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The longer a rock band remains together, the more live albums they're bound to rack up. Thus is the case with Blue Öyster Cult, as 2006 saw the release of their umpteenth live release, Alive in America, Pt. 1. Most of the expected BÖC classics are included here — "Burnin' for You," "Don't Fear the Reaper," and "Godzilla," among others. But unlike most other previously issued live BÖC albums, Alive in America, Pt. 1 features strong renditions of such oft-overlooked fan favorites as "Veteran of the Psychic Wars," "Hot Rails to Hell," and "Me 262." And staying true to their biker roots, a pair of Harley classics round out the collection — Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" and the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues." While they may not yet be challenging Motörhead's crown for most live albums issued by a heavy metal band, Blue Öyster Cult is certainly gaining ground.


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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