June 16, 2008
Sony BMG
Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

The Original Album Classics series by Song/BMG in Germany is an attempt to clear shelves of catalog titles that are lying about, but it inadvertently provides a great opportunity to those who have developed a sincere interest in a band via a greatest-hits comp but have yet to score any actual titles. These budget-priced, completely remastered collections feature full-length album classics -- in this case five studio albums by the Blue Öyster Cult from their eponymously titled Columbia debut through to Tyranny and Mutation, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, and Mirrors -- unfortunately, the live classic On Your Feet or On Your Knees isn't included, nor is Spectres. Mirrors is strictly crap, but everything else here does rock. These discs are the remastered versions and all contain bonus material wherever possible. Again, this should have been a consecutive set, but four of these five albums are indispensable if you don't already have them. You can use Mirrors as a coaster.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. I'm On The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep
  3. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  4. Stairway To The Stars
  5. Before The Kiss, A Redcap
  6. Screams
  7. She's As Beautiful As A Foot
  8. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
  9. Workshop Of The Telescopes
  10. Redeemed
  11. Donovan's Monkey [*][Demo Version]
  12. What Is Quicksand [*][Demo Version]
  13. A Fact About Sneakers [*][Demo Version]
  14. Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes [*][Demo Version]
  15. The Red & The Black
  16. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  17. Hot Rails To Hell
  18. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
  19. Baby Ice Dog
  20. Wings Wetted Down
  21. Teen Archer
  22. Mistress Of The Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
  23. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll [Live][*]
  24. Buck's Boogie
  25. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters [Live][*]
  26. O.D.'d On Life Itself [Live][*]
  27. Career Of Evil
  28. Subhuman
  29. Dominance And Submission
  30. ME 262
  31. Cagey Cretins
  32. Harvester Of Eyes
  33. Flaming Telepaths
  34. Astronomy
  35. Boorman The Chauffer [*]
  36. Mommy [*]
  37. Mes Dames Sarat [*]
  38. Born To Be Wild [Single B-Side][*]
  39. Career Of Evil [Single Version][*]
  40. This Ain't The Summer Of Love
  41. True Confessions
  42. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  43. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  44. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini
  45. Sinful Love
  46. Tattoo Vampire
  47. Morning Final
  48. Tenderloin
  49. Debbie Denise
  50. Fire Of Unknown Origin [*][Outtake]
  51. Sally [*][Outtake]
  52. (Don't Fear) The Reaper [*][Demo Version]
  53. Dance The Night Away [*][Demo Version]
  54. Dr. Music
  55. The Great Sun Jester
  56. In Thee
  57. Mirrors
  58. Moon Crazy
  59. The Vigil
  60. I Am The Storm
  61. You're Not The One (I Was Looking For)
  62. Lonely Teardrops