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Blue Oyster Cult - 1979 Mirrors



ARTIST: Blue Oyster Cult
ALBUM: Mirrors
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: JC 36009
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1987, Columbia, CK 36009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eric Bloom - vocals, guitars * Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser - guitars * Allen Lanier - guitars, keyboards * Joseph Bouchard - bass * Albert Bouchard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dr Music * 02 The Great Sun Jester * 03 In Thee * 04 Mirrors * 05 Moon Crazy * 06 The Vigil * 07 I Am The Storm * 08 You're Not The One (I Was Looking For) * 09 Lonely Teardrops


Background
A new direction for BOC, after their mystical heavy metal approach had run it's course with Godzilla finally hanging up it's claws after constant touring over the last few years. Having had commercial success with the hit single 'Don't Fear The Reaper' off 1976's 'Agents Of Fortune' album, plus the lesser efforts of 1977's 'Spectres' and the live 'Some Enchanted Evening' album from 1978, the band took time out, and returned with a new producer in Tom Werman for 1979's 'Mirrors'.


The Songs
I have to say that I quite enjoyed this album when it was released. A combination of their undoubted energetic approach crossed with some melodic commericalism, missing on their previous material. Perhaps this freshness was best represented on their single 'In Thee' a very harmonious piece of work, and great for radio. 'The Great Sun Jester' also has a full melodic sound similar to REO Speedwagon. Elsewhere there are some great moments such as the epic sounding 'The Vigil', the full on rock of 'I Am The Storm' and 'You're Not The One' which comes across like The Cars a la their classic debut album. We've also got the quirky 'Moon Crazy' and the very seventies jazz/disco backbeat of 'Lonely Teardrops'.


In Summary
If you're looking to experiment with BOC's more AOR oriented material, then anything between 1976 and 1985 is worth looking at. Not exactly spectacular, but there's something for everyone in among the grooves.


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#1 | rkbluez on July 08 2012 16:32:25
Like this album a lot as George said it isn't as classic as 'Secret Treaties Or Tyranny...but it's excellent hard rock with a melodic twist to it...oh yeah great production also...could only imagine how good these mid period BOC's would sound given a remeaster job like Rock Candy does.
#2 | gdazegod on January 05 2013 07:37:55
Looking forward to the BOC boxset reissue, which looks as though (the same applies to other readers here) it will be appended to my credit card sometime in Jan or Feb 2013.
 
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