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Blue Oyster Cult

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 by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group.

Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts. Columbia sent a promotional EP, Live Bootleg, to radio stations in October, and followed with BÖC's second album, Tyranny & Mutation, in February 1973. Their third album, Secret Treaties, was released in April 1974 and became their first to break into the Top 100 bestsellers. (It eventually went gold.) BÖC released a live double album, On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February 1975.

In May 1976 came their fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, including the Top 40 (Top Ten on some charts) hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (featured in the classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween), which became their first gold and then platinum album. (On Your Feet went gold shortly after.) BÖC's sixth overall album, Spectres, was released in October 1977 and went gold in January 1978. In September 1978 came a second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, which eventually would become BÖC's second million-seller, followed by the studio album Mirrors in June 1979. A year later, BÖC released its ninth album, Cultosaurus Erectus, with the gold Fire of Unknown Origin, containing the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You," following in June 1981.

In the summer of 1981, drummer Albert Bouchard was replaced by the band's tour manager and lighting designer, Rick Downey. BÖC's third live album, Extraterrestrial Live, was released in April 1982, followed by the studio album The Revolution by Night in October 1983. Downey left in 1984 and was replaced in 1985 by Jimmy Wilcox. The same year, Lanier left and was replaced by Tommy Zvonchek. BÖC released its 13th album, Club Ninja, in January 1986. Bassist Joe Bouchard left in 1986 and was replaced by Jon Rogers. In 1987, Lanier returned to the group, and Ron Riddle replaced Wilcox on drums. BÖC's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final new album on Columbia Records in July 1988. BÖC scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddle on drums. In 1994, Blue Öyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album of re-recorded favorites, in connection with the use of their music in the TV miniseries of horror novelist Stephen King's The Stand. Numerous lineup changes ensued throughout the '90s (as the band kept on touring the world), and in 1995, were the subject of a double disc anthology, Workshop of the Telescopes.

By the late '90s, BÖC had signed with the CMC label, resulting in their first album of all-new studio material in ten years, 1998's Heaven Forbid, and three years later The Curse of the Hidden Mirror. The group's music reached a whole new generation of hard rock fans when Metallica covered the BÖC classic "Astronomy" for their best-selling Garage Inc. album in 1998, as a few other best-of collections surfaced around the same time -- Super Hits and Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best Of. In 2001, Columbia/Legacy reissued BÖC's first four releases with a newly remastered sound and added bonus tracks. ~ William Ruhlmann & Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rarities (1969-1988)

Disc 1
Disc 2

1. Stairway to the Stars (Live)

2. (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Demo)

3. Dance the Night Away (Demo)

4. Night Flyer ('Spectres' outtake)

5. Dial M for Murder ('Spectres' outtake)

6. Please Hold ('Spectres' outtake)

7. Be My Baby ('Spectres' outtake)

8. Godzilla (Live - Mono Version)

9. Dr. Music (Live)

10. The Vigil (Live)

11. The Great Sun Jester (Live)

12. In Thee (Live)

13. Mirrors (Live)

14. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Live)

15. Double Talk (Demo)

16. Rebel (Demo)

17. Summa C*m Laude (Demo)

18. Stephen King Intro

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Track List: Bootleg - EP (Live)

1. The Red and the Black (Promo-Only Version (Live))

2. Buck's Boogie (Live)

3. WorkShop of the Telescopes (Promo-Only Version (Live))

4. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll (Live)

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Track List: Harvester Of Lives

Disc 1

1. Intro / Dr. Music ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

2. Lips In The Hills (KSAN Broadcast)

3. Unknown Tongue (KSAN Broadcast)

4. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll (KSAN Broadcast)

5. The Marshall Plan (KSAN Broadcast)

6. Divine Wind (KSAN Broadcast)

7. Then Came The Last Days Of May (KSAN Broadcast)

8. It's Not Easy ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

Disc 2

1. ME 262 (KSAN Broadcast)

2. Black Blade (KSAN Broadcast)

3. Godzilla (KSAN Broadcast)

4. The Five Guitars (Golden Age Version) (KSAN Broadcast)

5. Born To Be Wild (KSAN Broadcast)

6. Arthur Comics ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

7. Roadhouse Blues (KSAN Broadcast)

8. Don't Fear The Reaper (KSAN Broadcast)

Disc 3

1. Dr. Music (ABC: A Night On The Road)

2. Burnin' For You (ABC: A Night On The Road)

3. Fire Of Unknown Origin (ABC: A Night On The Road)

4. Joan Crawford ((ABC: A Night On The Road) [Live])

5. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (ABC: A Night On The Road)

