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Blue Öyster Cult (Bonus Track Version)

Blue Öyster Cult

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The 1960s were over. Flower power had given way to grimmer realities and a new generation of hard rock bands was ready to party in its shadow. Long Island’s Blue Oyster Cult embraced the weirdness and deliberate mysticism of the era with obscure imagery, obtuse lyrics and chord patterns that swirled around minor key epiphanies. The band had previously kicked around in various incarnations, recording but never releasing several debut albums for a variety of labels, but in 1971 their day had come and Blue Oyster Cult exploded with concepts that have now become a natural part of the rock vernacular. “Cites on Flame with Rock n’ Roll” is the obvious stage anthem, but it’s the otherworldly effects of “Transmaniacon MC,” “I’m On The Lamb But I Ain’t No Sheep” and “Workshop of the Telescopes” that made this band an unusual curiosity for its time. The near country-rock of “Redeemed” is a bizarre musical step, whereas “She’s as Beautiful as a Foot” displays the band’s absurd side. The expanded edition includes four demos that further show the band’s casual approach with “A Fact About Sneakers” and a reckless cover of Bobby Freeman’s “Betty Lou’s Got a New Pair of Shoes.”

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Great Album, underrated band

Blue Oyster Cult is mostly remembered for rock anthems like "Godzilla" and "Don't Fear the Reaper" or the cowbell parody from SNL. This album demonstrates that they were really the thinking mans Heavy Metal band. They were way deeper and more subtle than most bands in the genre. Cities on Flame rocks, but I really like "Then Came the Last Days of May", "Screams", "Transmaniacon MC", and "She's as Beatiful as a Foot". I bought this album way back in the day and loved it. Albums being what they were, it eventually became so warped and worn that it was no longer listenable (I think someone puked on it at a party too). The digital age can bring back some fond memories.

You just cant beat the classics...

Its Amazing how much music has changed over the decades... this is truely the best part of musical history... Blue Oyster Cult.

Another classic By B.Ö.C.

Do i even need to say it, these songs rock.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jan 1972

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