Blue Öyster Cult ‎– Cult Classic

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Rerecordings of classic BÖC songs, first issued in 1994.

This recording has been reissued with a different title & artwork.

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SPV 084-96362 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic(CD, Album) SPV Recordings SPV 084-96362 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
HER 008 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic(CD, Album) Herald (3) HER 008 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDFRL003 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic(CD, Album) Fragile Records Ltd. CDFRL003 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
HER 008 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic(CD, Album) Herald (3) HER 008 US 1994 Sell This Version
96364 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic(Cass, Album) SPV Recordings 96364 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
CR 864802 Blue Oyster Cult* Champions Of Rock - Blue Oyster Cult(CD, Album, RE) Disky CR 864802 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
MRCD232 Blue Öyster Cult E.T.I. Revisited(CD, Album, RE) Munster Records MRCD232 Spain 2002 Sell This Version
MR 232 Blue Öyster Cult E.T.I. Revisited(LP, Album, RE) Munster Records MR 232 Spain 2002 Sell This Version

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music_emporium

June 18, 2016
referencing Cult Classic, CD, Album, SPV 084-96362
You know you like a band when you plan months in advance to get an album of them covering their own songs they wrote over a decade beforehand without your having to be tricked into it. Yes, I've got this one.

Cult Classic provides a studio update on the band, with the versions of songs contained here more-or-less being how they were performing them live in 1994 and, in many cases, how they'd been performing the songs live since a few months into originally touring them. It also serves the purpose of giving the Secret Treaties tracks contained a thicker, heavier sound in contrast with the intriguing-but-thin garage psych production they'd gotten on their first three albums. This succeeds to an extent, though overall the production is hit-and-miss.

What's more, it features Chuck Burgi. He's not as creative as Albert was (who is?), but he's a helluva drummer and knows his way around a kick pedal... always a good thing in this business.

"M.E. 262" is one of the most successful re-recordings here, particularly in highlighting the killer guitar work of the tune. "Flaming Telepaths" is probably the most successful overall, both providing a look at how the song is performed live and putting a lot more emphasis on its heavier aspects than the original recording did with a beefier production job.

"Astronomy" hits and misses pretty hard in ways. This version is probably the most imaginative rendition on the album, adding in a few small details. It absolutely benefits from the depth of the production, but at the same time they missed an opportunity by giving the rhythm guitar parts a pretty low mix, here. They're actually less punchy than the original, I think.

"Cities on Flame" is just alright. They had to have a studio version with Eric on lead vocals, so here it is. Save for the better guitar solo here, I think I prefer the ETL version. This tries to reproduce the '72 original's sound, but without Albert's roguish wailing it lacks the raw sludge-psych vibe of the original.

"Harvester of Eyes" adds punch to the general sound, but at the same time has such a distinct '90s sleaze rock-and-alt. metal polish to it that it loses the sinister vibe of the main riff and starts sounding a little like a Living Colour song. But whatever. It's definitely a good rendition, so I'm not complaining. And "Buck's Boogie" is pretty great, too.

Overall, it is what it is. I like it, and I wouldn't really say much bad about it as it'd be hard to find an example of a band updating already great material and doing better than this after this much time. A job well done.
Reformstau

Reformstau

November 8, 2009
referencing Cult Classic, CD, Album, SPV 084-96362
Please look at the booklet and add the artists involved in this record! Thanks in advance and friendly greetings!