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Fire of Unknown Origin [Import]

Blue Öyster Cult Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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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4.0 out of 5 stars "Burning For You".... Feb. 25 2012
By Breadmanwalking TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this version due to pricing. The option has a higher
price tag. To my dismay there is no clear info about the other
pressing. Only the word "import". That says nothing at all....
This copy is the first imprint. Nothing dynamic about this. There
may be better sound on the version in the expensive box set recently
released. One would hope, the powers that be, could release remasters
in the single disc format if they have them done. A serious no-brainer....
This album has some fantastic cover art! What a poster it would make....
If you love BOC on a budget...this CD is for you....go ahead, add to cart!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song for the Original Lineup March 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Fire of Unknown Origin' is quite possibly Blue Oyster Cult's finest album. Past albums had flirted with the band's eclectic mix of progressive hard rock, campy lyrics and unusual song structures, but 'Fires' really is the culmination of all that hard work. Released in 1981, the album contains everything you'd expect from a rock album of that particular time period. As such, it suffers from sounding fixed in time to that particular year when synthesizers had begun creeping into mainstream music genres. Only a fool would pass it by based on such a trivial thing, though. This is the sort of rock album that should be mandatory listening for future musicians and music lovers.

The title track opens the album with a steady drum beat reminiscent of 'Billie Jean' with some dreamy keyboards and a catchy guitar riff to boot. Boasting a few odd time signatures, it sets the stage for the rambunctious tone of the album, driven hard by Eric Bloom's stellar vocal delivery. 'Burnin' For You' is a straight up classic rock anthem that harkens back to 'Reaper' days without sourcing out the same mold. Donald Roeser takes over lead vocal duties for the track, while the band assists him in leaping back and forth between psychedelic bliss and full-on rhythm guitar grit in equal measure. No wonder it was such a hit! 'Veteran of the Psychic Wars' relies heavily on synthesizer effects to deliver the slow chugging, thought-provoking sound and start/stop time signatures. 'Sole Survivor' and 'Heavy Metal: Black and Silver' test different grounds; the former a darkly haunting descent into mystery and the latter a sci-fi romp through sonic exercise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can't Review cuz we never got it July 20 2011
By xendrix
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this Blue Oyster Cult CD from Amazon on April 22, 2011 for my son's 20th birthday.
It is now July 20, 2011...and still nothing. We ordered 2 CD's from Amazon, have not received either.

Happy Birthday Zach......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from an underrated band June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many people think BOC wrote a "few" good songs and then they disappeared. This could not be farther from the truth. They are one of the best songwriting bands right up there with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Thin Lizzy. This album contains several classics such as Vengeance, Fire Of Unkown Origin, Burning For You, Veteran of the Psychic Wars, and Joan Crawford. Heavy Metal (Black and Silver) is heavy pounder that will satisfy any metal cravings. BOC is a very talented and versatile band. Their lyrics and sense of humor are quite unique. Cultosaurus Erectus
and Spectres are two other fine albums that I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By Using Their Strengths, BOC Got Their 2nd Biggest Hit
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... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Bud Sturguess
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, that's right, 5 out of 5 Stars!
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". Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Darren Robbins
4.0 out of 5 stars No Mystery Of The Origin Here
I have been a BOC Fan since day one..If you are new to BOC and are looking to read a review about this particular album, then I can tell you it is very good.. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Big Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best.
If you approach Blue Oyster Cult in any one of the three ways they have been typically treated over the last thirty years, 'Fire ... Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Johnny S Geddes
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Cult
This is probably the best post '70s BOC album and it still features the god-like guitar work of Buck Dharma, only now mixed in with more 80's synth. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Vilbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid production
This is album is really pleasant to listen, first-class hard rock music. Maybe that's why older BOC fans despise it somehow. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2003 by Kael
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! (not to sound like Tony Tiger)
If you even pretend to like rock and have diverse tastes, don't be without this album.
Ok, take your irony hat off and put it in the closet. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by S. Aiken
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid if slightly uninspired
One of BOCs more commercial albums, this spotty effort features some true high points and a few low ones too. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by RMurray847
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