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Secret Treaties Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005LNBM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Career Of Evil
  2. Subhuman
  3. Dominance And Submission
  4. ME 262
  5. Cagey Cretins
  6. Harvester Of Eyes
  7. Flaming Telepaths
  8. Astronomy
  9. Boorman The Chauffer
  10. Mommy
  11. Mes Dames Sarat
  12. Born To Be Wild (Single B-Side)
  13. Career Of Evil (Single Version)

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Format: Audio CD
Not many bands are attributed to releasing a classic album that stands the test of time, but BOC have done it here. From the opening Career of Evil through such gems as The Subhuman, Dominance & Submission, ME262, and Harvester of Eyes this album just oozes class. BOC could always come up with better song titles than most bands could entire songs. The musicianship is quite exceptional and Buck Dharma's guitar work is faultless throughout. He has to be one of the most underated performers in rock and it's a mystery he never gets the credit and praise he so justly deserves. The icing on the cake has to be the final two tracks, Flaming Telepaths which picks up speed like a downhill runaway train before crashing to a halt for Astronomy, which has to be BOC's finest six and a half minutes ever. It's testament to this album that many of the songs appear in BOC's live set to this day. The bonus tracks though are pretty much non-essential, although Boorman the Chauffeur is probally the most interesting. So forget nu-metal, buy this. You won't be dissapointed.
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`I choose to steal what you choose to show...and you know.. I will not apologise'. You immediately know that you are leaving the world of Led Zep and Deep Purple way behind. Each song is a tyrannical little missive from BOC who thwart your every expectation. There are no wanton luurve songs in this dojo. `In Times Square now people do the polka..' - Dominance & Submission - I hope you know what these lyrics mean because I don't.
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This is a decent album but it is not that easy to get into. As this album is hailed as many as BOC finest work I am not going to argue, but for me it is just not my vibe. Not disappointed but not enthralled
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This is Rock culture , outstanding music, arranging , lyrics., musicians
what more do we need . It`s impossible to improve on this piece
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dcc527c) out of 5 stars 124 reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e1e9c60) out of 5 stars Excellent Re-master 22 Aug. 2001
By JOHN SPOKUS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No bones about it, I think this is one of the greatest rock albums of all time. I've owned it on 8 track, vinyl, the original CD issue, a French (inferioir avoid at all cost) remaster, and now this new version with bonus tracks. Sound quality is great, there may have even been some re-mixing involved because the bass and piano as well as some underlying rhythm guitar seems way more pronounced than on any other version I've heard; but the right EQ could have brought some of this to the surface as well. As for the bonus tracks : I anxiously awaited this release to hear what lost relics came from these sessions. They are interesting, but it was wise to leave them off the original running order of the album. They would have damaged the flow, and believe me this is one of the finest paced albums ever. If you are expecting chestnuts as cool as The Stalk Forrest Group CD put out by Rhino Handmade, you'll be sorely dissappointed. These songs didn't make the final cut of a classic album for good reason. The single version of "Career Of Evil" has a totally different vocal, with a few controversial lines changed for radio airplay, not that it was ever going to get any. The B-side studio version of "Born To Be Wild" is an interesting take on a classic, but I much prefer the live version on On Your Feat Or On Your Knees.
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HASH(0x8e1e9cb4) out of 5 stars Crypto-fascism never sounded so good 28 July 2001
By Adrian Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Subhumans, harvesters of eyes and cagey cretins, unite! On their third voyage through the soft white underbelly of human depravity, BOC splits the difference between the math-rock mayhem of "Tyranny and Mutation" and the Byrds-of-prey pop breakthrough of "Agents of Fortune," and elevated heavy metal to an artform that's far more sleek and sinister than anything Black Sabbath dared dream. While the lyrics often sound like they were encrypted first, rubic carabs swimming with blue-eyed horseshoes while Susy and her blindfolded brother dig the locomotion in Times Square on New Year's Eve in 1963, there's no missing the Chuck Berry goosestep boogie of "ME 262," a hymn to the Luftwaffe's fighter jet that also graces the cover, the whipcrack riffrot of "Dominance & Submission," the interstellar grandeur of "Astronomy" (lovingly covered by Metallica, who wouldn't exist without this record) and especially the synthesonic apocalypso of "Flaming Telepaths," where barrelhouse piano duels with Buck Dharma's dizbusting guitar licks in a blown-hemi sprint to see who can peak from the rush faster and louder while Eric Bloom solemnly informs the listener that "the joke's on you." And just to be sure you know they know you know the secrets of the circuitry mind, the reissue includes Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" as the inevitable benediction. All hail the progenitorturers of the superfluous umlat!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8bd108) out of 5 stars No Secret - This Is A Great Album! 26 July 2001
By Dave_42 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite of the remastered reissues of the first four Blue Öyster Cult albums which Sony put out on the Columbia/Legacy label. As with the other reissues there are lyrics, photos, and liner notes by Lenny Kaye. In addition, on this release there are five bonus tracks, three of which were previously unreleased. "Secret Treaties" was recorded in 1974 and released in April of that year. As with their first two albums, it was produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman. This remastered CD was released on June 26th of 2001. Bruce Dickinson produced the remastered versions. The album was originally planned to be titled "Power in the Hands of Fools".

