Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 644:05 minutes | ~ 15,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You". The band has sold over 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million records in the United States alone. Because of their unique sound and diversity, Blue Öyster Cult has been influential to many modern bands that span many genres, and are often viewed as important pioneers of several different styles of rock music that came to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s.


Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 36:43 minutes | 865 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Two years before Kiss roared out of Long Island with its self-titled debut, Blue Öyster Cult, the latest incarnation of a band assembled by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and drummer Albert Bouchard in 1967, issued its dark, eponymously-titled heavy rock monolith. Managed and produced by the astronomically minded and conspiratorially haunted Sandy Pearlman, BÖC rode the hot, hellbound rails of blistering hard rock as pioneered by Steppenwolf, fierce mutated biker blues, and a kind of dark psychedelia that could have only come out New York. The band's debut relied heavily on the lyrics of Pearlman and rock critic Richard Meltzer, as well as Pearlman's pioneering production that layered guitars in staggered sheets of sound over a muddy mix that kept Eric Bloom's delivery in the middle of the mix and made it tough to decipher. This was on purpose – to draw the listener into the songs cryptically and ambiguously. From the opener, "Transmaniacon MC," the listener knew something very different was afoot. This is dark, amphetamine-fueled occult music that relied on not one, but three guitars – Bloom and keyboardist Allen Lanier added their own parts to Roeser's incessant riffing: a barely audible upright piano keeping the changes rooted in early rock and the blues, and a rhythm attack by Bouchard and his brother Joe on bass that was barely contained inside the tune's time signature. From the next track on "I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep," elliptical lyrics talked about "the red and the black," while darkening themselves with stunning riffs and crescendos that were as theatrical as they were musical, and insured the Cult notice among the other acts bursting out of the seams of post-'60's rock. Other standouts include the cosmic "Stairway to the Stars," the boogie rave-up "Before the Kiss, a Redcap," that sounded like a mutant Savoy Brown meeting Canned Heat at Altamont. But it is on "Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll," that the Cult's sinister plan for world domination is best displayed. From its knotty, overdriven riff to its rhythm guitar vamp, Vox organ shimmer, its crash cymbal ride and plodding bass and drum slog through the changes – not to mention its title – it is the ultimate in early metal anthems. Add to this the swirling quizzicality of "Workshop of the Telescopes" that lent the band some of its image cred.

Tracklist:

01 - Transmaniacon MC
02 - I'm On the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep
03 - Then Came the Last Days of May
04 - Stairway to the Stars
05 - Before the Kiss, a Redcap
06 - Screams
07 - She's as Beautiful as a Foot
08 - Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
09 - Workshop of the Telescopes
10 - Redeemed

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Blue Öyster Cult
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.02 dB -12.24 dB 3:20 01-Transmaniacon MC
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.69 dB 3:10 02-I'm On the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.85 dB 3:31 03-Then Came the Last Days of May
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.94 dB 3:43 04-Stairway to the Stars
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.08 dB 4:58 05-Before the Kiss, a Redcap
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.79 dB 3:10 06-Screams
DR12 -0.02 dB -13.32 dB 2:56 07-She's as Beautiful as a Foot
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.68 dB 4:03 08-Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.02 dB 4:01 09-Workshop of the Telescopes
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.36 dB 3:51 10-Redeemed
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3125 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny And Mutation (1973/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:05 minutes | 934 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

