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)
Recorded 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 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. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Take Me Away" Eric Bloom, Aldo Nova Bloom 4:31
2. "Eyes on Fire" Gregg Winter Bloom 3:56
3. "Shooting Shark" Donald Roeser, Patti Smith Roeser 7:09
4. "Veins" Roeser, Richard Meltzer Roeser 3:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
5. "Shadow of California" Joe Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman, Neal Smith Bloom 5:10
6. "Feel the Thunder" Bloom Bloom 5:48
7. "Let Go" Bloom, Roeser, Ian Hunter Bloom 3:28
8. "Dragon Lady" Roeser, Broadway Blotto Roeser 4:08
9. "Light Years of Love" Bouchard, Helen Wheels Bouchard 4:05
Total length: 41:44


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 Album Chart 95[6]


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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult The Revolution by Night review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 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 (1 March 1984). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult – The Revolution by Night". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  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. ^ "The Revolution by Night – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ "The Revolution by Night – Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ a b "The Revolution by Night – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  8. ^ "Shooting Shark Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2012-01-12.