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Blue Öyster Cult 11/6/2012

Review

Blue Öyster Cult were among the very first American rock & roll maximalists. They pioneered an iconic multi-guitar hard rock sound that influenced countless acts after them -- most of whom never gave them credit for it. That said, they also understood the value of a pop hooks, state-of-the-art production, and the power of the imagination in their crafting of a sinister, mysterious image decades before black metal -- in person and on record -- and later welcomed the kitsch that came with it. They scored nine charting singles (including "[Don’t Fear] The Reaper"), two platinum, and four gold albums. To mark BÖC's 40th Anniversary, Legacy has created a monster box that includes all of the band's Columbia albums between 1972 and 1988, a disc of bona fide rarities, another of radio broadcasts, and a live DVD from 1978. While six of the band's first seven albums -- Blue Öyster Cult, Tyranny and Mutation, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, Spectres, and Some Enchanted Evening -- were all remastered with bonus tracks, On Your Feet or on Your Knees (19751) and each subsequent album, including Some Enchanted Evening, benefit here from having been completely remastered in 2012 from analog sources. These include the criminally underappreciated, nearly apocryphal Imaginos, the group's final record for Columbia that took eight years to record. It reunited BÖC with producer/lyricist Sandy Pearlman and features guest spots from the Doors' Robby Krieger, Joe Satriani, and Patti Smith (credited as "Shocking U"). The rarities disc includes unreleased performances of "Stairway to the Stars" (1975), "Dr. Music," "The Great Sun Jester," "In Thee," "Mirrors" (1979), a 1975 rehearsal demo of Joe Higgs' "Steppin' Razor," a live mono version of "Godzilla" from 1977, a cover of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," from 1980, three demos intended for the soundtrack of the film Teachers, Stephen King's spoken word intro for Imaginos and "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep," one of two Soft White Underbelly demos. (There are other live cuts and demos that have been compiled in various places as well.) The Best of the Broadcasts contains performances between 1980 and 1986. In actuality that may not be the very best (there were earlier ones that were superior but they may have been boots), but what's here rocks (check "7 Screaming Diz-Busters"). The live DVD that accompanies Some Enchanted Evening (entitled Some Other Enchanted Evening) has to be seen to be believed. For those who thought BÖC past their live prime at this point, this disc contains indisputable evidence to the contrary. Each album is packaged in an individual cardboard sleeve with -- where applicable -- its original artwork. The booklet features a liner essay by rock historian and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye. In other words, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection makes definitive the case for BÖC as one of the truly innovative legends of hard rock. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Transmaniacon MC Blue Öyster Cult 3:20
  3. 2 I'm on the Lam But I Ain't No Sheep Blue Öyster Cult 3:10
  4. 3 Then Came the Last Days of May Blue Öyster Cult 3:30
  5. 4 Stairway to the Stars Blue Öyster Cult 3:43
  6. 5 Before the Kiss, A Redcap Blue Öyster Cult 4:59
  7. 6 Screams Blue Öyster Cult 3:9
  8. 7 She's as Beautiful as a Foot Blue Öyster Cult 2:57
  9. 8 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll Blue Öyster Cult 4:3
