Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Mar 2024, 19:59

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby pcqgod » 14 Mar 2024, 14:45

I went through a big BOC phase a decade or so ago. Recently revisted 'On your feet....' and was again amazed at the mad energy and imagination of that band.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Swiftie » 20 Mar 2024, 10:54

pcqgod wrote:Recently revisted 'On your feet....' and was again amazed at the mad energy and imagination of that band.


Yes lad, a good observation





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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Mar 2024, 14:45

I’m not even sure they’re hard rock. Not soft rock obviously. Just rock.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Swiftie » 20 Mar 2024, 17:13

Neil Jung wrote:I’m not even sure they’re hard rock. [...] Just rock.


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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Mar 2024, 13:42

They're as hard rock as Alice Cooper - put it that way.

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby copehead » 21 Mar 2024, 13:51

Neil Jung wrote:I’m not even sure they’re hard rock. Not soft rock obviously. Just rock.


They were signed to be a US Black Sabbath by Columbia.

After the first 3 albums and OYFOYK the change in direction was mainly due, apparently, to all of them being given 4/8 tracks to write at home so they didn't jam songs as a group any more, also Pearlman was far less engaged in lyric writing and Patti Smith and Helen Wheels were more involved on that front.

And by Spectres they were deliberately going for a AOR sound to try and repeat the freak success of The Reaper.

There is everything on their albums from hard rock through to something akin to chart pop like Debbie Denise which could be an REO Shitwagon song.

I love the diversity of their output but it did, and continues to, confuse the fuck out of people used to bands sticking to a fairly narrow musical idiom ( can you have musical idioms ?)

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby copehead » 21 Mar 2024, 13:54

Matt Wilson wrote:They're as hard rock as Alice Cooper - put it that way.


They toured a lot with Alice Cooper early on and apprently learned a lot from them in how to stage a rock gig
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Mar 2024, 15:10

They toured with Black Sabbath as well.

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby copehead » 21 Mar 2024, 17:45

Matt Wilson wrote:They toured with Black Sabbath as well.


Extensively.

They toured with everyone in the early 70s; bit of a falling out with Kiss who found them a bit intellectual :D But - Reo Shitwagon, ZZ Top, Aerosmith,Fleetwood mac, Rush, Mahogany Rush, Any other sort of Rush; in fact anyone were a rock band plugging backwards and forwards across the midwest in the mid 70s. But even some weird tours and dates supporting people like Stevie Wonder.

I hadn't realised they'd had so many false starts hadn't released an album till 72 either.

I assumed they got going around 69-70

But they'd had 2 false starts by then recording what were basically albums for record labels as Soft White Under Belly and The Stalk Forrest Group.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby LMG » 24 Mar 2024, 10:54

In case anyone is considering that Columbia Boxed set:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Columbia-Album ... _dt_sl6_db

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Re: Blue Öyster Cult - An Appreciation

Postby Swiftie » 24 Mar 2024, 14:11

LMG wrote:In case anyone is considering that Columbia Boxed set:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Columbia-Album ... _dt_sl6_db

On offer, but act rapidly.


Blue Oyster Cult - The Columbia Albums Collection gathers the essential pieces of the Blue Oyster Cult story into one totality. It includes two bonus discs: Rarities and Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts (a special collection of classic live performances); newly mastered versions of On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, Fire of Unknown Origin, The Revölution by Night, Mirrors, Cultösaurus Erectus, Extraterrestrial Live, Club Ninja and Imaginos; liner notes by acclaimed guitarist/writer Lenny Kaye




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