.E. 262 (Album Version) 8:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Born To Be Wild (First Time on CD) 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  2. This Ain't The Summer Of Love (Album Version) 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) (Album Version) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Godzilla (Album Version) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Goin' Through The Motions (Album Version) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Golden Age Of Leather (Album Version) 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kick Out The Jams (Album Version) 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. In Thee (Album Version) 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Marshall Plan (Album Version) 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Album Version) 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Burnin' For You (Album Version) 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dominance And Submission (Live Version) 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Take Me Away (Album Version) 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Shooting Shark (Album Version) 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Dancin' In The Ruins (Album Version) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Perfect Water (Album Version) 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of Long Island's Finest 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible over-view for the starter! November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good overview. May 27, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Cd scratched and skips
Published 2 months ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Homage to early BOC
Much rockier/ less pop rock than other best of BOC records. First CD is all from the first three albums (with the exception of their take on Born to be Wild). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul M. Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid set
Blue Oyster Cult, the underrated hard rock band, released this compilation album in 1995. This 2-CD set contains a lot of this band's very best material. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joker
4.0 out of 5 stars good collection
very good yet incomplete collection. 32 songs, that could also have a third CD tocomplete the decade of the best songs by the original members.
Published 11 months ago by David Plemel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
I love this album!!! It brought Godzilla and The Reaper onto one CD. It has all of they're greatest hits and then some. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Talon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hosehead's Review
If you are not a huge BOC fan, then you'll like this greatest hits. It has all the big ones. On a positive note, it includes a live version of Workshop of the Telescopes (never... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hosehead
4.0 out of 5 stars 'My Heart Is Black And My Lips Are Cold'
When it comes to BOC, I'm not a fan of "Best Of" albums. But beginning with Agents of Fortune, I guess they had no choice but to release only their hits since exceptional thorough... Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Tanasqui TEAA
4.0 out of 5 stars A good taste of BOC
As far as greatest hits collections go, this one is good.

The problem is, you lose a lot of the awesome blending and symphony like qualities of the original alblums... Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by A. Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for the price I paid!
I always loved BOC's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Burnin' for You" and was looking for a decently priced CD that had both of these songs. Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by KathyE NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars how to become a fan instantly!
if you were never familiar with Oyster songs(other than the Reaper) and want to know just what they are this will certainly tell ya what they are! Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Kid Icarus
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