PC 31063 Blue Oyster Cult
Produced by Murray Krugman & Sandy Pearlman
Released on January 1972
US CHART POSITION #172
Find it at GEMM
EGKC 6 cover  

B lue Osyter Cult presumably drew its influence from the same source as Black Sabbath, using the blues-based “psychedelic” rock of bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream as a launching point for their own apocalyptic visions. BOC’s eponymous debut is as much playful posturing as dark prophecy, however, mixing the portentous (“Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll”) and the preposterous (“She’s as Beautiful as a Foot”) without swearing allegiance to either. When the band adopts a more menacing stance -- as on “Transmaniacon MC,” “Before the Kiss (A Redcap)” and the mighty “Cities…” -- they invite comparisons to Sabbath’s debut album. But the band’s literary aspirations prove too great a temptation: songs like “Redeemed” (which references the “goblins of Xerxes” in a countryish twang complete with banjo) and “Workshop of the Telescopes” can’t seem to agree on what they want to achieve. The band’s egalitarian approach to songwriting, which included all five members plus their producers and original vocalist Richard Meltzer in endless permutations, hampers the development of a clear identity for the band. While the musical pieces are consistent -- Donald Roeser’s blues-rock guitar leads, the solid rhythms of brothers Albert and Joe Bouchard, Eric Bloom’s sedate (and, here, often muddy) vocals -- the vision is not. BOC’s excursions into psychedelia are also interesting and well executed (none moreso than the drug-score-gone-bad story of “Then Came the Last Days of May”), but they haven’t aged particularly well. Fans will likely remember the heavier tracks and forget the rest, which is the shortest path to appreciating this album.

PC 31063 back cover
PC 31063 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. TRANSMANIACON MC    (Sandy Pearlman/Albert Bouchard/Donald Roeser/Eric Bloom)    3:20
  2. I'M ON THE LAMB BUT I AIN'T NO SHEEP    (Sandy Pearlman/Albert Bouchard/Eric Bloom)    3:09
  3. THEN CAME THE LAST DAYS OF MAY    (Donald Roeser)    3:29
  4. STAIRWAY TO THE STARS    (Richard Meltzer/Albert Bouchard/Donald Roeser)    3:42
  5. BEFORE THE KISS, A REDCAP    (Sandy Pearlman/Murray Krugman/Allen Lanier/Donald Roeser)    4:57
  6. SCREAMS    (Joe Bouchard)    3:09
  7. SHE'S AS BEAUTIFUL AS A FOOT    (Richard Meltzer/Albert Bouchard/Allen Lanier)    2:56
  8. CITIES ON FLAME WITH ROCK AND ROLL    (Sandy Pearlman/Donald Roeser/Albert Bouchard)    4:04
  9. WORKSHOP OF THE TELESCOPES    (Sandy Pearlman/BOC)    3:50
  10. REDEEMED    (Sandy Pearlman/Harry Farcas/Albert Bouchard/Allen Lanier)    4:01

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. DONOVAN'S MONKEY
  12. WHAT IS QUICKSAND?
  13. A FACT ABOUT SNEAKERS
  14. BETTY LOU'S GOT A NEW PAIR OF SHOES

CREDITS

ERIC BLOOM -- lead vocals, stun guitar, keyboards
ALBERT BOUCHARD -- drums, vocals
JOE BOUCHARD -- bass, vocals
ALLEN LANIER -- rhythm guitar, keyboards
DONALD (BUCK DHARMA) ROESER -- lead guitar, vocals
David Lucas -- associate producer, engineer
Bill Robertson -- engineer
Gawlik -- cover

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN January 1972 Columbia LP KC 31063  
UK 1972 CBS LP 32025  
JPN   CBS/Sony LP SOP-072 lyric insert, poster
US   Columbia LP/CS PC/PCT 31063  
UK   CBS LP S64904  
US   Columbia CD CK 31063  
NET 1996 Disky CDX CD 864802 w. bonus tracks
US   Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-738 original master repackaged w. TYRANNY AND MUTATION
US 1997 Columbia 3CD C3K-64806 repackaged w. TYRANNY & MUTATION, SECRET TREATIES
BRA   Sony 3CD 2 064806 repackaged w. TYRANNY & MUTATION, SECRET TREATIES
US July 3, 2001 Columbia/Legacy CDX CK 85482 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
NET July 29, 2002 Columbia CDX 505483 Millenium Edition dig. rem. w. bonus tracks

 

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