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Rarities is a compilation album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was released on October 30, 2012 by Columbia Records as part of The Columbia Albums Collectiön. It contains several demos,material from their days as the Stalk-Forrest Group, and previously-unreleased live performances.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

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

Additional performances

  • "The Amazing" Sam Judd – band introductions
  • Stephen King – vocals ("Stephen King Spoken Intro")

Production

  • Murray Krugman – producer (tracks 1–5, 12)
  • Sandy Pearlman – producer (tracks 1–5, 12)
  • Steve Schenck – producer (tracks 6–10)
  • George Geranios – producer (tracks 11, 13–15, 18)
  • Bob Devere – producer (tracks 16–17)
  • Jay Lee – producer (tracks 16–17)

Track listing

  • + – Title as it appears on the album
  • - – Cover song
# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1 Stairway to the Stars (live) A. Bouchard, Roeser, Meltzer Bloom 4:13
2 The Red & the Black (live)+ A. Bouchard, Pearlman, Bloom Bloom 4:36
3 Buck's Boogie (live) A. Bouchard, Roeser Instrumental 5:19
4 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll (live) A. Bouchard, Pearlman, Roeser A. Bouchard 4:04
5 Workshop of the Telescopes (live) Bloom, Roeser, A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard, Lanier, Pearlman Bloom 3:40
6 Dr. Music (live) Meltzer, J. Bouchard, Roeser Bloom 4:09
7 The Vigil (live) Roeser, Sandy Roeser Roeser 7:20
8 The Great Sun Jester (live) Michael Moorcock, John Trivers, Bloom Bloom 5:49
9 In Thee (live) Lanier Roeser 3:52
10 Mirrors (live) Roeser, Bruce Abbott Roeser 4:48
11 Steppin' Razor (demo) Joe Higgs Bloom 2:54
12 Godzilla (live, mono version) Roeser Bloom 3:42
13 Double Talk J. Bouchard J. Bouchard 3:48
14 Rebel Roeser, Bloom Bloom 3:54
15 Summa Cum Laude Roeser Roeser 4:21
16 I'm on the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep+ Bloom, A. Bouchard, Pearlman Bloom 3:22
17 John L. Sullivan A. Bouchard, Meltzer Bloom 1:37
18 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (live)- John Lennon, Paul McCartney Bloom 5:29
19 Stephen King Spoken Intro Pearlman Stephen King 1:04

Track information

  • Track 1 recorded May 17, 1975 at Commack, Long Island, NY
  • Tracks 2–5 recorded April 3, 1972 at Rochester, NY, originally released on promo-only The Blue Öyster Cult Bootleg EP.
  • Tracks 6–10 recorded August 22, 1979 at Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, CA
  • Track 7 originally released on Setlist: The Very Best of Blue Öyster Cult Live
  • Tracks 13–15 intended for soundtrack to 1984's Teachers, but were cut
  • Tracks 16–17 recorded in 1969 by Soft White Underbelly
  • Track 17 originally released on BÖC catalog promo-only sampler CD
  • Track 18 recorded December 28, 1980 at Dothan, AL
  • Track 19 recorded in 1988 for "Astronomy" intro during the Imaginos sessions
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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