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The Revolution by Night [Import]

Blue Öyster Cult Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album, not so classic repackaging Oct. 29 2013
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A fine album from BOC, featuring a few standout tunes. From the stinging guitars of "Take Me Away", to the smooth, synthesizer-washed moodiness of "Shooting Shark", the album is a good listen. Yes, there are inconsistent moments, like the syrupy "Light Years of Love", and some songs that sound like formulaic BOC of old ("Shadow of California"), but overall this is a good set. "Feel the Thunder" is gothic biker fare reminiscent of "The Golden Age of Leather" from the "Spectres" album. "Let Go", maligned by some for being a self-referential party chant, is really more about a band that has never taken itself seriously dealing up a rock-n-roll romp for its fans.

This release sounds good, with excellent audio detail that reveals all the quirks of the very 1980's production - those digital reverb tails, and big snare sounds in particular. The band, however, is in fine form here, with lots of tasty guitar work from Buck Dharma, and strong vocals from Eric Bloom in particular.

If there's one thing to dislike here, it's the thin re-packaging job - the disc has a generic Sony logo on it, and the accompanying booklet is little more than the cover art. Overall, while it sounds fine, it feels like a press-on-demand discount offering - which is, I suppose, what it is.

Nevertheless, fans of the band will enjoy this album, and for newcomers it wouldn't be the worst place to start, although more universally-loved albums such as "Fire of Unknown Origin" or "Agents of Fortune" might be better first choices.
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This was the most vomited on of B.O.C.'s albums and unfairly so. 'The Michael Moorcock link ain't here!', they cried,as they did: 'Why was 'Fire ...' so much better?' and 'What's with side B (old money terms here, people)'?!).
In short, 'Revolution ...' was doomed before it had even been released. Coming just after the embers of the mercurial furor of 'Extraterrestrial Live', it had to deliver to a fan-base then-recently inebriated on B.O.C.'s back-catalog excesses. Only something one better than 'Fire of Unknown Origin' could have really taken the intoxicated honeymoon one notch higher.
It never happened and those who expected it were to be justly disappointed when this hit the racks in October '83. But, to focus on what actually is on this album, there is a great deal to be thankful for. Yes, the Aldo Nova connection is there but why is that so bad? There are many very strong tracks present. 'Take Me Away' is a complex-chord arrangement that ushers in a new age of Oysterdom. In the hard rock department there's much to celebrate in nostalgic biker piece 'Feel the Thunder', 'Shadow of California' and 'Veins'. For the romantics, we have the radio-lifted 'Shooting Shark' and 'Eyes On Fire'.
What put this album in crutches was the quality of its last third. Something may have gone wrong in songwriting or at the production level; whatever happened, the final three tracks collapsed and shamed their albumic predecessors, lowering the average and deflecting new fans (metal, unlike pop, has always been AOR so the album is more sacred than the 45).
It would be another thousand days before the group made a comeback. They put up a good fight here but it was truly an album of extremes. What rocked rocked and what bombed bombed. Unlike B.O.C.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Overlooked Rock Album of All Time June 26 2004
By Ji
Format:Audio CD
When people think of Blue Oyster Cult, its usually 'Don't Fear the Reaper' or 'Godzilla'. If there was an album in their prolific career that all of their works should be compared to, its 'The Revolution By Night'. The musicianship throughout this album is nothing short of spectacular. 'Take Me Away' and 'Shooting Shark' both enjoyed some airplay, but faded quickly. Too often, people mistakenly criticize the style variation on this album for lack of focus. Each song is well thought out and well produced. The only fault that could be found is in the trite lyrics. If you are looking for lyrical epiphanies, this ain't your album. If you want a high energy, melodic kick-ass (save for two ballads) album, it will be the best 10 bucks you've spent in a loooong time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A few great songs, but too uneven April 22 2003
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An uneven effort from BOC.
TAKE ME AWAY details the narrator's yearning to be taken away by aliens. Sounds silly when I write it down, but the song truly rocks. It starts the album off on a great note.
EYES OF FIRE is another driving song, but a bit generic.
SHOOTING SHARK is the high point. It isn't a driving, hard rocker, but a moody piece with great guitar and vocal work from Donald Roeser (Buck Dharma). A longish, expansive piece that I never tire of listening to.
VEINS. Nothing to say...I can barely remember the song and I listened to this album just recently. Nuf said.
SHADOW OF CALIFORNIA Middle-tempo rocker that is quite forgettable.
FEEL THE THUNDER deals with a ghostly motorcycle gang. Sounds a bit like BOC from the early days...which is nice.
LET GO The lyrics are a bit self-serving "B...O...C...you can be whatever you want to be" but the song was written as a kind of anthem. When I saw them in concert years ago, it made for a great singalong. It's hard to judge the song...silly but fun would be my conclusion, I guess
DRAGON LADY Also feels a little like one of their older songs. A mysterious woman with supernatural powers (either meant to be taken literally, or as just a metaphor for a difficult "normal" woman...hard to say and probably not important). It is a driving song and fun to sing along with during the chorus: "Dragon lady take you by the heart..."
LIGHT YEARS OF LOVE Yikes!!! Sounds like it was supposed to be a ballad, but frankly, it is an unmitigated mess. Avoid like the plague!!!
It's an enjoyable album with some true high points, especially for the BOC fan. I wouldn't recommend it to BOC "dabblers" however. This was the last album BOC produced that was even remotely commercially successful, and you can feel the tiredness creeping into their forumla.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quality Songwriting Buried By Horrible Production Values
What dates this album and makes it seem like one of BOC's weakest efforts is the production. Period. Read more
Published on March 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best BOC album.
This is some of the best classic rock ever! If you like the hard rock, yet melodic style of the songs Burnin' For You and Don't Fear The Reaper (neither of these two songs are on... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest BOC album
While this is a very good album by any standard, it's easily the least interesting Blue Oyster Cult work. The first three songs work well, and intermittently thereafter. Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by burritobrother
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not revolutionary but certainly thought provoking.
The absence of the talented and prolific founding member Albert Bouchard might have led to fears that there would be something lacking here. Perish the thought. Read more
Published on April 14 2002 by "nell-uk"
5.0 out of 5 stars With Eyes On Fire!!!
The best song on this album by FAR is "Eyes On Fire" with its mention of fire, it just flat out rules. Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by Fire Godd
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the last
This release is nowhere near as bad as some would lead you to believe. It's no Secret Treaties, but you can't live in 1974 forever. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars When Things Went Really Bad
Although BOC had systematically watered itself down over the years since the last briliant effort, Secret Treaties, Revolution is a turning point into the worst era. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by JOHN SPOKUS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very 1983's Heavy Metal, but Still Undeniably B.O.C. :)
This record really kicks. The very first song, "Take Me Away", is my favorite. It's a great heavy metal tune that is very imaginative. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2001 by Robert J. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
I can't imagine anyone not liking this album. Great recording, lots of variety, and a few treasures. TAKE ME AWAY and SHOOTING SHARK stand out. Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by K. Christie
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