On Tyranny and Mutation, Blue Öyster Cult achieved the seemingly impossible: they brightened their sound and deepened their mystique. The band picked up their tempos considerably on this sophomore effort, and producers Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman added a lightning bolt of high-end sonics to their frequency range. Add to this the starling lyrical contributions of Pearlman, rock critic Richard Meltzer, and poet-cum-rocker Patti Smith (who was keyboardist Allen Lanier's girlfriend at the time), the split imagery of Side One's thematic, "The Red" and Side Two's "The Black," and the flip-to-wig-city, dark conspiracy of Gawlik's cover art, and an entire concept was not only born and executed, it was received. The Black side of Tyranny and Mutation is its reliance on speed, punched-up big guitars, and throbbing riffs such as in "The Red and the Black," "O.D'd on Life Itself," "Hot Rails to Hell," and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters," all of which showcased the biker boogie taken to a dizzyingly extreme boundary; one where everything flies by in a dark blur, and the articulations of that worldview are informed as much by atmosphere as idea. This is screaming, methamphetamine-fueled rock & roll that was all about attitude, mystery, and a sense of nihilistic humor that was deep in the cuff. Here was the crossroads: the middle of rock's Bermuda triangle where BÖC marked the black cross of the intersection between New York's other reigning kings of mystery theater and absurd excess: the Velvet Underground and Kiss – two years before their first album – and the " 'it's all F#$&%* so who gives a rat's ass" attitude that embodied the City's punk chic half-a-decade later. On the Red Side, beginning with the syncopated striations of "Baby Ice Dog," in which Allen Lanier's piano was as important as Buck Dharma's guitar throb, elements of ambiguity and bluesy swagger enter into the mix. Eric Bloom was the perfect frontman: he twirled the words around in his mouth before spitting them out with requisite piss-and-vinegar, and a sense of decadent dandy that underscored the music's elegance, as well as its power. He was at ease whether the topic was necromancy, S&M, apocalyptic warfare, or cultural dissolution. By the LP's end, on "Mistress of the Salmon Salt," Bloom was being covered over by a kind of aggressively architected psychedelia that kept the '60s at bay while embracing the more aggressive, tenser nature of the times. While BÖC's Secret Treaties is widely recognized as the Cult's classic album, one would do well to consider Tyranny and Mutation in the same light.

Tracklist:

01 - The Red & the Black
02 - O.D.'d On Life Itself
03 - Hot Rails to Hell
04 - 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
05 - Baby Ice Dog
06 - Wings Wetted Down
07 - Teen Archer
08 - Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny And Mutation
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.21 dB 4:23 01-The Red & the Black
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.91 dB 4:47 02-O.D.'d On Life Itself
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.03 dB 5:11 03-Hot Rails to Hell
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.58 dB 7:00 04-7 Screaming Diz-Busters
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.85 dB 3:28 05-Baby Ice Dog
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.23 dB 4:12 06-Wings Wetted Down
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.80 dB 3:57 07-Teen Archer
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.11 dB 5:07 08-Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3235 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:24 minutes | 927 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

While the speed-freak adrenaline heaviness and shrouded occult mystery of Tyranny and Mutation is the watermark for Blue Öyster Cult's creative invention, it is Secret Treaties that is widely and critically regarded as the band's classic. Issued in 1974, Secret Treaties is the purest distillation of all of BÖC's strengths. Here the songs are expansive, and lush in their textures. The flamboyance is all here, and so are the overdriven guitar riffs provided by Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom. But there is something else, texturally, that moves these songs out from the blackness and into the shadows. Perhaps it's the bottom-heavy mix by producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman, with Allen Lanier's electric piano and Joe Bouchard's bass coming to rest in an uneasy balance with the twin-guitar attack. Perhaps it's in the tautness of songwriting and instrumental architectures created by drummer Albert Bouchard, Bloom, and Don Roeser (Buck Dharma). Whatever it is, it offers the Cult a new depth and breadth. While elements of psychedelia have always been a part of the band's sound, it was always enfolded in proto-metal heaviness and biker boogie. Here, BÖC created their own brand of heavy psychedelic noir to diversify their considerably aggressive attack. Listen to "Subhuman" or "Dominance and Submission." Their minor chord flourishes and multi-tracked layered guitars and Bouchard's constantly shimmering cymbals and snare work (he is the most underrated drummer in rock history) and elliptical lyrics – that Pearlman put out in front of the mix for a change – added to the fathomless dread and mystery at the heart of the music. Elsewhere, on "Cagey Cretins" and "Harvester of Eyes" (both with lyrics by critic Richard Meltzer), the razor-wire guitar riffs were underscored by Lanier's organ, and their sci-fi urgency heightened by vocal harmonies. But it is on "Flaming Telepaths," with its single-chord hypnotic piano line that brings the lyric "Well, I've opened up my veins too many times/And the poison's in my heart in my heart and in my mind/Poison's in my bloodstream/Poison's in my pride/I'm after rebellion/I'll settle for lives/Is it any wonder that my mind is on fire?" down into the maelstrom and wreaks havoc on the listener. It's a stunner, full of crossing guitar lines and an insistent, demanding rhythmic throb. The set closes with the quark strangeness of "Astronomy," full of melancholy, dread, and loss that leaves the listener unsettled and in an entirely new terrain, having traveled a long way from the boasting rockery of "Career of Evil" that began the journey. It's a breathless rock monolith that is all dark delight and sinister pleasure. While the Cult went on to well-deserved commercial success with Agents of Fortune an album later, the freaky inspiration that was offered on their debut, and brought to shine like a black jewel on Tyranny and Mutation, was fully articulated as visionary on Secret Treaties.

