Spectres (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1977 (1977-11)
RecordedJuly–September 1977
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
ProducerMurray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Agents of Fortune
Some Enchanted Evening
Singles from Spectres
  1. "Goin' Through the Motions" / "Searchin' for Celine"
    Released: November 1977
  2. "Godzilla" / "Nosferatu"
    Released: February 1978
  3. "Godzilla (Live)" / "Godzilla (Studio)"
    Released: April 1978
  4. "I Love the Night" / "Nosferatu"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]

Spectres is the fifth studio album by U.S. hard-rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in October 1977. The album, which features one of the band's biggest hits, concert staple "Godzilla," was certified gold in January 1978.[5]

The cover art features Blue Öyster Cult's use of lasers in their live show at that time. A remastered version was released on February 13, 2007, which included four previously unreleased outtakes from the Spectres sessions as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Godzilla"Donald RoeserEric Bloom, Roeser3:41
2."Golden Age of Leather"Roeser, Bruce AbbottRoeser5:53
3."Death Valley Nights"Albert Bouchard, Richard MeltzerA. Bouchard4:07
4."Searchin' for Celine"Allen LanierBloom3:35
5."Fireworks"A. BouchardA. Bouchard3:14
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."R. U. Ready 2 Rock"A. Bouchard, Sandy PearlmanBloom3:45
7."Celestial the Queen"Joe Bouchard, Helen WheelsJ. Bouchard3:24
8."Goin' Through the Motions"Bloom, Ian HunterBloom3:12
9."I Love the Night"RoeserRoeser4:23
10."Nosferatu"J. Bouchard, WheelsJ. Bouchard5:23
2007 CD reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
11."Night Flyer"RoeserRoeser3:48
12."Dial M for Murder"A. BouchardBloom3:11
13."Please Hold"A. LanierLanier2:47
14."Be My Baby" (The Ronettes cover)Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil SpectorBloom3:01
Total length:53:16


Blue Öyster Cult
Additional musicians
  • Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
  • Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas – producers
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer, mixing
  • John Jansen, Corky Stasiak, Thom Panunzio, Andy Abrams – engineers
  • Gray Russell, Dave Thoener, Jay Krugman, Rod O’Brien, Sam Ginsberg – assistant engineers
  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Roni Hoffman – design
  • Eric Meola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects and photo assistance



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


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


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  4. ^ Mongredien, Phil (April 2007). "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres". Q. No. 249.
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Blue Oyster Cult". RIAA. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 28, No. 15 & 16, January 14, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. January 14, 1978. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 22, 2018.