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In 2003, Sony/Legacy released a single-disc collection called The Essential Blue Öyster Cult. Nearly a decade later, they released a double-disc set of the same name, containing all of the single disc's 14 songs — some of them are in live versions here — and an additional 17 cuts dating from all phases of the group's career. This 31-track Essential shares 21 songs with 1995's 32-song Workshop of the Telescopes — granted, some of the songs were featured in live versions previously or vice-versa — and they're also structured similarly, with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper)" kicking off the hit-making years on disc two. What differences there are lie in details that should be plainly evident to the hardcore, but not as noteworthy to the less-dedicated listeners who may be drawn to this compilation. In any case, this The Essential Blue Öyster Cult is as thorough a retrospective as this beloved cult band deserves, a clear demonstration that the group's legacy cuts much deeper than "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Burnin' for You."


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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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Metal, Hard Rock, Arena Rock
  • Released: Apr 01, 2003

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