Fire of Unknown Origin Import
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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I bought this version due to pricing. The option has a higher
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'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... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2011 by Derek Draven
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. Read more
Many people think BOC wrote a "few" good songs and then they disappeared. This could not be farther from the truth. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Christopher Fryer
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 morePublished on April 18 2004 by Big Kev
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Johnny S Geddes
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 morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by Vilbs