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Cultosaurus Erectus

8 April 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Jan. 1999
  • Release Date: 8 April 2003
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 41:50
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  • ASIN: B001I4TJ5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,200 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 16 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
A really good album, this!! Ok a couple of fillers - but the good stuff justifies it!
Very much of it's time (1980) and marrying hard rock/metal to melodic sensibilities. This was my first BOC album to acquire, having only previously heard Don't Fear The Reaper & Astronomy (incl the excellent Metallica cover version)and I have enjoyed it enough to set about buying more.

Fav tracks are Black Blade which is fun with it's sword & sorcery lyrics and epic arrangements, Monsters which manages be heavy & urgent and yet at the same time has these amazing jazz breaks complete with saxophone too, Deadline which is very melodic & dark at the same time and has a bassline to die for(Have to say all the musicianship is superb on the album but the bass work REALLY stands out). Closing track Unknown Tongue is brilliant, coupling sinister & somewhat erotic lyrics with a theatrical approach and some particularly outstanding keyboards - love the singing on the fadeout as Eric Bloom repeats "Reveal To Me" over and over in an almost black metal style rasp!
Heaviest track is perhaps Lips In The Hills which gallops along with some blazin' guitar and sounds like it might have inspired Steve Harris of Iron Maiden?

Divine Wind is a track that I have to be in the mood for; it has very relaxed pace but does also have a sinister undertone. The other tracks haven't really grown on me and I have to say I found The Marshall Plan hideous and totally cringeworthy.

Production/sound quality is excellent for a 30 year old album too.
Slightly dissapointed that no lyrics but there you are; at least the internet solves that.

Ok, so not a perfect album by any means..but well worth acquiring none the less :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Of all the Blue Oyster Cult discs i own this one annoys the most,its not that its a bad album,rather the adulation that is given to it,the over the top praise as if it was a return to form,it wasnt.

Opening with a rather lame,typical heavy rock dungeons and dragons type nonsense 'Black Blade' co written with Hawkwind collaborator Micheal Moorcock,it just jars,you could see Ronnie James Dio gettin his teeth into the lyrics not these boys.Next up a couple of classics firstly 'Monsters' with its alternating riff then jazzy interlude(funny how those that hate 'Mirrors' can appreciate this)followed by the albums highlight the laid back 'Divine Wind' which immediately transports me back to 'The Last days Of May',then the poppy 'Deadline' hooks itself in your head,another which could quite easily have sat on the Mirrors album.

Side 2 of the original disc opened with the frankly average 'The Marshall Plan' although it nevers ceases to raise a smile with the little 'Smoke on the Water' cameo,next up the awful 'Hungry Boys,one of the worst Cult tracks ever commited to tape.Thankfully another pop nugget 'Fallen Angel' raises the bar,the last two tracks highlight the problem this disc has,the heavy metal by numbers 'Lips In The Hills' and the sublime pop rock of 'Unknown Tongue' with its typical off the wall Cult Lyrics.
Ultimately an album that for me falls between two stools,several tracks could easily have fitted the Mirrors/Spectres soundscape,the rest average plodding uninspired heavy rock which was not on a par with the class of the Cults previous history.Still people believe what they read,the press lapped this up,Martin Birch was the preeminent Heavy Rock producer so the Cult must be back,you listen, decide for your self.3.5 stars

PS this edition is the SBM mastering edition,absoulutely superb sound quality.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilson on 18 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely faultless BOC mix of in-your-face heavy rock combined with satirical overtones & knowing wit. Black Blade is a bit naff in a Michael Moorcock sort of way but the rest of the CD is excellent. From the quasi-jazz `Monsters',the `Last days of May'-ish Divine Wind,the `Reaper-ish' Deadline through to the hard rock of Lips in the Hills & Unknown Tongue this is BOC at their stylish best. In the early 70's there was no better band to come out of the US. An absolute essential in your BOC collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Wilko, Derby on 5 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The fallout from BOC's Mirrors (1979) album left the group in need of making the right decisions with their 1980 release - personally I like most of the tracks on the Mirrors disc but it has never sat right as a BOC product (especially given the classic albums that surround it) & more importantly to Columbia it didn't sell that well.
Although subsequent sales for Cultosaurus Erectus were also below par the choice of Martin Birch as producer led to mostly fan appeasement & critical acclaim - it also directly led the way to the commercial success of the next year.
The band (especially Albert) wanted to return to a more Heavy Metal approach to try & re-ignite their fortunes - the results reveal a group that are clearly far more comfortable with the material & producer - the album cover & Cultosaurus concept was the first to be overtly tongue in cheek but it fitted the bill nicely.
The music kicks off with an impressive sci-fi number from Bloom who draws on the work of Michael Moorcock for inspiration with his "Black Blade" - I'm more of a RE Howard (Conan) fan but I think this relates to Elric's soul devouring sword -strong lyrics from Eric around who is the real master between the man & his weapon - varied "prog rock" musical sections shine throughout the track as well.
The sci-fi theme continues with "Monsters" (of the mind or ID) a nifty composition from the Bouchards - the lyrics detail the status quo of a spaceship being restored after the only woman aboard is gunned down by one of the crew - instantly halting any jealousy or distractions amongst the men as they seek survival in outer space - the music contributes to one of the band's most fascinating songs & the inclusion of Jazz Hall / Sax sections works surprisingly well.
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