6. Hot Rails To Hell (ABC: A Night On The Road)

7. ME 262 (ABC: A Night On The Road)

8. Don't Fear The Reaper (ABC: A Night On The Road)

9. Godzilla (ABC: A Night On The Road)

10. Born To Be Wild (ABC: A Night On The Road)

11. 5 Guitars (ABC: A Night On The Road)

12. Roadhouse Blues (ABC: A Night On The Road)

Disc 4

1. Stairway To The Stars (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

2. Harvester Of Eyes (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

3. Workshop Of The Telescopes (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

4. Before The Kiss, A Red Cap (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

5. Born To Rock (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

6. Hot Rails To Hell (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

7. 7 Screaming Dizbusters (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

8. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

9. Burnin' For You (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

10. Joan Crawford (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

11. Born To Be Wild (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

12. Don't Fear The Reaper (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

13. Roadhouse Blues (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

Disc 5

1. R.U. Ready 2 Rock (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

2. Dominance And Submission (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

3. White Flags (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

4. Take Me Away ((King Biscuit Flower Hour) [Live])

5. Dancin' In The Ruins ((King Biscuit Flower Hour) [Live])

6. The Shadow Warrior (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

7. Burnin' For You (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

8. Godzilla (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

9. Don't Fear The Reaper (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

10. Crowd (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

11. Wings Of Mercury (King Biscuit Flower Hour)

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Track List: Some Enchanted Evening (Live)

1. R.U. Ready 2 Rock (Live)

2. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) (Live)

3. Astronomy (Live)

4. Kick out the Jams (Live)

5. Godzilla (Live)

6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Live)

7. We Gotta Get out of This Place (Live)

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Track List: Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts (Live)

1. Intro / Dr. Music ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

2. Lips In the Hills ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

3. Before the Kiss, a Red Cap (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

4. 7 Screaming Dizbusters (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

5. Workshop of the Telescopes (RKO Radio Networks: Captured Live)

6. It's Not Easy ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

7. Wings of Mercury ((King Biscuit Flower Hour) [Live])

8. Arthur Comics ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

9. Black Blade ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

10. Joan Crawford ((ABC: A Night on the Road) [Live])

11. 5 Guitars / Golden Age of Leather ((KSAN Broadcast) [Live])

12. Dancin' In the Ruins ((King Biscuit Flower Hour) [Live])

13. Take Me Away ((King Biscuit Flower Hour) [Live])

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Track List: The Essential Blue Öyster Cult

Disc 1

1. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll

2. Before The Kiss, A Redcap

3. Stairway To The Stars

4. Transmaniacon MC

5. Buck's Boogie (Live)

6. The Red & The Black

7. O.D.'d On Life Itself

8. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters

9. Career Of Evil

10. Flaming Telepaths

11. Astronomy

12. Hot Rail To Hell (Live)

13. Harvester Of Eyes (Live)

14. M.E. 262 (Live)

15. Born To Be Wild (Live)

Disc 2

1. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

2. This Ain't The Summer Of Love

3. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) (Live)

4. Godzilla

5. I Love The Night

6. Goin' Through The Motions

7. In Thee

8. Black Blade

9. The Marshall Plan

10. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars

11. Joan Crawford

12. Burnin' For You

13. Roadhouse Blues (Live)

14. Shooting Shark

15. Take Me Away

16. Dancin' In The Ruins

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Track List: Club Ninja

1. White Flags

2. Dancin' In The Ruins

3. Make Rock Not War

4. Perfect Water

5. Spy In The House Of The Night

6. Beat 'Em Up

7. When The War Comes Home

8. Shadow Warrior

9. Madness To The Method

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Track List: Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult

1. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll

2. The Red & The Black

3. Flaming Telepaths

4. Astronomy

5. This Ain't The Summer Of Love

6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

7. I Love The Night

8. Goin' Through The Motions

9. Godzilla

10. In Thee

11. The Marshall Plan

12. Black Blade

13. Joan Crawford

14. Burnin' For You

15. Shooting Shark

16. Take Me Away

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Track List: The Revolution By Night

1. Take Me Away (1987)

2. Eyes On Fire

3. Shooting Shark (1987)

4. Veins

5. Shadow Of California

6. Feel The Thunder

7. Let Go

8. Dragon Lady

9. Light Years Of Love

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Track List: Extraterrestrial Live