  10. 9 Workshop of the Telescopes Blue Öyster Cult 4:1
  11. 10 Redeemed Blue Öyster Cult 3:51
  12. 11 Donovan's Monkey [Soft White Underbelly Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 3:49
  13. 12 What Is Quicksand [Soft White Underbelly Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 3:40
  14. 13 A Fact About Sneakers [Soft White Underbelly Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:50
  15. 14 Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes [Soft White Underbelly Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:33
  16. 1 The Red & the Black Blue Öyster Cult 4:23
  17. 2 O.D.'d on Life Itself Blue Öyster Cult 4:47
  18. 3 Hot Rails to Hell Blue Öyster Cult 5:11
  19. 4 7 Screaming Diz-Busters Blue Öyster Cult 7:1
  20. 5 Baby Ice Dog Blue Öyster Cult 3:28
  21. 6 Wings Wetted Down Blue Öyster Cult 4:12
  22. 7 Teen Archer Blue Öyster Cult 3:57
  23. 8 Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl) Blue Öyster Cult 5:8
  24. 9 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll Blue Öyster Cult 4:44
  25. 10 Buck's Boogie Blue Öyster Cult 5:21
  26. 11 7 Screaming Diz-Busters Blue Öyster Cult 14:0
  27. 12 O.D.'d on Life Itself Blue Öyster Cult 4:52
  28. 1 Career of Evil Blue Öyster Cult 3:59
  29. 2 Subhuman Blue Öyster Cult 4:38
  30. 3 Dominance and Submission Blue Öyster Cult 5:22
  31. 4 ME 262 Blue Öyster Cult 4:47
  32. 5 Cagey Cretins Blue Öyster Cult 3:16
  33. 6 Harvester of Eyes Blue Öyster Cult 4:41
  34. 7 Flaming Telepaths Blue Öyster Cult 5:19
  35. 8 Astronomy Blue Öyster Cult 6:28
  36. 9 Boorman the Chauffeur Blue Öyster Cult 3:12
  37. 10 Mommy Blue Öyster Cult 3:32
  38. 11 Mes Dames Sarat Blue Öyster Cult 4:6
  39. 12 Born to Be Wild [Non LP Single] Blue Öyster Cult 3:40
  40. 13 Career of Evil [Single Version] Blue Öyster Cult 3:0
  41. 1 The Subhuman Blue Öyster Cult 7:29
  42. 2 Harvester of Eyes Blue Öyster Cult 4:56
  43. 3 Hot Rails to Hell Blue Öyster Cult 5:39
  44. 4 The Red & the Black Blue Öyster Cult 4:32
  45. 5 Seven Screaming Diz-Busters Blue Öyster Cult 8:48
  46. 6 Buck's Boogie Blue Öyster Cult 7:12
  47. 7 (Then Came The) Last of May Blue Öyster Cult 4:37
  48. 8 Cities on Flame Blue Öyster Cult 4:5
  49. 9 M.E. 262 Blue Öyster Cult 8:22
  50. 10 Before the Kiss, A Redcap Blue Öyster Cult 5:11
  51. 11 Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You) Blue Öyster Cult 8:58
  52. 12 Born to Be Wild Blue Öyster Cult 6:28
  53. 1 This Ain't the Summer of Love Blue Öyster Cult 2:20
  54. 2 True Confessions Blue Öyster Cult 2:56
  55. 3 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult 5:8
  56. 4 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Blue Öyster Cult 3:42
  57. 5 The Revenge of Vera Gemini Blue Öyster Cult 3:52
  58. 6 Sinful Love Blue Öyster Cult 3:29
  59. 7 Tattoo Vampire Blue Öyster Cult 2:40
  60. 8 Morning Final Blue Öyster Cult 4:30
  61. 9 Tenderloin Blue Öyster Cult 3:39
  62. 10 Debbie Denise Blue Öyster Cult 4:13
  63. 11 Fire of Unknown Origin Blue Öyster Cult 3:29
  64. 12 Sally [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:39
  65. 13 (Don't Fear) The Reaper [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 6:19
  66. 14 Dance the Night Away [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:36
  67. 1 Godzilla Blue Öyster Cult 3:41
  68. 2 Golden Age of Leather Blue Öyster Cult 5:52
  69. 3 Death Valley Nights Blue Öyster Cult 4:8
  70. 4 Searchin' for Celine Blue Öyster Cult 3:36
  71. 5 Fireworks Blue Öyster Cult 3:12
  72. 6 R.U. Ready 2 Rock Blue Öyster Cult 3:44
