The Revolution by Night Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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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... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Ji
What dates this album and makes it seem like one of BOC's weakest efforts is the production. Period. Read morePublished on March 4 2003
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 morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by Greg
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 morePublished on July 28 2002 by burritobrother
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 morePublished on April 14 2002
The best song on this album by FAR is "Eyes On Fire" with its mention of fire, it just flat out rules. Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by Fire Godd
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 morePublished on Dec 20 2001
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 morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by JOHN SPOKUS
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 morePublished on Aug. 2 2001 by Robert J. Schneider