JC 35563 Some Enchanted Evening
Produced by Sandy Pearlman, Murray Krugman, Blue Oyster Cult
Released on September 1978
US CHART POSITION #44 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #18
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JC 35563 cover
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A re you ready to rock? For thirty-six and a half minutes? Some Enchanted Evening is only some of an enchanted evening, far less enchantment than you’ll find on the double-elpee On Your Feet or Extraterrestrial Live. Released at the height of the band’s popularity, this is a bald attempt to cash in on the band’s success and keep fresh product on the shelves. It worked; the album sold over a million copies in the US. But you can’t fool a million people all of the time, and their next two albums tellingly didn’t go gold even. Mind you, what’s on Evening is very good, from the tailor-made “R.U. Ready to Rock” to a great version of Secret Treaties’ “Astronomy.” And of course there are the BIG HITS: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Godzilla.” I figure most people bought the album just to get those two tracks. But few people bargained for (or were interested in) versions of MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” (even if it does kick ass) and the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (which doesn’t kick anything). In 2007, this was released with six bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, which atones some for the original’s slightness. I wouldn’t think of buying Evening in any other incarnation, since you have better things to do than flip album sides every eighteen minutes or queue up a new CD every thirty six. Also in the gripe department: referring to Atlanta as “Hotlanta” and warning audiences that “we’re really going to rock now” before launching into a synthesizer solo. Nice album cover, though.

JC 35563 back cover
JC 35563 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. R.U. READY TO ROCK    (Sandy Pearlman/Albert Bouchard)    5:55
  2. E.T.I. (EXTRA TERRESTRIAL LIVE)    (Donald Roeser/Sandy Pearlman)    5:05
  3. ASTRONOMY    (Joe Bouchard/Albert Bouchard/Sandy Pearlman)    8:21
  4. KICK OUT THE JAMS    (MC 5)    3:01
  5. GODZILLA    (Donald Roeser)    4:07
  6. (DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER    (Donald Roeser)    5:51
  7. WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE    (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)    4:08

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  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

CREDITS

ERIC BLOOM --
ALBERT BOUCHARD --
JOE BOUCHARD --
ALLEN LANIER -- mixing
DONALD "BUCK DHARMA" ROESER -- mixing
Tony Cedrone -- extra percussion
Rickey Reyer -- extra percussion
Corky Stasiak -- recoring & mixing engineer
Jay Krugman -- pre- and post-production engineer
Sandy Pearlman -- mixing
Hillary Vermont and Marty Pekar -- cover concept
T.R. Shorr -- cover painting
Andrea Klein -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN September 1978 Columbia LP JC 35563 picture label
UK/NET September 1978 CBS LP 86074 inner sleeve
AUS'L 1978 CBS LP SBP 237224  
BRA 1978 CBS LP 138104  
JPN 1978 CBS/Sony LP 25AP-1142  
US   Columbia LP PC 35563  
US   Columbia CD CK 35563  
EUR   Sony CD 487931  
US February 13, 2007 Sony Legacy CDX+DVD   w. bonus tracks + DVD

 

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