Best Blue Öyster Cult Album

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i may form a religion based on "extraterrestrial live"....seriously godzilla is so fucking nuts on this

you forgot what a hardcore blogger is (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 24 January 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

On your Feet or On Your Knees is also a v impressive live album imo.
The gatefold image rules, too.

You can't really see that the audience all have pillowcases over their heads in this img, tho.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 24 January 2010 22:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

I just recently discovered Cultosaurus Erectus, and have to the conclusion that I, along with everyone else at ILM, seriously screwed up by not having in my top ten of the recent 80s Albums poll.

MumblestheRevelator, Sunday, 24 January 2010 22:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

*have come to the conclusion*

MumblestheRevelator, Sunday, 24 January 2010 22:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

listening to cultosaurus erectus for the first time. damn you are right this is a nuts album! black blade! the weird cocktail jazz breakdowns in the middle of monster's AOR goth metal...woah.

you forgot what a hardcore blogger is (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 25 January 2010 23:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

"fallen angel" is kinda ELO-ish

you forgot what a hardcore blogger is (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 00:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Agents of Fortune is the apex of AOR

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 19 April 2010 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fucking BOC forever IMO.

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Monday, 19 April 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

confession time: i do not have a single Blue Oyster Cult album. where should i begin.

tylerw, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh fuck dude! I'd say start this way--

1. Secret Treaties (get the remaster)
2. On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (live)
3. Agents Of Fortune (get the remaster)
4. Fire Of Unknown Origin

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

i know, i know. it's a glaring blind spot. i blame my older brother. but thanks for the reccs, i will check out secret treaties! super cheap on amazon.

tylerw, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

fyi - tyranny and mutation has "the red & the black" that the minutemen cover

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i think Tyranny is the one album of theirs I've heard in full. Otherwise I just know the hits.

tylerw, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

That live album will show u their deadly side, how they 'played like they got knife fight in the alley afterward' to paraphrase patti smith.

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

(but she said that abt Television live)

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

i got agents of fortune cuz of dont fear the reaper but the entire thing rawks p fukken hard

Lamp, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is more once you get to be a super fan, but i really love the totes over the top arena antics of "extraterrestrial live"...

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah ETL Live is nice. The two studio records from that era, Cultosaurus Erectus and Fire Of Unknown Origin, are both terrific (and underrated for some reason). Fire Of Unknown Origin in particular is wall-to-wall awesome-- I might actually like it a little more than Agents. Also both these records sound good even in their early CD incarnations (they haven't been remastered yet).

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Monday, 19 April 2010 22:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

You want a good live introduction to the very early sound of the band? "For the Heavy Metal Kids and the Yardbirds[/i] which was originally done as a promotion, I think, but wound up bootlegged. I'm almost certain it was ripped to the net awhile back. Anyway, four tunes, including tear ass versions of "The Red & The Black," "Buck's Boogie" and "Cities On Flame." Invigorating stuff from 72. Used copy on Amazon asks for 37 bucks, way too dear.

Gorge, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

googling!

tylerw, Monday, 19 April 2010 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

you should have to pay too much for their later 70s stuff on vinyl either, always see decent copies of a lot of those

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 19 April 2010 23:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gorge I think those 4 tracks might have been included on the Workshop Of The Telescopes anthology? I feel like they have appeared in one of the Sony Legacy remasters anyway...

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

No, not all of them. The version of "Cities on Flame" isn't from that. I'm checking with the booklet. Hmm, yeah, you got "The Red & the Black" and "Workshop of the Telescopes" from it on that box. Not bad. And I think you're right, they were put in pieces on the early remasters.

Gorge, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

DOMINANCE, submission....

Phoenix in Flight (Cattle Grind), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Such little love for Fire of Unknown Origin?

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dude I just said I rate it above Agents of Fortune!

