BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Hard Rock • United States
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Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC) is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, United States, best known for such hard rock and heavy metal songs as (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Godzilla and Burnin' for You, . Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. The band's music videos, especially Burnin' for You, received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band's contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture. Today, BÖC's music continues to be played on AOR-friendly radio stations as well as in movies, television shows, and commercials, and even during sporting events. Blue Öyster Cult's current lineup includes long-time members Donald Buck Dharma Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm read more...
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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Blue Öyster Cult album cover 3.95 | 37 ratings
Blue Öyster Cult
Hard Rock 1972
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Tyranny And Mutation album cover 4.17 | 38 ratings
Tyranny And Mutation
Hard Rock 1973
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Secret Treaties album cover 4.30 | 34 ratings
Secret Treaties
Hard Rock 1974
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Agents Of Fortune album cover 3.46 | 33 ratings
Agents Of Fortune
Hard Rock 1976
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Spectres album cover 3.55 | 23 ratings
Spectres
Hard Rock 1977
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Mirrors album cover 3.61 | 20 ratings
Mirrors
Hard Rock 1979
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Cultösaurus Erectus album cover 3.72 | 24 ratings
Cultösaurus Erectus
Hard Rock 1980
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Fire Of Unknown Origin album cover 3.99 | 25 ratings
Fire Of Unknown Origin
Hard Rock 1981
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Revölution By Night album cover 3.52 | 15 ratings
The Revölution By Night
Hard Rock 1983
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Club Ninja album cover 3.15 | 14 ratings
Club Ninja
Hard Rock 1985
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Imaginos album cover 3.35 | 20 ratings
Imaginos
Hard Rock 1988
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Cult Classic album cover 2.94 | 4 ratings
Cult Classic
Hard Rock 1994
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Heaven Forbid album cover 3.35 | 14 ratings
Heaven Forbid
Hard Rock 1998
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Curse Of The Hidden Mirror album cover 3.31 | 14 ratings
Curse Of The Hidden Mirror
Hard Rock 2001

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT EPs & splits

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT live albums

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT On Your Feet Or On Your Knees album cover 4.62 | 14 ratings
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
Hard Rock 1975
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Some Enchanted Evening album cover 4.11 | 13 ratings
Some Enchanted Evening
Hard Rock 1978
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Extraterrestrial Live album cover 4.05 | 13 ratings
Extraterrestrial Live
Hard Rock 1982
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Live 1976 album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
Live 1976
Hard Rock 1991
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT A Long Day's Night Live album cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
A Long Day's Night Live
Hard Rock 2002
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Extended Versions: The Encore Collection album cover 3.21 | 3 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
Hard Rock 2004

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Bad Channels album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Bad Channels
Hard Rock 1992
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT St. Cecilia album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
St. Cecilia
Hard Rock 2001

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT re-issues & compilations

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT On Flame With Rock And Roll album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
On Flame With Rock And Roll
Hard Rock 1990
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Career Of Evil: The Metal Years album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Career Of Evil: The Metal Years
Hard Rock 1990
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Workshop Of The Telescopes album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Workshop Of The Telescopes
Hard Rock 1995
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Don't Fear The Reaper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Fear The Reaper
Hard Rock 1997
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Super Hits album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Super Hits
Hard Rock 1998
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny & Mutation album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny & Mutation
Hard Rock 1999
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Best Of Blue Öyster Cult: Don't Fear The Reaper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Blue Öyster Cult: Don't Fear The Reaper
Hard Rock 2000
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Essential Blue Öyster Cult album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Blue Öyster Cult
Hard Rock 2003
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Then And Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Then And Now
Hard Rock 2003
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Are You Ready To Rock? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Are You Ready To Rock?
Hard Rock 2003
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection
Hard Rock 2005
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Columbia Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Columbia Albums Collection
Hard Rock 2012

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singles (18)

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Career Of Evil
Hard Rock 1974
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4.00 | 3 ratings
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Hard Rock 1976
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2.50 | 2 ratings
I Love The Night
Hard Rock 1977
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Goin' Through The Motions
Hard Rock 1977
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3.00 | 2 ratings
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place / E.T.I.
Hard Rock 1978
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Godzilla
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 2 ratings
Mirrors / Lonely Teardrops
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 2 ratings
Fallen Angel
Hard Rock 1979
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan) / Divine Wind
Hard Rock 1980
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Burnin' For You / Vengeance (The Pact)
Hard Rock 1981
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Burnin' For You
Hard Rock 1981
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Burnin' For You / Dr. Music / Flaming Telepaths
Hard Rock 1981
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Take Me Away
Hard Rock 1983
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Shooting Shark
Hard Rock 1983
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Perfect Water / Spy In The House Of Night
Hard Rock 1985
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2.25 | 2 ratings
White Flags
Hard Rock 1985
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2.25 | 2 ratings
Dancin' In The Ruins
Hard Rock 1985
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Astronomy
Hard Rock 1988

