Blue Oyster Cult-Some Enchanted Evening
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Released: 1978 Columbia

It's not often that I would choose a band's live album as a favorite but there are a variety of reasons for this choice. It was the first B.O.C. album I ever heard so it has a great deal of sentimental value to me. Mainly because it turned me on to one of my favorite bands. I also chose a live album because the radio regulars of B.O.C. like "Don't Fear the Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You" are usually the sanitized studio versions. B.O.C. had a tendency on the Secret Treaties  (1974), Agents of Fortune (1976) and Spectres (1977) albums to sound very sonically pure and clean. This CD captures their all too rarely-heard raw side. This album jams! In fact, they do a ripping cover of the MC5's "Kick out the Jams." The B.O.C. version of this song far surpasses any hopes anyone ever had for the original version (sorry MC5). The album begins with "RU Ready 2 Rock" which goes off on a wild tangent of a jam. Let me tell you this: Nobody ever ended a song live like B.O.C. They always had the best finale type endings. They then go on to an extended version of E.T.I (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) originally from Agents of Fortune, their first hit album. Then they take off with "Astronomy" (originally from the Secret Treaties Album) which was later covered by Metallica. After that we have the live versions of "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Godzilla". This is their best live album ever and I own them all. In fact, I own all of their albums. I would rank the Tyranny and Mutation (1973) and Secret Treaties albums next on the list.  After that, I would list Fire of Unknown Origin (1981) and Revolution by Night (1983). But if you'd prefer a compilation CD, then I'd recommend Essential Blue Oyster Cult (2003). That CD contains  "Burnin' For You", "Godzilla", "Astronomy", "Don't Fear the Reaper and "Take Me Away". The great thing about B.O.C. is that no two albums sound exactly alike. Not like some groups. With some groups, if you own one album, you own them all.

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