Blue Öyster Cult [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Blue Öyster Cult's debut album provided the missing link between the heavy, blues-based rock of the late '60s and the bombastic heavy metal of the '70s and beyond. You could hear major influences like Steppenwolf, with its melodic, aggressive rock, the Rolling Stones post-1965, and even boogie bands like Canned Heat in their sound. But BÖC streamlined the approach, picked up the tempo, overlaid the guitars, brought the rhythm section up in the mix, and de-emphasized the blues, giving the music a machinelike propulsion. Manager/co-producer Sandy Pearlman who co-wrote five songs and lyricist Richard Meltzer who co-wrote two may have seen the group as a vehicle for their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Blue Öyster Cult's debut album provided the missing link between the heavy, blues-based rock of the late '60s and the bombastic heavy metal of the '70s and beyond. You could hear major influences like Steppenwolf, with its melodic, aggressive rock, the Rolling Stones post-1965, and even boogie bands like Canned Heat in their sound. But BÖC streamlined the approach, picked up the tempo, overlaid the guitars, brought the rhythm section up in the mix, and de-emphasized the blues, giving the music a machinelike propulsion. Manager/co-producer Sandy Pearlman who co-wrote five songs and lyricist Richard Meltzer who co-wrote two may have seen the group as a vehicle for their "clever" in fact, pretentious lyrics, but in fact lead vocalist Eric Bloom was the weakest element in the band, and you couldn't make out much of what he had to say over guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's furious power chording. What you could seemed to express some sort of mythology -- or demonology; future metal bands would fill their songs with just such half-baked philosophies. Blue Öyster Cult was not quite full-fledged heavy metal: the production was too compressed, the playing too light and energetic. But it was the sound of something new and different in the world of hard rock. [The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four previously unreleased demos from 1969, when they were known as Soft White Underbelly, including a cover of Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972388328
  • Catalog Number: 723883
  • Sales rank: 23,664

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Transmaniacon MC (3:21)
  2. 2 I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep (3:10)
  3. 3 Then Came the Last Days of May (3:30)
  4. 4 Stairway to the Stars (3:43)
  5. 5 Before the Kiss, A Redcap (4:59)
  6. 6 Screams (3:09)
  7. 7 She's as Beautiful as a Foot (2:57)
  8. 8 Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll (4:03)
  9. 9 Workshop of the Telescopes (4:01)
  10. 10 Redeemed (3:52)
  11. 11 Donovan's Monkey - Soft White Underbelly (3:49)
  12. 12 What Is Quicksand - Soft White Underbelly (3:39)
  13. 13 A Fact About Sneakers - Soft White Underbelly (2:50)
  14. 14 Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes - Soft White Underbelly (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue Öyster Cult Primary Artist
Eric Bloom Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Albert Bouchard Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals
Joe Bouchard Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Allen Lanier Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Donald Roeser Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
Lenny Kaye Liner Notes
Murray Krugman Producer
David Lucas Producer, Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Sandy Pearlman Producer
Bill Robertson Engineer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Bob Devere Producer
Jay Lee Producer
Emily Goldberg Packaging Manager
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