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Fire of Unknown Origin Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0012GMVFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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Considered to be the some of their finest work since Agents of Fortune , this flight of dark fantasy, which includes the Top 40 hit, Burnin' for You , will satisfy the souls of Cult fans everywhere!

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I love this album a lot, and consider it to be an almost perfect representative of all that was worthwile in early-80s AOR. This was a time when the biggest arena act was Journey followed closely by synth-laden "Subdivisions"-era Rush. It is no suprise, then, that this album has a certain slickness in the production, combined with a smattering of the calculation and cynicism that had come to dominate the artists of the era (think "Spinal Tap"). Gone are the experimental composition and oddball arrangements of the uncommercial masterpiece Cultosaurus Erectus (not to mention a few umlauts, of course), replaced by pop hooks so catchy that the primary single is still getting airplay ("Burnin' For You"). This band is so uncanny that even a deliberate quest for mainstream appeal produced enduring art.
Beneath a treacly sea of early-80s synth (courtesty of Allen Lanier) resides a lyrical landscape that is both phantasmagorical and campy, often concurrently ("Joan Crawford"). Here Eric Bloom is at his lyrical apex -- "Sole Survivor" for instance links seemingly disparate cliches (post-Apocalyptic collapse and alien abduction) with a sensibility so unusual that the song works as both campy parody and haunting ode. Even more notable is the culmination of Bloom's Moorcock fascination in "Veteran of the Psychic Wars," one of the best BOC songs ever written.
Buck Dharma continues to work his guitar magic, holding the album together with equal parts flash and rhythm. The emphasis is composition rather than total guitar domination, and Buck adds just the right touches to any number of tracks -- including some audience-saavy winks of uber-distortion on "Heavy Metal: The Black and the Silver", before letting it flow on the low key yet intensely paranoid "Don't Turn Your Back.
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B.O.C is a Hard Rock band ( I don't like calling these guys heavy metal as they simply play songs that don't fit that mold ) that I lost track of after the second LP way back and so now I am playing catch up and every now and then I hit pay dirt. FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN is such pay dirt. OH LORD! This disc Rocks it from the First Bar to the last Riff this CD simply blew my mind. I listened to it on the Computer last night and I was left with my jaw dropped and simply looking at the cover...If I have any criticism at all it is not with the music it is with the packaging they put this gem in a skinny little paper wrap with printing so small i needed my magnifying glass to read the tracks ...SAD. Once I put this in my library it will get lost right away it is so thin. A Curse on the Accountant who thought up the idea of marketing CD's in this manner. In order to save this great disc from getting totally lost I would have to totally destroy it and I cannot in all good conscience do that so I am stuck. Anyway that was my vent to sum up BUY THIS CD IT IS THE HOTTEST THING THIS WEEK...
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Blue Oyster Cult's two previous studio albums had been quite different from one another; "Mirrors" was a mostly light metal collection of pop attempts and the following "Cultosaurus Erectus" had been just the opposite, an almost stripped-down crunching guitar-dominated record. This may be why 1981's "Fire of Unknown Origin" received such a warm welcome; it sounded as gutsy and confident as their mid-70s breakthroughs, but was all the while accessible and easily enjoyable.
The success of "Agents of Fortune" been seemingly accidental; it certainly wasn't what you'd call mainstream for 1976, but it was BOC's unlikely commercial breakthrough. Its follow-up, "Spectres" saw the band trying to find another runaway hit single like they had with 'Don't Fear the Reaper,' yet still keeping their heavy metal poison in tact (the next year they would tone down the metal side). "Fire of Unknown Origin" sounds like a mix of those two albums. It has all of the blazing, dark, cryptic musical imagery of "Agents of Fortune" and their earlier works, yet there is still a catchiness to a lot of the music, making it an album fans will want to play again and again. Old friends such as Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Patti Smith made cameo appearances, but their contributions were mostly limited to being lyrical, as this album catches the band out-showing the outsiders.
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While I had never been a really big fan of the band, I was quite taken with BOC's contribution to the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack, "Veteran of The Psychic Wars". To me, it had an huantingly cinematic arrangement - sci-fi lyrics, walls of pounding tom-tom's, and a perfect mix of synths and guitars. "Who on earth is this?", I thought to myself.
Well, finding my answer, I then sought out the studio album that featured "Veterans...", hoping for more of the same. Luckily, I got it and classic tracks such as "Burnin' For You" and "Joan Crawford", as well as their original contribution to the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack (the song "Heavy Metal..."). Apparanently having two songs on the soundtrack called "Heavy Metal" was enough and BOC's song was kicked to the curb.
Regardless, it is included here and is a stand-out track. Fans of the band and newcomers alike will find a lot to like here, especially if you're seeking a true representation of the band firing on all cylinders.
A must-have.
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