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

[puts on blue priest garb]

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

joan crawford video is still one of the most nuts things ever

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Agents Of Fortune and Spectres are really of a piece, aren't they? They're right up there with Fly Like An Eagle/Book Of Dreams and Kid A/Amnesiac in my book. (I speak here are 2-album tandems that stand apart from the remainder of the artists' catalogue, in terms of both sound and quality, and were probably also recorded at the same time, even though issued separately).

henry s, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

And fuck that whole "cowbell" thing...it's pretty much all BOC are remembered for these days!

henry s, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i mean that and Godzilla are what I think of ... but then Allen Lanier sort of pops up around the edges of the CBGB scene (as Jon alluded to above) so I'm curious to see what these records are like.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

(By the by, the demo of "Fire of Unknown Origin" (which was originally to have appeared on Agents of Fortune, and appears as a bonus track on the AoF reissue) is awesome, as is the Allen Lanier track "Dance the Night Away", which reveals him to be a languid crooner in the same vein as Dennis Wilson and (much later) Epic Soundtracks.

henry s, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm tempted to get that Patti Smith book for the two paragraphs or so she writes about Lanier...

henry s, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mirrors is another great BOC MOR album. (I like to think of BOC as the Fleetwood Mac of metal, at least from Agents to Fire.) Mirrors has Lanier's best track, "In Thee". (Probably written with Patti Smith in mind. "Maybe you've bought your ticket, going back to Detroit".)

henry s, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

I missed the original poll, and would have contributed another vote for Fire of Unknown Origin. I readily admit it was my first BOC album, and that tour was my first BOC concert, which was also my first rock concert, period. But it's still a fine, fine album.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 01:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

this can be found for around $15

abanana, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 01:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

where? about $25 from a third party seller on amazon ... still a good deal, I guess.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 02:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Those don't have the bonus tracks, though, do they? They're worth the couple extra bucks you'd pay for the individual albums.

drinkin a carton of peace juice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 03:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

especially the 'Secret Treaties' ones -- totally essential!!

weird that that set skips past 'Spectres', too. That's the BOC album I've been playing the most over the last year or so

Stormy Davis, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 03:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think those original album classics things do have bonus tracks. at least the Sonny Rollins one I have does ... no liner notes, but a bunch of extra tracks.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 03:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

all but mirrors have bonus tracks. maybe the price went up in the last few months (i bought it in january on amazon.ca marketplace for yes $15).

abanana, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 04:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dude I just said I rate it above Agents of Fortune!

That's nice, but it still got no votes.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 13:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

DOMINANCE...submission.

Phoenix in Flight (Cattle Grind), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 13:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

"so I'm curious to see what these records are like."

Do it, you wont be disappointed.

I voted Tyranny in this poll, but could have voted Spectres, which is awesome, but Buck's guitar on Death Valley Nights is a particular hight point.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 13:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm doing it! BOC!

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

Seems like there's only really 3 good BOC albums then?

Is that your Ayrshire bacon? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 14:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fire of Unknown Origin got robbed.

are we human or are we dancer (m coleman), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 15:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

tyler you need to become a BOC superfan ASAP so you can start tracking down sweet soft white underbelly and stalk-forest group live boots for me! :)

Ndamukong HOOS (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 15:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

this ain't the summer of loooooove

am0n, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 15:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha, well, i've already started digging around for bootlegs: http://soundaboard.blogspot.com/2010/02/blue-oyster-cult-rochester-new-york.html

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 15:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://vivalesbootlegs.blogspot.com/search/label/KANSAS

tylerw, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awesome! thanks for the report.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah my story is way lamer. i went up with my brother-in-law, we ate at the baraboo uno's, got there during 'burnin' for you,' no tickets at the will-call AS I WAS PROMISED, dude hooked us up anyway, rocked out to böc, stayed for kansas who were competent and professional, drove home.

@GracieLoPan #fyi (Display Name (this cannot be changed):), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great show report from upper mississippi sh@kedown there! I only ever saw them back in the 80s, 1984 (great), 1985 (not great) and 1989 (Aldo Nova on 2nd gtr iirc, pfffft). Next time they're in the UK I promise to see them again, even though it's just Buck + Eric + session dudes these days.

A++++++ would deal with again (Matt #2), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

*tries to resist Mayhem Symphony*

Hierophantiasis (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol i dunno, dl-ing kansas bootlegs might be the kind of internet k-hole you never wake up from, you know?

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

still though: MAYHEM SYMPHONY

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

The way he sings "I'm Burning for You" is almost as delicious as a candy bar.

Slurpee driver, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

melodic yew (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol I'm probably the closest thing ILX has to a SUPER-HARDCORE KANSAS FAN.

anyways, m@tt, that whole concert sounded like lots and lots of fun. Sucks they only played 5 songs, but meeting them sounds amazing. I totally should see if they are playing Michigan in the next few months.

thillrer (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

!!!!

Raptain Chillips (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:08 (7 months ago) Permalink

Huge

Marcus / Xgau - Whose Century? (broom air), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:40 (7 months ago) Permalink


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