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.25 | 2 ratings
Black And Blue
Hard Rock 1980
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Live 1976
Hard Rock 1991
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4.21 | 3 ratings
A Long Day's Night
Hard Rock 2002
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Some Other Enchanted Evening
Hard Rock 2007

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Reviews

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Club Ninja

Album · 1985 · Hard Rock
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The Blue Oyster Cult tendency to push their pop flirtations a little too far for the fans they won with their heavier work to stomach strikes yet again here. Club Ninja is to their 1980s output what Mirrors was to their 1970s output - an album where the distinctive Blue Oyster Cult weirdness which remains present on their better pop albums threatens to disappear.

However, whereas Mirrors had some interesting sonic experiments, even if they were quite un-Cultish sonic experiments, here the band spend entirely too much time adopting the sound of utterly generic mid-1980s rock. It's entertainingly and competently done, mind, which is why I don't rate this lower than I do, but at the same time it's highly jarring if what you are expecting is something which sounds like Blue Oyster Cult.

That said, Method to the Madness and Where the War Comes seem to include sniffs of that distinctive Blue Oyster odour, and there seems to be an overarching idea here - a recurring theme of the allure of violence - but to really unpack that further, you'd need to listen to this album a lot, and it's a love-it-or-hate-it prospect - or, rather, a like-it-or-hate it prospect, since I think you're more likely to go "Eh, yeah, this is pretty good" than you are to say "This is FANTASTIC!"

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Revölution By Night

Album · 1983 · Hard Rock
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Blue Oyster Cult may be primarily revered as proto-metal and hard rock pioneers, but a broader look at their discography reveals that there's always been this tension between the heavier and poppier sides of their sound, with one aspect or another usually holding sway over any particular album.

Take, for instance, The Revolution By Night, the first studio album put out after the original, classic lineup that had endured from their debut to Fire of Unknown Origin had come to an end. Sure, four of the five classic members are here, with newcomer Rick Downey taking Albert Bouchard's spot on the drum stool, but that's not the only thing that's different - this time, the band have gone even deeper into a 1980s pop sound than they were on the previous album, with synths and reverb aplenty.

This will shake anyone who was highly invested in the heavier side of the group's music - but as I become more accustomed to the pop side of BOC's music, I find that it's an interesting album in its own right. They might not be heavy any more, but they're still weird - dropping more UFOlogical references in opening track Take Me Away to remind us that they're still not your typical 80s pop group. The 2012 remaster makes the album sound more palatable than it has in a long time.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Extraterrestrial Live

Live album · 1982 · Hard Rock
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Culled from various concerts from the Cultosaurus Erectus and Fire Of Unknown Origin tours, Blue Oyster Cult's Extraterrestrial Live is a surprisingly adept blend of the band's past and then-present. Whilst not as ferocious as On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, it's still in an energetic hard rock style - the dark, murky early material gets a little pep in its step, and the more polished, poppier new material gets a little rawer and harder, and the result is that the two sort of meet in the middle to yield a setlist where decade-old material like Hot Rails To Hell sits naturally next to fresh fruit like Black Blade.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Some Enchanted Evening

Live album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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Released at a time when BOC were increasingly blending pop hooks into their occult proto-metal quagmire on their studio albums (with Agents of Fortune being an iconic example of this approach and Spectres perhaps being their most pop-inclined, mellow, and least heavy album since their debut), Some Enchanted Evening proved that there was still fire in the belly of the Cult, with the band offering a hard and heavy runthrough of the material in question.

This is a rare example of an album where the bonus tracks on rereleases are just as good - in this case, you want to go for the edition which includes the extra seven tracks (in effect a whole extra live album) from around the same era. There's also a bonus DVD - Some OTHER Enchanted Evening - offering a video of a live show from the same era, though the audio on this one is notably a big step down from the main album.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Blue Öyster Cult

Album · 1972 · Hard Rock
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BLUE OYSTER CULT has its roots originating all the way back to 1967 when founder and guitarist Donald Roeser who would become better known as Buck Dharma started the first version of what would become BOC in the form of the psych-tinged jam band Soft White Underbelly which was centered around Dharma’s guitar playing and would provide a BLUEprint for the mystical CULT to come. The band went through a few changes before finding its own voice. It would take singer Eric Bloom to replace the original frontman before the band started to cohesively gel around the more boogie rock blues based hard rock sounds they have become known for. At this stage the band took the moniker Stalk-Forrest Group and was discovered by rock theorist Sandy Pearlman who was always on the look out for sharp new talent for Elektra Records. After a brief stint in California and a short trip down a dead end street, the band that would become the BLUE OYSTER CULT came to fruition when keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier joined the team. It was he who contributed the band’s more famous moniker that simulated the mystical occult demeanor that they were striving for.

