BLUE OYSTER CULT The Singles Collection (2005)
Now this was almost a very good idea. It would have been nice to have a
chronological collection of the Cult As and Bs, with some nice sleeve
illustrations and a detailed discography.
What you get is a hodge podge of (predominately) American A sides with
some European and Japanese A sides thrown in to boost up the track
quotient, along with dull, by the numbers, sleeve notes from Malcolm
However, the music is flawless in places, and it’s nice to hear some
tracks that I rarely play on their original albums – “Then Came The Last
Days Of May” always surprises me every time I hear it, and it really
needs to be moved closer to the front of the BOC collection. “Moon
Crazy” from “Mirrors” is another delightful track, especially shorn from
its sub par album as is “Fallen Angel”.
Elsewhere it’s classic BOC – “Godzilla”, “Cities on Flame with Rock N
Roll”, “Flaming Telepaths”, (Don’t Fear) the Reaper”, the divine
”Burnin’ For You” and “Astronomy”. Of course, there is some rubbish in
there – “Goin’ Through The Motions” – although the Bonnie Tyler version
was great! – and the covers of “Born To Be Wild” and “We Gotta Get Out
Of This Place” are inconsequential.
I’m not sure who this is aimed at, as there’s plenty of cheap BOC
compilations about, and the collectors will bemoan the packaging and
content, but it is an excellent reminder of what a great band Blue
Oyster Cult are.
4 stars for the music, 2 for the concept.
Review by Stuart Hamilton