A live album recorded on the Secret Treaties tour, On Your Feet and On Your Knees captures the band at the peak of their powers. This marked the end of the band's original and best-known lineup. It's very enjoyable to listen to and the upbeat fast tempo helps to lift your energy. Blue Öyster Cult performing at the , 2008. Cecilia tunes from the Stalk-Forrest Group era. Finally I decided to give it my full attention and I was pleasantly surprised in parts.
They were about science fiction, about ghosts and aliens, about fighter aircraft and urban legends. The music reminds me of the Canadian pop-rock band, Prism. The astonishing musicianship sets the bar very high but it prepares us for the blockbuster to follow. The artwork also seems to with an ambiguously swastika-like symbol: , otherwise known as the Process Church, an offshoot of Scientology famous for its alleged links to Charles Manson and whose members were known for their black cloaks and predilection for German shepherds—which they were also accused of ritually killing. Blue Oyster Cult is about intelligent heavy metal with a sci-fi slant and with an attitude of artful pretense. I can only imagine the amount of blow involved in the creation of the song, considering that it's also a main factor within the lyrics, which neither condemns nor praises the protagonists.
This time, despite the horrendously bad album cover art, I was wrong. To get even further from their comfort zone they chose a new producer, the legendary Tom Werman, who true to his reputation challenged the ingrained notions and with one band member even the musicianship of the band. During these years, while the three original members remained constant, there were several changes in the band's rhythm section. Based on my appreciation for this album, I have now ordered three more classic albums with the confidence that I will enjoy them for what I know to expect this time. Curse of the Hidden Mirror features Miranda and Rondinelli as the rhythm section, and the pair contributed to the songwriting as well.
Most of these albums are forgotten, and often for good reason. It also revealed that while the band's studio work was becoming increasingly well-produced, they were still very much a hard rock band on stage. A good track though less involved than the first two. It's one of those songs in which when I first heard it, I knew it was BÖC, because it sounds like no other band I can think of. Being the band's thirteenth studio album and at the time their first in a decade, it would be expected that Heaven Forbid would just be another bland album that tries to recapture past glories. Manager Sandy Pearlman mixed the record. Blue Oyster cult is one of the most under-rated band in the history of rock.
It is still driven heavily by guitar. And once again, there is a certain charm to the vocal delivers that give it a theatrical feel. The original recording was produced at The Record Plant in New York by , who sang background vocals with Roeser and played the now famous cowbell part. And will probably be the last. The good still outweighs the bad by a fair amount, with the opening two and closing two songs being particularly ace, and rather necessary for anyone interested in exploring B. Their next studio album, 1976 , was their first to go platinum and was again produced by David Lucas. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment! That's what comes to my mind every time I listen to this great album.
On reflection, this album's production values are not top shelf in a few areas but it doesn't need to be. With rock bands you can often tell the quality of the music from the artwork and graphics they inspire and choose. One of the things that has really caught my attention with this album is the music composition. When The Old Gods Return. Birch produced the band's next album as well, 1981. It comes highly recommended as a 70s live treasure; a veritable masterpiece for Blue Oyster Cult.
It featured even more polished production, and continued the trend of the lead vocals extensively shared between members, although Allen Lanier did not sing lead. They started coming further apart and turned into a giant Godzilla, in the sky. In June 2012, the band announced that bassist was leaving the band and was being replaced by former bassist. Bouchard's girlfriend at the time. The album did not sell well despite a positive review in Rolling Stone magazine , and though the then-current Blue Öyster Cult lineup minus both Bouchard brothers did tour to promote Imaginos, promotion by the label was virtually non-existent. It was only during subsequent listens when I realized there was more to this release than that one tune, and now I find the album as a whole as pretty fascinating, but yeah, that one defining hell of a track was quite a game changer. First of all, along with an improved, clearer production, the band also ventured a lot more out of its comfort zone.
The band's logo is the alchemical symbol for lead, one of the heaviest of metals. Other genres used to describe the band include , , , and. It probably would have served them better to mix things up a bit more. In 2016, Albert Bouchard played again as guest with the current line-up of the band, playing at shows in New York, Los Angeles and London, where BÖC played the album Agents of Fortune in its entirety. And this album has really begun to connect me to the music of Blue Oyster Cult. For the tour, the band added lasers to their light show, for which they became known.
Even though the production changes on this album helped to improve the sound of the band overall, it was more of a long- range improvement as this album seems a bit less interesting that the debut album. Catchy and fun as well, combining the monstrous themes and heavy riffing with a partytime chorus, this is what I'd call really killer camp. Saw them more times than I can count. The band make good use of two guitars and use keyboards effectively when they deem it essential to the music. Agents of Fortune was still the latest and Spectres was hotly awaited. It's a song about satan I presume in which case it's the happiest sounding song I've heard about the devil.