After the failed California adventure, the BOC headed back to its native New York City where they spent 1971 fine-tuning a more heavy handed rock approach that kept a tad of the 60s psychedelia but according to Dharma the band was trying to become America’s answer to Black Sabbath and while BOC could never even remotely be accused of ripping off the classic English band’s style or sound in any possible way, BOC did however evoke a sense of awe with an interesting mix of occult philosophies, surrealism and heaviness that was rooted in a twin guitar dominated bluesy hard rock with some progressive touches along with an occasional slice of avant-garde. The band’s self-titled debut album appeared early in January 1972 after being discovered by Columbia Records and while not exactly lighting the world on fire quite yet found enough support that many tours arose albeit with the unlikely parings of The Byrds and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Only the tour with Alice Cooper actually seemed like a legit fit but nevertheless with a strong batch of catchy tunes amplified and soaked in acid baths, BLUE OYSTER CULT hit hard from the getgo and continued to expand its new stylistic approach.

Having latched onto a unique sound fairly early, BLUE OYSTER CULT found the perfect balance between a more demented form of bluesy boogie rock as if a parallel universe version of a more psych-tinged Allman Brothers had seeped into our reality during the Montauk Project. Equally laced with a trippy guitar twang and the Godzilla power stomps that would define the BOC’s rhythmic delivery, this eponymous debut cemented the band’s later success in its nascent BLUEprints for future hits. “Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll” provided the first glimpse of the monster stomp guitar and drum rhythmic prowess that would later spawn such hits as “Godzilla” whereas “Screams” provided that haunting occult feel that took the twangy guitar sounds, a bit of psychedelic keyboard charm and super catchy vocal melodies that would pave the way for tracks like “Burning For You” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” Likewise Dharma showcased a rather eccentric psych-fueled blues guitar soloing style that is as distinctive as anything Jimmy Page, Brian May or Tony Iommi were cranking out on the other side of the pond.

BLUE OYSTER CULT’s debut is a masterful mix of diverse sounds that the band made all their own. The heavy hitters of the bunch such as the two openers “Transmaniacon MC” and “I’m On The Lambe But I Ain’t No Sheep” displayed the knack for capturing a traditional style of hard rock but adding heavy doses of surreality to the lyrics as well as the changes that took place within the individual tracks. Perhaps the most diverse is the rowdy heavy rock “Before The Kiss, A Redcap” which starts out somewhat like something the Edgar Winter Band were famous for in the early 70s but the track shifts into a series of melodic deliveries including a ska-fueled toe-tapping section with early rapped vocals which adds some serious skank and alternates with heavy guitar heft outbursts. The so-called thinking man’s heavy metal band also graced the album with a few drug fueled slower trippy tracks. “Then Came The Last Days Of May,” “Screams” and the most oddly titled song of all time “She’s As Beautiful As A Foot” all showed a slowed down version of the band that focused as much on atmospheric as guitar based magic.

While “Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll” remains the album’s most famous track for its Zeppelin meets Sabbath guitar stomps that gave the band its signature sound, there are several heavy unsung classics on this album including “Stairway To The Stars” and “Workshop Of The Telescopes” along with the two openers. Really the only track that doesn’t sound like it fits in is the closing “Redeemed” which exhibits a rather odd sounding Grateful Dead style of country rock which as far as i’m concerned should’ve been nixed from the final mix as it sounds woefully out of place and could easily be inserted on Dead album’s like “American Beauty” and nobody would even notice. All in all, BOC cranked out a smokin’ hot slice of early hard rock of the early 70s. All the musicians perfectly played their parts and crafted their idiosyncrasies perfectly. The unique drumming style of Albert Bouchard perfectly suited the twin guitar wilderness provided by Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom while Bloom’s vocals suited this hybrid of psychedelic rock and hard blues based rock perfectly. Not even their best album but this debut is without a doubt one of the essential classic BOC albums to acquire and savor. While the album didn’t make BOC a household name at this point the album sold fairly well and allowed the band to delve further into the heavier side of their sound and would slowly jettison the more psychedelic touches or to be more precise diminish them.

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joe2m wrote:
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Blue Oyster cult is one of the most under-rated band in the history of rock. All three of their first albums is among the best of early hard rock/proto metal. One could even go as far as them being one of the gothic bands as well. Themes of melancholy, full of vampires, despair re verb throughout much of their work. When they are not going gothic they go science fiction and in many cases turn them into gothic themes. They are a difficult band to define going in many directions through out the years. This quality (or curse) has haunted them somewhat but for me, it a true strength. Not to mention one of the best guitar players that ever wielded an axe in Buck.

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