Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Imaginos (1988/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:28 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Rock
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The 11th album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1988.

Blue Öyster Cult went out with a bang as a major-label recording act on their 14th and last new Columbia album, Imaginos. The idea for this concept album came as early as Secret Treaties, on which some of its music appeared, and the recording took place over a six-year period. (As a result, album credits give the erroneous impression that the original band had reformed.) The story line, which is easier to appreciate in the liner notes than on the record, concerns a mysterious, protean 19th century figure who has a talent for turning up at key moments in history and influencing them for the worse. This is perhaps BÖC’s most consistent album, certainly its most uncompromising (none of its usual nods to pop accessibility), and also the closest thing to a real heavy-metal statement from a band that never quite fit that description. Unfortunately, this ambitious work came out as BÖC was dropping out of the frontline of the music business, so the album that comes closest to defining Blue Öyster Cult turned into its creative swan song.

Tracklist:
01 – I Am the One You Warned Me Of
02 – Les Invisibles
03 – In the Presence of Another World
04 – Del Rio’s Song
05 – The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria
06 – Astronomy
07 – Magna of Illusion
08 – Blue Öyster Cult
09 – Imaginos

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Club Ninja (1985/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:19 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Rock
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Club Ninja is the tenth studio album by the American hard rock group Blue Öyster Cult, released in December 10, 1985 (see 1985 in music). The album was intended as a comeback for the band, whose previous album The Revölution by Night failed to attain Gold status following the success of 1981’s Fire of Unknown Origin and 1982’s Extraterrestrial Live. Club Ninja sold more than 175,000 copies, falling well short of gold status again, and because of its high cost, Columbia Records executives deemed it a commercial failure.[1] The album was re-issued on compact disc on March 10, 2009, by the Sony-owned reissue label American Beat Records, who had also reissued the band’s subsequent 1988 album, Imaginos.

Blue Öyster Cult’s gradual disintegration continued with Club Ninja, on which original member Allen Lanier was replaced by keyboard player Tom Zvoncheck, and several compositions from outside the band were featured, notably the Leggat Brothers’ “White Flags,” and a couple of generic metal exercises by Bob Halligan, who had contributed much the same sort of material to Judas Priest. On what should have been the positive side, Sandy Pearlman was back in the producer’s chair. But he did nothing to arrest BÖC’s decline into musical anonymity. ~~ AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Tracklist:

1 White Flags 4:41
2 Dancin’ In The Ruins 3:58
3 Rock Not War 3:56
4 Perfect Water 5:28
5 Spy In The House Of The Night 4:19
6 Beat’ Em Up 3:22
7 When The War Comes 6:01
8 Shadow Warrior 5:39
9 Madness To The Method 7:25

BAND
Eric Bloom – stun guitar, vocals
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
Joe Bouchard – bass, guitar, vocals
Tommy Zvoncheck – synthesizers, piano, organ
Jimmy Wilcox – percussion, vocals

Additional musicians
Thommy Price – drums
Phil Grande – guitars
Kenny Aaronson – bass
David Lucas, Joni Peltz, Dave Immer, Joe Caro – background vocals
Howard Stern – opening to “When the War Comes”

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – The Revölution By Night (1983/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:18 minutes | 949 MB | Genre: Rock
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The 9th album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1983.

Blue Öyster Cult seemed to regain their direction with Fire of Unknown Origin, but simultaneously, the band was starting to fragment, with founding member and notable songwriter Albert Bouchard departing. On The Revolution by Night, BÖC brought in various hired guns, such as Aldo Nova and former Alice Cooper bandmember Neal Smith, and turned to Loverboy’s producer, Bruce Fairbairn, who gave them a similar radio-ready rock sound. But though the album brought BÖC their fourth (and final) singles chart entry in “Shooting Shark,” it lacked a distinctive identity. You could close your eyes and not know whether you were listening to Loverboy or Foreigner or any one of several other arena rock bands. No wonder it became the band’s lowest charting album in a decade.

Tracklist:
01 – Take Me Away
02 – Eyes On Fire
03 – Shooting Shark
04 – Veins
05 – Shadow of California
06 – Feel the Thunder
07 – Let Go
08 – Dragon Lady
09 – Light Years of Love

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Extraterrestrial Live (1982/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:17:48 minutes | 1,74 GB | Genre: Rock
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The 3rd live album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1982

Of Blue Öyster Cult’s three live albums, Extraterrestrial Live is the one to own. The two-record set, partially recorded on BÖC’s home base of Long Island, contains the band’s biggest hits, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (making its second live appearance) and “Burnin’ for You,” as well as longtime concert favorites like “Cities on Flame,” “The Red and the Black,” and “Godzilla.” But it isn’t just the superior song selection that gives this album the nod over On Your Feet or on Your Knees and Some Enchanted Evening; BÖC had regained its momentum in 1981 with Fire of Unknown Origin, and this album demonstrated their renewed spirit in the forum in which they were most comfortable – live work.

