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Album Review

Blue Öyster Cult tried a new producer on Mirrors, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman with Tom Werman, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach didn't really go over well with longtime metal-oriented fans: "In Thee" became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC's string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren't distinctive enough. Much of this is hard rock could have been made by any one of a dozen '70s arena bands.

Customer Reviews

At last !!!

Superb melodic rock album, on I tunes at last. Standout tracks are The Vigil and In Thee.

One of my favourite albums

I first heard this record on the Friday Rock Show on Radio One and loved it. I have bought several copies over the years and this is one of my favourite albums ever. I can understand why some don't rate it as highly as other BOC albums but I love the production and songs. As an ex-recording engineer myself this is one record I wished I'd been involved in the making of. Truly excellent - The Vigil is on a par with Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb, to me anyway :-)


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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