For my money "Secret Treaties" is the best of their first three albums (often referred to as their "black-and-white" period). From the opening of "Career of Evil" (their second collaboration with Patti Smith) to the sounds of the wind dying away at the end of "Astronomy" the listener is entranced. Two of the songs on this album ("Astronomy" and "Subhuman") would reappear in different form more than a dozen years later on their "Imaginos" album. The song titles from this album read like a list of concert favorites for BÖC fans with songs like "Dominance and Submission", "ME 262", "Harvester of Eyes", and "Flaming Telepaths" joining those I already mentioned as songs often heard during their live shows. The remaining piece from the original release is the off-beat "Cagey Cretins", which falls short of the rest of the album but doesn't distract too much from the rest.

This remastered CD has five bonus tracks. The first three pieces ("Boorman the Chauffer", "Mommy", and "Mes Dames Sarat") are outtakes from the studio sessions for the album and none of them have been released before. As one might suspect, outtakes from an album this good are definitely worth a listen. The next is a studio version of "Born to Be Wild" which was the B-side for the live "Born to Be Wild" single from their first live album "On Your Feet or On Your Knees". The last bonus track is the single version of "Career of Evil", which has more "radio-friendly" lyrics.

The group consists of Eric Bloom (lead vocals, stun guitar, keyboards), Albert Bouchard (drums, vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitar, all synthesizers), and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitar, vocals). The original album is five stars, and the added features of this release do not detract from the original, but instead enhance the experience.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8bd4d4) out of 5 stars Remasters are a rip off: why buy "Secret Treaties?" 17 Nov. 2001
By Clint Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first listened to Blue Oyster Cult when they were already passing from popularity. I was young and had trouble getting past what I thought were corny keyboards and a distinctively murky 70's sound. But I kept listening until the music grew on me. Their sinister lyrics are partly-congealed ideas in the form of a big riddle that is not meant to be solved, but to be turned over and over again.
"Secret Treaties": The music is dark, filled with bass and distorted guitar. The lyrics are some of the finest in true Blue Oyster Cult fashion.
Be sure to buy the re-mastered version of "Secret Treaties." The first release had numerous technical defects, including the sound of the master tape warbling during the guitar solo in "Harvester of Eyes!" ACK! Three (of the FIVE!) bonus tracks are absolutely as good as the songs that made it to the final cut on the original. If you've got the first release, but don't think you need the remaster, you should reconsider. Your stereo and your imagination will thank you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8bd5b8) out of 5 stars Dark Hard Rockin Abbey Road 15 Dec. 2006
By K. World - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the pinnacle of BOC's career as well as being one of rock music's greatest achievements. The remastering is spectacular, lending this recording great depth and texture. What's really killer is when Dharma, Bloom and Lanier line up the guitars and play triple leads left, center and right, creating a layered effect, pushing the framework of modern rock music to boundries its never been to, since. If that's not enough, you've got the tightest rhythm section ever recorded...and keyboards! Secret Treaties is one of the most creative and entertaining progressive rock recording, easily comparable to Ziggy Stardust, Who's Next, Machine Head, etc. Treaties starts strong, and never lets up, songs flowing seamlessly into each other, creating a unified suite of songs, the last time BOC produced such an "Album Oriented Rock" record, abandonning this approach for uneven albums, and steller singles the rest of their career. Sensing the inevitable ending during the resonating piano of "Flamming Telepaths" and "Astronomy", I hoped this experience would last another 40 minutes. Instead, when done, I immediately played the cd again...with headphone. Needless to say, this is on my heavy rotation...as well as their debut and Tyranny and Mutation.
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