Although Blue Öyster Cult sold a lot of records in the '70s and '80s, the Long Islanders were never a major target of bootleggers. Other metal and hard rock bands were bootlegged extensively during the vinyl era, but for whatever reason, only a handful of BÖC bootlegs came out. One of them was Fantasy Distillation of Reality, a vinyl LP that surfaced around 1975. The good news is that the sound quality is excellent (by '70s standards); the bad news is that the TKRWM label doesn't bother to tell listeners when or where it was recorded. According to the late-'70s bootleg reference guide Hot Wacks, this record's main focus is a show in Montreal, Canada -- regrettably, Hot Wacks didn't have an exact recording date. Hardcore collectors would have preferred to hear the Montreal concert in its entirety; nonetheless, this LP offers some enjoyable highlights of the show (along with a few studio rarities). BÖC is exciting and inspired on performances of early, pre-Soldiers of Fortune gems like "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll," "The Red and the Black," and "Workshop of the Telescopes." Despite its imperfections, Fantasy Distillation of Reality is a bootleg that serious BÖC collectors were glad to acquire in the '70s -- that is, if they were able to find a copy.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson