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Blue Oyster Cult 9/26/1995

Review

Blue Öyster Cult was long in need of a thorough career retrospective, and this is it. Thirty-two tracks filling up two discs with a total running time of 154:46, Workshop of the Telescopes traces BÖC through 14 years as the kings of lite metal, 1972-1986. Actually, as annotator Arthur Levy notes, there are at least two phases in that era. The first, running through 1974, includes the classic first two albums, Blue Öyster Cult and Tyranny and Mutation, when BÖC was one of the few acts in those pre-punk days bucking the trend toward soft rock without indulging in the more grotesque aspects of heavy metal. This material takes up disc one. Disc two leads off with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," which launched the second phase of the band's career, when it sought to balance its hard-rocking approach (heard especially in concert) with pop accessibility. Since this period was marked by uneven material, it is ripe for compiling, and the selection here is good. On the whole, Workshop of the Telescopes lives up to Levy's description of it as "the ultimate BÖC anthology." It's about time. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll Blue Oyster Cult 4:2
  3. 2 Transmaniacon MC Blue Oyster Cult 3:20
  4. 3 Before the Kiss, a Redcap Blue Oyster Cult 4:56
  5. 4 Stairway to the Stars Blue Oyster Cult 3:42
  6. 5 Buck's Boogie Blue Oyster Cult 5:17
  7. 6 Workshop of the Telescopes [Previously Unreleased][Promo Version] Blue Oyster Cult 3:46
  8. 7 The Red and the Black [Promo Version][Previously Unreleased] Blue Oyster Cult 4:35
  9. 8 7 Screaming Diz-Busters Blue Oyster Cult 7:0
  10. 9 Career of Evil Blue Oyster Cult 4:6
  11. 10 Flaming Telepaths Blue Oyster Cult 5:23
  12. 11 Astronomy Blue Oyster Cult 6:15
  13. 12 Subhuman Blue Oyster Cult 7:31
  14. 13 Harvester of Eyes Blue Oyster Cult 5:0
  15. 14 M. E. 262 Blue Oyster Cult 8:17
  16. 15 Born to Be Wild Blue Oyster Cult 3:38
  17. 1 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult 5:8
  18. 2 This Ain't the Summer of Love Blue Oyster Cult 2:21
  19. 3 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Blue Oyster Cult 3:42
  20. 4 Godzilla Blue Oyster Cult 3:40
  21. 5 Goin' Through the Motions Blue Oyster Cult 3:12
  22. 6 Golden Age of Leather Blue Oyster Cult 5:51
  23. 7 Kick Out the Jams Blue Oyster Cult 3:12
  24. 8 We Gotta Get Out of This Place Blue Oyster Cult 4:33
  25. 9 In Thee Blue Oyster Cult 3:49
  26. 10 The Marshall Plan Blue Oyster Cult 5:24
  27. 11 Veteran of the Psychic Wars Blue Oyster Cult 4:48
  28. 12 Burnin' for You Blue Oyster Cult 4:30
  29. 13 Dominance and Submission Blue Oyster Cult 5:56
  30. 14 Take Me Away Blue Oyster Cult 4:30
  31. 15 Shooting Shark Blue Oyster Cult 7:9
  32. 16 Dancin' in the Ruins Blue Oyster Cult 4:0
  33. 17 Perfect Water Blue Oyster Cult 5:29

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