Blue Oyster Cult
Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of


3.5
great

Review

by unclebobscircus USER (1 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 16 replies | 5,471 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I read through the review list yesterday, mainy because I really had nothing better to do. I noticed something really peculiar - unless I'm dyslexic, there is NO Blue Oyster Cult there. They are one of the best bands in rock music and blazed a lot of trails.

In the late sixties, Buck Dharma, Allen Lanier, and Albert Bouchard started a band called the Soft White Underbelly during college. After a while, they replaced their singer and bassist with Bloom and Joe Bouchard. After spending a couple years as a bar band under the names Stalk-Forrest Group and Oaxaca, they changed their name to Blue Oyster Cult and recorded their self-titled debut album for Columbia Records in 1970. Since then, they've continued to release albums and tour. Bloom, Buck Dharma, and Lanier are still in the band today, and they are still touring (I missed out on going to see them because it was an outdoor show and it was raining :upset: ).

I chose to buy their greatest hits instead of their individual albums because, frankly, they have a LOT of albums and I don't have a lot of money. This does pretty much encompass their whole creative career.

Don't Fear The Reaper is their most famous song (mainly because of the cowbell sketch on SNL, you can find that at [URL=http://mrt300.ods.org/snl/]http://mrt300.ods.org/snl/[/URL]), and rightly so. It has a great rhythm guitar bit, enchanting vocals, and some great guitar work by Buck Dharma (this guy is my hero).

Godzilla is probably a close second. The tone of the rhythm guitar is gnarly and, again, Buck Dharma does a good job of making his guitar a focal point.

There are also a few more songs that are complete classics - Burnin' For You is a staple on classic rock radio; Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll is based around one of my favorite guitar riffs (in my opinion, it contends with the opening to Purple Haze); The Red & The Black sounds semi-chaotic, the alternating lead and background vocals are the real strength of this song; and Flaming Telepaths is a great example of how a keyboard can completely change the mood of a song (kind of like Are You Experienced) with some great lyrics and vocals too.

I won't lie to you, this CD isn't perfect. There are some songs that are definitely good but have some weak points to them, like Astronomy, Summer of Love, Black Blade, and Take Me Away. The flip-side to being an experimental band, however, is that not everybody will like all the styles you encompass. There are definitely pop music influences in songs like I Love The Night and In Thee.

All in all, I'm going to give this CD a 3.5/5. If you skip over tracks 7 and 10, it goes up to a 4/5.


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Veteran of the psychic wars
November 25th 2004



1 Comments


Nice review. As not everyone likes the same stuff (I Love The Night is one of my personal favourites) this is a very good 'best of' compilation, 'cause it's encompasses a lot of the different BOC sounds.
Wow, wasn't aware there were no BOC reviews here, I'll get to work on putting up a few album reviews soon, because BOC deserve to be heard by a lot more people.

Kingadamx
November 25th 2004



120 Comments


It Needs More Cowbell. :lol: [IMG]http://shockingbird.com/down/downloads/snl_blue_oyster_cowbell.jpg[/IMG]

unclebobscircus
November 25th 2004



10 Comments


[QUOTE=Veteran of the psychic wars]Nice review. As not everyone likes the same stuff (I Love The Night is one of my personal favourites) this is a very good 'best of' compilation, 'cause it's encompasses a lot of the different BOC sounds.
Wow, wasn't aware there were no BOC reviews here, I'll get to work on putting up a few album reviews soon, because BOC deserve to be heard by a lot more people.[/QUOTE]

Heh, I ought to put a disclaimer on everything I post: "Warning - heavy bias".

outboyle
November 30th 2004



2 Comments


Hahahaha. Too bad there has never been a terrible BOC album. Every BOC album is 4.5/5 or 5/5. Goin Through the Motions and In Thee are amazing, awesome songs. You're just sad because you can't put a band together thats good enough to play any BOC

SELHIM
October 13th 2005



62 Comments


This album is just great.

Zesty Mordant
October 13th 2005



1196 Comments


I know they were a great band and had some great songs, but they SNL skit has caused me to never take them seriously again.

Two-Headed Boy
November 2nd 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't fear the reaper is amazing!
good review, too!

tom79
February 12th 2006



3363 Comments


a very good compilation, burnin' for you and godzilla are greatThis Message Edited On 02.12.06

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

deslni01
September 27th 2006



6 Comments


Godzilla is probably one of the funniest and most hilarious songs ever, yet one of the most classic songs ever.

Fun to sing along to, play on my guitar, and generally jam out to.

shindip
April 12th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. pretty much the only good BOC songs in one package

Emim
September 10th 2009



26506 Comments


I've got a fever....

WILSON5
December 5th 2009



23 Comments


This is missing Career of Evil and R U Ready to Rock,2 of their best songs ever.Even though this has great songs on it as well theose 2 songs define the essence of this classic band well enought they should of been included as well as being my top 2 favorite tracks of theirs.A diverse enough compilation but loses points for not including these classics.
Rating:4

NightProwler
February 2nd 2013



6332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, I'm hungover. Guess the only perscription is more cowbell!!

Digging: Neil Young - American Stars 'N Bars

ViperAces
February 2nd 2013



12376 Comments


title track is pretty good

DeadToPain
February 2nd 2013



694 Comments


This and The first Moody Blues greatest hits compilations are the only ones I think are a band's best. Both bands don't really need people to buy any of their other albums. This is a great album, and it even includes some weak songs. I have a special weakness for "Don't Fear...", "Godzilla", and "Burnin' For You" because my Mom loved these guys and played them on her turntable all the time when I was growing up.



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