is the third Secret Treaties studio album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1974.
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 [6 ] gold by the RIAA in 1992. [7 ]
In 1975, a poll of critics of the British magazine
voted Melody Maker 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. [8 ]
The cover, with art by Ron Lesser, depicts the band standing beside and sitting on and besides a
German Me262 fighter aircraft; this scene is inspired by the song of the same name.
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
Career of Evil [ edit ]
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".
"Career of Evil" was the inspiration for the title of the 2015
novel by the same name written by J.K. Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith. [9 ]
Flaming Telepaths [ edit ]
contains a version of "Flaming Telepaths" without the music box intro. The original version with the complete sound effects is on the collection 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 ]
Richard Meltzer A. Bouchard
Joe Bouchard 3:16
"Harvester of Eyes"
Bloom, A. Bouchard, Roeser
A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard
"Boorman the Chauffer"
J. Bouchard, Murray Krugman
"Mes Dames Sarat"
Allen Lanier Lanier
Born to Be Wild"
Mars Bonfire Bonfire
"Career of Evil"
(single version) Smith
Personnel [ edit ]
David Lucas, 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)
Sales Certifications [ edit ]
RIAA Gold (500,000+)
Accolades [ edit ]
Albums of the Year
[11 ] 1974
Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein U.S.
The Best of the Album Chartmakers by Year: 1974
[12 ] 1981
The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
[11 ] 1989
Mojo 1000 - The Ultimate CD Buyers Guide
[13 ] 2001
Rolling Stone U.S.
The 50 Coolest Records of All Time
[11 ] 2002
References [ edit ]
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^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Secret Treaties". Robert Christgau . Retrieved . 2012-07-22
^ 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.
^ Miller, Jim (20 June 1974). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties". . Archived from Rolling Stone the original on 2007-12-28 . Retrieved . 2012-07-22
^ Davis, Robert. "Blue Öyster Cult Secret Treaties review". Sputnikmusic . Retrieved . 2012-06-06
^ a b "Secret Treaties Billboard Albums". . Allmusic Rovi Corporation . Retrieved . 2012-07-22
^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult". RIAA . Retrieved . 2012-07-22
^ 10 Essential Proto-Metal Albums Referenced July 27, 2010
^ Sims, Andrew (24 April 2015). "J.K. Rowling’s third Cormoran Strike novel titled ‘Career of Evil’ arrives this fall". Hypable . Retrieved . 9 June 2015
^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 21, No. 16, June 08 1974". Library and Archives Canada. 8 June 1974 . Retrieved . 2012-07-22
^ a b c "Blue Öyster Cult – Secret Treaties". Acclaimed Music.net . Retrieved . 2012-10-25
^ "The Dave Marsh Lists". Book Of Rock Lists - Albums Of The Year: 1976. Rocklist.net . Retrieved . 2012-03-30
^ "Mojo 1000 - The Ultimate CD Buyers Guide". Mojo. Rocklist.net . Retrieved . 2012-10-25