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Blue Oyster Cult - 1983 The Revolution By Night
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gdazegod
on February 05 2013, In 1983 Articles , 9 Comments , 2490 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Blue Oyster Cult
ALBUM: The Revolution By Night
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: FC 38947
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1987, Columbia, CK38947 * 1995, Columbia, CK38947

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eric Bloom - vocals, guitars * Buck Dharma Roeser - lead guitar, keyboards, vocals * Allen Lanier - keyboards, piano * Joe Bouchard - bass, guitar, vocoder, lead vocals 'Light Years Of Love' * Rick Downey - drums

Guests: Larry Fast - synthesizers, programming * Aldo Nova - guitar and synthesizers on 'Take Me Away' * Gregg Winter - backing vocals on 'Eyes on Fire' * Randy Jackson - bass on 'Shooting Shark' * Marc Baum - saxophone on 'Shooting Shark'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take Me Away * 02 Eyes On Fire * 03 Shooting Shark * 04 Veins * 05 Shadow Of California * 06 Feel The Thunder * 07 Let Go * 08 Dragon Lady * 09 Light Years Of Love

WEBLINKS: www.blueoystercult.com


Background
After a teenage upbringing of this band from 'Agents Of Fortune' onward, I think it's time to complete the BOC jigsaw puzzle once and for all. Having rediscovered this band later in life, there are a few tracks from their 1980-1988 era that have intrigued me enough through You Tube videos, so as to tidy up the BOC discography on this site. I don't remember them doing as well as they did in 1981 with 'Fire Of Unknown Origin'. Perhaps I was pre-occupied with the success of Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Billy Squier that nearly everyone in AOR-land was forgotten about. Certainly FOUO did really well, with 'Burnin' For You' making it to #1 on the Mainstream Tracks Chart and brushing the Billboard Top 40 (position #40). The album did well too, making it to #24. With success comes an equal dose of disappointment; that being the forced departure of long-time drummer Albert Bouchard. By the time late 1983's 'The Revolution By Night' appeared, the new drummer was Rick Downey, and the band continued to change it up with quirky songs touching on sci-fi, and some off-beat edges seriously threatening the crown of The Tubes for kings of wackiness. Not quite though, BOC still retain a serious edge, and keep things smooth and melodic all throughout.


The Songs
Fans of Aldo Nova should enjoy the opening 'Take Me Away'; as he co-wrote it with Eric Bloom, and provides guitars and synths too. It's a solid cutting effort. AOR fans should take to 'Eyes Of Fire' with gusto. Like the track before (re: songwriter, guest player), it was written by a chap called Gregg Winter, who also provided backing vocals for it. Third track is the interesting 'Shooting Shark'. Penned originally by Patti Smith (who had an association with the band courtesy of her long-term relationship with Allen Lanier during the 70's), the source was a poem, something Smith was very handy at writing back in the day. This track ended up being an MTV favourite. It's certainly a lengthy track, the original was all of 7 minutes. 'Veins' is more pumping AOR high on the keyboard quotient without forgetting Buck Dharma's guitar work. It has a touch of Twenty Twenty and the Sweet Comfort Band in parts. BOC take a dark turn with the intriguing 'Shadow Of California'. If you read the lyrics, it appears to be a road trip kinda tune, perhaps for speed kings or bikies that traverse the highways, byways and freeways of California at night.. hence.. the revolution by night.. hint hint. The night rider theme segues into 'Feel The Thunder', a tale of three bike riders who come across like a modern day four horsemen of the apocalypse minus one. It's a real motorhead tune with loads of motorbike revving in the background. Getting back to the studio, I love the infectious punch of 'Let Go', which takes a dose of Michael Stanley Band and mixes it with Donnie Iris's madness. The stomping anthem will be familiar to many of you. Guitar riffs fly off Buck Dharma's handle for 'Dragon Lady', he lets fly with some great solo work. Bassist Joe Bouchard takes the lead vocal spot for the closer 'Light Years Of Love'. It's a wistful pomp driven effort, but sadly it's the weakest track on the album, and to be honest probably shouldn't have been on the album at all.


In Summary
Well and truly buried are the musical origins of this band from their early 70's period. This is about as smooth as it gets for BOC; through the hey-day of the 80's arena rock era. BOC did continue on for two more albums in this style: 'Club Ninja' and 'Imaginos'. So listeners got a good twelve year duration of radio rock/AOR in what was a productive era for the band. This one wasn't as successful as its predecessor 'Fire OF Unknown Origin', but it's well worthy of investigating along with the rest of their discography through the early 80's period.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 05 2013 01:07:21
YouTube Video
#2 | Eric on February 05 2013 04:20:46
Speaking of Aldo Nova. he supported BOC for much of thier 1983 tour. 'Take Me Away' got heavy air play back then and rightly so.
#3 | rkbluez on February 05 2013 08:01:06
Great album one of my favorite BOC records for sure.
#4 | AOR Lee on February 05 2013 15:59:24
Plenty of stunning AOR content on here, great to see RBN reviewed ! How about a Rock Candy reissue ??? music
#5 | Nick C on February 05 2013 16:32:23
Looking forward to hearing this - I was about to start getting some more B.O.C. stuff to support my only CD Workshop of the Telescopes best of... Luckily I only got around to grabbing Imaginos before the Columbia boxset collection was announced. After months of waiting for it to be released in the U.K it's finally been dispatched.
#6 | Jez on February 05 2013 23:55:45
I was revisiting this the other day after I received the excellent 'Columbia Albums' box set thru the post. All the 80's albums have nowhad the remastering treatment and sound all the better for it, this, 'Fire Of Unknown Origin' 'Mirrors' and 'Cultosarus..' especially. Great stuff
#7 | rkbluez on September 15 2013 10:03:59
Was playing the old CBS/Sony version the other day...sounded terrible...so I put it up on my studio program...wow it was one of the lowest volume wise disc's I've ever seen...I EQ'd and bumped up the volume for my MP3 player...and it's a lot better. I ripped the old Club Ninja also...same thing...no volume and dreary sound to...so I fixed that one also.

Wish they'd just remaster the rest of the BOC's individually because I can't see buying the box set it's way too expensive since I own all of the other remasters.
#8 | super80boy on March 08 2014 13:20:30
A first class foray into the AOR realm this album was…I remember seeing ‘Shooting Shark’ on MTV and going out and getting this album. The video is pretty interesting. The lead off track ‘Take Me Away’ is an absolute killer cut with its infectious chorus and that Aldo Nova guitar riff, wow..
#9 | AORboyo on March 10 2014 08:14:08
Playing this right now, remember TV on the radio 1 Rockshow UK playing 'Shooting Shark' back in the day & totally blowing me away. Fantastic MHR / AOR from the mighty BOC....'Eyes On Fire' always reminds me of Legs Diamond. Class!!!
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