Tracklist:

01 - Career of Evil
02 - Subhuman
03 - Dominance and Submission
04 - ME 262
05 - Cagey Cretins
06 - Harvester of Eyes
07 - Flaming Telepaths
08 - Astronomy

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Secret Treaties
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.02 dB -10.10 dB 3:59 01-Career of Evil
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.49 dB 4:38 02-Subhuman
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.00 dB 5:22 03-Dominance and Submission
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.02 dB 4:46 04-ME 262
DR9 -0.02 dB -9.87 dB 3:16 05-Cagey Cretins
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.44 dB 4:41 06-Harvester of Eyes
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.43 dB 5:19 07-Flaming Telepaths
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.76 dB 6:24 08-Astronomy
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3138 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (1975/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:24 minutes | 1,73 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

On Your Feet or on Your Knees, Blue Öyster Cult's first live album (there would be two more), was also their first to peak inside the Top 40 best-sellers, which is more of an indication of the audience the group was building up through extensive touring than of its quality. Songs that had a tight, concentrated impact on studio albums got elongated here, and that impact was dissipated. And the song selection left a great deal to be desired if this was to be a fitting summation of the band's career so far. Perhaps by their 1974 tour, BÖC had dropped such classics from their first album as "Transmaniacon MC," and "Stairway to the Stars," but the less impressive material from the third album was no substitute. The album did mark the first commercial release of a version of "Buck's Boogie" as well as covers of the Yardbirds' "I Ain't Got You" and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild".

Tracklist:

01 - The Subhuman
02 - Harvester of Eyes
03 - Hot Rail to Hell
04 - The Red and the Black
05 - 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
06 - Buck's Boogie
07 - (Then Came The) Last Days of May
08 - Cities On Flame
09 - M.E. 262
10 - Before the Kiss (A Recap)
11 - Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You)
12 - Born to Be Wild

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.63 dB 7:30 01-The Subhuman
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.09 dB 4:59 02-Harvester of Eyes
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.67 dB 5:37 03-Hot Rail to Hell
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.52 dB 4:33 04-The Red and the Black
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.87 dB 8:49 05-7 Screaming Diz-Busters
DR10 -0.02 dB -10.91 dB 7:12 06-Buck's Boogie
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.25 dB 4:37 07-(Then Came The) Last Days of May
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.72 dB 4:05 08-Cities On Flame
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.52 dB 8:22 09-M.E. 262
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.12 dB 5:12 10-Before the Kiss (A Recap)
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.22 dB 8:59 11-Maserati GT (I Ain't Got You)
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.23 dB 6:28 12-Born to Be Wild
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3111 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 36:30 minutes | 1,37 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

If ever there were a manifesto for 1970s rock, one that prefigured both the decadence of the decade's burgeoning heavy metal and prog rock excesses and the rage of punk rock, "This Ain't the Summer of Love," the opening track from Agents of Fortune, Blue Öyster Cult's fourth album, was it. The irony was that while the cut itself came down firmly on the hard rock side of the fence, most of the rest of the album didn't. Agents of Fortune was co-produced by longtime Cult record boss Sandy Pearlman, Murray Krugman, and newcomer David Lucas, and in addition, the band's lyric writing was being done internally with help from poet-cum-rocker Patti Smith (who also sings on "The Revenge of Vera Gemini"). Pearlman, a major contributor to the band's songwriting output, received a solitary credit while critic Richard Meltzer, whose words were prevalent on the Cult's previous outings, was absent. The album yielded the band's biggest single with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," a multi-textured, deeply melodic soft rock song with psychedelic overtones, written by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser. The rest of the album is ambitious in that it all but tosses aside the Cult's proto-metal stance and instead recontextualizes their entire stance. It's still dark, mysterious, and creepy, and perhaps even more so, it's still rooted in rock posturing and excess, but gone is the nihilistic biker boogie in favor of a more tempered – indeed, nearly pop arena rock – sound that gave Allen Lanier's keyboards parity with Dharma's guitar roar, as evidenced by "E.T.I.," "Debbie Denise," and "True Confessions." This is not to say that the Cult abandoned their adrenaline rock sound entirely. Cuts like "Tattoo Vampire" and "Sinful Love" have plenty of feral wail in them. Ultimately, Agents of Fortune is a solid record, albeit a startling one for fans of the band's earlier sound. It also sounds like one of restless inspiration, which is, in fact, what it turned out to be given the recordings that came after. It turned out to be the Cult's last consistent effort until they released Fire of Unknown Origin in 1981.

