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Album Review

With the release of 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin, it appeared as though Blue Öyster Cult was entering a new commercial and stylistic phase, as the album spawned a popular radio hit, "Burnin' for You." However, this would prove not to be the case, as the ensuing tour would be the last time — save for a short-lived reunion a few years later — that the classic Bloom-Dharma-Lanier-Al Bouchard-Joe Bouchard BÖC lineup would tour together. The 2007 archival concert release, Live in America, shows that the group was still quite a live force circa their 1981 tour, especially at a hometown stop in New York. Expectedly, quite a few then-recent numbers turn up in their set — the aforementioned "Burnin' for You," as well as "Joan Crawford," and the title track. But still, several classics find their way into the set, including "Godzilla," "Hot Rails to Hell," their U.S. breakthrough, "Don't Fear the Reaper," and even a pair of covers (Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues"). Right behind the exceptional Some Enchanted Evening, Live in America is one of the better live BÖC releases in circulation.


Formed: 1967 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island...
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