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(September 2018) is the third Secret Treaties studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1974 by Columbia Records. The album spent 14 weeks in the US album charts, peaking at No. 53. It was certified  gold by the RIAA in 1992.
In 1975, a poll of critics of the British magazine
voted Melody Maker Secret Treaties the "Top Rock Album of All Time". In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time best "proto-metal" albums.
All of the songs from the album found their way into BÖC playlists over the following years, except for "Cagey Cretins".
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser. The band also did not write any of the lyrics to the album, handing that duty to producer Sandy Pearlman, rock critic Richard Meltzer and Patti Smith.
It's the only BÖC album that does not feature a track with lead vocals sung by guitarist
Cover art [ edit ]
The cover, with art by Ron Lesser, depicts the band standing beside and sitting on a
German Me-262 fighter aircraft; this scene is inspired by the song of the same name.
While the LP cover has the band name in red (a darker red on the Japanese LP), on the CD it is in
Lyrics to the lead-off track "Career of Evil" were written by future punk poet
Patti Smith, a longtime contributor to the band (and, at the time, girlfriend of BÖC keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier).
A few changes were made to "Career of Evil" on the single version. 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 ought to." The line "I want your wife to be my baby tonight" was changed to "I want your life to be mine, maybe tonight".
The transition between the tracks "Harvester of Eyes" and "Flaming Telepaths" is marked by a piece of classical music played on a
music box. Members of the band recall that it was something the sound engineer had found on an unlabeled recording, but they could not identify it. The piece and its composer were uncredited on the album. In 2017 the melody was identified by Nona Monahin, Instructor in Renaissance and Baroque Dance at Mount Holyoke College, as an excerpt from a waltz by Ion Ivanovici called (Donauwellen). The source of the original recording remains a mystery.
Waves of the Danube
"Career of Evil" was the inspiration for the title of the 2015
novel of the same name written by J.K. Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
contains a version of "Flaming Telepaths" without the music box intro. The original version with the complete sound effects is found on the compilation Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult .
Workshop of the Telescopes
The psychedelic folk group
Espers covers "Flaming Telepaths" on their CD in 2005.
The Weed Tree
Track listing [ edit ]
5. "Cagey Cretins" Richard Meltzer A. Bouchard Bloom, A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard 3:16 6. "Harvester of Eyes" Meltzer Bloom, Roeser Bloom 4:42 7. "Flaming Telepaths" Pearlman Bloom, A. Bouchard, Roeser Bloom 5:20 8. " Astronomy" Pearlman A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard Bloom 6:28
9. "Boorman the Chauffeur" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions) J. Bouchard J. Bouchard, Murray Krugman J. Bouchard 3:13 10. "Mommy" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions) Meltzer Bloom Bloom 3:32 11. "Mes Dames Sarat" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions) Allen Lanier Lanier Bloom 4:07 12. " Born to Be Wild" (non LP single) Mars Bonfire Bonfire Bloom 3:40 13. "Career of Evil" (single version) Smith A. Bouchard Bloom 3:00 Total length: 56:07
Personnel [ edit ]
Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman – producers Tim Geelan, Jerry Smith – engineers
Lehman Yates, Lou Schlossberg – recording
John Berg – cover design Bruce Dickinson – production (2001 remaster)
Thom Cadley – mixing on tracks 10 and 11 (2001 remaster)
Vic Anesini – remastering (2001 remaster)
Sales certifications [ edit ]
Accolades [ edit ]
Albums of the Year
Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein
The Best of the Album Chartmakers by Year: 1974
The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
Mojo 1000 - The Ultimate CD Buyers Guide
Rolling Stone U.S.
The 50 Coolest Records of All Time
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Sims, Andrew (April 24, 2015). "J.K. Rowling's third Cormoran Strike novel titled 'Career of Evil' arrives this fall". Hypable . Retrieved . June 9, 2015
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