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Workshop of the Telescopes - The Best of Blue Öyster Cult

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Album Review

Blue Öyster Cult was long in need of a thorough career retrospective, and this is it. Thirty-two tracks filling up two discs with a total running time of 154:46, Workshop of the Telescopes traces BÖC through 14 years as the kings of lite metal, 1972-1986. Actually, as annotator Arthur Levy notes, there are at least two phases in that era. The first, running through 1974, includes the classic first two albums, Blue Öyster Cult and Tyranny and Mutation, when BÖC was one of the few acts in those pre-punk days bucking the trend toward soft rock without indulging in the more grotesque aspects of heavy metal. This material takes up disc one. Disc two leads off with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," which launched the second phase of the band's career, when it sought to balance its hard-rocking approach (heard especially in concert) with pop accessibility. Since this period was marked by uneven material, it is ripe for compiling, and the selection here is good. On the whole, Workshop of the Telescopes lives up to Levy's description of it as "the ultimate BÖC anthology." It's about time.

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The Legacy of Blue Oyster Cult

Workshop of the Telescopes is a well rounded look at the career of Blue Oyster Cult. Even though this band is maligned by many, or made fun of (Saturday Night Live), they were extremely influential in the music business, especially in metal. BOC took a different approach than Black Sabbath, in they chose more melody and wit, while still maintaining an aura of menace in their guitar attack. This album features almost all of their big songs, has a handful of rarities, and will be pleasing to all who like this genre. I highly recommend this album.

great!

they were the first band i enjoyed and they shaped my taste in music. lots of good songs here, a must for new fans!

Don't Fear the Reaper

I gotta have more cowbell!!! -BD

Biography

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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