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Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was released in November, 1977 by Columbia Records. It peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 200, and held the spot for two weeks. The album was certified Gold by RIAA in 1978.

Spectres saw the release of "Godzilla," a staple of Blue Öyster Cult live performances.


Blue Öyster Cult

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

Additional musicians

  • Newark Boys Choir – vocals ("Golden Age of Leather")


  • Murray Krugman – producer
  • Sandy Pearlman – producer
  • David Lucas – producer
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer, mixing
  • John Jansen – engineer
  • Corky Stasiak – engineer
  • Thom Panunzio – engineer
  • Andy Abrams – engineer
  • Gray Russell – assistant engineer
  • Dave Thoener – assistant engineer
  • Jay Krugman – assistant engineer
  • Rod O’Brien – assistant engineer
  • Sam Ginsberg – assistant engineer
  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Roni Hoffman – cover design
  • Eric Meola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects
  • Dave Swope – mixing (tracks 11–13)
  • Special thanks to Rick Downey, George Geranios, Ronald Binder, Eric Gardner, and John Trivers

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
Side one
1 Godzilla Roeser Roeser, Bloom 3:41
2 Golden Age of Leather Roeser, Bruce Abbott Roeser 3:53
3 Death Valley Nights Meltzer, Bouchard A. Bouchard 4:07
4 Searchin' for Celine Lanier Bloom 3:35
5 Fireworks A. Bouchard A. Bouchard 3:14
Side two
6 R. U. Ready 2 Rock Pearlman, A. Bouchard Bloom 3:45
7 Celestial the Queen Helen Robbins, J. Bouchard J. Bouchard 3:24
8 Goin' Through the Motions Bloom, Ian Hunter Bloom 3:12
9 I Love the Night Roeser Roeser 4:23
10 Nosferatu Helen Robbins, J. Bouchard J. Bouchard 5:23
2007 reissue bonus tracks
11 Night Flyer J. Bouchard, Krugman Roeser 3:48
12 Dial M for Murder Roeser Bloom 3:11
13 Please Hold Lanier Lanier 2:47
14 Be My Baby Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector Bloom 3:01
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)