Blue Oyster Cult Catalog Reissued with Massive Bonus Content
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Blue Oyster Cult with the release of Blue Oyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection, a monumental career-spanning library comprised of 16 CDs (the full official canon plus two discs of rarities) and the mythic Some OTHER Enchanted Evening DVD, a blistering concert video from 1978. The highly-collectible boxed set will be available Tuesday, October 30.
Their self-titled debut album was unleashed in 1972 and began their legacy as America’s heaviest psychedelic metal band infused with hints of punk, thrash and hardcore.
Originally formed in Long Island as Soft White Underbelly in 1967, BOC combined adventurous lyrical themes with an aggressive instrumental sound. With passion and intelligence on display in equal measure, Blue Oyster Cult became the thinking fan’s rock band and a sign of life in a sea of dull, anemic soft-pop. Anthems like Godzilla, Harvester of Eyes and Don’t Fear the Reaper stretched the boundaries of rock topics while lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser became a hero to legions of budding axe-wielders. The band’s mystique extended to their album artwork, resulting in some of the most distinctive and iconic LP covers of the rock era. This new tome gathers the essential pieces of the Blue Oyster Cult story into one mind-boggling totality.
The collection brings together the group’s 14 official Columbia label albums, including newly-mastered editions of On Your Feet or on Your Knees, Fire of Unknown Origin, The Revolution by Night, Mirrors, Cultosaurus Erectus, Extraterrestrial Live, Club Ninja and Imaginos–alongside two new bonus discs: Rarities and Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts (a special collection of classic live performances).
In addition, the Blue Oyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection box set comes with a special download code good for four live concert broadcasts as well as as a forty page booklet chock full of photos and liner notes from celebrated music writer and guitarist Lenny Kaye.
Here’s the full list of goodies in this mind-blowing set-
Blue Oyster Cult (1972 – studio – with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Tyranny and Mutation (1973 – studio – with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Secret Treaties (1974 – studio – with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
On Your Feet or on Your Knees (1975 – live) – 2012 Remaster
Agents of Fortune (1976 – studio – with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Spectres (1977 – studio – with 2007 CD bonus tracks)
Some Enchanted Evening (1978 – live – with 2007 CD bonus tracks)
Some OTHER Enchanted Evening DVD (1978 – live)
Mirrors (1979 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Cultosaurus Erectus (1980 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Fire of Unknown Origin (1981 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Extraterrestrial Live (1982 – live) – 2012 Remaster
The Revolution By Night (1983 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Club Ninja (1985 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Imaginos (1988 – studio) – 2012 Remaster
Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts
The video below is from ‘A Long Day’s Night’ released as a DVD in 2002. It features founding members Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom