CK 32858 Secret Treaties
Produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman
Released on April 1974
US CHART POSITION #53 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/11/92)
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A s true a litmus test for worthiness to the Cult as any album. In fact, “Career of Evil” might be the quintessential BOC song: is its offhand catalog of evil tongue-in-cheek or terrifying? For me, BOC is the carnival barker at the great hall of oddities, hawking the existence of “Cagey Cretins” and “Subhuman” creatures. As to whether these atrocities are unnatural fable, the band remains mum; once you’re in the tent, it behooves you to believe. And maybe that’s the mystery of BOC fans: fingering the costly ticket stub in their pockets, they rationalize that great mysteries must be afoot. I remember sitting in someone’s dorm room in college, listening to “Dominance And Submission” and partaking in the ritualistic call of “Dominance - Submission -- Radios appear” thinking it was as stupid as counting backwards from 99 in a mirror. And yet the world needs more charlatans, at least of this caliber. “Astronomy” hints at all sorts of murky matter, like some Copernican nightmare. The music box segue between “Harvester of Eyes” and “Flaming Telepaths” is likewise masterful, taking their audience’s immersion in the music for granted. But my mind wanders even in this setting, drawn in by the heavy riffs on “Career of Evil” and “ME 262” and settling for a fun house when what I really expected was a tour of the great crypt. (And speaking of Fun House, “Cagey Cretins” would seem to borrow the guitar riff from The Stooges’ “T.V. Eye.”) Yet for its small shortcomings, Secret Treaties remains a tome worth consulting in the library of the Cult. There are simply too many essential BOC moments on here to be ignored, too many talked-about adventures to consider. Whether Secret Treaties holds any real secrets is up to a wiser acolyte to decide, but as an initiate in the early works I found parts of it fascinating and even a little frightening.

CK 32858 back cover
CK 32858 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. CAREER OF EVIL    (Albert Bouchard/Patti Smith)
  2. SUBHUMAN    (Eric Bloom/Sandy Pearlman)
  3. DOMINANCE AND SUBMISSION    (Albert Bouchard/Eric Bloom/Sandy Pearlman)
  4. ME 262    (Eric Bloom/Donald Roeser/Sandy Pearlman)
  5. CAGEY CRETINS    (Albert Bouchard/Richard Meltzer)
  6. HARVESTER OF EYES    (Donald Roeser/Eric Bloom/Richard Meltzer)
  7. FLAMING TELEPATHS    (Albert Bouchard/Eric Bloom/Sandy Pearlman/Donald Roeser)
  8. ASTRONOMY    (Joe Bouchard/Albert Bouchard/Sandy Pearlman)

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. BOORMAN THE CHAUFFER
  10. MOMMY
  11. MES DAMES SARAT
  12. BORN TO BE WILD
  13. CAREER OF EVIL (SINGLE VERSION)

CREDITS

ERIC BLOOM -- lead vocals, keyboards, stun guitar
ALBERT BOUCHARD -- drums, vocals
JOE BOUCHARD -- bass, vocals
ALAN LANIER -- keyboards, rhythm guitar, all synthesizers
DONALD (BUCK DHARMA) ROESER -- lead guitar and vocals
Tim Geelan -- engineer
Ron Lesser -- cover art
John Berg -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1974 Columbia LP/LPQ/8T KC/CQ 32858 picture sleeve, avail. in quadrophonic stereo
UK 1974 CBS LP S80103  
NET   CBS LP 32055  
US   Columbia LP PC 32858  
US   Columbia CD CK 32858  
US 1997 Columbia 3CD C3K-64806 repackaged w. BLUE OYSTER CULT, TYRANNY & MUTATION
BRA   Sony 3CD 2 064806 repackaged w. BLUE OYSTER CULT, TYRANNY & MUTATION
US July 3, 2001 Columbia CDX 85480 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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