Tracklist:

01 - This Ain't the Summer of Love
02 - True Confessions
03 - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
04 - E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
05 - The Revenge of Vera Gemini
06 - Sinful Love
07 - Tattoo Vampire
08 - Morning Final
09 - Tenderloin
10 - Debbie Denise

Analyzed: Blue Oyster Cult / Agents Of Fortune
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.22 dB 2:21 01-This Ain't the Summer of Love
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.50 dB 2:56 02-True Confessions
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.07 dB 5:08 03-(Don't Fear) The Reaper
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.27 dB 3:43 04-E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.29 dB 3:51 05-The Revenge of Vera Gemini
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.34 dB 3:29 06-Sinful Love
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.46 dB 2:41 07-Tattoo Vampire
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.51 dB 4:30 08-Morning Final
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.43 dB 3:39 09-Tenderloin
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.73 dB 4:13 10-Debbie Denise
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5099 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 40:38 minutes | 913 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult scored big with Agents of Fortune and its now-classic rock hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." It took the album into the stratosphere and the band's profile with it; it put them in the visible pop space they'd tried for years to get to. But upon arrival, they found that kind of success difficult to respond to. Not only did the Cult want to respond, they wanted to cement their place. Spectres is not the masterpiece that Agents of Fortune is, but it didn't need to be. However, upon hearing Spectres again, the album offers proof that the commercial and creative bent of Agents of Fortune was still in place at certain moments, and the band laid out a major single in the opening cut, "Godzilla," a tune – however silly it may be – that is every bit as memorable as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." It's not the only big number here either: "Goin' Through the Motions" and the truly spooky "I Love the Night" by Buck Dharma also scored. The former track is a wonderful blend of Tommy James & the Shondells, Boston, and Mott the Hoople's roots rock glam attack. Written by Eric Bloom and Ian Hunter, it's a stunning single. It sounds less like the Cult than anything they'd recorded, but as a classic rock & roll single it succeeds in spades. And "I Love the Night" (with its guitar part resembling "Reaper" for a moment) is one of rock & roll's truly strange and seductive love songs. There is more spook and darkness here, of course, in the album's closer, "Nosferatu." As a closer, "I Love the Night" may have been a better choice, but this track has all those layered harmonies, a reverbed piano, Dharma's power chords, and lyric fills that never lose their sense of menace and once more, a story. BOC were the only band in their league, walking the line between AOR rock and metal, and offering such detailed narratives. Spectres also contains tunes that were ready-made for touring, which is what the Cult did immediately after, resulting in the wildly successful live album Some Enchanted Evening. In sum, the only reason Spectres is not regarded as a classic is because it followed Agents of Fortune. Other than the false funk of "Searchin' for Celine," it's flawless as a finely tuned tome that begins with sci-fi humor and ends with gothic horror – all of which can be hummed to.

Tracklist:

01 - Godzilla
02 - Golden Age of Leather
03 - Death Valley Nights
04 - Searchin' for Celine
05 - Fireworks
06 - R. U. Ready 2 Rock
07 - Celestial the Queen
08 - Goin' Through the Motions
09 - I Love the Night
10 - Nosferatu

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Spectres
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.74 dB 3:41 01-Godzilla
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.00 dB 5:52 02-Golden Age of Leather
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.24 dB 4:08 03-Death Valley Nights
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.65 dB 3:36 04-Searchin' for Celine
DR10 -0.49 dB -12.66 dB 3:12 05-Fireworks
DR9 -0.85 dB -12.07 dB 3:44 06-R. U. Ready 2 Rock
DR11 -0.11 dB -12.24 dB 3:26 07-Celestial the Queen
DR10 -0.55 dB -12.33 dB 3:12 08-Goin' Through the Motions
DR11 -0.65 dB -14.79 dB 4:24 09-I Love the Night
DR9 -1.01 dB -13.13 dB 5:21 10-Nosferatu
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2960 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening (1978/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:02 minutes | 919 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult marks time with a second live album on which they turn out good, if redundant, concert versions of recent favorites like "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Godzilla" and add to their repertoire of live covers such oldies as the MC5's "Kick out the Jams" and the Animals' "We Gotta Get out of This Place." A perfectly acceptable, completely unnecessary souvenir record from a hard-touring band of the '70s. (It should perhaps be noted that the mid- to late '70s was a period when more live albums than usual were being released, especially in the wake of Peter Frampton's massively successful 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!.)

