The Revölution by Night

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The Revölution by Night
Blue Öyster Cult - The Revölution by Night.jpg
Cover art by Greg Scott
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released November 1983 (1983-11)
Studio Boogie Hotel Studios, Port Jefferson, New York
Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York
The Automatt – Studio C, San Francisco, California
Length 41:44
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Extraterrestrial Live
(1982)Extraterrestrial Live1982
The Revölution by Night
Club Ninja
(1985)Club Ninja1985
Singles from The Revölution by Night
  1. "Take Me Away" / "Feel the Thunder"
    Released: November 1983
  2. "Shooting Shark" / "Dragon Lady"
    Released: February 1984
  3. "Take Me Away" / "Let Go"
    Released: May 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

The Revölution by Night is the ninth studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1983. The album was intended to capitalize on the unexpected success of Fire of Unknown Origin just two years prior, hence the album's blend of straight-ahead rock and pop elements. This was the first album by the band not to feature all of the band's classic members, drummer Albert Bouchard having been fired during the previous tour and replaced by Rick Downey.

"Shooting Shark" became a radio hit, and its accompanying video became one of MTV's most requested clips upon its release. The lyrics to "Shooting Shark" were based on a poem by Patti Smith. The song "Take Me Away", co-written by Eric Bloom and Canadian rock musician Aldo Nova, also received significant airplay on AOR radio. Nonetheless, the album failed to go Gold in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Take Me Away"Eric Bloom, Aldo NovaBloom4:31
2."Eyes on Fire"Gregg WinterBloom3:56
3."Shooting Shark"Donald Roeser, Patti SmithRoeser7:09
4."Veins"Roeser, Richard MeltzerRoeser3:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
5."Shadow of California"Joe Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman, Neal SmithBloom5:10
6."Feel the Thunder"BloomBloom5:48
7."Let Go"Bloom, Roeser, Ian HunterBloom3:28
8."Dragon Lady"Roeser, Broadway BlottoRoeser4:08
9."Light Years of Love"Bouchard, Helen WheelsBouchard4:05


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Larry Fast – synthesizers, programming
  • Aldo Nova – guitar and synthesizers on "Take Me Away"
  • Gregg Winter – backing vocals on "Eyes on Fire"
  • Randy Jackson – bass on "Shooting Shark"
  • Marc Baum – saxophone on "Shooting Shark"
  • Bruce Fairbairn – producer, mixing
  • Dave Wittman – engineer
  • George Geranios, Ken Kessie – additional engineering
  • Chris Isca, Ron Coté, Ray Pyle – assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Sandy Pearlman – management, mixing (uncredited)[4]
  • Steve Schenck – management



Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard 200 (United States) 93[5]
UK Albums Chart 95[6]


Year Title Chart Position
1983 "Shooting Shark" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) 16[7]
"Take Me Away" 11[7]
1984 "Shooting Shark" Billboard Hot 100 (US) 83[8]
UK Singles Chart 97[6]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult The Revolution by Night review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ Somay, Errol (March 1, 1984). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult – The Revolution by Night". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 13, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (March 2009). "The Revolution by Night". Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! (2 ed.). Toronto, Canada: Power Chord Press. pp. 196–199. ISBN 0-9752807-0-8. 
  5. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2018.