Spectres (album)

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Spectres
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released November 1977 (1977-11)
Recorded The Record Plant, New York City, July–September 1977
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:29
Label Columbia
Producer Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Agents of Fortune
(1976)
Spectres
(1977)
Some Enchanted Evening
(1978)
Singles from Spectres
  1. "Going Through the Motions / Searchin' for Celine"
    Released: December 1977
  2. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper / R. U. Ready 2 Rock"
    Released: May 1978
  3. "Godzilla / Godzilla (live)"
    Released: 1978
  4. "I Love the Night / Nosferatu"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[4]

Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album was certified gold in January 1978[5] and contained the album rock hits "Godzilla", "Death Valley Nights", "R.U. Ready 2 Rock" and "I Love the Night".

The cover art is demonstrative of BÖC's use of lasers in their live show at that time. While the album didn't have the lasting power of its predecessor Agents of Fortune, it is a BÖC fan favorite.

A remaster of this album was released on CD on February 13, 2007, which included four previously unreleased outtakes from Spectres sessions as bonus tracks.

"Goin' Through the Motions" was later covered by Bonnie Tyler on her album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

As of June 2012, this is the last studio album to have been remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in the BÖC catalogue.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Godzilla"   Donald Roeser 3:41
2. "Golden Age of Leather"   Roeser, Bruce Abbott 5:53
3. "Death Valley Nights"   Albert Bouchard, Richard Meltzer 4:07
4. "Searchin’ for Celine"   Allen Lanier 3:35
5. "Fireworks"   A. Bouchard 3:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "R. U. Ready 2 Rock"   A. Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman 3:45
7. "Celestial the Queen"   Joe Bouchard, Helen Wheels 3:24
8. "Goin’ Through the Motions"   Eric Bloom, Ian Hunter 3:12
9. "I Love the Night"   Roeser 4:23
10. "Nosferatu"   J. Bouchard, Wheels 5:23
Total length:
40:29

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
  • Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
Production
  • Roni Hoffman – design
  • Eric Meola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects and photo assistance

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Swedish Album Chart[6] 47
1978 Billboard 200 (North America)[7] 43
UK Album Chart[8] 60
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[9] 58

Sales Certifications[edit]

Year Country Organization Sales
1978 U.S. RIAA Gold (500,000+)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult Spectres review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ Mongredien, Phil (April 2007). "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres". Q (249). 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Spectres". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959025. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Spectres". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Spectres Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Spectres Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 28, No. 15 & 16, January 14, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. 14 January 1978. Retrieved 2012-02-10.