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Album Review

Blue Öyster Cult's first live album was also their first to peak inside the Top 40, an indication of the audience the group was building up through extensive touring. Songs that had a tight, concentrated impact on studio albums got elongated here. And although BÖC had dropped some classics from their first album by the time of their 1974 tour documented here, On Your Feet or on Your Knees did mark the first commercial release of a version of "Buck's Boogie" as well as covers of the Yardbirds' "I Ain't Got You" and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild."

Customer Reviews

Is this my mid life crisis ?

This takes me back to the memories of Quicksilver Records. Leafing through the album covers, for hours (without buying anything), often tempted to things previously unknown to me, by the art work alone. There was something about this album cover, which I cannot now understand, that drew me to Blue Oyster Cult but it took weeks of looking before I took the plunge, despite the cost, which was virtually a days decorating for me at the time. I still have the almost pristine album along with many of their others but this is their best live album, in my opinion. Buy it now; you won't regret it and then go back to their first two studio albums as they are equally great, even after all this time.

One of the very best

This is one of the best live albums of all time . Even if you've never seen them on stage, this is the one to get into.Before Do'nt fear the reaper had been heard,this is the bench mark for all heavy metal live acts to follow. Best track for me is Last days of May Listen out for the whole band playing gituar together.At this point there were 3,000 pais of ears pined to the back wall of the Odeon.

Intermittently Wonderous

There's about 6stunning tracks here - the languid subhuman that keeps getting better and better, the synth driven creepy harvester of eyes, the twin duelling guitars of hot rails to hell and the red and the black, the sublime last days of may and a raucous born to be wild thats really taps into the anarchy of the original. Me 262 isn't bad and before the kiss a redcap ok but the rest is pants. I remember getting this album with it's dodgy inside cover of klan losers and loving the music and smell of music that was truly different! Fab!!


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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