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CD Reviews
Blue Öyster Cult
Review by Scott Prinzing
The debut of any band is always interesting to go back to for a second look.  

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Cultosaurus Erectus
Review by John Pierpoint
Blue Oyster Cult's career could be considered by some to have hit the doldrums after the (perhaps counter-productive) phenomenal success of hit single “Don't Fear The Reaper.”

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Curse of the Hidden Mirror
Review by Gary Hill
Blue Oyster Cult has always been an unusual band. They have many cuts in their history that are classic hard rocking pieces. I'm talking the kind of songs that really rise heads above the vast majority of music out there
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Extraterrestrial Live
Review by Gary Hill
Released in 1982, this album is a very solid chronicle of a BOC live during the height of their career. Combining prog elements with accessible hooks and potent metal, this album definitely qualifies as prog metal.
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Fire Of Unknown Origin
Review by Greg Olma
Back in 1981, Blue Oyster Cult was riding the wave of rock's "second coming". Having just completed a successful tour with Black Sabbath, the boys went back into the studio to record their next batch of songs and to try to keep themselves in the public eye.

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Heaven Forbid
Review by Gary Hill
Although the cover art leaves a bit to be desired, Heaven Forbid can certainly be looked on as a rebirth for BOC. This album seems to take the best of old BOC and bring up to date, while still staying true to those original concepts.
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Imaginos
Review by John Pierpoint
Rarely has an album divided fans as much as BOC's Imaginos.

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The Revolution By Night
Review by Gary Hill
Released in October of 1983, Revolution by Night was the 12th album by Blue Oyster Cult. The music on the album is definitely in the hard rock/heavy metal sort of genre, while showing many indications of more progressive leanings, both in writing and arranging.
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Workshop of the Telescopes
Review by Gary Hill
This two disc compilation covers the majority of the band`s career, and hits upon many of their styles. From time to time, the music leans to metal, prog-metal, pop and hard rock.

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Concert Reviews
Blue Öyster Cult - Live in Anaheim, CA, March, 2007
Review by Michael Bader
Gone are Eric Blooms’ tight fitting leathers, curly hair and neatly groomed beard/goatee. Gone are Buck Darhmas’ white suit, black mustache and long black hair.
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Blue Öyster Cult - Live In Beloit, WI, 2002
Review by Gary Hill
If you hear Godzilla, but he is nowhere to be seen, what does that mean? The last time I checked it meant that Blue Oyster Cult was in town.
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Blue Öyster Cult - Live in Costa Mesa, California, August, 2007
Review by Rick Damigella
Celebrating 35 years as the original “thinking man’s metal band” Blue Oyster Cult has been touring the majority of 2007 with various members of their 1970’s classic rock peers.
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Blue Öyster Cult - Live In Rockford, IL, August 2008
Review by Gary Hill
Many more pics from this show are available in our members area
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Blue Öyster Cult - Live in Rockford, IL, September 6th, 1998
Review by Gary Hill
Although not actually progressive rock, BOC have always presented progressive influences into their particular brand of metal/hard-rock.
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Interviews
Blue Öyster Cult
Interview by Greg Olma
Interview with Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult - October 2007



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Blue Öyster Cult
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult from 1998

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Blue Öyster Cult
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult from 2008

Audio of this interview is available in our members area.
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Brain Surgeons
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Brain Surgeons' Albert Bouchard
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Albert Bouchard
Review by Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Albert Bouchard from 2014


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Joe Bouchard
Review by G. W. Hill

Interview with Joe Bouchard from 2016


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The Lizards - 4.2.11 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
When I got this DVD and first looked at the title, I just thought I was looking at a date. Then I realized, that 2011 hasn’t happened yet and these guys (despite the fact that they call themselves dinosaurs) weren’t born in 1911.
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The Lizards - Against All Odds
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say it, I love The Lizards! These guys just keep getting better with each successive album. They also seem to stretch the envelope of what is Lizards music as they continue on.
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Albert Bouchard - Incantation
Review by Jason Hillenburg
You can call Albert Bouchard many things, but predictable isn't one of them.
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Brain Surgeons - Malpractice
Review by Gary Hill
Brain Surgeons is former BOC member Albert Bouchard`s band. The group utilizes elements of Blue Oyster Cult in new and unusual ways.


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Various Artists - Mullets Rock Too
Review by Gary Hill
It's a safe bet you've heard every song on this disc – although you might not have heard the Ace Frehley track as performed by him. That doesn't mean this set isn't enjoyable.
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Erik Norlander - Music Machine
Review by Gary Hill
n Music Machine Erik Norlander has created the newest rock opera. His story tells the tale of the first manufactured rock idol, hence the name "Music Machine".
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Brain Surgeons - Piece of Work
Review by Gary Hill
This album really seems to show that this band is not content to be working in one particular style. Indeed, the styles on this double disc release range from jazzy barbershop singing to hard rock to ballads to progish material
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Joe Bouchard - Playin' History
Review by Gary Hill

Joe Bouchard is best known as one of the members of the classic lineup of Blue Oyster Cult. You wouldn't really need to know that if you heard this album.


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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters to Music from Musicians written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Simon Apple - River to the Sea
Review by Gary Hill
So many people these days give lip service to this charity or that, but you really have to admire the people who put their money (literally) where their mouth is. Such is the case with Simon Apple as they are donating a portion of the sale of each CD to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.



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The X Brothers - Solid Citizens
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Blue Oyster Cult`s Joe Bouchard, it is no wonder that much of this album has BOC tendencies. This is a very solid rock disc that occasionally rises to the point of greatness.
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The Lizards - The Lizards Rule
Review by Gary Hill
The second CD from the Lizards is entitled "The Lizards Rule". That title is quite appropriate because for fans of 1970's styled blues oriented hard rock, the Lizards do rule.
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Joe Bouchard - The Power of Music
Review by G. W. Hill

Joe Bouchard is probably best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult.


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Various Artists - The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft written by Gary Hill
Review by Lisa Palmeno
A bit of an editorial comment needs to be made here. Since the person you see as "ed." - that's "editor" not "Ed" - is the author of this book, this is a bit awkward in a way. I had considered not covering this book at MSJ, but that seems unfair as we do provide promotion in the form of reviews for other authors.
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Various Artists - The Suite Music World of Gary Hill: Collected Articles Originally Published at Suite101 written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
This book is not really new material but rather a collection of Gary Hill's articles for a website called “Suite 101."  Some might not like dated material, but I find these types of books enjoyable for a number of reasons. 
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