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5.0 out of 5 stars " The Vigil"......,
the Box set so, my question is...this Culture Factory imprint...
is it worth it? There are no reviews as of this writing. Strange
how these latest remasters have been released on the heels of the
17 disc Box. I will have to wait till someone writes about this before
I even consider taking the leap! An UPDATE will follow if I can get any
info on these re-issues.......
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Into "Mirrors".....,
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This review is from: Mirrors (Audio CD)I loved this when it was released on vinyl and have two
copies of the CD. The only bad thing is that they never
remastered this sucker. This is great American rock and
I recommend this over all other releases by BOC."I Am The
Storm" is one of the best cuts as is "The Vigil" and my fave
"Moon Crazy". Some really good double-tracking guitar licks....
If they ever get around to cleaning this one up and re-releasing
I'll be there with credit card in hand!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album,
5.0 out of 5 stars 1979 will live forever,
By A Customer
If you listen though, some of these still have a ring of "Agents of Fortune" and hint broadly of the coming hit "Burnin' for You". The song "Mirrors" has a bit of a Knackish-Dharma sound. And I think this record really offers more of what Buck was getting into at the time. And his own solo effort isn't too far removed from this fare. What makes B.O.C. great is the merging of Dharma's guitar riffs with Bloom's Sci-Fi intrigue and mystery.
Bloom is at his best on "E.T.I." from "Agents" which I just saw live recently, and I think he does it better than ever. But Bloom was overshadowed on "Agents" by Buck singing their mega hit "Don't Fear The Reaper", and he wasn't the major player on "Mirrors" either but, you know, as much as I like Buck Dharma, it is Eric Bloom's presence that makes it all work.
If there is a fault to this album, its that there were only 9 songs.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tense Drive Down the Highway with B.O.C.,
Certainly Blue Oyster Cult at its most melodic, "Mirrors" is a fascinating find for listeners. The menace that haunted earlier works is found only in moments of 'Dr. Music' and 'I Am the Storm' (one of the few songs here that would have fit perfectly on albums like "Tyranny and Mutation" or "Secret Treaties"). But the talent is still obvious, not to mention BOC's trademark use of sci-fi themes in 'The Great Sun Jester,' or even 'Moon Crazy.' 'In Thee' meanwhile became a much-appreciated song to the fans, being one of their few songs that melted into the grooves of radio-friendliness with such ease. It should also be noted that 'Lonely Teardrops' is bizarre (even for this band), but in an alluring and listenable way.
Even though it's a great recommendation for newer fans, hardcore BOC listeners will embrace the album most, and will not be able to take it out of their disc player; "Mirrors" defines the term "lost classic."
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine bit of rock stands in the stormy waves of disco-punk.,
There's a great deal of light still buring in the forest, though. The trademark mythology spurts out powerfully through 'The Great Sun Jester', 'The Vigil' and 'I Am the Storm' but most of this album is easily a departure and even these tracks glow in a less ghostly light than is the norm.
That doesn't mean the remainder is dross. If anything, 'Mirrors' gives a much-needed uplift in the wake of dark-image-laced 'Agents ...' & 'Spectres' (let's leave out the apocalyptic pictures 'Some Enchanted Evening' conjured). 'Dr. Music', 'Mirrors', 'Moon Crazy' and 'You're Not The One (I was Looking For)' serve as brilliant, spring-rock quickies that may be bankrupt in the band's mythos account but rock fast and rock well. 'In Thee', the one to lift from here for collection-purposes, is a beautiful bit of soft-rock, every ready to spring to the air waves upon request. 'Lonely Teardrops' completes the album and is probably the darkest hour on board this LP, notwithstanding the dolorous wails of 'I am the Storm' or the melancholic destructo-ballad 'The Vigil'. Sometimes Lanier really could out-devil Roeser in the scary sound department.
In short, 'Mirrors' was an entry of diversity and taking risks. New producer, new studio, new sounds, new confidence from a dollar-fattened group made this very much a surprise trip into uncharted waters. Luckily, the gamble worked and alienation from the fan base wasn't automatic due to it's release. Light and souffle-like in many regards, 'Mirrors' needed to serve as a fleet-footed vehicle, ushering the Oyster Boys into the Eighties and consolidating their somewhat paradoxical status as lyrically-esoteric but arena-rock oriented. Taking the sum of its parts, straining it through a filter constructed from an appreciation for what the band were facing at this juncture in their career, and evaluating the feeling after one walks away from this album for the Nth listen, it's worth an easy 85% (close to 4.5 stars). But I'm prepared to be generous - it's stood the test of time and, unlike other bands who flirted with different sounds, B.O.C. are justly unashamed of their work here. Well done, guys.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless,
By A Customer
Mirriors is a great album, The Vigil, Great Sungester, Mirriors are just a few tracks 25 years later that still sound incredibly fresh. If MTV had existed in 1979, this album would have sold 10 million copies. But if you think about it, every BOC album has been short changed. But in 500 years, people will still listen to Mozart, Led Zep, and the best of all, Blue Oyster Cult!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best BOC album.,
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