Spectres (album)

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Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released November 1977 (1977-11)
Recorded July–September 1977
Studio The Record Plant, New York City
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:29
Label Columbia
Producer Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Agents of Fortune
(1976)Agents of Fortune1976
Some Enchanted Evening
(1978)Some Enchanted Evening1978
Singles from Spectres
  1. "Going 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]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]

Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album, which features one of the band's biggest hits, the 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 CD on February 13, 2007, and 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 RoeserRoeser3:41
2."Golden Age of Leather"Roeser, Bruce AbbottRoeser5:53
3."Death Valley Nights"Albert Bouchard, Richard MeltzerA. Bouchard4:07
4."Searchin' for Celine"Allen LanierEric Bloom3:35
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


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


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

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Spectres". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Mongredien, Phil (April 2007). "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres". Q (249). 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Blue Oyster Cult". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 28, No. 15 & 16, January 14, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. 14 January 1978. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sebastian-Bach-Friends-Bring-Em-Bach-Alive/release/1567826