Greatest Blue Oyster Cult Albums

The Top Ten

1 Secret Treaties

I have to choose between Secret Treaties and Tyranny and Mutation? I could not decide for the longest time. Secret Treaties barely wins, and for good reason. It has not one, not two, but THREE riffy, badass rockers, them being Dominance and Submission, ME262, and Cagey Cretins. Then, you have the more classic-styled Career of Evil, Harvester of Eyes, and Flaming Telepaths. Subhuman is a slower one and arguably the weakest on the album, but it's still pretty good. Astronomy is one of BOC's best songs. It has everything in it that characterizes the band. Basically, this album has nothing wrong with it. Every second of it is good. - dlbk03

Brilliant, only knew "don't fear the reaper" before buying and stood in shop with a choice; "secret treaties" or the "best of", I took a gamble as I prefer albums over compilations and very happy with my decision! - DeadAsian

Flaming Telepaths, Astronomy... Some of their best songs ever! - irish400

Musically and lyrically my favorite

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2 Agents of Fortune

I have never gotten tired of listening to this album. The music is so original I constantly find myself being in the mood to listen to one song or another, never the same one over and over again.

Agents of Fortune represents the band at their best, most creative and most versatile. It's one of the great albums of the 1970s.

My favorite by the band because it shows off their versatility so well. This was the first BÖC collection of songs that showed what a bunch of great writers they could all be by contributing such a diverse amount of material. Equally rocking as it is subtle, to my mind, this strikes the perfect balance.

I prefer the debut and Tyranny over this one, but it deserves more attention. There is so much more to be found than The Reaper. ETI is one of their best riffs. This Ain't the Summer of Love is badass. Tattoo Vampire is like Hot Rails to Hell 2.0. This album has much to offer. - dlbk03

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3 Blue Oyster Cult

A very complete first album with all listenable cuts. Some really good cuts and excellent guitar playing.

Their best, hands down.

I would choose this and Cultusarus Erectus as the Best Covers they have

4 Tyranny & Mutation

The first three tracks are a bit weak, but the rest of the album is stellar. Fire of Unknown Origin is a bit more consistent and has a better sound, but the high points of Tyranny and Mutation are higher, and it rocks in a way that their later albums don't.

Underrated album. Every tack is so good, in my opinion this album is better than BOC and Agents of fortune...

5 Fire of Unknown Origin

An unbelievable catchy trip into a world of fantasy. Highly recomendable!

This album put BÖC in another level. Burning for you, is by far the best song ever played in rock & roll history. Awesome, magic, alien, exquisite!

Fire of Unknown Origen is awesome, unique tunes, magical: Burning for you is the best rock song ever played.

This and Cultosaurus Erectus were the two albums that had the best production among the early albums. Also the two that had the best songs, overall. Meh I guess Secret Treaties was decent too, but the production does not compare. Curse Of The Hidden Mirror is a great album and so too, Heaven Forbid. Club Ninja and Mirrors were also underrated.

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6 Spectres

An outstanding record, subliming all the best of the sound of the 1970's + exceptionally modern playing at times, foreseeing what was to come some years afterwards. Nosferatu always brings back the thrill of the first listening.

Best BOC album hands down my friends!

7 On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

The best live album by anyone, EVER!

One of the most underrated live albums of all time.This is great stuff!

8 Cultosaurus Erectus

Clever lyrics- disparaging, melancholic, sci fi. Typical for the band. Also some good hooks. The best production with Martin Birch at the board- nice bass and lower mids. Overall, their best album. Fire Of Unknown Origin a close second. Way better production than the thin albums they did from the 70s. Cultosaurus, Fire, then Mirrors, are the top three.

Some great BOC song writing and musicianship

This album has THE best collection of songs by B. O. C. ever. - fireinside96

I think this is the Best Album Cover they have

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9 Some Enchanted Evening

Great version of Don't Fear The Reaper amongst some other Cult classics. Still stands up well as a fine live album.

10 Club Ninja

White flags, spy in the house of the night, dancin in the ruins, madness to method are great songs that deserve more credit and of course there is perfect water this song is legendary just hear it you will know why.

It contains more dreamy, minor key songs that are the trademark of the 80s. Definite shift from the rock and roll but awesome

This album certainly deserves more attention. It's right up there with Cultosaurus in my opinion, and that cover artwork is awesome. Of course, that's not the best thing about it. I'd like to compare it to Fire of Unknown Origin (if I may, please) for it's keyboard-filled sound that fits the songs well and serves as a great part of the music. Even for a rocking' band like BOC, this album is good, despite its keyboard sort-of-fallicies. If you want to see an album that doesn't do it well, look at Revolution by Night. - dlbk03

Love this album,white flags, perfect water and best of all when the war comes- most underrated album ever

The Contenders

11 Mirrors

Underrated and overlooked. In the, The Vigil, The Great Sun Jester, the title track.

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12 Imaginos

Great heavy metal album!

13 Heaven Forbid

Simply awesome, not a bad track on it

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14 The Revolution by Night

If this album had more songs like Take Me Away, it would be awesome. Unfortunately, there's just too much 80s to go around. - dlbk03

15 Extraterrestrial Live
16 Curse of the Hidden Mirror
17 A Long Day's Night
18 Live 1976
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