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Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult (2001) Retail CD
The Cult begins....
BOC's first album is a curious blend of psych flavoured heavy rock with a penchant for the macabre, a twist of evil and a predilection for sci-fi weirdness that makes it a thrilling debut and the first in their (un)Holy triumvirate completed by the awesome `Tyranny & Mutation' and the genius of `Secret Treaties'. One look at the bizarre song titles like `She's as Beautiful as a Foot' and `I'm on the Lamb but I Ain't no Sheep' will have the uninitiated scratching their heads and wondering what to make of this offering from the band that gave the world the Byrdsian classic `more…Don't Fear The Reaper', but step inside and the singular presence of the Cult's unique brand of heavy rock will make for a fantastic journey. From hard riffing tales of Hells Angels (Transmaniacon MC) to ghostly astronomical invocations of doom (Workshop of the Telescopes) fantastical surrealist voyages (Redeemed) BOC deliver some of the most inscrutable songs to ever have sat alongside killer rock riffage in history. It's the legacy of their late 60's flirtation with all things psychedelic, leaning heavily of the otherworldly poetry of The Doors, that by the time of this 1972 debut had coalesced into a truly compelling blend of curious time signatures, blues based rock, blissed out West Coast psychedelia (the duo of `Screams' and `She's As Beautiful as a Foot' is simply outstanding) and off-kilter melodies that were to mark BOC as one of the most intriguing and original rock bands of the 70's - and it has to be said a stonehead biker's favourite...(ahem...I plead Eric Bloom your Honour).
That said all is not weird and lysergic with the heads down crunch of `Cities on Flame' and `Stairway to the Stars' providing straight ahead rock riffing and the totally gorgeous atmospherics of the ballad `Last Days of May' a delicious tale of a drug deal gone fatally wrong, is one of the finest songs in BOC's illustrious canon.
This reissue is to be commended for it's superb sound and the bonus tracks culled from the band's earlier incarnation as the Stalk Forrest Group that display their early psych leanings which are a truly welcome addition to understanding the evolution of this exceptional band. If you already bought this on vinyl and the earlier analogue CD release you'll be wondering just how many times you need to buy the bleedin' thing but it's worth every penny to finally hear a definitive edition.
If you're unfamiliar with BOC then begin with Tyranny & Mutation, Secret Treaties or Cultosaurus Erectus for more straight forward heavy rock then check out this fabulous debut for the more esoteric psych drenched joys of the one true Cult.
|2||I'm The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep|
|3||Then Came The Last Days Of May|
|4||Stairway To The Stars|
|5||Before The Kiss A Recap|
|7||She's As Beautiful As A Foot|
|8||Cities On Flame With Rock 'n' Roll|
|9||Workshop Of The Telescopes|
|12||What Is Quicksand|
|13||Fact About Sneakers|
|14||Betty Lou's Got A Brand New Pair Of Shoes|
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