- Audio CD (4 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 17
- Format: Box set
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B008S80OU2
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Columbia Albums Collection Box set
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Originally formed in Long Island as Soft White Underbelly in 1967, Blue Oyster Cult combined adventurous lyrical themes with an aggressive instrumental sound. With passion and intelligence on display in equal measure, Blue Oyster Cult became the thinking fan’s rock band and a sign of life in a sea of soft-pop. Anthems like “Godzilla,” “Harvester of Eyes” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper” stretched the boundaries of rock topics while lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser became a hero to legions of budding axe-wielders. The band’s mystique extended to their album artwork, resulting in some of the most distinctive and iconic LP covers of the rock era.
Blue Oyster Cult - The Columbia Albums Collection gathers the essential pieces of the Blue Oyster Cult story into one totality. It includes two bonus discs: Rarities and Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts (a special collection of classic live performances); newly mastered versions of On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, Fire of Unknown Origin, The Revölution by Night, Mirrors, Cultösaurus Erectus, Extraterrestrial Live, Club Ninja and Imaginos; a download card for four live concert broadcasts; liner notes by acclaimed guitarist/writer Lenny Kaye.
Top Customer Reviews
I know from experience that BOC divide the world of rock fandom down the middle - about half of the people I have lent stuff to have raved about their work & the other half have shook their heads muttering "I just don't get it!" - I don't know how any "rock inclined" person can listen to Secret Treaties, Spectres, Some Enchanted Evening or later gems such as Fire of Unknown Origin & not be impressed but that's the reality - I think in very broad terms there are two types of classic rock act - one being the Rolling Stones / Who / Led Zep / Thin Lizzy / AC/DC type of down to earth rockers & the other being the creative, ornate, melodic acts such as Rush, Wishbone Ash, Hawkwind, Yes, Magnum, Doors & of course Pink Floyd - I think despite their old hard rocking (Chuck Berry fuelled) jamming days in Long Island that BOC fall mostly into the second group for studio recordings & the influence of the Grateful Dead & The Doors proved stronger - Sandy Pearlman wanted a cynical, twisted, hard rock version of The Beach Boys (Note: "We ain't gonna play no surf music" from The Marshall Plan!) & that's what I hear in a lot of their material (layered, melodic, crafted etc) - live recordings i.e. Hot Rails, Kick Out The Jams, Wings of Mercury etc can veer more towards the hard rocking category.Read more ›
Value For Money: At just under £70.00 this is not cheap but it is quite simply the most value for money I've seen in this sort of set.
You get 16 discs in the box, a DVD & what equates to 5 disc's worth of downloads
All the discs up to Some Enchanted Evening are the expanded remasters (hell, Some Enchanted Evening is double the length of the original LP)
All the discs come in well made facsimiles of the original LP covers, including gatefolds where appropriate.
This causes a little confusion as the covers don't mention the bonus tracks.
Fortunately there is an excellent booklet with the full details of all the discs included which also shows pictures of the original inner sleeves in it
So any criticisms?
Just one tiny one; the outer box it all comes in is a little on the flimsy side
And that's the only negative I can find
Columbia certainly weren't going through the motions (see what I did there?)
Highly, Highly recommended
BLUE OYSTER CULT LIVE
1 Intro/Dr. Music (KSAN Broadcast)
2 Lips In The Hills (KSAN Broadcast)
3 Unknown Tongue (KSAN Broadcast)
4 Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll (KSAN Broadcast)
5 The Marshall Plan (KSAN Broadcast)
6 Divine Wind (KSAN Broadcast)
7Then Came The Last Days Of May (KSAN Broadcast)
8 It's Not Easy (KSAN Broadcast)
9 ME 262 (KSAN Broadcast)
10 Black Blade (KSAN Broadcast)
11 Godzilla (KSAN Broadcast)
12 The Five Guitars (Golden Age Version) (KSAN Broadcast)
13 Born To Be Wild (KSAN Broadcast)
14 Arthur Comics (KSAN Broadcast)
15 Roadhouse Blues (KSAN Broadcast)
16 Don't Fear The Reaper (KSAN Broadcast)
17 Dr.Read more ›
Note that you have only one shot to download the 4 live concerts so beware if you are buying this second hand.
A must have in any collection and one of the very best complete box sets ever. Yes some of the later albums are sub par, but as a total package this is unbeatable value for money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was ordered as a Christmas present and the recipient is over the moon.Published 21 months ago by Kilgetty
Great collection from Columbia, all the material from BOC,s successful career including the great live album " On your feet " and the remastered Imaginos , and if you... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gary .S
Great price. Not much new, but a great chance to own the best from one of the best.Published 21 months ago by SteveShark
I had this set on my 'Wish List' for months, and when it finally came down to £30, I just had to have it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Og Oggilby
A fantastic set comprising all the Columbia albums plus more and downloads too. Loving "Fire of Unknown Origin" remaster. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PalominBeaut