Spectres (album)

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Spectres
BlueOysterCultSpectres.jpg
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
ReleasedNovember 1977 (1977-11)
RecordedJuly–September 1977
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length40:29
LabelColumbia
ProducerMurray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Agents of Fortune
(1976)
Spectres
(1977)
Some Enchanted Evening
(1978)
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
SourceRating
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.

Cover versions[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Blue Öyster Cult
Additional musicians
  • Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
Production
  • 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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Swedish Albums Chart 47[7]
1978 Billboard 200 (US) 43[8]
RPM100 Albums (Canada) 58[9]
UK Albums Chart 60[10]

Certifications[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Spectres". Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  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. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sebastian-Bach-Friends-Bring-Em-Bach-Alive/release/1567826
  7. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 28, No. 15 & 16, January 14, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. January 14, 1978. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 22, 2018.