Blue Öyster Cult

Live 1972

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Although later thought of as a mighty heavy metal machine (on the strength of such songs as "Godzilla"), Blue Öyster Cult began as a rock band that had roots in boogie/garage rock, as well as poetic yet hard to decipher lyrics. This early direction is obviously displayed on their self-titled debut album from 1972, as well as this archival concert release, Live 1972. Originally issued during the early '80s via the French Skydog label (best known for issuing the Stooges' live swan song, Metallic K.O.), this four-track EP finally made the jump to CD in 2004. Although the group can be spotted moving away from its aforementioned early direction toward a more metallic approach (especially "Cities on Flame with Rock & Roll"), BÖC retains the laid-back, almost trippy feel of the first album on "Workshop of the Telescopes" and on a sneak preview of their second album (1973's Tyranny and Mutation), "The Red and the Black." And rounding out the set is a track that never appeared on the initial early BÖC releases, "Buck's Boogie" (although it would appear as a "studio version" on the 2001 remastered version of their self-titled debut). Albeit a quick listen, Live 1972 contains a surprisingly good sound throughout, and is worthy of any longtime fan's time.

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