Tracklist:
01 – Dominance And Submission
02 – Cities On Flame
03 – Dr. Music
04 – The Red And The Black
05 – Joan Crawford
06 – Burnin’ For You
07 – Roadhouse Blues
08 – Black Blade
09 – Hot Rails To Hell
10 – Godzilla
11 – Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
12 – E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
13 – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Fire Of Unknown Origin (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:06 minutes | 873 MB | Genre: Rock
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The 8th album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1981.

Who would have thought that in 1981, after a pair of limp, unfocused studio offerings, and two mixed – at best – live outings, that the once mighty Blue Öyster Cult would come back with such a fierce, creative, and uncompromising effort as Fire of Unknown Origin. Here was their finest moment since Agents of Fortune five years earlier, and one of their finest ever. Bringing back into the fold the faithful team who helped articulate their earlier vision, producer Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Patti Smith all helped in the lyric department, as did science-fiction and dark-fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. The band’s sound was augmented by a plethora of keyboards courtesy of Allen Lanier, but nonetheless retained a modicum of its heaviness, and the sheer songwriting craft that had helped separate the band form its peers early on was everywhere evident here – especially the gloriously noir-ish Top 40 single “Burning for You,” written by Meltzer and guitarist Buck Dharma. Other standouts on the set include the plodding, über-riff pyrotechnics of “Heavy Metal: The Black and the Silver,” and the Mott the Hoople- and Queen-influenced glammed up roots rock of “Joan Crawford.” The terrifying images of desecration and apocalyptic war in “Veteran of Psychic Wars,” with words by Moorcock, feature huge synth lines, dual leads by Dharma and Eric Bloom – as well as a tom-tom orgy from Albert Bouchard – offered a new pathway through the eternal night of the Cult’s best work. Fire of Unknown Origin has aged well, and deserves to be remastered in the 21st century.

Tracklist:
01 – Fire of Unknown Origin
02 – Burnin’ for You
03 – Veteran of the Psychic Wars
04 – Sole Survivor
05 – Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver
06 – Vengeance
07 – After Dark
08 – Joan Crawford
09 – Don’t Turn Your Back

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Cultösaurus Erectus (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:15 minutes | 994 MB | Genre: Rock
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The 7th album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1980.

Signing on with Deep Purple/Black Sabbath producer Martin Birch, Blue Öyster Cult made more of a guitar-heavy hard rock album in Cultosaurus Erectus after flirting with pop ever since the success of Agents of Fortune. (They also promoted this album by going out on a co-headlining tour with Sabbath.) Gone are the female backup singers, the pop hooks, the songs based on keyboard structures, and they are replaced by lots of guitar solos and a beefed-up rhythm section. But the band still were not generating strong enough material to compete with their concert repertoire, so they found themselves in the bind of being a strong touring act unable to translate that success into record sales.

Tracklist:
01 – Black Blade
02 – Monsters
03 – Divine Wind
04 – Deadline
05 – The Marshall Plan
06 – Hungry Boys
07 – Fallen Angel
08 – Lips In the Hills
09 – Unknown Tongue

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Mirrors (1979/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:03 minutes | 844 MB | Genre: Rock
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The 6th album released by classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult, originally released in 1979.

Blue Öyster Cult tried a new producer on Mirrors, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman with Tom Werman, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach appeared to displease longtime metal-oriented fans without attracting new ones: “In Thee” became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC’s string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren’t distinctive enough. Much of this is generic hard rock that could have been made by any one of a dozen ’70s arena bands.

Tracklist:
01 – Dr. Music
02 – The Great Sun Jester
03 – In Thee
04 – Mirrors
05 – Moon Crazy
06 – The Vigil
07 – I Am the Storm
08 – You’re Not the One (I Was Looking For)
09 – Lonely Teardrops

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Some Enchanted Evening (1978/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:01 minutes | 875 MB | Genre :Rock
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Blue Öyster Cult marks time with a second live album on which they turn out good, if redundant, concert versions of recent favorites like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Godzilla” and add to their repertoire of live covers such oldies as the MC5’s “Kick out the Jams” and the Animals’ “We Gotta Get out of This Place.” A perfectly acceptable, completely unnecessary souvenir record from a hard-touring band of the ’70s. (It should perhaps be noted that the mid- to late ’70s was a period when more live albums than usual were being released, especially in the wake of Peter Frampton’s massively successful 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!.)

Tracklist:
01 – R.U. Ready 2 Rock
02 – E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
03 – Astronomy
04 – Kick Out the Jams
05 – Godzilla
06 – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
07 – We Gotta Get Out of This Place

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:38 minutes | 870 MB | Genre: Rock
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Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album was certified gold in January 1978 and contained the album rock hits “Godzilla”, “Death Valley Nights”, “R.U. Ready 2 Rock” and “I Love the Night”.

The cover art is demonstrative of BÖC’s use of lasers in their live show at that time. Though the album did not remain on the charts as long as its predecessor Agents of Fortune, it is a BÖC fan favorite.

