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Editors’ Notes

Their previous album, Agents of Fortune, and its haunting, memorable hit “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” broke Blue Oyster Cult into the mainstream and the band looked to extend their winning streak with an album that would please both old fans and new arrivals. So capturing the balance between the band’s deliberately obscure and mysterious side and their knack for catchy, sprite anthems became the band’s creative cause. “Godzilla” is much punchier and upbeat than its title suggests, while “I Love the Night” is much darker than it appears on the surface. As usual for this band of Long Island misfits, the songs veer down detours and do unexpected things. “Golden Age of Leather” is a biker anthem gone awry with sentimentality smudging its mirrors. The piano ballad “Death Valley Nights” offers “What I need is a kiss from you babe, before it’s hangover time” with an arrangement stolen from the Eagles.  “R.U. Ready 2 Rock” and the Eric Bloom – Ian Hunter composition “Goin’ Through the Motions” oddly recall Toto with slick, studio processed harmonies and reverb.  The expanded edition includes four previously unreleased demos, including a cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.”

Customer Reviews


I don't care what the critics say, this is by far the peak offering from this great American hard rock band. There are no weak songs on this record. The riff on Godzilla is right up there with "Smoke On The Water" in my book. Listen to the way cool surf guitar breakdown in "Golden Age Of Leather". Superberb song lyrics abound. Fantastic and varied guitar tones. Three of the greatest little known hard rock songs ever reside on the album. They are: "Goin Through The Motions", "I Love The Night", and "Nosferatu". It's a crime that these tunes don't get any airplay on the Classic Rock stations in my area. This is a hard rock masterpiece!

This is the BEST Blue Oyster Cult album

I bought it way back in 1978. It was one of the first albums I bought on CD. Every song is a tune. You can play it cover to cover and never get bored. For full effect, play this album while driving down a dark, deserted road and let it make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Thats exactly what BOC wanted it to do and it delivers flawlessly

Its Good!

This cd is pretty good.Its the first time i've heard of this band, but I like them. The song I liked most was Godzilla. Check it out!


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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