Tyranny and Mutation
|Tyranny and Mutation|
|Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult|
|Released||February 11, 1973|
|Recorded||Columbia Studios, New York City, 1972|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Singles from Tyranny and Mutation|
Tyranny and Mutation (on the album cover: THE BLVE ÖYSTER CVLT: TYRANNY AND MVTATION) was the second album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released on February 11, 1973.
Composition and songs
The album was recorded from songs written while touring in support of their eponymous debut album. Blue Öyster Cult continued to develop their style of "intelligent heavy metal" on this record.
The song "The Red and the Black" is a re-titled, re-recorded version of "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" from their previous album. The lyrics are a reference to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
On the LP version, one side had the original black text-on-red background style for the label of side 1 (called "The Black") where side 2 ("The Red") had the opposite – a black background with red text. On the 2001 remasters of this album and of Blue Öyster Cult, this red-on-black style is used on the disc. (Secret Treaties and Agents of Fortune use the black-on-red style.)
Some erroneous lyrics to the song "Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)" were printed in the remastered version of this album and have been propagated through the Internet. The corrected lyrics as supplied by Albert Bouchard are:
- "that Duke's joint" should be "that juke joint"
- "A harvester lifts his arms to the rain" should be "A harvest of limbs, of arms and of legs"
On at least one pressing of the album on CD prior to the 2001 Remaster, some of the segues between songs were mispositioned. This affects every track except for the last. Three of them ("O.D.'d on Life Itself" -> "Hot Rails to Hell", "Hot Rails" -> "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" -> "Baby Ice Dog") are minor, but all the other erroneous segues are fairly noticeable and a bit disruptive, especially if listened to in MP3 format or any other format where gaps exist before or after songs.
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||10/10|
|Rolling Stone||(very favorable)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Tyranny and Mutation has been widely praised, and often considered as being one of the band's best albums.
The Rolling Stone Album Guide has 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
- Tyranny and Mutation liner notes (2001 remaster). Columbia Records. 2001. pp. 4, 6–11.
- Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult Tyranny and Mutation review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Tyranny and Mutation". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- 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.
- Fletcher, Gordon (12 April 1973). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 87. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- "Tyranny and Mutation Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-25.