1. Dominance And Submission (Live)

2. Cities On Flame (Live)

3. Dr. Music (Live)

4. The Red And The Black (Live)

5. Joan Crawford (Live)

6. Burnin' Tor You (Live)

7. Roadhouse Blues (Live)

8. Black Blade (Live)

9. Hot Rails To Hell (Live)

10. Godzilla (Live)

11. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (Live)

12. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) (Live)

13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Live)

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Track List: Cultosaurus Erectus

1. Black Blade

2. Monsters

3. Divine Wind

4. Deadline

5. The Marshall Plan

6. Hungry Boys

7. Fallen Angel

8. Lips In The Hills

9. Unknown Tongue

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Track List: Mirrors

1. Dr. Music

2. The Great Sun Jester

3. In Thee

4. Mirrors

5. Moon Crazy

6. The Vigil

7. I Am The Storm

8. You're Not The One (I Was Looking For)

9. Lonely Teardrops

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Track List: Spectres

1. Godzilla

2. Golden Age of Leather

3. Death Valley Nights

4. Searchin' for Celine

5. Fireworks

6. R. U. Ready 2 Rock

7. Celestial the Queen

8. Goin' Through the Motions

9. I Love the Night

10. Nosferatu

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Track List: Agents Of Fortune

1. This Ain't The Summer Of Love

2. True Confessions

3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

5. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini (feat. Patti Smith)

6. Sinful Love

7. Tattoo Vampire

8. Morning Final

9. Tenderloin

10. Debbie Denise

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Track List: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Live)

1. The Subhuman (Live)

2. Harvester Of Eyes (Live)

3. Hot Rails To Hell (Live)

4. The Red & The Black (Live)

5. Seven Screaming Dizbusters (Live)

6. Buck's Boogie (Live)

7. Last Days Of May (Live)

8. Cities On Flame (Live)

9. ME 262 (Live)

10. Before The Kiss (A Redcap) (Live)

11. Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You) (Live)

12. Born To Be Wild (Live)

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Track List: Blue Oyster Cult

1. Transmaniacon MC

2. I'm On 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 Redcap

6. Screams

7. She's as Beautiful as a Foot

8. Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll

9. Workshop of the Telescopes

10. Redeemed

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Let's drop him right on Isis!
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The movie Let Me In features many of BOC's songs; normally I'm not a fan of horror/roman c e s , but this movie is amazing. Just like BOC.
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Love the album cover art
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Dominance...
Submission!
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Awesome
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GODZILLA
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kinda reminds me of kids out of school on saturn after a downgrade stable for population
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Where is One of the Best Album's Ever Produced at.... FIRE of the Unknown Orgin...
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Secret Treaties.... M E - 2 6 2 . . .
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Come on baby; don't fear the Reaper.
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Saw them in November in KC. Still got it!
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They butchered the shooting shark lyrics! ha ha!
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Godzilla, A creature so terrifying and relentless people still today have nightmares. Sit down Rosie O'Donnell I wasn't talking about you :0
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One of the Best concerts I've seen..
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.the REAPER
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I LOVE DONT FEAR THE REAPER!
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I saw these guys in March of 1996 in Jackson MS - in a bar room setting - up close to the stage. They autographed my copy of ETI Live after the show. A truly great show.
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Extra-Terres t r i a l Live should be on here.
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Love this song, especially the cowbells!
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Don't fear the reaper and I'm burning for ypu
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Why aren't box in rock hall of fame?
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I don't fear the reaper at all my love Mimi mike
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I will not be afraid I will let you hold my hands Mimi Mike
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I want to feel the reaper I do now in my soal ii
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CONFIRMATION ! ! !
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Last night in Santa Cruz California!! ! !

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YAY!!! Get to go SEE them 6-24-16!!!!
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kick-a** show last night in New York City...by the way Pandora it's time to play B-sides.
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B.O.C. THAT IS ALL THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!
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Classic Blue Oyster Cult, Don't Fear the Reaper. Such a great Jam, even this live version. Rock on!
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Brings back memories....
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Need More Cowbell
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Going to see them for 7th time!
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Best and most talented Band ever seen in concert Hawaii 1999
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Buck Dharma....Le a d cowbell
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Gentlemen, start your trucks.....
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Cowbell FTW
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These guys were so diverse. I love so many of their songs but for me, Don't Fear the Reaper is my favorite. Never fails to transform me back into a 15 year old kid.
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Saw BOC live at Gas Monkey Friday night in Dallas, they were AWESOME!
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Tyranny And Mutation is the best album BOC recorded. But, their live performances is where they shined brilliantly.
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Saw these guys several times in the 70s 1st band I Saw use lazor lights awesome band
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