Blue Oyster Cult’s more AOR oriented material between 1976 and 1985 is definitely worth looking at, including this one from 1979.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Blue Oyster Cult
SERIAL: JC 36009
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Eric Bloom – vocals, guitars * Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser – guitars * Allen Lanier – guitars, keyboards * Joseph Bouchard – bass * Albert Bouchard – drums
TRACK LISTING: 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
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A new direction for Blue Oyster Cult, after their mystical heavy metal approach had run its course with Godzilla finally hanging up its claws after constant touring over the last few years. Having had commercial success with the hit single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ off 1976’s ‘Agents Of Fortune’ album, plus the efforts of 1977’s ‘Spectres’ and the live ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ album from 1978, the band took time out and returned with a new producer in Tom Werman for 1979’s ‘Mirrors’.
I have to say that I quite enjoyed Blue Oyster Cult’s album when it was released. A combination of their undoubted energetic approach crossed with some melodic commercialism, missing on their previous material. Perhaps this freshness was best represented on their single ‘In Thee’ a very harmonious piece of work, and great for radio. ‘The Great Sun Jester’ also has a full melodic sound similar to REO Speedwagon.
Elsewhere there are some great moments such as the epic sounding ‘The Vigil’, the full-on rock of ‘I Am The Storm’ and ‘You’re Not The One’ which comes across like The Cars a la their classic debut album. We’ve also got the quirky ‘Moon Crazy’ and the very 70’s jazz/disco backbeat of ‘Lonely Teardrops’.
If you’re looking to experiment with Blue Oyster Cult’s more AOR oriented material, then anything between 1976 and 1985 is worth looking at. Not exactly spectacular, but there’s something for everyone in among the grooves.