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Blue Öyster Cult is the debut studio album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was released on January 16, 1972 by Columbia Records and, despite positive reception, failed to chart in the United States until May 12, 1972, peaking at No. 172 on the Billboard 200.

Background

In 1969, Soft White Underbelly had a recording contract with Elektra Records, for which they recorded an LP's worth of material. Singer Les Braunstein departed from the band in early 1969, causing Elektra to shelf the album. He was replaced by then-roadie Eric Bloom, and the band's name was changed several times soon afterward, first to Oaxaca, then to the Stalk-Forrest Group. During this time, the band recorded another LP of material with Bloom, but only its single, "What is Quicksand?/Arthur Comics," saw a release until 2001's St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings, a remastered release of both Elektra sessions.

In 1971, bassist Andy Winters left the band and was replaced by Joe Bouchard, brother of the band's drummer, Albert. With this change, Sandy Pearlman settled on a permanent name: Blue Öyster Cult. Newly-renamed, they secured a record deal with Columbia Records, which would ultimately last until 1988's Imaginos.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, stun guitar, keyboards
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, vocals

Production

  • David Lucas – producer, engineer
  • Murray Krugman – associate producer
  • Sandy Pearlman – associate producer
  • Bill Robertson – engineer
  • Jay Lee – producer (tracks 11–14)
  • Bob Devere – producer (tracks 11–14)
  • Bill Gawlik – cover art

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
Side one
1 Transmaniacon MC Pearlman, A. Bouchard, Roeser, Bloom Bloom 3:21
2 I'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep Pearlman, A. Bouchard, Bloom Bloom 3:10
3 Then Came the Last Days of May Roeser Roeser 3:31
4 Stairway to the Stars Meltzer, A. Bouchard, Roeser Bloom 3:43
5 Before the Kiss, a Redcap Pearlman, Krugman, Lanier, Roeser Roeser 4:59
Side two
6 Screams J. Bouchard J. Bouchard 3:10
7 She's as Beautiful as a Foot Meltzer, A. Bouchard, Lanier Bloom 2:58
8 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll Pearlman, Roeser, A. Bouchard A. Bouchard 4:03
9 Workshop of the Telescopes Pearlman, Blue Öyster Cult Bloom 4:01
10 Redeemed A. Bouchard, Lanier, Harry Farcas, Pearlman Bloom 3:51
2001 reissue bonus tracks
11 Donovan's Monkey A. Bouchard, Meltzer Bloom 3:50
12 What is Quicksand? Lanier, Meltzer Bloom 3:40
13 A Fact About Sneakers A. Bouchard, Meltzer Bloom 2:50
14 Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes Bobby Freeman Bloom 2:34
Albums
Studio albums Blue Öyster CultTyranny and MutationSecret Treaties
Agents of FortuneSpectresMirrorsCultösaurus Erectus
Fire of Unknown OriginThe Revölution by NightClub NinjaImaginosCult ClassicHeaven Forbid
Curse of the Hidden MirrorThe Symbol Remains
Live albums On Your Feet or on Your KneesSome Enchanted EveningExtraterrestrial LiveA Long Day's Night
Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014
40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016
iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
Other albums Bad ChannelsSt. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings
The Columbia Albums Collectiön
(RaritiesRadios Appear: The Best of the BroadcastsHarvester of Lives)
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