Tracklist:

01 - R.U. Ready 2 Rock
02 - E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
03 - Astronomy
04 - Kick Out the Jams
05 - Godzilla
06 - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
07 - We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Some Enchanted Evening
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -10.61 dB 6:08 01-R.U. Ready 2 Rock
DR10 -0.02 dB -10.92 dB 5:18 02-E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.68 dB 8:25 03-Astronomy
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.65 dB 3:07 04-Kick Out the Jams
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.43 dB 4:13 05-Godzilla
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.37 dB 6:10 06-(Don't Fear) The Reaper
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.24 dB 4:40 07-We Gotta Get Out of This Place
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Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3184 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors (1979/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:03 minutes | 887 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult tried a new producer on Mirrors, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman with Tom Werman, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach appeared to displease longtime metal-oriented fans without attracting new ones: "In Thee" became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC's string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren't distinctive enough. Much of this is generic hard rock that could have been made by any one of a dozen '70s arena bands.

Tracklist:

01 - Dr. Music
02 - The Great Sun Jester
03 - In Thee
04 - Mirrors
05 - Moon Crazy
06 - The Vigil
07 - I Am the Storm
08 - You're Not the One (I Was Looking For)
09 - Lonely Teardrops

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Mirrors
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -12.20 dB 3:14 01-Dr. Music
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.92 dB 4:51 02-The Great Sun Jester
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.78 dB 3:50 03-In Thee
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.34 dB 3:48 04-Mirrors
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.45 dB 4:07 05-Moon Crazy
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.01 dB 6:28 06-The Vigil
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.24 dB 3:45 07-I Am the Storm
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.19 dB 3:17 08-You're Not the One (I Was Looking For)
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.03 dB 3:44 09-Lonely Teardrops
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2979 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Cultösaurus Erectus (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:15 minutes | 1024 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover ^(get here)^

Signing on with Deep Purple/Black Sabbath producer Martin Birch, Blue Öyster Cult made more of a guitar-heavy hard rock album in Cultosaurus Erectus after flirting with pop ever since the success of Agents of Fortune. (They also promoted this album by going out on a co-headlining tour with Sabbath.) Gone are the female backup singers, the pop hooks, the songs based on keyboard structures, and they are replaced by lots of guitar solos and a beefed-up rhythm section. But the band still were not generating strong enough material to compete with their concert repertoire, so they found themselves in the bind of being a strong touring act unable to translate that success into record sales.

Tracklist:

01 - Black Blade
02 - Monsters
03 - Divine Wind
04 - Deadline
05 - The Marshall Plan
06 - Hungry Boys
07 - Fallen Angel
08 - Lips In the Hills
09 - Unknown Tongue

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Cultösaurus Erectus
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.02 dB -13.42 dB 6:39 01-Black Blade
DR10 -0.02 dB -13.40 dB 5:07 02-Monsters
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.03 dB 5:10 03-Divine Wind
DR12 -0.02 dB -12.76 dB 4:30 04-Deadline
DR12 -0.02 dB -13.61 dB 5:28 05-The Marshall Plan
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.26 dB 3:41 06-Hungry Boys
DR12 -0.02 dB -12.97 dB 3:15 07-Fallen Angel
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.99 dB 4:26 08-Lips In the Hills
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.33 dB 3:59 09-Unknown Tongue
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3326 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:06 minutes | 916 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Who would have thought that in 1981, after a pair of limp, unfocused studio offerings, and two mixed – at best – live outings, that the once mighty Blue Öyster Cult would come back with such a fierce, creative, and uncompromising effort as Fire of Unknown Origin. Here was their finest moment since Agents of Fortune five years earlier, and one of their finest ever. Bringing back into the fold the faithful team who helped articulate their earlier vision, producer Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Patti Smith all helped in the lyric department, as did science-fiction and dark-fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. The band's sound was augmented by a plethora of keyboards courtesy of Allen Lanier, but nonetheless retained a modicum of its heaviness, and the sheer songwriting craft that had helped separate the band form its peers early on was everywhere evident here – especially the gloriously noir-ish Top 40 single "Burning for You," written by Meltzer and guitarist Buck Dharma. Other standouts on the set include the plodding, über-riff pyrotechnics of "Heavy Metal: The Black and the Silver," and the Mott the Hoople- and Queen-influenced glammed up roots rock of "Joan Crawford." The terrifying images of desecration and apocalyptic war in "Veteran of Psychic Wars," with words by Moorcock, feature huge synth lines, dual leads by Dharma and Eric Bloom – as well as a tom-tom orgy from Albert Bouchard – offered a new pathway through the eternal night of the Cult's best work. Fire of Unknown Origin has aged well, and deserves to be remastered in the 21st century.

