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The Essential Blue Öyster Cult

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Album Review

Since the mid-'90s, Blue Öyster Cult have had their catalog pillaged for hits collections on almost a yearly basis, so the appearance of yet another such beast isn't the welcome return of an old friend that it should be. True, there was a time when a greatest-hits collection was sorely needed, but the double-CD set Workshop of the Telescopes took care of that in 1995, and if that was too massive a retrospective, there was 2000's single-disc Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult. Add to those a number of re-recordings and misleadingly packaged live collections and it's hard to justify The Essential Blue Oyster Cult. However, if you look at the collection saga of Blue Öyster Cult as a perfecting of the formula — a thinning of the herd — then Essential starts to prove its worth as a lean machine — all killer, no filler. No BOC collection can stand without their biggest acknowledged hits, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Burnin' for You," and both of those are here. So is the over-the-top madness of "Godzilla" and the cult hit — yes, cult, BOC is a band whose fan base is so disparate there are mainstream and underground fans — "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)," which somehow slipped by the previous single-disc collection. Others, like "Veterans of Psychic Wars" and "Harvester of Eyes," carry equal heft and help Essential live up to its name.

Customer Reviews

BOC is an amazing band!

Blue Öyster Cult is the most underated band hands down!! They have so many amazing songs its hard to make an essential or greatest hits CD. These songs are just a small chunk of amazing songs written by these talented musicans!! If your a true rock and roll fan you should have this CD or all these songs! Never heard any Blue Öyster Cult??? Then this CD is for you! it will definatly want to make you buy more songs for sure!! If you like sweet guitar riffs, mysterious lyrics, and sweet bass and drum fills then Blue Öyster Cult is the band for you!! check it out i seriously recomend it!! My favorites on this cd would have to be 7 Screaming Diz-Busters, Astronamy, Black Blade and Veteran of the Psychic Wars just to name a couple!!!! well again i seriously suggest this cd and others too! have a nice day and keep rockin'

Love it!

This is a great album for all of their favorite is especially "dont fear the reaper" and "burnin' for you"......if you just wanna coupla of songs, might i recomend those two!!! =)


Blue Oyster Cult is the best. this is the best album on itunes. got all the goods. Veteran of the psychic wars is epic. B.O.C. ¿


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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