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Blue Öyster Cult - The Singles Collection (2005) Retail CD
Everyone knows "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", and rightly so - it's difficult to imagine a more chillingly morbid song in the public's consciousness. However, the rest of Blue Oyster Cult's catalogue may remain a mystery to the casual observer, overshadowed by "…Reaper's" ubiquity (likely a millstone to the band and their fanbase), which is shame as there's lots to explore and enjoy. With any luck, The Singles Collection should redress the balance somewhat. The band's singles catalogue, whilst hardly groundbreaking musically, is solid Deep Purple-esque heavy rock and enjoyably so. The guitarmore… work is admirably over-the-top, the lyrics veer between the portentous and pretentious, and like all bands of a similar vintage, lineup changes hamper the later efforts which end up sounding slightly pedestrian. Frontmen Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma may be in charge throughout, but the loss of talented bandmates like Albert Bouchard is noticeable on the later material- the final track "Astronomy" simply sounds like a update of "Reaper". Even so, it's hard to ignore the high level of craftsmanship in songs like "Godzilla" or "Mirrors", and the sum total is a collection of solid, catchy rock singles. A worthwhile investment for anyone looking to expand their musical palette. --Thom Allott
|1||Cities on Flame with Rock N Roll|
|2||The Came the last Day of May|
|3||Te Red and the Black|
|4||Hot Rails to Hell|
|6||Born to be Wild|
|7||(Dont Fear) the Reaper|
|9||Goin through the Motions|
|11||We Gotta Get out of this Place|
|15||Burnin For You|
|16||Take me Away|
|18||Dancin in the Ruins|
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