|Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult|
|Recorded||CBS Studios, New York City, 1974|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Singles from Secret Treaties|
Secret Treaties is regarded by many fans and critics alike as Blue Öyster Cult's best album. The album spent 14 weeks in the US album charts, peaking at No. 53. It was declared gold by the RIAA in 1992.
In 1975, a poll of critics of the British magazine Melody Maker voted Secret Treaties as the "Top Rock Album of All Time". In 2010, Rhapsody (online music service) called it one of the all-time best "proto-metal" albums.
Many songs from this album found their way into BOC playlists over the following years, including "Career of Evil", "Subhuman", "Astronomy" and "Harvester of Eyes".
It is the only Blue Öyster Cult album that does not feature any track with lead vocals by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser.
While the LP cover has the band name in red (a darker red on the Japanese LP), on the CD it is in lime green.
Career of Evil
Lyrics to the lead-off track "Career of Evil" were written by future punk poetess Patti Smith, a longtime contributor to the band (and, at the time, the girlfriend of BÖC keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier). Smith co-wrote songs for at least five other BÖC albums.
A few changes were made to "Career of Evil" on the Single version (which is included on the album's 2001 remastered edition). The vocals are different: only Eric Bloom is heard for most of the song, instead of Bloom and Albert Bouchard singing together. Also one verse was removed ("Pay me..." to "...kneeling in the rain"). Part of the bridge was changed also, presumably to make the song more acceptable to radio: "do it to your daughter" became "do it like you oughtta." The line, "I want your wife to be my baby tonight" was changed to "I want your life to be mine, maybe tonight".
The compilation Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult contains a version of "Flaming Telepaths" without the music box intro. The original version with the complete sound effects is on the collection Workshop of the Telescopes.
There is a mastering error in the solo during the song "Cagey Cretins", which has since been corrected in the remasters.
All lyrics written by Sandy Pearlman except where noted.
|1.||"Career of Evil"||Patti Smith||Albert Bouchard||3:59|
|3.||"Dominance and Submission"||Bloom, A. Bouchard||5:23|
|4.||"ME 262"||Bloom, Donald Roeser||4:48|
|1.||"Cagey Cretins"||Richard Meltzer||A. Bouchard||3:16|
|2.||"Harvester of Eyes"||Meltzer||Bloom, Roeser||4:42|
|3.||"Flaming Telepaths"||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Roeser||5:20|
|4.||"Astronomy"||A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard||6:28|
|2001 CD remaster bonus tracks|
|9.||"Boorman the Chauffer"||J. Bouchard||J. Bouchard, Murray Krugman||3:13|
|11.||"Mes Dames Sarat"||Allen Lanier||Lanier||4:07|
|12.||"Born to Be Wild"||Mars Bonfire||Bonfire||3:40|
|13.||"Career of Evil" (single version)||Smith||A. Bouchard||3:00|
- Band members
- Eric Bloom – lead vocals on tracks 1-2, 4, 6-8, 10-13, stun guitar, keyboards, co-lead vocals on track 5
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar, synthesizers, second lead guitar on track 11
- Joe Bouchard – bass, lead vocals on track 9, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on track 5
- Albert Bouchard – drums, lead vocals on track 3, co-lead vocals on track 5
- Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman – production
- Tim Geelan, Jerry Smith – engineering
- Lehman Yates, Lou Schlossberg – recording
- Bruce Dickinson – production (2001 remaster)
- Thom Cadley – mixing on tracks 10 and 11 (2001 remaster)
- Vic Anesini – remastering (2001 remaster)
|1974||Billboard 200 (North America)||53|
|RPM100 Albums (Canada)||54|
|NME||UK||Albums of the Year||1974||13|
|Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein||U.S.||The Best of the Album Chartmakers by Year: 1974||1981||36|
|Kerrang!||UK||The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time||1989||22|
|Mojo||UK||Mojo 1000 - The Ultimate CD Buyers Guide||2001||No order|
|Rolling Stone||U.S.||The 50 Coolest Records of All Time||2002||47|
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