  73. 7 Celestial the Queen Blue Öyster Cult 3:26
  74. 8 Goin' Through the Motions Blue Öyster Cult 3:12
  75. 9 I Love the Night Blue Öyster Cult 4:24
  76. 10 Nosferatu Blue Öyster Cult 5:27
  77. 11 Night Flyer Blue Öyster Cult 3:49
  78. 12 Dial M for Murder Blue Öyster Cult 3:11
  79. 13 Please Hold Blue Öyster Cult 2:47
  80. 14 Be My Baby Blue Öyster Cult 3:1
  81. 1 R.U. Ready 2 Rock Blue Öyster Cult 6:7
  82. 2 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Blue Öyster Cult 5:17
  83. 3 Astronomy Blue Öyster Cult 8:29
  84. 4 Kick Out the Jams Blue Öyster Cult 3:7
  85. 5 Godzilla Blue Öyster Cult 4:13
  86. 6 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult 6:10
  87. 7 We Gotta Get Out of This Place Blue Öyster Cult 4:35
  88. 8 Me 262 Blue Öyster Cult 3:23
  89. 9 Harvester of Eyes Blue Öyster Cult 4:34
  90. 10 Hot Rails to Hell Blue Öyster Cult 5:0
  91. 11 This Ain't the Summer of Love Blue Öyster Cult 2:47
  92. 12 5 Guitars Blue Öyster Cult 8:33
  93. 13 Born to Be Wild Blue Öyster Cult 6:33
  94. 14 We Gotta Get Out of This Place [Alternate Version] Blue Öyster Cult 4:35
  95. 1 R.U. Ready 2 Rock [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  96. 2 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  97. 3 Harvester of Eyes [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  98. 4 We Gotta Get Out of This Place [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  99. 5 Golden Age of Leather [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  100. 6 Astronomy [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  101. 7 Me 262 [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  102. 8 Kick Out the Jams [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  103. 9 This Ain't the Summer of Love [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  104. 10 5 Guitars [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  105. 11 Born to Be Wild [DVD] Blue Öyster Cult null:null
  106. 1 Dr. Music Blue Öyster Cult 3:13
  107. 2 The Great Sun Jester Blue Öyster Cult 4:50
  108. 3 In Thee Blue Öyster Cult 3:50
  109. 4 Mirrors Blue Öyster Cult 3:47
  110. 5 Moon Crazy Blue Öyster Cult 4:7
  111. 6 The Vigil Blue Öyster Cult 6:28
  112. 7 I Am the Storm Blue Öyster Cult 3:44
  113. 8 You're Not the One (I Was Looking For) Blue Öyster Cult 3:16
  114. 9 Lonely Teardrops Blue Öyster Cult 3:41
  115. 1 Black Blade Blue Öyster Cult 6:39
  116. 2 Monsters Blue Öyster Cult 5:7
  117. 3 Divine Wind Blue Öyster Cult 5:10
  118. 4 Deadline Blue Öyster Cult 4:30
  119. 5 The Marshall Plan Blue Öyster Cult 5:27
  120. 6 Hungry Boys Blue Öyster Cult 3:40
  121. 7 Fallen Angel Blue Öyster Cult 3:14
  122. 8 Lips in the Hills Blue Öyster Cult 4:26
  123. 9 Unknown Tongue Blue Öyster Cult 3:57
  124. 1 Fire of Unknown Origin Blue Öyster Cult 4:11
  125. 2 Burnin' for You Blue Öyster Cult 4:31
  126. 3 Veteran of the Psychic Wars Blue Öyster Cult 4:49
  127. 4 Sole Survivor Blue Öyster Cult 4:6
  128. 5 Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver Blue Öyster Cult 3:18
  129. 6 Vengeance (The Pact) Blue Öyster Cult 4:40
  130. 7 After Dark Blue Öyster Cult 4:25
  131. 8 Joan Crawford Blue Öyster Cult 4:54
  132. 9 Don't Turn Your Back Blue Öyster Cult 4:8
  133. 1 Dominance and Submission Blue Öyster Cult 5:54
  134. 2 Cities on Flame Blue Öyster Cult 5:15
  135. 3 Dr. Music Blue Öyster Cult 3:38
  136. 4 The Red & the Black Blue Öyster Cult 4:36
  137. 5 Joan Crawford Blue Öyster Cult 5:17
  138. 6 Burnin' for You Blue Öyster Cult 4:51
