Redbone’s 1971 album starts with Native American drumming and singing, placing that traditional musical form within a rock context. This CD includes the extra track, “Chant: 13th Hour,” the B side of their single, “The Witch Queen Of New Orleans.”
The second BÖC album pioneers a new style of fierce, lush speed-metal. The LP side A was identified as The Black, and it rocks at a blistering pace, while on side B, The Red, the tempos slow down and bluesy, theatrical impulses infuse the music.
The hit single, "Godzilla" opens Blue Öyster Cult?s Spectres, an album perfectly suited to the popular success BÖC had finally achieved by 1977. Songs like "Goin' Through The Motions" seem tailor-made for the arena venues they now played on tour.
Released in 1974, Secret Treaties is often described as the ultimate expression of Blue Öyster Cult's musical vision. Classic tracks include "Career Of Evil", "Dominance And Submission" and the impassioned, nihilistic dirge, "Flaming Telepaths".
The first live album from Blue Öyster Cult, On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, captures all the excitement of a live BÖC concert, with soaring guitar solos and passionate vocals on standout songs such as "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" and "Buck's Boogie".
BOC's second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, came out in 1978 and it presents the band at the height of its touring prowess, performing the hits "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Godzilla" plus rocking covers including the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams."
The self-titled first album by Blue Öyster Cult came out in 1972 and it established the band's persona as of dark, complex, heavy rock. Songs include the anthem "Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll" a droll declaration of the group's rebellious stance.
Agents Of Fortune was released in 1976 and it brought BÖC their first top forty hit, the rock classic "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" that features a complex structure and rich arrangement, elements that also typify many of the album's other songs.