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LSU Jax
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Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
BOC flat cranked out some live albums in their first decade plus. In 1982 they put out their third live album, Extraterrestrial Live. Without doing any research I do believe it’s their most successful by a considerable margin. It resonated with me immediately because it was recorded on their 1981 tour that I caught at The Centroplex with a buddy.

Their first one, On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, is very iconic in it’s own right. It perfectly captures their early sound in a good raw live setting.

With all that said I have to say that my favorite of the three is the mostly overlooked second one, Some Enchanted Evening. This thing is pure live rock fury from the very beginning until the end.

R U Ready 2 Rock — On the leading edge of texting lingo, decades earlier

Godzilla — By far my preference over ETL version, faster pace, heavier edge

We Gotta Get Outta This Place — As mentioned, pure live rock fury until the end. This is the best cover, that nobody knows about, of this song, IMO.


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it was recorded on their 1981 tour that I caught at The Centroplex with a buddy.


Was that the Foghat opener? If so, was an amazing show! Saw them 3 times back in the day and they were always fantastic. Some EE is an awesome rock and roll album, and I concur, is vastly underrated.


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Incredibly underrated band. Huge catalogue, very diverse.


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LSU Jax
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Was that the Foghat opener?

Yessirrr!!

That was my first time seeing them but I saw them a bunch from that point on.

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If so, was an amazing show!

Hell yes. One of my first big arena rock shows. Fantastic!


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Some EE is an awesome rock and roll album, and I concur, is vastly underrated.

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re: Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
Always loved "On Your Feet, or On Your Knees". Saw BOC for the first time in Atlanta opening for Black Sabbath. They mentioned that they had passed thru Atlanta going to other gigs but that this was the first time they had played Atlanta. Probably 1973??? Black Sabbath Vol 4 had just been released. Hell of a show, what I can remember of it which ain't too much. I have not heard "One Enchanted Evening", but thanks to the OP, will take care of that soon. Tyranny and Mutation is one of the great albums. It still sounds good. Love Blue Oyster Cult.


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re: Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
As someone who's a fan of their mainstream singles but doesn't have any experience with the rest of their catalogue, are there some songs you'd recommend checking out that showcase what kind of other good stuff they've put out?

Often times I'll just start with a band's early stuff and wade through it chronologically and end up stuck in a rut.

TIA



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re: Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
Love that album. The delivery packs more punch than the other live ones, even though I love those too. Their version of "Kick Out The Jams" is insane. Buck Dharma's guitar breaks hit like a lightning strike. Some of his best playing on "Astronomy" too.


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They were flat out underrated as musicians and flat out underrated as live performers.

Good news is - their fans have been passionate enough and persistent enough to keep their music alive through the years.

I think my first rock concert ever was a BOC show in a small Louisiana city (...rhymes with Salexandria) and they kicked arse that night. I wasn't even into the band much at that point, but that show sold me on them.
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I saw them at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama in 1978.

It was a great concert. They were touring their album Spectres, which had the song Godzilla.

There was one song where five of them were playing guitars at once !
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Jester
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re: Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
How did you not mention Astronomy?


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As someone who's a fan of their mainstream singles but doesn't have any experience with the rest of their catalogue, are there some songs you'd recommend checking out that showcase what kind of other good stuff they've put out?


It's not AS mainstream, but In Thee is a really good change of pace from their heavier stuff. For the record, I was probably the last 18 year old to get a hook-and-cross tattoo....
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LarryDavid
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When Agents Of Fortune came out I wrote the band a letter. This was back in like the Commodore 64 computer age. I told them many things, including how much I thought of their lyrics and wished I had them. I'll be damned if they didn't send me them on this old computer paper from an original printer. All of them were there! I've since lost them. They also sent a letter thanking me.

Saw them live in 1977. Manford Man was suppose to open. They didn't show, but this group came out and said: "We have a new album we are about to release called "2112". We only have 45 minutes, so here it is. We're called "Rush". They had an unreal light show synced perfectly to the music.

Then, BOC came on. They had an even more unreal light show, which by the way, was outlawed soon after because they said it could cause eye damage. The lead singer had two laser pistols in a holster and shot at these giant laser balls hanging down from the ceiling. Also strobes everywhere.

People don't understand how much of a serious drug party these shows were back then.

Each artist did a sensational solo, too. The guitar player was very cocky as he should be because he was super talented and he knew it! Made the show even better because he was constantly itching to do his solos.

You can find their concerts from the late 1970s on YouTube and they are a couple with pretty good sound quality and definitely worth the watch.

"Last Days of May" is probably my favorite song of theirs, but there really are so many good ones.
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LSU Jax
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How did you not mention Astronomy?

Trust me, it was a bit of an internal struggle.

I wanted to keep the OP to three songs and chose the shorter ones on my list. I think a lot of people click on a music video and then exit when they see it’s 8+ minutes.

But duly noted! Astronomy is absolutely stellar here as well. We’ll let it stand on it’s own right here in fact.

Astronomy live from Some Enchanted Evening



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I have listened to nothing but BOC since I saw this thread yesterday. Just reinforces how underappreciated they were. It's a shame the Bouchard's left the band, because that lineup was almost a perfect band of songwriters.


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I love this live performance of Astronomy. My 14 year old step daughter turned me on to BOC a few months back. I had taken her vinyl shopping and commented on how much I like the song playing in the shop. She was like yeah that’s BOC’s Astronomy from the Some Enchanted Evening album. Bought the album right there on the spot.

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re: Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening kicks serious ass
We should start a petition to replace Louisiana Saturday Night with Death Valley Nights for pregame.

Death Valley Nights

Before any sisterfrickers get offended, it's a joke. I know they'd never take away the shitty pop-country anthem.


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