Blue Öyster Cult – The Essential Blue Öyster Cult (2012) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Blue Oyster Cult – The Essential Blue Öyster Cult (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:37:24 minutes | 1,77 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Since the mid-’90s, Blue Öyster Cult have had their catalog pillaged for hits collections on almost a yearly basis, so the appearance of yet another such beast isn’t the welcome return of an old friend that it should be. True, there was a time when a greatest-hits collection was sorely needed, but the double-CD set Workshop of the Telescopes took care of that in 1995, and if that was too massive a retrospective, there was 2000’s single-disc Don’t Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult. Add to those a number of re-recordings and misleadingly packaged live collections and it’s hard to justify The Essential Blue Oyster Cult. However, if you look at the collection saga of Blue Öyster Cult as a perfecting of the formula a thinning of the herd then Essential starts to prove its worth as a lean machine all killer, no filler. No BOC collection can stand without their biggest acknowledged hits, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You,” and both of those are here. So is the over-the-top madness of “Godzilla” and the cult hit yes, cult, BOC is a band whose fan base is so disparate there are mainstream and underground fans “E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence),” which somehow slipped by the previous single-disc collection. Others, like “Veterans of Psychic Wars” and “Harvester of Eyes,” carry equal heft and help Essential live up to its name.

1. Blue Oyster Cult – Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
2. Blue Oyster Cult – Before the Kiss, a Redcap
3. Blue Oyster Cult – Stairway to the Stars
4. Blue Oyster Cult – Transmaniacon MC
5. Blue Oyster Cult – Buck’s Boogie
6. Blue Oyster Cult – The Red & the Black
7. Blue Oyster Cult – O.D.’d On Life Itself
8. Blue Oyster Cult – 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
9. Blue Oyster Cult – Career of Evil
10. Blue Oyster Cult – Flaming Telepaths
11. Blue Oyster Cult – Astronomy
12. Blue Oyster Cult – Hot Rail to Hell
13. Eric Bloom – Harvester of Eyes
14. Eric Bloom – M.E. 262
15. Blue Oyster Cult – Born to Be Wild
16. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
17. Albert Bouchard – This Ain’t the Summer of Love
18. Blue Oyster Cult – E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
19. Blue Oyster Cult – Godzilla
20. Blue Oyster Cult – I Love the Night
21. Eric Bloom – Goin’ Through the Motions
22. Blue Oyster Cult – In Thee
23. Blue Oyster Cult – Black Blade
24. Eric Bloom – The Marshall Plan
25. Blue Oyster Cult – Veteran of the Psychic Wars
26. Blue Oyster Cult – Joan Crawford
27. Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ for You
28. Blue Oyster Cult – Roadhouse Blues
29. Blue Oyster Cult – Shooting Shark
30. Blue Oyster Cult – Take Me Away
31. Blue Oyster Cult – Dancin’ In the Ruins