Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Secret Treaties

In the UK Blue Oyster Cult were never as big a band as they should have been.  Perhaps we had too many of our own hard rock bands.  To my mind Blue Oyster Cult (Eric Bloom - vocals, stun guitar, keyboards, Albert Bouchard - drums, vocals,  Joe Bouchard - bass, vocals, Allen Lanier - keyboards, guitar,  Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar, vocals) were the greatest American hard rock band of the seventies and Secret Treaties is their greatest album.  This 1974 release was their third and the last of their "black and white" trilogy. 

Secret Treaties
Blue Oyster Cult
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser is a highly gifted, imaginative, fluid and melodic guitarist and he shines on this release.  All members of the band contribute songs in various combinations.  There is also lyrical input from manager Sandy Pearlman, rock journalist Randy Meltzer and Patti Smith who was romantically involved with  drummer Albert Bouchard.  The songs themselves take their inspiration from a wide range of source material including sociopaths, sexual awakening, occult themes, world war two aviation, union leadership, paranormal activity and science fiction.  Great riffs, great tunes and superb musicianship, highly recommended.

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