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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sms
  • ASIN: B00004UI4R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By 9ftneil VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Written off by ill informed rock "critics" as being a 70's dinosaur band BOC showed on this, their finest album, that they could produce thrilling, intelligent hard rock for the 80's with a breadth and variety that none of their contemporaries could match. This 1981 release finds BOC at their peak combining their unique brand of heavy rock with the best of their late 70's melodic approach that worked so gloriously on albums like "Agents of Fortune" and "Spectres". With the fantastic synths of Allan Lanier to the fore blending with the superb guitar of Donald Roeser this album sounded like no other back in '81 and was such a huge commercial success in the States that BOC were catapulted into stadium rock giants. This success was built mainly on the top ten singles Burnin' For You and Joan Crawford that ensured BOC were a radio smash at a time when America was still into Disco. Burnin' For You is unquestionably a classic rock/pop crossover with a killer chorus, a reggae tinged beat and the kind of tight, economic playing that BOC had become masters of, but for all it's rock savvy, melodic structure and hook lines it's still a song about Satanism! BOC slipped that one under the wire for sure! And in these days where we know all about the American "Christian Right" attempts to censor Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne it just goes to show the intelligence and subtlety of BOC's songwriting approach that they could score such a huge hit with a subject they had always dabbled in - Hot Rails To Hell, 7 Screaming Diz Busters, Divine Wind for example - though more on a level of parody than actual goat sacrifices.

That's not to say they weren't able to cause nationwide outrage with their choice of Joan Crawford as Burnin's follow up single.
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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
Judging by the other reviews i'm in the minority when it comes to this disc,indeed i think im in the minority totally when it comes to the Cults 80's output.For me, the band like peers Kiss/Nugent/Cooper and for the early part of the decade Aerosmith all struggled.

This album aint bad,its the Cult,they are fantastic musicians but they became a parody of themselves and this music couldnt be further from the class of the 70's.

Certainly the title track can be considered a classic Cult moment,traditional macabre lyrics,'Burnin For You' is decent but it could be any hard rock band from the 80's,'Veteran of the Psychic Wars' is pretty good,certainly better live,but tracks like 'Sole Survivor & Heavy Metal' are average,cant hold up to comparison with earlier successes.

'Vengeance' starts well but goes nowhere fast while 'After Dark' just a poor parody of what went before,the less said about the risible 'Joan Crawford' the better.Sadly that leaves one of the bands best ever tracks 'Dont Turn Your Back' languishing amongst some pretty poor fare.

No doubt Cult zealots will rush in with the unhelpful votes whilst not reciprocating votes for the albums we agree about,thats life.

For me the bands output in the 80's was pretty ropey,with the honourable exception of 'Imaginos'(although technically thats a solo album with the Cult tagged on' 3.5 stars at most
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james0 on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is no mention on the packaging of this item being re-mastered in 2003, only 1981. It certainly sounds like 1981.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yaniv Riahi on 19 Feb. 2013
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Very good album, i like it very much, there are great songs, some of them are their best.
Favorite tracks are: 'Burnin' For You', 'Joan Crawford' and 'Heavy Metal'. Artwork is awsome.
Any rock fan and heavy metal fan should own this classic album, very enjoyable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathan Clark VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Intelligent rock music at it's best.
Fire of Unknown Origin has some of the strongest songs. The sound is produced and polished with lots of synthesisers and a clean guitar sound.
A better complete album than Cultosaurus Erectus from the same era. Similar sounds to Revolution by Night but not quite as heavy. Definitely worth adding to the collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alister King on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Resurrecting its link with writer Michael Moorcock BOC successfully fuse Fantasy & Metal again, but this time with an AOR twist. Fire Of Unknown Origin is a strong opener b/w hit(ish) single Burnin' For You. Horns up for Heavy Metal: The Black And Silver and a nod to prog on Vengeance (The Pact). Best of all though is the horror movie-themed "Joan Crawford" which is actually genuinely scarey if you play it loud in a dark room alone.
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