8 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Secret Treaties, Blue Oyster Cult’s third album, is considered by many hardcore fans to be their finest achievement as it brings all the band’s strengths together into one tight package. Allen Lanier’s keyboards take on added presence, while the guitars of Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma illustrate these tunes with memorable riffs and solos that light the night sky. “Career of Evil” and “Dominance and Submission” have the makings of anthems (even if the band’s lyrics remain as obscure, weird and sometimes outright silly as ever), but it’s the moodier terrain of “Subhuman” and “Astronomy” that solidify the group’s otherworldly mystique. While the hard rock world of 1974 kept leaning towards louder and heavier presentations, BOC were careful to avoid the potential dead end by leaning on their psychedelic origins and interpolating unusual textures alongside the standard chug. “Cagey Cretins” uses both the romantic swoon of ‘60s girl groups and the power chords of heavy metal to let us know “Well it’s so lonely in the state of Maine.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Secret Treaties, Blue Oyster Cult’s third album, is considered by many hardcore fans to be their finest achievement as it brings all the band’s strengths together into one tight package. Allen Lanier’s keyboards take on added presence, while the guitars of Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma illustrate these tunes with memorable riffs and solos that light the night sky. “Career of Evil” and “Dominance and Submission” have the makings of anthems (even if the band’s lyrics remain as obscure, weird and sometimes outright silly as ever), but it’s the moodier terrain of “Subhuman” and “Astronomy” that solidify the group’s otherworldly mystique. While the hard rock world of 1974 kept leaning towards louder and heavier presentations, BOC were careful to avoid the potential dead end by leaning on their psychedelic origins and interpolating unusual textures alongside the standard chug. “Cagey Cretins” uses both the romantic swoon of ‘60s girl groups and the power chords of heavy metal to let us know “Well it’s so lonely in the state of Maine.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings
43 Ratings
Fast Eddy321 ,

The essentials for the BOC faithful.

This is usally referenced as the fan favorite of all BOC's albums, and does not dissapiont. It's all good, but deffinately get Astronomy, D&S and Flaming Telepaths. On a side note this is Steven Kings favorite band!

Ptr da grt ,

Classic

This album is perhaps the Cult's finest. Dominance and Submission always hooked me into its mystic ways. Astronomy is a super tune with an eerie quality that defines BOC. The whole album is excellent.

Rat.Bastard ,

One of the last...

This album was one of the last "Pre-Agents of Fortune" era music samples from the Blue Öyster Cult boys. Secret Treaties has some of the best Blue Öyster Cult songs ever, so many in fact that I would have to name the whole album. I really wish that some of their later albums were more like Secret Treaties instead of their "Post-Agents of Fortune" series of albums.

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