Tyranny and Mutation
|Tyranny and Mutation|
|Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult|
|Recorded||Columbia Studios, New York City, 1972|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, acid rock, psychedelic rock|
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Singles from Tyranny and Mutation|
Tyranny and Mutation (stylized on the cover as THE BLVE ÖYSTER CVLT: TYRANNY AND MVTATION) is the second studio album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in February 1973 by Columbia Records. It was produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman. On May 12, 1973, the album peaked at No. 122 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Composition and songs
The song "The Red and the Black", with lyrics referencing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is a retitled, re-recorded version of "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" from the band's eponymous debut album. The song was later covered by the Minutemen and Band of Susans. AllMusic critic Hal Horowitz called it "one of the best and most propulsive rockers in the BÖC catalog".
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||10/10|
|Rolling Stone||(very favorable)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The Rolling Stone Album Guide described the album as "one molten hook after another" and praised the four-song "opening suite" comprising the first side of the album.
|Side one – The Black|
|1.||"The Red & the Black"||Eric Bloom, Albert Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman||Bloom||4:20|
|2.||"O.D.'d on Life Itself"||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Pearlman||Bloom||4:47|
|3.||"Hot Rails to Hell"||J. Bouchard||J. Bouchard||5:12|
|4.||"7 Screaming Diz-Busters"||A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard, Donald Roeser, Pearlman||Bloom||7:01|
|Side two – The Red|
|5.||"Baby Ice Dog"||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Patti Smith||Bloom||3:29|
|6.||"Wings Wetted Down"||A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard||J. Bouchard||4:12|
|7.||"Teen Archer"||Bloom, Roeser, Richard Meltzer||Roeser||3:57|
|8.||"Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)"||A. Bouchard, Pearlman||Bloom||5:08|
|2001 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|9.||"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" (live; originally from the promo-only Blue Öyster Cult Bootleg EP)||A. Bouchard, Pearlman, Roeser||4:44|
|10.||"Buck's Boogie" (studio version)||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Pearlman||5:22|
|11.||"7 Screaming Diz-Busters" (live; from the band's personal archives)||A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard, Roeser, Pearlman||14:01|
|12.||"O.D.'d on Life Itself" (live; from the band's personal archives)||Bloom, A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard, Pearlman||4:52|
- Band members
- Eric Bloom – stun guitar, synthesizers, vocals
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – guitar, vocals
- Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
- Joe Bouchard – bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Albert Bouchard – drums, vocals
- Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman – producers
- Tim Geelan, Lou Schlossberg, Phil Giambalvo – engineers
- Jack Ashkinazy – mastering
- Bruce Dickinson – reissue producer
- Vic Anesini – re-mastering
|1973||Billboard 200 (United States)||122|
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