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A Long Day's Night

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Stairway to the Stars
  2. Burning for You
  3. OD'd on Life Itself
  4. Dance on Stilts
  5. Buck's Boogie
  6. Quicklime Girl
  7. Harvest Moon
  8. Astronomy
  9. Cities on Flame
  10. Perfect Water
  11. Lips in the Hills
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00006JJ1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Marc Jacobs on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Blue Oyster Cult rocked the Skyline Stage at Chicago's Navy Pier on the first night of Summer 2002. It was among the best shows that Blue Oyster Cult has ever performed. I was there. And now through the magic of compressed bits and bytes, I can be 'there' again and again by listening to this CD. And so can you. This is the record of the year. Get it. (And don't forget to get the DVD version of this concert which is also available) One final thought - It seems illogical that this band sounds better today than they did more than 25 years ago when I first saw them perform live - but they do - go figure!
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By A Customer on September 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let me first say that I am a long-time hardcore Blue Oyster Cult fan and as such my review is likely to be biased. I unfortunately wasn't at the show where this was recorded so have been eagerly awaiting my chance to hear it.
The packaging is very attractive, some slick art work and there are some great photos of the band included in the liner notes. The big drawback and - for me a longterm gripe with BOC - is the lack of any written information on the album or the band. This is the first live album in 20 years for pete's sake and with the new line up including Miranda on bass and Rondinelli on drums. Where's the harm in putting a little commentary on?
On first listen I can report it has a great live feel. All the old favourites are there - to be honest I could have done without yet another version of Reaper, Godzilla, Burnin' and Buck's Boogie but they are the band's trademarks and they had to be included. To be fair these are particularly good renditions of all four numbers and showcase the relative talents of all the band members admirably including the newbies who cope very well with the old material but I can't help feeling the performances are TOO polished. They play these songs at every show and along the way they appear to have lost their spontaneity and enthusiasm for them. Dare I say they sound a little jaded: "ho hum here we go with Reaper - again."
They also include Astronomy as a bonus number not to be included on the soon to be released DVD of this performance. Well I hate to say it but this is one decision that I find difficult to understand. Eric Bloom's voice is no longer up to the Astronomy challenge that much is apparent even though he does a remarkable job on most of his other tracks.
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Format: Audio CD
Several excellent reviews have already been written about this album. I will not try to out-do them, but I have a slightly different viewpoint on a few issues.
Regarding the "rent-a-rhythm-section": Instrumentally, the new drummer and bassist are excellent! Bobby Rondinelli is one of the best rock drummers in the world, and manages to keep things interesting throughout the album. The main difference between Bobby and original drummer Al Bouchard is that Bobby is less jazz influenced. Expect some serious hard-rock drumming! New bassist Danny Miranda (hardly "new" after several years in the band),puts his own creative touch on the bass lines, wandering off into new and slightly different territory instead of sticking strictly to Joe Bouchard's original bass lines. As I said, instrumentally speaking, the new rhythm section rocks! The Bouchard's are still, and will always be missed in the background/harmony vocals department though. The background/harmony vocals are good but not great on this album.
Regarding Eric Bloom's vocals and "Astronomy": E.B.'s lead vocals still sound great. He may have lost a bit of his high register, and the grittiest end of his growl, but his sneering biker-turned-spaceman vocals still retain all the vigor and attitude that are Bloom's trademarks. There is usually a high-note at the end of Astronomy that Bloom doesn't try for on this album, but it hardly effects the impact of the song. To the contrary, this version of Astronomy contains an extended guitar solo by Buck that is one of the finest and most exciting I've ever heard.
And now on to my few gripes: If you buy this album, expect to hear lots of lead vocals, lead guitar, and drums, but don't expect to have the rhythm guitar or bass jump out at you.
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BÖC put on an amazing performance at the Navy Pier this summer, and this disc does a great job of capturing 13 of the songs performed there. (The tracklist listed by Amazon is wrong. The CD tracklist is Stairway to the Stars, Burnin' For You, OD'd on Life Itself, Dance On Stilts, Buck's Boogie, Quicklime Girl, Harvest Moon, Astronomy, Cities on Flame, Perfect Water, Lips in the Hills, Godzilla and (Don't Fear) The Reaper.) Buck Dharma is the most under-rated guitarist of all time, and his awesome performance on this disc is simply amazing. He takes Burnin' For You to a whole new level here. Fellow original BÖC members Eric Bloom and Allen Lanier and long-time rhythm section Bobby Rondinelli and Danny Miranda are all in fine form as well. Don't pass this one up!
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This release is validation that Buck Dharma is the finest Axe shredder in the genre. The Oyster boys are on tour forever. Go see them and behold the master of technique and tone. BOC stalwarts Eric Bloom and Allen Lanier's contribution to the complex arrangements are better appreciated live. The lone caveat is the extended drum/bass solo section; though proficient it's just plain boring. This disc is sonically the best live BOC recording to date. Carefully selecting gems from 30 years of history, BOC has successfully managed to bring this unique music out of the classic rock wasteland and back on the stage where it thrives. Support American Rock-N-Roll. Buy this CD, check their tour dates and discover what all the fuss is about.
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