Oct. 13 street date. 'Club Ninja' (originally released in 1985 and the band’s tenth studio album) saw the return of Blue Öyster Cult's co-creator and svengali producer, Sandy Pearlman. A pivotal album at the time due to the loss of original keyboardist Allen Lanier, 'Club Ninja' nevertheless features some of the best material in the band’s catalogue. Tracks such as ‘Dancin’ In The Ruins’, ‘When The War Comes Down’ (with intro. by U.S. shock jock, Howard Stern) and the sublime ‘Perfect Water’, display why BÖC are still regarded as one of the world’s premier Rock outfits.
April 8 street date. 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL - GATEFOLD SLEEVE ‘I’ve got a fever, and the only medicine is MORE COWBELL’ Decades before Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell’s hilarious ode to '(Don’t Fear) The Reaper' on Saturday Night Live, Agents Of Fortune already obtained classic Rock status. The hit song is just one of the wonderful tunes on Blue Öyster Cult’s fifth album from 1976. The band called in the help of Patti Smith on 'The Revenge Of Vera Gemini', and delivered a high charting album (#29 on the Billboard 200 and 'The Reaper' made it to the twelfth spot on the singles Charts). This record rocks ‘n thunders, with a sensual boogie permeating these 10 great tracks.
May 19 street date. Just prior to the release of their classic 1981 LP, Fire of Unknown Origin, the Long Island band packed the house at Times Square’s famous nightclub, Bond’s International Casino. A live performance of unparalleled performance and sound quality that has been known for years amongst BOC diehards as one of the best live performances in their long and storied career, it’s now available on CD with beautiful, remastered sound quality.
June 2 street date. Blue Öyster Cult began in 1967 as Soft White Underbelly with Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser on guitars, Allen Lanier on keyboards and Albert Bouchard on drums. Adding lead singer and guitarist Eric Bloom led to the name change of Oaxaca, then later the Stalk-Forrest Group, which issued one single. Joe Bouchard was added on bass and the group was signed to Columbia Records in 1971. Their first two albums, “Blue Oyster Cult” and ‘Tyranny and Mutation”, garnered some interest from rock critics, but it was third LP, “Secret Treaties”, which first broke them in to the top 100 LP charts. “Spectres” was released in 1975 and featured “Godzilla”, a concert favorite. In 1981 BOC was back on top with their “Fire Of Unknown Origin” album and a new top 40 hit in “Burnin’ For You”. “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” was featured in the movie “Heavy Metal”. This LP was recorded during the “Fire Of Unknown Origin” tour in New York, in 1981. This would be the last tour with Albert Bouchard who was replaced in late 1981. Here’s a chance to listen to BOC at their very best during their peak of popularity.
February 9 street date. This is one of the ultimate Hard Rock and Metal albums according to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich in Rolling Stone magazine (June 2017). “B.O.C. were just a little smarter compared to the other rock bands at the time”. With the disappointing commercial success for the first three studio albums this album, originally released as a ‘LIVE’ 2-LP in 1975, includes three songs from each studio LP: the self-titled “Blue Oyster Cult”, “Secret Treaties”, and “Tyranny & Mutation” and as closing track the Steppenwolf cover “Born To Be Wild”. “On Your Feet Or On Your Knees” reached number 22 on the Billboard 200, the band’s highest charting in the U.S.
March 5 street date. "Some Enchanted Evening" is the second live album by Blue Öyster Cult, and their best-selling album to date. The album's seven original tracks, including classics like "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Godzilla", were recorded at various locations in the United States and England. It captures the band at their arena rock peak, making it the ultimate Blue Öyster Cult record. The constant power of the guitar chords and the hard hitting drum rhythm marks the raw sound of the different tracks.
January 27 street date. "Tyranny And Mutation" is the second studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, originally released on February 11, 1973, by Columbia Records. The album was recorded at the Columbia Studios in New York City during the year before and was produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman. The song "Baby Ice Dog" features lyrics by keyboarist Allen Lanier's girlfriend at the time, Patti Smith, who would make several lyrical contributions to the band's repertoire during its career. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, "Tyranny And Mutation" is now available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on translucent blue coloured vinyl.
April 14 street date. Secret Treaties is the third studio album by American rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1974. It features the same band members and production team as their previous album Tyranny & Mutation, but also the only BÖC album that does not feature a track with lead vocals sung by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser. Lyrics to the lead-off track "Career of Evil" were written by future punk poet Patti Smith, a longtime contributor to the band (and, at the time, girlfriend of BÖC keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier). The album spent 14 weeks in the US album charts, peaking at No. 53. It was certified Gold by the RIAA. In 1975, a poll of readers of the British magazine Melody Maker voted Secret Treaties the "Top Rock Album of All Time". In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time best "proto-metal" albums. Secret Treaties is available as a limited edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on purple coloured vinyl and includes an insert.