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Spectres [Import]

Blue Oyster Cult Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000025BW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Godzilla
2. Golden Age Of Leather
3. Death Valley Nights
4. Searchin' For Celine
5. Fireworks
6. R.U. Ready 2 Rock
7. Celestial The Queen
8. Goin' Through The Motions
9. I Love The Night
10. Nosferatu

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered classic Cult! 12 April 2007
By 9ftneil VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The follow up to their massive selling breakthrough album 'Agents of Fortune', with its' hit single 'Don't Fear The Reaper', with 'Spectres'

BOC returned with another eclectic collection of hard rock, melodic pop and prog-rock that cemented their reputation as masters of intelligent rock riffing. Although fans of the Cult's early psyched out heavy rock may be disappointed by the wilfully radio-friendly experiments on offer here 'Spectres' is the sound of BOC at their unashamedly playful best. And this superb remaster really is a glorious improvement on the old analogue CD previously available and breathes new life into the bone-crushing riffing of live faves 'Godzilla' & 'R U Ready 2 Rock' (move over Prince BOC got there first with silly alphabetisising).

The choir on 'Golden Age of Leather' sound extraordinarily powerful and are the perfect foil to that songs tale of the glory days of the bike riding rocker. Elsewhere the superb 'Fireworks' conjures a melodic rock ode to love but with a gloriously silly chorus just on the right side of greatness. The tasteful 'Death Valley Nights' features wonderful piano from the criminally underrated Alan Lanier that recalls the ghostly atmospheres of earlier work like Astronomy before building to a harmonised chorus and peerless guitar from the great Donald Roeser - it's an exercise in how to construct a rock song from a slow intro into a great hook and melodic chorus then finishing with explosive guitar, all within 4 minutes, to produce a mini epic that would have wowed the pop charts the world over in there was any justice in the world. The Ian Hunter/Eric Bloom collaboration of 'Going Thru The Motions' recalls classic 60's pop but has a killer solo from Buck Dharma that simply cannot be beaten for power, pace and brevity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
'Spectres' has been repeatedly & unfairly knocked unconscious (sometimes with cowardly kid gloves) by critics. Was it because it seemed too generic, too disparate, too sprawling & too unremarkable to rate alongside the grandeur of its predecessor 'Agents of Fortune'? There appears to be a conspiracy of convenience for raters and BOC's more snobbish fan base (yes, they do exist - beware) to lambast this offering as 'just all right' without taking into account ...
But there's nothing to have to take into account. 'Spectres' needs no mitigating circumstances to justify its right to sit atop the BOC catalogue. Sonically, its production is a far sight better than the muddy thumping of BOC's genesis cuts; time-wise, it's the first time they cut something of a truly decent length; and artistically, it's a smorgisbord of wonder. 'Godzilla' is the metal anchor; 'Golden Age ...', 'Searching For Celine' & 'R U Ready 2 Rock' showcase a band's successful interpretation of radio-ready softer rock. 'Celestial The Queen'and 'Goin' Through The Motions' are every bit as poignant as 'Astronomy' while the other tracks deservedly earn their esoteric BOC stripes as beautifully unliftable album cuts. Just let 'Nosferatu' or 'I Love the Night' roll your mind into mystifying soundscapes unseen before.
In short, anyone who runs with the pack and pigeonholes this album as a band's misspent attempt to evolve should take the album on on its own terms instead of judging BOC's mid-years from the perspective of either an early-day follower or a latter-day adherent. Compared to other BOC albums, this is the most unpolluted by filler. Now stop thinking about he 'why's' and 'why not's' and just buy it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Remaster 17 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yet another supreme remaster from the BOC. Sonically excellent with the added bonus of extra tracks. My favourite track from this album is the haunting balled I Love the Night. It carries real prescence in it's remastered form. The whole CD is a corker. Heartily recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mid period Cult still shines ghostly 12 July 2006
By 9ftneil VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've always struggled with this BOC album, the follow up to their mega-selling Agents Of Fortune, but time has mellowed my view and now I find a lot to commend it. Stylistically Spectres shares many aspects of it's predecessor in that BOC were not afraid to experiment with their sound to achieve a varied and diverse listening experience away from the standard rawk licks of their contemporaries. This means Spectres has a great blend of heavy rock, classic 60's style pop, and stellar ballads, but all retaining that slightly twisted and macabre atmosphere that truly defines them as a band.

The dumb cartoon rock present on some early BOC albums reaches its' zenith here with the opener Godzilla, a tale of a cartoon character itself that is gloriously silly but rescued by a killer hard rock riff that the Cult were specialists in. After a baroque choral opening that seems spectacularly at odds with the preceding track Golden Age of Leather delivers more hard riffing but with interesting changes in tempo and structure that raise it above the average three chord headbang as it celebrates the bygone days of the motorbiking rocker. It's still heavy but with a real class and poise that sustains it for 5 whole thrilling minutes before the Newark Boys Choir sing us out with a choral finale - strangely the choir works really well, it's a humourous little experiment that lets us know that BOC, for all their extraordinary virtuosity and rocking credentials, always had a wry humour at their heart they were not afraid to play around with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling Group
BOC always struck me as a group which never reached its full potential. Listening to Agents of Fortune and Spectres the albums promise more than they actually deliver. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Nigel W
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave oyster!
Spectres is without doubt my favourite BOC album and is a wonderful eclectic mix of hard rockers like Golden Age of Leather, Godzilla and RU Ready 2 Rock balanced nicely with some... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gilgamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars History shows again......
....and again the nature and folly of men. "Godzilla" possibly the best album opening track - in my humble opinion of course. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ade Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from the band
Great album from a great band, classic release with great songs, great music, fits for every mood.
Highly recommended for any hard rock and heavy metal fan, Any other word is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yaniv Riahi
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Re-visited this old fave of mine but didn't really notice a difference with the re-mastering that was one of the reasons for buying it.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Simon E. Edser
5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated and under rated rock legends
Its now 35 years since this album came out and as the previous album Agents of Fortune had taken Blue Oyster Cult on a a slightly different course to its previous albums so... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by MisterAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their very best
In my view "Spectres" is a much better album than its decent but over-rated predecessor "Agents of Fortune" and is probably second only to "Imaginos" in the BOC pantheon. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by N. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars We Made a Vow - To Deliver Peerless Soft Metal
The surprise success of a hit single from the 1976 Agents of Fortune album left BOC with the option to try and pursue more chart success at the possible risk of further alienating... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by S Wilko, Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Goin' thru the motions? I dont think so.
If secret treaties was the peak of the first phase of Blue Oyster Cult then SPECTRES is surely their finest moment from the second,the AOR/FM radio friendly Cult that so divided... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by Mr Blackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A much underrated album
In my opinion this is a much under rated BOC album there are some excellent songs on this album particularly Godzilla, Nosferatu and The Golden Age Of Leather all stand out as some... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by G. Richards
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