  139. 7 Roadhouse Blues Blue Öyster Cult 9:4
  140. 8 Black Blade Blue Öyster Cult 6:15
  141. 9 Hot Rails to Hell Blue Öyster Cult 5:2
  142. 10 Godzilla Blue Öyster Cult 7:48
  143. 11 Veteran of the Psychic Wars Blue Öyster Cult 8:7
  144. 12 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Blue Öyster Cult 5:21
  145. 13 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult 6:35
  146. 1 Take Me Away Blue Öyster Cult 4:31
  147. 2 Eyes on Fire Blue Öyster Cult 3:56
  148. 3 Shooting Shark Blue Öyster Cult 7:10
  149. 4 Veins Blue Öyster Cult 3:59
  150. 5 Shadow of California Blue Öyster Cult 5:10
  151. 6 Feel the Thunder Blue Öyster Cult 5:48
  152. 7 Let Go Blue Öyster Cult 3:25
  153. 8 Dragon Lady Blue Öyster Cult 4:8
  154. 9 Light Years of Love Blue Öyster Cult 4:6
  155. 1 White Flags Blue Öyster Cult 4:43
  156. 2 Dancin' in the Ruins Blue Öyster Cult 4:1
  157. 3 Make Rock Not War Blue Öyster Cult 3:57
  158. 4 Perfect Water Blue Öyster Cult 5:32
  159. 5 Spy in the House of the Night Blue Öyster Cult 4:22
  160. 6 Beat 'Em Up Blue Öyster Cult 3:24
  161. 7 When the War Comes Blue Öyster Cult 6:5
  162. 8 Shadow Warrior Blue Öyster Cult 5:42
  163. 9 Madness to the Method Blue Öyster Cult 7:27
  164. 1 I Am the One You Warned Me Of Blue Öyster Cult 5:5
  165. 2 Les Invisibles Blue Öyster Cult 5:34
  166. 3 In the Presence of Another World Blue Öyster Cult 6:28
  167. 4 Del Rio's Song Blue Öyster Cult 5:36
  168. 5 The Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria Blue Öyster Cult 6:44
  169. 6 Astronomy Blue Öyster Cult 6:55
  170. 7 Magna of Illusion Blue Öyster Cult 5:58
  171. 8 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult 7:18
  172. 9 Imaginos Blue Öyster Cult 5:46
  173. 1 Stairway to the Stars Blue Öyster Cult 4:6
  174. 2 The Red & the Black Blue Öyster Cult 4:36
  175. 3 Buck's Boogie Blue Öyster Cult 5:19
  176. 4 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll Blue Öyster Cult 4:44
  177. 5 Workshop of the Telescopes Blue Öyster Cult 3:48
  178. 6 Dr. Music Blue Öyster Cult 4:8
  179. 7 The Vigil Blue Öyster Cult 7:22
  180. 8 The Great Sun Jester Blue Öyster Cult 5:48
  181. 9 In Thee Blue Öyster Cult 3:51
  182. 10 Mirrors Blue Öyster Cult 4:43
  183. 11 Steppin' Razor [Rehearsal Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:50
  184. 12 Godzilla [Mono Version] Blue Öyster Cult 3:55
  185. 13 Double Talk [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 3:49
  186. 14 Rebel [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 3:55
  187. 15 Summa Cum Laude [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 4:22
  188. 16 I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 2:58
  189. 17 John L. Sullivan [Demo] Blue Öyster Cult 1:36
  190. 18 I Want You (She's So Heavy) [Previously Unreleased] Blue Öyster Cult 5:54
  191. 19 Stephen King Spoken Intro Blue Öyster Cult 0:48
  192. 1 Intro/Dr. Music Blue Öyster Cult 4:25
  193. 2 Lips in the Hills Blue Öyster Cult 4:56
  194. 3 Before the Kiss, A Redcap Blue Öyster Cult 6:16
  195. 4 7 Screaming Diz-Busters Blue Öyster Cult 10:43
  196. 5 Workshop of the Telescopes Blue Öyster Cult 3:31
  197. 6 It's Not Easy Blue Öyster Cult 8:30
  198. 7 Wings of Mercury Blue Öyster Cult 4:44
  199. 8 Arthur Comics Blue Öyster Cult 3:15
  200. 9 Black Blade Blue Öyster Cult 8:40
  201. 10 Joan Crawford Blue Öyster Cult 5:4
  202. 11 5 Guitars (Golden Age of Leather) Blue Öyster Cult 5:16
  203. 12 Dancin' in the Ruins Blue Öyster Cult 4:13
  204. 13 Take Me Away Blue Öyster Cult 7:14

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