An expansive box set featuring most of Blue Öyster Cult’s back catalog will be released by Legacy Recordings on October 30 in celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary. The 17-disc Blue Öyster Cult — The Columbia Albums Collection includes CD editions of all 14 albums that the band released on Columbia Records, as well as two rarities collections and a DVD version of the 1978 concert video Some OTHER Enchanted Evening.
Many of the CDs included in the package either offer various bonus tracks or have been newly remastered for release. The new discs are titled Rarities and Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts, with the latter CD boasting various live performances. The set also will feature a 40-page booklet with a new essay by respected rock journalist and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye. Fans buying the collection also will receive a code to download four Blue Öyster Cult live performances.
To commemorate the Blue Öyster Cult’s anniversary and the arrival of the box set, the band has scheduled a special show October 28 at New York City’s Best Buy Theater that will include as-yet-unannounced guests and “other surprises.” A number of VIP packages are being made available that will include choice seating, a copy of the box set, a meet-and-greet with the band, a signed limited-edition poster and a collectible laminate. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, although pre-sale passes will be available on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. ET; visit www.blueoystercult.com for more information.
Here is the list of discs featured on Blue Öyster Cult — The Columbia Albums Collection; *denotes 2012 remaster:
Blue Öyster Cult (released 1972, with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Tyranny and Mutation (1973, with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Secret Treaties (1974, with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
*On Your Feet or on Your Knees (1975, live album)
Agents of Fortune (1976, with 2001 CD bonus tracks)
Spectres (1977, with 2007 CD bonus tracks)
Some Enchanted Evening (1978, live album, with 2007 CD bonus tracks)
Some OTHER Enchanted Evening DVD (1978)
*CultÖsaurus Erectus (1980)
*Fire of Unknown Origin (1981)
*Extraterrestrial Live (1982, live album)
*The RevÖlution by Night (1983)
*Club Ninja (1985)
Radios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts