Blue Öyster Cult - Complete Columbia Albums Collectiön (+DVD)

Release Date: 04 February 2013
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Blue Öyster Cult were among the very first American rock & roll maximalists. They pioneered an iconic multi-guitar hard rock sound that influenced countless acts after them -- most of whom never gave them credit for it. That said, they also understood the value of a pop hooks, state-of-the-art production, and the power of the imagination in their crafting of a sinister, mysterious image decades before black metal -- in person and on record -- and later welcomed the kitsch that came with it. They scored nine charting singles (including "[Don’t Fear] The Reaper"), two platinum, and four gold albums. To mark BÖC's 40th Anniversary, Legacy has created a monster box that includes all of the band's Columbia albums between 1972 and 1988, a disc of bona fide rarities, another of radio broadcasts, and a live DVD from 1978. While six of the band's first seven albums -- Blue Öyster Cult, Tyranny and Mutation, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, Spectres, and Some Enchanted Evening -- were all remastered with bonus tracks, On Your Feet or on Your Knees (19751) and each subsequent album, including Some Enchanted Evening, benefit here from having been completely remastered in 2012 from analog sources. These include the criminally underappreciated, nearly apocryphal Imaginos, the group's final record for Columbia that took eight years to record. It reunited BÖC with producer/lyricist Sandy Pearlman and features guest spots from the Doors' Robby Krieger, Joe Satriani, and Patti Smith (credited as "Shocking U"). The rarities disc includes unreleased performances of "Stairway to the Stars" (1975), "Dr. Music," "The Great Sun Jester," "In Thee," "Mirrors" (1979), a 1975 rehearsal demo of Joe Higgs' "Steppin' Razor," a live mono version of "Godzilla" from 1977, a cover of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," from 1980, three demos intended for the soundtrack of the film Teachers, Stephen King's spoken word intro for Imaginos and "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep," one of two Soft White Underbelly demos. (There are other live cuts and demos that have been compiled in various places as well.) The Best of the Broadcasts contains performances between 1980 and 1986. In actuality that may not be the very best (there were earlier ones that were superior but they may have been boots), but what's here rocks (check "7 Screaming Diz-Busters"). The live DVD that accompanies Some Enchanted Evening (entitled Some Other Enchanted Evening) has to be seen to be believed. For those who thought BÖC past their live prime at this point, this disc contains indisputable evidence to the contrary. Each album is packaged in an individual cardboard sleeve with -- where applicable -- its original artwork. The booklet features a liner essay by rock historian and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye. In other words, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection makes definitive the case for BÖC as one of the truly innovative legends of hard rock. ~ Thom Jurek

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  • Disk 1
  • 1. Transmaniacon MC
  • 2. I'm on the Lam 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
  • 11. Donovan's Monkey (Soft White Underbelly Demo)
  • 12. What Is Quicksand (Soft White Underbelly Demo)
  • 13. A Fact About Sneakers (Soft White Underbelly Demo)
  • 14. Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes (Soft White Underbelly Demo)
  • Disk 2
  • 1. The Red & the Black
  • 2. O.D.'d on Life Itself
  • 3. Hot Rails to Hell
  • 4. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  • 5. Baby Ice Dog
  • 6. Wings Wetted Down
  • 7. Teen Archer
  • 8. Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
  • 9. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll
  • 10. Buck's Boogie (Studio Version/Bonus Track)
  • 11. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  • 12. O.D.'d on Life Itself
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Career of Evil
  • 2. Subhuman
  • 3. Dominance and Submission
  • 4. ME 262
  • 5. Cagey Cretins
  • 6. Harvester of Eyes
  • 7. Flaming Telepaths
  • 8. Astronomy
  • 9. Boorman the Chauffeur
  • 10. Mommy
  • 11. Mes Dames Sarat
