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 ›
Eric Bloom's voice sounds wonderful as usual, and on "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" and title track "Fire of Unknown Origin", he sounds like the crusader he's always been, the consummate storyteller, intelligent but also exciting. On "Burnin' for You" Blue Oyster Cult almost approaches pop, resulting in the band most un-Cult-like track, but also its biggest hit since "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". "Joan Crawford" is mesmerizing, a little creepy, but sonically stunning.
Production-wise this was the best Cult release until Imaginos, and a worthy addition to the band's catalogue or any record collection.
price tag. To my dismay there is no clear info about the other
pressing. Only the word "import". That says nothing at all....
This copy is the first imprint. Nothing dynamic about this. There
may be better sound on the version in the expensive box set recently
released. One would hope, the powers that be, could release remasters
in the single disc format if they have them done. A serious no-brainer....
This album has some fantastic cover art! What a poster it would make....
If you love BOC on a budget...this CD is for you....go ahead, add to cart!
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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
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... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Bud Sturguess
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". Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Darren Robbins
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