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Blue Oyster Cult:Live 1976

Eric Bloom , Blue Öyster Cult    Unrated   DVD
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This is an example of how not to make a rock documentary. DVD companies ought to take note of its laziness and avoid all mistakes in future concert film releases. For starters, don't release a rock show with muddled sound that continually drops in and out, faded and grainy visual quality, and absolutely zero production value. To be fair, Blue Oyster Cult's dreadful performance doesn't help any. Though the packaging states that this is "vintage" BLC at their "peak," most fans know that by 1976, the progressive heavy-metal band was already five years past its prime. The 11 featured tunes show the band moving away from their raw, heavy origins and becoming a rock cliché. Bombastic jams such as "Buck's Boogie" and "Dominance and Submission" indulgently wander forever; lead vocalist Eric Bloom strikes macho poses and preaches about the legalization of drugs. The topper comes when a dopey laser show follows both drum and guitar solos--and the audience cheers louder for the lights. Even BOC's guitarist--and leader--Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser appears bored, and he's the one responsible for this stuff. He can't even muster the energy to pull off a memorable encore of BOC's only hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper," instead singing the lyrics like someone's got a gun to his head. If the disc is worth anything at all, it's as a definition of impotent, bloated '70s arena rock, and a clear demonstration of why punk needed to happen and what it fought against. Though this disc is obviously geared towards diehard Blue Oyster Cult fans, it's more of a shameful insult than a reward. –-Dave McCoy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll do til something better comes along..... Dec 23 2003
By EDF
Format:DVD
You've read the reviews. Bad picture, bad sound, bad performance. Not entirely true. I found the performance to be very good/typical and the picture pretty watchable. I sure wish the sound was better though!
I saw them during this tour, 3 shows in 2 weeks. That's why I love this dvd, because it allows me to relive a great 70's show. I do feel a little sorry for people who pay $60-$70 for this disc. I was lucky enough to get it for around $20. If you're a BOC fan and can get it fairly cheaply, go for it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Oyster Cult -- Live 1976 Feb. 14 2000
By Paul W Schattel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Frankly, I'm surprised so many people have dissed this disc. I'm glad I bought it before I read the reviews -- the sound quality is poor, sure, and the video could be better too, but remember, this was recorded in 1976! Before MTV, before the digital revolution, back when you actually had to be a good musician to have a career playing music. This is BOC in all their Don Kirshner's Rock Concert glory -- Eric preening in a leather jumpsuit, Albert going absolutely nuts during one of the great heavy metal tunes of all time, "Cities on Flame." And Buck is simply one of rock music's great guitarists -- he moves from beautiful melody to dissonant noise in a heartbeat, without a single cliche in the entire show. Contrary to Amazon.com's reviewer above, Buck is very alive and well here ... you just have to be paying attention! Plus, if BOC is five years past its prime here, as McCoy says, then their prime would have been roughly a year before their first album came out! Get real -- this is good, honest rock and roll, performed with skill and love for complex, intelligent music. I've never liked the typical heavy metal band, and I hate prog rock, but somehow BOC rises above all that, all the while staying charmingly within that same context -- drum and bass solos and all. Sure, "Don't Fear the Reaper" is a little hurried here, but this was before the song had acquired its full anthem status. It could be compared to Nirvana hurrying through "Teen Spirit," before the song had taken on its real meaning. On the down side, the song choices could be better -- I'd like "Last Days of May," personally, and Eric's rock star stage persona can get tiresome, but the disc is not nearly as bad as some people have said. Obviously these people have never heard the poor sound quality of bootlegs, where the performance is more important than 16-bit digital sound. Frankly, I'm glad to have this disc, and I hope more people buy it, so distributors will have an incentive to put out more -- hopefully better recorded -- material. BOC deserves a better reputation than they have received of late, and it's no coincidence that they are one of the few bands of this era still going. They are a classic rock band and this is a classic performance.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' DVD!!! Dec 11 2002
By Chet Szymanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I just purchased this dvd even though I read some bad reviews from others. As far as I'm concerned this DVD shows just the way the concerts were back in the day with the laser shows. Anyone who is a long time BOC fan or even new BOC fans would really enjoy this dvd. It is really a historical recording as you can no longer see the laser shows and it captures blue oyster cult just as the agents of fortune album came out with don't fear the reaper. The video and audio quality are fine. I almost didn't order it because of other reviews but am very glad that I did!!! Buy it and you won't be sorry if you're a real BOC fan!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad audio, poor visuals, but BOC classic to the core March 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Sure, this product isn't great. The sound pretty much sucks, and the video quality is awful. But where else are you gonna get the chance to see the infamous 5 guitar jam or Eric's wrist laser? I never had the chance to see the original line up, being basicaly too young (I wasn't even ten years old when this was recorded), but now I have and it just makes me wish even harder that I had had the chance to see the original BOC. The drum solo got tedious and the sound fades in and out, the visuals are overdone -- but to see the wrist laser finally, and to hear Joey's bass solo and that 5 guitar jam... it was worth it. Is this for a die-hard fan? Yes, it is. But doesn't just being a BOC fan after all these years and turmoil qualify one as being a die hard?
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Who Was At THIS CONCERT! July 5 2002
By K Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Back in 1976 I attended this show. It was a great show that brought alot of BOC Fans truly to their knees. The sound problems were a direct result of insufficent power because of the Lasers and feedback created by the Lasers. This was never intended to be a concert film. At the Capital Center as a service and years before Diamondvision, they would video the Acts and put them on the screen for all to see close up.
Why do you think Buck is looking up all the time? He was suprised to see himself bigger than life on the screens.
Anyway it is a very faithful archive of a concert, problems and all. The Band blew away so many acts in the 70's. I saw them over 10 times and this was a landmark show.
First, Joe Bouchard did an unheard of thing by doing a virtuoso solo which was near unheard of until him. Reaper was just out 2-3 months and the band had been vacant from touring for 8 months; which for BOC is near unheard of due to their constant touring.
I loved this band, Buck showed me how to really attack the guitar and Eric Bloom was the attitude.
Yea the DVD has flaws but it still is fun to watch and look back. Again thanks needs to go to the person that remembered this performance and found the tape!
Buy it if you are a real FAN!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile DVD Aug. 6 2002
By Rohan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have to admit that I too am amazed that people criticise this DVD. You're either a fan of the group or you're not. If you are, you should love it. The quality might not be perfect, but I found the video and sound are certainly good enough to enjoy the concert. As for this supposedly showing BOC "past their prime" ... ridiculous. They were at their peak in 1976, which is what makes this disc all the more valuable to have.
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