  • 12. Born to Be Wild (Non LP Single Studio Version/Bonus Track)
  • 13. Career of Evil (Single Version/Bonus Track)
  • Disk 4
  • 1. The Subhuman
  • 2. Harvester of Eyes
  • 3. Hot Rails to Hell
  • 4. The Red & the Black
  • 5. Seven Screaming Diz-Busters
  • 6. Buck's Boogie
  • 7. (Then Came The) Last of May
  • 8. Cities on Flame
  • 9. M.E. 262
  • 10. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
  • 11. Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You)
  • 12. Born to Be Wild
  • Disk 5
  • 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
  • 6. Sinful Love
  • 7. Tattoo Vampire
  • 8. Morning Final
  • 9. Tenderloin
  • 10. Debbie Denise
  • 11. Fire of Unknown Origin (Original Version/Bonus Track)
  • 12. Sally (Demo/Bonus Track)
  • 13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Demo/Bonus Track)
  • 14. Dance the Night Away (Demo/Bonus Track)
  • Disk 6
  • 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
  • 11. Night Flyer
  • 12. Dial M for Murder
  • 13. Please Hold
  • 14. Be My Baby
  • Disk 7
  • 1. R.U. Ready 2 Rock
  • 2. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  • 3. Astronomy
  • 4. Kick Out the Jams
  • 5. Godzilla
  • 6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  • 7. We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • 8. Me 262
  • 9. Harvester of Eyes
  • 10. Hot Rails to Hell
  • 11. This Ain't the Summer of Love
  • 12. 5 Guitars
  • 13. Born to Be Wild
  • 14. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Alternate Version/Bonus Track)
  • Disk 8
  • 1. R.U. Ready 2 Rock
  • 2. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  • 3. Harvester of Eyes
  • 4. We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • 5. Golden Age of Leather
  • 6. Astronomy
  • 7. Me 262
  • 8. Kick Out the Jams
  • 9. This Ain't the Summer of Love
  • 10. 5 Guitars
  • 11. Born to Be Wild
  • Disk 9
  • 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
  • Disk 10
  • 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
  • Disk 11
  • 1. Fire of Unknown Origin
  • 2. Burnin' for You
  • 3. Veteran of the Psychic Wars
  • 4. Sole Survivor
  • 5. Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver
  • 6. Vengeance (The Pact)
  • 7. After Dark
  • 8. Joan Crawford
  • 9. Don't Turn Your Back
  • Disk 12
  • 1. Dominance and Submission
  • 2. Cities on Flame
  • 3. Dr. Music
  • 4. The Red & the Black
  • 5. Joan Crawford
  • 6. Burnin' for You
  • 7. Roadhouse Blues
  • 8. Black Blade
  • 9. 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
  • Disk 13
  • 1. Take Me Away
  • 2. Eyes on Fire
  • 3. Shooting Shark
  • 4. Veins
  • 5. Shadow of California
  • 6. Feel the Thunder
  • 7. Let Go
  • 8. Dragon Lady
  • 9. Light Years of Love
  • Disk 14
  • 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
  • 8. Shadow Warrior
  • 9. Madness to the Method
  • Disk 15
  • 1. I Am the One You Warned Me Of
  • 2. Les Invisibles
  • 3. In the Presence of Another World
  • 4. Del Rio's Song
  • 5. The Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria
  • 6. Astronomy
  • 7. Magna of Illusion
  • 8. Blue Öyster Cult
  • 9. Imaginos
  • Disk 16
  • 1. Stairway to the Stars
  • 2. The Red & the Black
  • 3. Buck's Boogie
  • 4. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll
  • 5. Workshop of the Telescopes
  • 6. Dr. Music
  • 7. The Vigil
  • 8. The Great Sun Jester
  • 9. In Thee
  • 10. Mirrors
  • 11. Steppin' Razor (Rehearsal Demo)
  • 12. Godzilla (Mono Version/Previously Unreleased)
  • 13. Double Talk (Demo/Previously Unreleased)
  • 14. Rebel (Demo/Previously Unreleased)
  • 15. Summa Cum Laude (Demo/Previously Unreleased)
  • 16. I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep (Demo/Previously Unreleased)
  • 17. John L. Sullivan (Demo)
  • 18. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  • 19. Stephen King Spoken Intro - King, Stephen
  • Disk 17
  • 1. Intro/Dr. Music
  • 2. Lips in the Hills
  • 3. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
  • 4. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  • 5. Workshop of the Telescopes
  • 6. It's Not Easy
  • 7. Wings of Mercury
  • 8. Arthur Comics
  • 9. Black Blade
  • 10. Joan Crawford
  • 11. 5 Guitars (Golden Age of Leather)
  • 12. Dancin' in the Ruins
  • 13. Take Me Away
Release Date: 04 February 2013
Catalogue No: 88691936342