Blue Öyster Cult (album)
|Blue Öyster Cult|
|Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult|
|Released||16 January 1972|
|Recorded||The Warehouse, New York, October 1971
CBS Studios, New York City, July–September 1969 (bonus tracks)
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, psychedelic rock|
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Singles from Blue Öyster Cult|
Blue Öyster Cult is the eponymous debut album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 16 January 1972 (see 1972 in music). The album featured songs such as "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", "Stairway to the Stars", and "Then Came the Last Days of May", all of which the band still plays regularly during its concerts. Despite positive reviews, the album failed to chart for some time before finally cracking the Billboard 200 on May 20, 1972 and peaking at No. 172. Blue Öyster Cult toured with artists such as The Byrds, Alice Cooper and the Mahavishnu Orchestra to support the album.
The album was well received by critics. Lester Bangs gave the album a generally positive review in Rolling Stone stating, "with the Blue Öyster Cult, New York has produced its first authentic boogie beast, and with any luck this one should be around for awhile [sic]" telling readers that "I don't think you should miss this album." Circus wrote that "it could well be the album of the Seventies", while Robert Christgau in The Village Voice called it "the tightest and most musical hard rock record since - dare I say it - Who's Next". The record was named an honorable mention on IGN's list of "Top 25 Metal Albums" and has been called "Heavy metal for people who hate heavy metal."
|1.||"Transmaniacon MC"||Sandy Pearlman, Albert Bouchard, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Eric Bloom||3:21|
|2.||"I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep"||Pearlman, A. Bouchard, Bloom||3:10|
|3.||"Then Came the Last Days of May"||Roeser||3:31|
|4.||"Stairway to the Stars"||Richard Meltzer, A. Bouchard, Roeser||3:43|
|5.||"Before the Kiss, a Redcap"||Lanier, Pearlman, Roeser||4:59|
|7.||"She's As Beautiful As a Foot"||Meltzer, A. Bouchard, Allen Lanier||2:58|
|8.||"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll"||Roeser, A. Bouchard||4:03|
|9.||"Workshop of the Telescopes"||Pearlman, A. Bouchard, Roeser, Lanier, J. Bouchard, Bloom||4:01|
|10.||"Redeemed"||Pearlman, Harry Farcas, A. Bouchard, Lanier||3:51|
|2001 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|11.||"Donovan's Monkey"||Meltzer, A. Bouchard||3:50|
|12.||"What is Quicksand"||Meltzer, Lanier||3:40|
|13.||"A Fact About Sneakers"||Meltzer, A. Bouchard||2:50|
|14.||"Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes"||Bobby Freeman||2:34|
- Band members
- Eric Bloom - lead vocals, stun guitar, keyboards
- Albert Bouchard - drums, lead vocals (track 8)
- Joe Bouchard - bass, lead vocals (track 6)
- Allen Lanier - rhythm guitar, keyboards
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, lead vocals (tracks 3 and 5)
- Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman - producers
- David Lucas - associate producer, engineer
- Bill Robertson - engineer
- Bruce Dickinson - reissue producer
- Vic Anesini - reissue mastering
"I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep"
The song "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep," about a fugitive pursued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was originally recorded in 1969 (when the band was known as Soft White Underbelly). It was again recorded at a much-faster tempo with much-heavier guitars as "The Red and the Black" for the band's next album, Tyranny and Mutation. The 1969 version was made available when Rhino released the Soft White Underbelly album on their Handmade imprint.
In what may be an unrelated coincidence, T.J. Lane, charged with murdering three students in an Ohio school shooting in February, 2012, had apparently published the sentence "I'm on the lamb but I ain't no sheep" within a long post on Facebook shortly before the shootings.
"Then Came the Last Days of May"
"Then Came the Last Days of May" is based on a reportedly true story, when two friends were killed in a drug deal gone bad in the West. This song is occasionally played live as a showcase for Roeser's guitar soloing skills.
"Before the Kiss, a Redcap"
Originally titled "Conry's Bar," "Before the Kiss, a Redcap" describes scenes from that real location. Guitarist Buck Dharma explains the title as originating in an event witnessed by lyricist/manager Sandy Pearlman in which the titular drug was passed between partners during a kiss. The term "redcap" was supposedly slang for a type of barbiturate; however, "redcap" usually referred to the drug Dalmane.
"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll"
The song was written by Sandy Pearlman, Donald Roeser, and Albert Bouchard, and released as a single. Bouchard performed lead vocals, also singing from his drumkit in concerts. The riff was inspired by Black Sabbath's song "The Wizard", featured on their own self-titled debut album. It is a staple on their live shows. On live albums the name of the song is shortened to "Cities on Flame".
"Redeemed" was written by singer-songwriter Harry Farcas, and sold to the band. Other band members are listed as authors, due to their input in the arrangement. "Sir Rastus Bear" was Farcas' pet Saint Bernard. Farcas is now an Iridologist in Southern California.
- The song "Transmaniacon MC" is featured in the video game Rock Band as downloadable content that may be purchased off of the system or downloaded from the Rock Band Track Pack: Metal disc using a one-time use code.
- A cover version of the song "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" was featured as a track in the music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
- Church of Misery covered "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" on their debut album Master of Brutality.
- Iced Earth covered "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" on their cover album Tribute to the Gods.
- 3 Inches of Blood covered "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" as a bonus track for Here Waits Thy Doom.
|1972||Billboard 200 (North America)||172|
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