Tracklist:

01 - Fire of Unknown Origin
02 - Burnin' for You
03 - Veteran of the Psychic Wars
04 - Sole Survivor
05 - Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver
06 - Vengeance
07 - After Dark
08 - Joan Crawford
09 - Don't Turn Your Back

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Fire of Unknown Origin
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.02 dB -12.52 dB 4:11 01-Fire of Unknown Origin
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.87 dB 4:31 02-Burnin' for You
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.76 dB 4:50 03-Veteran of the Psychic Wars
DR11 -0.02 dB -13.20 dB 4:07 04-Sole Survivor
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.72 dB 3:18 05-Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.79 dB 4:41 06-Vengeance
DR11 -0.02 dB -11.89 dB 4:26 07-After Dark
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.88 dB 4:54 08-Joan Crawford
DR12 -0.02 dB -13.07 dB 4:08 09-Don't Turn Your Back
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3129 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Extraterrestrial Live (1982/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:49 minutes | 1,74 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Of Blue Öyster Cult's three live albums, Extraterrestrial Live is the one to own. The two-record set, partially recorded on BÖC's home base of Long Island, contains the band's biggest hits, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (making its second live appearance) and "Burnin' for You," as well as longtime concert favorites like "Cities on Flame," "The Red and the Black," and "Godzilla." But it isn't just the superior song selection that gives this album the nod over On Your Feet or on Your Knees and Some Enchanted Evening; BÖC had regained its momentum in 1981 with Fire of Unknown Origin, and this album demonstrated their renewed spirit in the forum in which they were most comfortable – live work.

Tracklist:

01 - Dominance And Submission
02 - Cities On Flame
03 - Dr. Music
04 - The Red And The Black
05 - Joan Crawford
06 - Burnin' For You
07 - Roadhouse Blues
08 - Black Blade
09 - Hot Rails To Hell
10 - Godzilla
11 - Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
12 - E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
13 - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Extraterrestrial Live
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.02 dB -10.59 dB 5:54 01-Dominance And Submission
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.64 dB 5:16 02-Cities On Flame
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.73 dB 3:38 03-Dr. Music
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.14 dB 4:37 04-The Red And The Black
DR8 -0.02 dB -11.67 dB 5:17 05-Joan Crawford
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.72 dB 4:52 06-Burnin' For You
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.70 dB 9:05 07-Roadhouse Blues
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.11 dB 6:16 08-Black Blade
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.74 dB 6:37 09-Hot Rails To Hell
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.64 dB 6:14 10-Godzilla
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.05 dB 8:07 11-Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
DR7 -0.02 dB -9.14 dB 5:25 12-E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.70 dB 6:32 13-(Don't Fear) The Reaper
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3081 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - The Revölution By Night (1983/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:18 minutes | 997 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult seemed to regain their direction with Fire of Unknown Origin, but simultaneously, the band was starting to fragment, with founding member and notable songwriter Albert Bouchard departing. On The Revolution by Night, BÖC brought in various hired guns, such as Aldo Nova and former Alice Cooper bandmember Neal Smith, and turned to Loverboy's producer, Bruce Fairbairn, who gave them a similar radio-ready rock sound. But though the album brought BÖC their fourth (and final) singles chart entry in "Shooting Shark," it lacked a distinctive identity. You could close your eyes and not know whether you were listening to Loverboy or Foreigner or any one of several other arena rock bands. No wonder it became the band's lowest charting album in a decade.