Blue Öyster Cult scored big with Agents of Fortune and its now-classic rock hit, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” It took the album into the stratosphere and the band’s profile with it; it put them in the visible pop space they’d tried for years to get to. But upon arrival, they found that kind of success difficult to respond to. Not only did the Cult want to respond, they wanted to cement their place. Spectres is not the masterpiece that Agents of Fortune is, but it didn’t need to be. However, upon hearing Spectres again, the album offers proof that the commercial and creative bent of Agents of Fortune was still in place at certain moments, and the band laid out a major single in the opening cut, “Godzilla,” a tune – however silly it may be – that is every bit as memorable as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” It’s not the only big number here either: “Goin’ Through the Motions” and the truly spooky “I Love the Night” by Buck Dharma also scored. The former track is a wonderful blend of Tommy James & the Shondells, Boston, and Mott the Hoople’s roots rock glam attack. Written by Eric Bloom and Ian Hunter, it’s a stunning single. It sounds less like the Cult than anything they’d recorded, but as a classic rock & roll single it succeeds in spades. And “I Love the Night” (with its guitar part resembling “Reaper” for a moment) is one of rock & roll’s truly strange and seductive love songs. There is more spook and darkness here, of course, in the album’s closer, “Nosferatu.” As a closer, “I Love the Night” may have been a better choice, but this track has all those layered harmonies, a reverbed piano, Dharma’s power chords, and lyric fills that never lose their sense of menace and once more, a story. BOC were the only band in their league, walking the line between AOR rock and metal, and offering such detailed narratives. Spectres also contains tunes that were ready-made for touring, which is what the Cult did immediately after, resulting in the wildly successful live album Some Enchanted Evening. In sum, the only reason Spectres is not regarded as a classic is because it followed Agents of Fortune. Other than the false funk of “Searchin’ for Celine,” it’s flawless as a finely tuned tome that begins with sci-fi humor and ends with gothic horror – all of which can be hummed to.

Tracklist:
01 – Godzilla
02 – Golden Age of Leather
03 – Death Valley Nights
04 – Searchin’ for Celine
05 – Fireworks
06 – R. U. Ready 2 Rock
07 – Celestial the Queen
08 – Goin’ Through the Motions
09 – I Love the Night
10 – Nosferatu

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Apr 28

Blue Öyster Cult – Agents Of Fortune (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:30 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Rock
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Agents of Fortune is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, originally released in a gatefold sleeve LP in 1976 through Columbia Records.

The platinum-selling album peaked at No. 29 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart,while the single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” peaked at No. 12 on the Pop Singles chart,making it Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest hit.

The band also became a larger concert attraction at this time—largely based on not only their stageshow, but aided by the airplay of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” which to this day is a staple of FM rock station playlists. Concert venues became larger, the show became more intricate and BÖC was reaching its commercial peak on the tour circuit.

If ever there were a manifesto for 1970s rock, one that prefigured both the decadence of the decade’s burgeoning heavy metal and prog rock excesses and the rage of punk rock, “This Ain’t the Summer of Love,” the opening track from Agents of Fortune, Blue Öyster Cult’s fourth album, was it. The irony was that while the cut itself came down firmly on the hard rock side of the fence, most of the rest of the album didn’t. Agents of Fortune was co-produced by longtime Cult record boss Sandy Pearlman, Murray Krugman, and newcomer David Lucas, and in addition, the band’s lyric writing was being done internally with help from poet-cum-rocker Patti Smith (who also sings on “The Revenge of Vera Gemini”). Pearlman, a major contributor to the band’s songwriting output, received a solitary credit while critic Richard Meltzer, whose words were prevalent on the Cult’s previous outings, was absent. The album yielded the band’s biggest single with “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” a multi-textured, deeply melodic soft rock song with psychedelic overtones, written by guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser. The rest of the album is ambitious in that it all but tosses aside the Cult’s proto-metal stance and instead recontextualizes their entire stance. It’s still dark, mysterious, and creepy, and perhaps even more so, it’s still rooted in rock posturing and excess, but gone is the nihilistic biker boogie in favor of a more tempered – indeed, nearly pop arena rock – sound that gave Allen Lanier’s keyboards parity with Dharma’s guitar roar, as evidenced by “E.T.I.,” “Debbie Denise,” and “True Confessions.” This is not to say that the Cult abandoned their adrenaline rock sound entirely. Cuts like “Tattoo Vampire” and “Sinful Love” have plenty of feral wail in them. Ultimately, Agents of Fortune is a solid record, albeit a startling one for fans of the band’s earlier sound. It also sounds like one of restless inspiration, which is, in fact, what it turned out to be given the recordings that came after. It turned out to be the Cult’s last consistent effort until they released Fire of Unknown Origin in 1981.

Tracklist:
01 – This Ain’t the Summer of Love
02 – True Confessions
03 – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
04 – E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
05 – The Revenge of Vera Gemini
06 – Sinful Love
07 – Tattoo Vampire
08 – Morning Final
09 – Tenderloin
10 – Debbie Denise

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