Artist: Blue Oyster Cult
Title: “Setlist: The Very Best Of Blue Oyster Cult – Live”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 7/13/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Even though I was never much the study of their musical teachings, it is without question that The Blue Oyster Cult is, and has remained one of the most influential of all the Hard Rock acts out there. For decades the team supreme of the bands lineup in Donald “Buck” Dharma and Eric Bloom have entertained the masses with some really excellent tunes. If you grew up during the glory days of radio Rock then you are well aware of the band based on tunes such as “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” being staples in almost every deejays rotation. Those amazing times for Rock acts are gone in terms of the amount of this kind of music that was at one time very easily enjoyed and now the best place to hear it is either on satellite subscriptions or internet feeds – the times they are indeed ‘a changing. BOC was known for having a very powerful live show in terms of their musical makeup and since they were never a band based on tricks; this was the most important aspect that one would go into a show knowing when this band was on their evening’s agenda. As with the many other “Setlist Live” compilations, this release takes what is believed to be the crème de la crème of the bands gigs and gives you a number of the tunes in one simple place. They are also presenting a couple of tracks that were never before heard by the public and in this particular albums case those tunes would be “The Vigil” and “ME 262”. Some of these albums found me thinking that based on the bands overall impact that they should have been a double or expanded in some fashion by an online connection and this is especially the case when it comes to a band that has over forty years worth of material.
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