ARTIST: Blue Oyster Cult
TITLE: Blue Oyster Cult
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #172
SINGLES : Cities on Flame with Rock & Roll.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not as such,
LINEUP: Eric Bloom, Albert Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Allen Lanier, Donald Roeser (Buck Dharma).
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Having recorded demos as Soft White Underbelly, Oaxaca, and the Stalk-Forrest Group, BOC finally gets signed and comes out with a record that has hard rock chops and an intelligent and dense lyrical view.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Having been signed and recorded for two labels, and going through three names (at least) before finally getting something widely released. Blue Oyster Cult’s debut album showcased their intriguing blend of hard rock, musicianship, and lyrical intelligence.
Some of the tracks didn’t quite bend themselves into the lyrics put forth by the band and their outside lyricists (like Sandy Pearlman, Harry Farcas, and Richard Meltzer, among others). As you can see by the titles (“Transmaniacon MC”, She’s as Beautiful as a Foot”, “Workshop of the Telescopes”), they were going for more of a lyrical obliqueness, which kind of suppressed their sing-a-long ability. Not that they were really aiming for that.
The guitar playing is solid, as are the arrangements. The production seems thin, as you really wish they cranked it up a bit. The power is diminished for the songs with major riffs. It may be why this didn’t quite hit in the hard rock community at the time.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: A lot of the songs have personal stories behind them, as odd as they were titled and written.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, some songs from their 1969 studio foray.
GRADE B: A good debut that set the stage for them. The production holds this back a bit, though.