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Buck Dharma tears it up on Astronomy !!

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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 8:25:43 AM PDT
Snoo says:
I was in the "right frame of mind" yesterday. Ipod was on shuffle mode and "Astronomy" came on. The volume went up and I enjoyed the ride. What great guitar work throughout. I wish the song was about 15 min. long ! I've known how good it is for many years but yesterday was one of those times it just really kicked my a - - !
Thats all. Just wanted to share my experience. ;)

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 10:09:09 AM PDT
Buck tears it up on the first 3 Blue Oyster Cult albums.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 10:20:51 AM PDT
tokolosi says:
on a lot more than just those...

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 11:32:52 AM PDT
One of the best live albums ever made was BOC's On Your Feet or On Your Knees

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 11:37:48 AM PDT
waxtomcat says:
Great underrated song from a great underrated LP by a great underrated band. BTW Metallica's version is pretty good too.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 11:40:41 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Buck tears that tune up on Some Enchanted Evening (live) too...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:44:40 AM PDT
bass boy says:
News is, Sony will release a BOC albums box set of all the CDs, remasterd, up to Imaginos later this year.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 12:00:03 PM PDT
Snoo says:
No doubt. In fact, thats the version I was referring to.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 12:09:23 PM PDT
J. Beaver says:
BOC may be the only band with more greatest hits albums than official studio releases of original material. The extended guitar solo in "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" from 'Extraterrestrial Live' shreds, btw. It's also one of the greatest live albums ever.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 12:53:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2012 12:54:08 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
By my count that's 3 great live ones!

And add the most recent live one (the title escapes me for the moment)
That makes 4!

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 1:05:49 PM PDT
Hoagie Mike says:
Don Roeser rules!

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 4:00:33 PM PDT
ME 262 from "On your Feet or On your Knees" 5 gutair "solo" Now thats a live song! Saw them play it in 1975 at the Toledo Sports Arena (Triumph was the opening act)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 4:34:47 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
Buck Dharma is simply one of the best. I'll take his playing over just about anyone else in rock.
Fast, fluid, clean and melodic.
My favorite : The tag solo on "Dominance and Submission".

Here's hoping the long overdue box set actually materializes.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 5:32:19 PM PDT
JP says:
Though Astronomy ISN'T on On Your Knees (as vivazappa mentions it's on Some Enchanted Evening) I will definitely be interested in the remastered edition! As much as I like that album you have to admit it's one horribly produced live album!! Especially when compared to Some Enchanted Evening and Extraterrestrial Live!

It would be great to finally hear well produced versions of The Subhuman, Seven Screaming Dizbusters and Dom & Sub, my 3 personal favorites from the double album.

As for Some Enchanted Evening, I was at the Atlanta show that 2 of the tracks are from and, if memory serves, Astronomy was awesome there as well. So, 3 shows a couple months apart, 2 great versions, one not so great (but still good).

Including bootlegs and DVDs I probably have 8-9 versions of Astronomy and the one off Some Enchanted Evening remains the best (in my humble opinion). Funny thing though, the version on the DVD that came with the remastered version a few years ago was no where near as good! Proves even the best of bands can have an off night, probably why it took so long to release it, since it's obviously pro-filmed and recorded!

And the version of Astronomy off the Live 1976 DVD is pretty good as well but, like On Your Knees... that DVD is also marred by poor production.

And, come to think of it, Imaginos doesn't sound very good either. I'll have to check that remaster out as well since I LOVE In The Presence of another World and The Seige of.....Frankenstein's Castle. Too bad Albert never got enough money to finish Imaginos as he originally planned it!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 5:36:07 PM PDT
JP says:
Oh - J. Beaver -

Did you know that the entire Flordia show that most of Extraterrestrial Live was taken from was also filmed and is floating around on the Internet!!

A friend found it, downloaded it and burned it on DVD! VERY good quality, though it looks like someone captured it from a VHS and it's only in stereo.