Tracklist:

01 - Take Me Away
02 - Eyes On Fire
03 - Shooting Shark
04 - Veins
05 - Shadow of California
06 - Feel the Thunder
07 - Let Go
08 - Dragon Lady
09 - Light Years of Love

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / The Revölution by Night
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.10 dB 4:32 01-Take Me Away
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.55 dB 3:57 02-Eyes On Fire
DR12 -0.02 dB -13.94 dB 7:10 03-Shooting Shark
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.37 dB 4:00 04-Veins
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.43 dB 5:10 05-Shadow of California
DR12 -0.02 dB -14.67 dB 5:49 06-Feel the Thunder
DR12 -0.02 dB -12.61 dB 3:26 07-Let Go
DR12 -0.02 dB -13.54 dB 4:09 08-Dragon Lady
DR12 -0.02 dB -14.44 dB 4:07 09-Light Years of Love
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2964 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Club Ninja (1985/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 45:19 minutes | 1,03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult's gradual disintegration continued with Club Ninja, on which original member Allen Lanier was replaced by keyboard player Tom Zvoncheck, and several compositions from outside the band were featured, notably the Leggat Brothers' "White Flags," and a couple of generic metal exercises by Bob Halligan, who had contributed much the same sort of material to Judas Priest. On what should have been the positive side, Sandy Pearlman was back in the producer's chair. But he did nothing to arrest BÖC's decline into musical anonymity.

Tracklist:

01 - White Flags
02 - Dancin' In the Ruins
03 - Make Rock Not War
04 - Perfect Water
05 - Spy in the House of the Night
06 - Beat 'Em Up
07 - When the War Comes Home
08 - Shadow Warrior
09 - Madness to the Method

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Club Ninja
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.02 dB -11.67 dB 4:43 01-White Flags
DR10 -0.02 dB -13.10 dB 4:02 02-Dancin' In the Ruins
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.47 dB 3:58 03-Make Rock Not War
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.93 dB 5:32 04-Perfect Water
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.53 dB 4:23 05-Spy in the House of the Night
DR10 -0.02 dB -11.82 dB 3:25 06-Beat 'Em Up
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.70 dB 6:06 07-When the War Comes Home
DR11 -0.02 dB -12.47 dB 5:43 08-Shadow Warrior
DR10 -0.02 dB -12.47 dB 7:28 09-Madness to the Method
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3004 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Blue Oyster Cult - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1972-1988) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Blue Öyster Cult - Imaginos (1988/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 55:29 minutes | 1,33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blue Öyster Cult went out with a bang as a major-label recording act on their 14th and last new Columbia album, Imaginos. The idea for this concept album came as early as Secret Treaties, on which some of its music appeared, and the recording took place over a six-year period. (As a result, album credits give the erroneous impression that the original band had reformed.) The story line, which is easier to appreciate in the liner notes than on the record, concerns a mysterious, protean 19th century figure who has a talent for turning up at key moments in history and influencing them for the worse. This is perhaps BÖC's most consistent album, certainly its most uncompromising (none of its usual nods to pop accessibility), and also the closest thing to a real heavy-metal statement from a band that never quite fit that description. Unfortunately, this ambitious work came out as BÖC was dropping out of the frontline of the music business, so the album that comes closest to defining Blue Öyster Cult turned into its creative swan song.

Tracklist:

01 - I Am the One You Warned Me Of
02 - Les Invisibles
03 - In the Presence of Another World
04 - Del Rio's Song
05 - The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria
06 - Astronomy
07 - Magna of Illusion
08 - Blue Öyster Cult
09 - Imaginos

Analyzed: Blue Öyster Cult / Imaginos
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.02 dB -10.61 dB 5:05 01-I Am the One You Warned Me Of
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.96 dB 5:34 02-Les Invisibles
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.47 dB 6:28 03-In the Presence of Another World
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.39 dB 5:37 04-Del Rio's Song
DR8 -0.02 dB -10.10 dB 6:45 05-The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria
DR9 -0.02 dB -11.18 dB 6:55 06-Astronomy
DR9 -0.02 dB -10.66 dB 5:59 07-Magna of Illusion
DR8 -0.02 dB -11.00 dB 7:18 08-Blue Öyster Cult
DR8 -0.02 dB -9.73 dB 5:46 09-Imaginos
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3222 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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