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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song for the Original Lineup March 29 2004
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, that's right, 5 out of 5 Stars! April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars No Mystery Of The Origin Here April 18 2004
By Big Kev
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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..not their best not their worst..I would like to more-so write here about the band..BOC is and has always been best appreciated as a LIVE band..Most of their studio work is very good. They have had a few "Rather Forgets" than yhey would like to admit..but Other than Led Zeppelin and a relative few others, what bands with the same amount of album releases haven't had a few bad apples fall from their trees.. BOC is a thinking mans band..esoterical lyrics and comical hidden traesures are often found when you really listen close. Donald Roeser(Buck Dharma) is one of the best guitarists from any era of rock and man as all of us BOC fans know..he is way too under rated.. If you are looking for the status quo or avante guard of rock look elsewhere..If you like solid imagination, ripping guitars and layered efficionic musicianship with thought and superb melodic structure, Then BOC will never disappoint.Joan Crawford, Nosferatu, Then Came The Last Days Of May, Astronomy, Black Blade, and way too many other songs to mention have set BOC on a high pedastal in my rock catalog..even if they do falter every now and then.. I do regard BOC as one of the top three bands in the history of rock..1. Led Zep, 2. Pink Floyd, 3. BOC ok my opinion..a lot of their songs are truly masterpieces of layerd melodic bliss that can best be appreciated lying back and drifting away in a dark room with a really good set of headphones cranked as loud as you can handle... I took their entire catalog recently and from it created a BEST OF of my own ending up with over four hours of material. Not all of their stuff is heavy and hard.. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Burning For You"....
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". Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2012 by Breadmanwalking
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fire may be unknown, but the passion is incredible
'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 more
Published on Aug. 15 2011 by Derek Draven
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't Review cuz we never got it
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
Published on July 20 2011 by xendrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from an underrated band
Many people think BOC wrote a "few" good songs and then they disappeared. This could not be farther from the truth. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Christopher Fryer
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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