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Fire of Unknown Origin Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0012GMVFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 47 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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Format: Audio CD
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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B.O.C is a Hard Rock band ( I don't like calling these guys heavy metal as they simply play songs that don't fit that mold ) that I lost track of after the second LP way back and so now I am playing catch up and every now and then I hit pay dirt. FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN is such pay dirt. OH LORD! This disc Rocks it from the First Bar to the last Riff this CD simply blew my mind. I listened to it on the Computer last night and I was left with my jaw dropped and simply looking at the cover...If I have any criticism at all it is not with the music it is with the packaging they put this gem in a skinny little paper wrap with printing so small i needed my magnifying glass to read the tracks ...SAD. Once I put this in my library it will get lost right away it is so thin. A Curse on the Accountant who thought up the idea of marketing CD's in this manner. In order to save this great disc from getting totally lost I would have to totally destroy it and I cannot in all good conscience do that so I am stuck. Anyway that was my vent to sum up BUY THIS CD IT IS THE HOTTEST THING THIS WEEK...
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By A Customer on Jan. 7 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's generally agreed that Blue Oyster Cult's albums became weaker and spottier after their breakthrough Agents of Fortune in 1976, but Fire of Unknown Origin ('81) is one record that can safely be mentioned alongside their early classics. In my opinion, at least. Some feel that the record is overproduced and drenched in synthesizers, but I think the arrangments are tasteful and bring out, rather than hinder, the good points in the songs. This album has a somewhat "darker" feel than their early work. Tracks like 'Veteran of the Psychic Wars', 'Sole Survivor', 'After Dark' and 'Joan Crawford' (with its rousing chorus of "Joan Crawford has risen from the grave") show something of a menacing stance, but the music is also melodic and driven by catchy guitar riffs and sublime vocals. And of course there is 'Burnin for You' one of the band's most popular songs. Needless to say, anyone interested in BOC should give this one a listen.
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This was the most commercial incarnation of Blue Oyster Cult's music so far, and what the band lost in eccentricity, it made up with better production, its usual attention to songwriting, and brighter lyrics.
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.
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By Breadmanwalking TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 25 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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". 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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