Spectres (album)

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Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released November 1977 (1977-11)
Recorded The Record Plant, New York City, July–September 1977
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
Some Enchanted Evening
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[4]

Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album was certified gold in January 1978[5] 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.

"Goin' Through the Motions" was later covered by Bonnie Tyler on her album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

As of June 2012, this was the last studio album to have been remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in the BÖC catalogue.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Godzilla"   Donald Roeser Donald Roeser 3:41
2. "Golden Age of Leather"   Roeser, Bruce Abbott Donald Roeser 5:53
3. "Death Valley Nights"   Albert Bouchard, Richard Meltzer Albert Bouchard 4:07
4. "Searchin' for Celine"   Allen Lanier Eric Bloom 3:35
5. "Fireworks"   A. Bouchard Albert Bouchard 3:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "R. U. Ready 2 Rock"   A. Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman Eric Bloom 3:45
7. "Celestial the Queen"   Joe Bouchard, Helen Wheels Joe Bouchard 3:24
8. "Goin' Through the Motions"   Eric Bloom, Ian Hunter Eric Bloom 3:12
9. "I Love the Night"   Roeser Donald Roeser 4:23
10. "Nosferatu"   J. Bouchard, Wheels Joe Bouchard 5:23
Total length:


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
  • Roni Hoffman – design
  • Eric Meola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects and photo assistance



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

Sales Certifications[edit]

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


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult Spectres review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ Mongredien, Phil (April 2007). "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres". Q (249). 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Spectres". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Spectres". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Spectres Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Spectres Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 28, No. 15 & 16, January 14, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. 14 January 1978. Retrieved 2012-02-10.