Workshop of the Telescopes

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Workshop of the Telescopes
Cover art by Greg Scott
Greatest hits album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released September 26, 1995 (US)
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 148:56
Label Columbia/Sony
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Bad Channels
(1992)
Workshop of the Telescopes
(1995)
Heaven Forbid
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Workshop of the Telescopes is a 2-cd compilation album by the American band Blue Öyster Cult, released by Sony Music/Columbia Entertainment in 1995. All of the material on this album was recorded prior to the Imaginos sessions; some of it was previously only available on promo discs (marked (*)), and a few others were previously unavailable on CD (marked (+)).

The CD comes with an explanatory booklet outlining the development of Blue Öyster Cult and their rise to fame throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

The album served as a basis of the double-disc reissue of The Essential Blue Öyster Cult in 2012, sharing 21 tracks, substituting some tracks with its live counterparts.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" – 4:03
  2. "Transmaniacon MC" – 3:20
  3. "Before the Kiss, a Redcap" – 4:58
  4. "Stairway to the Stars" – 3:43
  5. "Buck's Boogie" – 5:17
  6. "Workshop of the Telescopes" (*) – 3:46
  7. "The Red and the Black" (*) – 4:35
  8. "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" – 7:00
  9. "Career of Evil" – 4:07
  10. "Flaming Telepaths" – 5:23
  11. "Astronomy" – 6:15
  12. "Subhuman" – 7:30
  13. "Harvester of Eyes" – 5:00
  14. "ME 262" – 8:17
  15. "Born to be Wild" (+) – 3:38 (Steppenwolf cover)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" – 5:08
  2. "This Ain't the Summer of Love" – 2:21
  3. "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)" – 3:42
  4. "Godzilla" – 3:41
  5. "Goin' Through the Motions" – 3:12
  6. "Golden Age of Leather" – 5:51
  7. "Kick out the Jams" – 3:12 (MC5 cover)
  8. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" – 4:33 (The Animals cover)
  9. "In Thee" – 3:48
  10. "The Marshall Plan" – 5:24
  11. "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" – 4:48
  12. "Burnin' for You" – 4:30
  13. "Dominance and Submission" – 5:56
  14. "Take Me Away" – 4:30
  15. "Shooting Shark" – 7:09
  16. "Dancin' In The Ruins" – 4:00
  17. "Perfect Water" – 5:29

Some of these songs were later included on the remastered editions of BOC's studio albums.

Personnel[edit]

The album is a compilation encompassing Blue Öyster Cult from the early 1970s to 1986. It does not include material from 1988's Imaginos

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