|Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult|
|Recorded||The Record Plant, New York City, July–September 1977|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Singles from Spectres|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||10/10|
Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album was certified gold in January 1978 and contained the album rock hits "Godzilla", "Death Valley Nights", "R.U. Ready 2 Rock" and "I Love the Night".
The cover art is demonstrative of BÖC's use of lasers in their live show at that time. Though the album did not remain on the charts as long as its predecessor Agents of Fortune, it is a BÖC fan favorite.
A remaster of this album was released on CD on February 13, 2007 and included four previously unreleased outtakes from Spectres sessions as bonus tracks.
As of June 2012, this was the last studio album to have been remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in the BÖC catalogue.
|2.||"Golden Age of Leather"||Roeser, Bruce Abbott||Roeser||5:53|
|3.||"Death Valley Nights"||Albert Bouchard, Richard Meltzer||A. Bouchard||4:07|
|4.||"Searchin' for Celine"||Allen Lanier||Eric Bloom||3:35|
|5.||"Fireworks"||A. Bouchard||A. Bouchard||3:14|
|6.||"R. U. Ready 2 Rock"||A. Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman||Bloom||3:45|
|7.||"Celestial the Queen"||Joe Bouchard, Helen Wheels||J. Bouchard||3:24|
|8.||"Goin' Through the Motions"||Bloom, Ian Hunter||Bloom||3:12|
|9.||"I Love the Night"||Roeser||Roeser||4:23|
|10.||"Nosferatu"||J. Bouchard, Wheels||J. Bouchard||5:23|
|2007 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|11.||"Night Flyer"||J. Bouchard, Murray Krugman||Roeser||3:48|
|12.||"Dial M for Murder"||Roeser||Bloom||3:11|
|14.||"Be My Baby" (The Ronettes cover)||Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector||Bloom||3:01|
- Band members
- Eric Bloom – guitar, vocals
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead and rhythm guitars, vocals
- Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Joe Bouchard – bass guitar, guitar, vocals
- Albert Bouchard – drums, harmonica, vocals
- Additional musicians
- Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
- David Lucas, Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, – 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
|1977||Swedish Album Chart||47|
|1978||Billboard 200 (United States)||43|
|UK Album Chart||60|
|RPM100 Albums (Canada)||58|
- A cover of "Godzilla" was featured in Guitar Hero. The master track is featured in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and as downloadable content for the Rock Band series.
- Thunderpuss 2000 has remixed "Godzilla" several different ways, including a Radio Mix (03:13), Extended Mix (05:25), Atomic Funky Dub (05:27), and Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix (06:12)
- Akira Yamaoka, featuring vocals by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, covered "Godzilla" for the closing credits of Julia X 3D, released in 2011.
- American jam band moe. has covered "Godzilla" in concert numerous times.
- A live cover of "Godzilla" by heavy metal singer Sebastian Bach, was released on his Bring 'Em Bach Alive! album in 1998.
- "Goin' Through the Motions" was later covered by Bonnie Tyler on her album Faster Than the Speed of Night.
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