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Tyranny And Mutation

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The Cult follows up their debut with another solid release in 1973, bringing them one step closer to the commercial success they would soon enjoy. Includes The Red & the Black; Hot Rails to Hell; Baby Ice Dog; Wings Wetted Down; Teen Archer; Buck's Boogie , and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Red & the Black
  2. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  3. Hot Rails to Hell
  4. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  5. Baby Ice Dog
  6. Wings Wetted Down
  7. Teen Archer
  8. Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
  9. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll
  10. Buck's Boogie
  11. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  12. O.D.'d On Life Itself


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B003O5MO4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is another of the great remastered reissues of the first four Blue Öyster Cult albums which Sony put out on the Columbia/Legacy label. They include lyrics, photos, and liner notes by Lenny Kaye. They also contain additional tracks, and on this release that includes three live cuts and one outtake from the album session. In addition the albums have been digitally remastered and sound better than ever. "Tyranny and Mutation" was recorded in 1972 and released in February of 1973. It was produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman. This remastered CD was released on June 26th of 2001. Bruce Dickinson produced the remastered versions. One odd note about this album is that is their only album where the group is listed as The Blue Öyster Cult.

The album was originally going to be titled "The Red and The Black", and each side retains the subtitle from that original plan. The first four tracks (side one on the LP) are called "The Black" (physical, sensual, aural activation). It opens with "The Red & The Black", which is a new version of "I'm On the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" from their first album. This version is heavier and has more drive to it, and it is this version that appears on two of their live albums and that they still play today. It continues with "O.D.'d On Life Itself", "Hot Rails To Hell", and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters". All of these are regular concert fare for the group, and all are hard driving rock.

The next four tracks (side two on the LP) were titled "The Red" (phantasmagorical id-teasers and supernatural beings). It opens with "Baby Ice Dog" which is the first collaboration that the group did with Patti Smith. That is followed by "Wings Wetted Down", "Teen Archer", and "Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)".
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In retrospect, BOC (the Blue Oyster Cult)can be seen to have had two distinct phases in their sound and musical direction through their career. Agents of Fortune was the turning point for them, and although it was an excellent rock album and a good body of work, the BOC are often remembered by Cult purists and rock critics for their first three albums.
Tyranny and Mutation is the middle of these three, and although it is nearing thirty years old (!), the sound is remarkably fresh, original, yes, still hard.
T&M benefits from much improved production values and sonic quality over their first, eponymous release. Side-by-side, T&M makes the first record sound like it was recorded underwater or in a bathtub. Although the sound is much more open and alive, the lyrics remain cryptic, and the music retains enough of an edge to keep everything in its right and sinister place.
I saw an interesting comment earlier in these pages that the record has two distinct personalities, with the first half being more hard-rock than the second. There could be some credence to this, as the original vinyl edition was labeled 'the Red' on the first side, and 'the Black' on the second side.
The 'Red' side contains most of the heavy cuts that this record is remembered most for (7 Screaming Diz-busters, The Red and the Black, Hot Rails to Hell), but it would not be fair to say that it is the only side worthy of such consideration. The second, 'Black', is solid, good music, and just like it was mentioned by an earlier, astute reviewer on this site, most of these cuts are NOT available on any compilations. Of these, 'Mistress of the Salmon Salt', 'Wings Wetted Down', 'Baby Ice Dog', and 'Teen Archer' (is that all of them?) are all songs that grow on you with each listen.
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The second in BOC's "Black and White" period. The B&W period consists of their first three albums and is named that for the dark and cryptic over-tones they possess (an everlasting theme they've perfected to this day, but yet not to the extent of the B&W period), and ofcourse, the black and white album-covers they sport. Personally, Tyranny & Mutation is by far my favorite of BOC's first three massive assaults, and is a lot tighter and well-rounded than the first. It's divided in two sections, "The Black" and "The Red", and the first track is appropriately called "The Red & The Black" and is actually an impressive re-doing of "I'm On The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" off their debut. Stand-outs are "O.D.d' On Life Itself", "Hot Rails To Hell", "Wings Wetted Down" and "Mistress Of The Salmon Salt" (commonly known as "Quicklime Girl"). But in my opinion, EVERY song on this impressive album totally rocks and has the MOST classic (and dark!) rock & roll sound and "feel" to it, of the entire B&W period. Where as the first and third may have just a couple possible throw-away tracks, Tyranny & Mutation is solid from start to finish, and it begins to show the incredible talents of the band, and demonstrates what I love most about BOC: they are one of THE most creative and interesting bands out there! If you liked their debut, then you are sure to love their second effort with even more ease than the first (though it doesn't take much effort at all to get into these guys). An instant classic!
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It's my dad's fave band and he makes me go to the concerts dressed like a Pagan. I am one who HATES heavy metal---except for this. I am at a loss. I cannot explain or describe it. Perhaps if you consider controlled bombing of Paris, and steel lasers at London; Dresden revisited; Hiroshima and Nagasaki.....a card deck all red. A cave. Revenge, .......but it's the unbelievalbe music. Guitar strings made of iron. Stone drums.Cow bells and dynamite. Dead girls (I was almost one of them). How many bands rely on motorcycle engines to back thier chorus?/////////Ride me underground.Swim in sweat.The rumble above and below.Hey cop don't you know?The hot summer days don't quit for the night!
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