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Live 1976 [Import]
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This is an example of how not to make a rock documentary. DVD companies ought to take note of its laziness and avoid all mistakes in future concert film releases. For starters, don't release a rock show with muddled sound that continually drops in and out, faded and grainy visual quality, and absolutely zero production value. To be fair, Blue Oyster Cult's dreadful performance doesn't help any. Though the packaging states that this is "vintage" BLC at their "peak," most fans know that by 1976, the progressive heavy-metal band was already five years past its prime. The 11 featured tunes show the band moving away from their raw, heavy origins and becoming a rock cliché. Bombastic jams such as "Buck's Boogie" and "Dominance and Submission" indulgently wander forever; lead vocalist Eric Bloom strikes macho poses and preaches about the legalization of drugs. The topper comes when a dopey laser show follows both drum and guitar solos--and the audience cheers louder for the lights. Even BOC's guitarist--and leader--Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser appears bored, and he's the one responsible for this stuff. He can't even muster the energy to pull off a memorable encore of BOC's only hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper," instead singing the lyrics like someone's got a gun to his head. If the disc is worth anything at all, it's as a definition of impotent, bloated '70s arena rock, and a clear demonstration of why punk needed to happen and what it fought against. Though this disc is obviously geared towards diehard Blue Oyster Cult fans, it's more of a shameful insult than a reward. -Dave McCoy
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I saw them during this tour, 3 shows in 2 weeks. That's why I love this dvd, because it allows me to relive a great 70's show. I do feel a little sorry for people who pay $60-$70 for this disc. I was lucky enough to get it for around $20. If you're a BOC fan and can get it fairly cheaply, go for it!!
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Why do you think Buck is looking up all the time? He was suprised to see himself bigger than life on the screens.
Anyway it is a very faithful archive of a concert, problems and all. The Band blew away so many acts in the 70's. I saw them over 10 times and this was a landmark show.
First, Joe Bouchard did an unheard of thing by doing a virtuoso solo which was near unheard of until him. Reaper was just out 2-3 months and the band had been vacant from touring for 8 months; which for BOC is near unheard of due to their constant touring.
I loved this band, Buck showed me how to really attack the guitar and Eric Bloom was the attitude.
Yea the DVD has flaws but it still is fun to watch and look back. Again thanks needs to go to the person that remembered this performance and found the tape!
Buy it if you are a real FAN!