Makes one wonder why B.O.C. has never officially released it?!?

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 6:00:27 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
As most have said before-Buck rips it up on just about everything and he's still got it
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 7:07:09 PM PDT
J. Beaver says:
I didn't know that. I've been looking for 'Black & Blue' for ages; I wonder that I didn't come across it by accident. I love the live albums being discussed here, but ironically, the best-sounding live recording of the band I've ever heard was a performance broadcast on the King Biscuit Flour Hour. I downloaded it because it was labeled as being from Reading 1976, but instead it was this King Biscuit show from the mid-80s, as they open with "Take Me Away", and do some other songs that didn't exist in '76. The sound quality is better than any of their official live releases, so I have to wonder who makes the decisions about which shows get made into live albums. Some bands don't use entire shows, but pick and choose the best version from recordings of multiple shows. I tend to prefer the continuity of the album at least sounding like it was all from a single performance, with no fades or breaks between tracks. Perhaps that's partly why ETL ranks so high with me. I'm gonna look for that video. Thanks.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 7:38:05 PM PDT
I love the live version of Then Came The Last Days In May from On Your Feet On Your Knees. The vocals, the tone of Bucks guitar, the keyboards and bass sound so great on that version. Buck Dharma is one of the greatest guitarists of alltime. He does it all. Fast and loud, slow and sweet.
I Love The Night is a classic Buck song too.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 7:46:56 PM PDT
JP I agree , the production was horrible. I can remenber "remastering" it to a reel to reel through a equalizer. it helped some, but would love to hear it re mastered

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 8:06:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2012 4:52:17 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
There are few bands I dig more than BOC, even 40 years or so later, they still get lots of speaker time in my house & car.
As incredible as the first three studio albums are, none of them aound all that great. The first one sounds like it was recorded in a cave. I love the guitar sounds on "Tyranny & Mutations" (my favorite), but the drums have no thunder to them at all. "Secret Treaties", same thing, but the guitars sound dirtier.
"Agents" & "Spectres" (those two combined would've made a hellacious double album!) were much better, sound-wise. "Mirrors" has that shiny-bright production. Like Cheap Trick's "In Color" or The MC5's "Back In The USA", it sounds even more tame because of the album(s) that proceeded it.

My favorite live album is still "On Your Feet", warts and all, but it badly needs an expanded and remastered version!

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 9:38:08 PM PDT
"Tyranny" and "Secret Treaties" are the best. "E.T.I" from "Agents" rocks too.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 4:48:24 PM PDT
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Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2012 6:55:09 PM PDT
JP says:
J -

I also have Black and Blue, was lucky enough to get the Brazilian import DVD during the few months it was available right here on Amazon for under $25. (I reviewed it here on Amazon and uploaded a picture of the cover).

I've since read it was a capture of the old hi-fi VHS but you wouldn't know it from watching it; the video is flawless and it's in dolby digital 5.1. So I don't know what to think, either the article was wrong, or the company behind it did a masterful job, including the mix into 5.1. Personally I think the article was wrong, it's TOO good.

Good thing too (that I got the DVD), I never did see the VHS, and only saw the movie at a midnight madness drive-in show in the early 80s with Song Remains the Same.

Maybe one day they and Sabbath will pull their collective heads out and officially release it domestically. One would have thought Dio's passing would have fast-tracked it but...nnnooooooooo

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 6:52:53 PM PDT
JP says:
P.S. - I'll pull out the DVD for the ETL show (Hollywood FL) and see what the title is. As mentioned, it's pro-shot, I think it was for foreign TV or something.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 7:07:45 PM PDT
June 1979 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego

Shakin Street
Pat Travers Band
Cheap Trick
Blue Oyster Cult!!!!!

What a concert, near the end of BOC's closing set, they put 5 guitars on the stage at the same time! It tweaked my right ear so bad that I have had hearing loss in that ear ever since. Buck Dharma is the most ear piercing lead guitar that I have ever heard. Yes to the Box Set, long over due!
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