On Your Feet or on Your Knees

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On Your Feet or on Your Knees
Live album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released 27 February 1975
Recorded April 27, 1974
October 5–21, 1974
Academy of Music, New York City
Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon
Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Show Palace, Phoenix, Arizona
Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California
P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia
Capitol Theatre, New Jersey
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 78:13
Label Columbia
Producer Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Secret Treaties
On Your Feet or on Your Knees
Agents of Fortune
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]
Martin Popoff 8/8 stars[4]

On Your Feet or on Your Knees is Blue Öyster Cult's first live album, released in early 1975. Each of the band's first three studio albums is represented by three songs each, two other songs are covers ("I Ain't Got You", albeit with modified lyrics, and "Born to Be Wild"), and one ("Buck's Boogie") is an original instrumental that remains a staple of the band's live shows to this day. The 12 songs include performances at the Academy of Music in New York City, the Paramount Theatre in Portland, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Show Palace in Phoenix, the Long Beach Arena, the P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver and the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey, though it is not clear which songs came from which venues and on what dates.

It hit No. 22 on the Billboard 200,[5] thus making it the band's highest charting album in the U.S.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Subhuman"   7:30
2. "Harvester of Eyes"   4:55
3. "Hot Rails to Hell"   5:55
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "The Red and the Black"   4:33
5. "Seven Screaming Diz-Busters"   8:27
6. "Buck's Boogie"   7:40
Side three
No. Title Length
7. "Last Days of May"   4:35
8. "Cities on Flame"   4:08
9. "ME 262"   8:47
Side four
No. Title Length
10. "Before the Kiss (A Redcap)"   5:05
11. "Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You)"   8:59
12. "Born to Be Wild"   6:36
Total length:


Band members
  • Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman - producers
  • Tom Scott, Kurt Kuntzel, Aaron Baron, Tim Geelan, Pete Weiss, Jerry Smith - engineers
  • Jack Douglas - engineer, mixing
  • John Berg and Gerard Huerta - design
  • John Berg - cover photo



Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 (North America)[5] 22
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[7] 22

Sales Certifications[edit]

Year Country Organization Sales
1977 U.S. RIAA Gold (500,000+)[8]