Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of the self-titled debut LP by the Blue Oyster Cult, complete with obi and poster.
It took a while for the Blue Oyster Cult to catch on with the public, and so their 1972 debut LP barely dented the charts, reaching a peak of #172.
It did get good reviews, however, and Allmusic.com gave Blue Oyster Cult a 4 star review:
Two years before Kiss roared out of Long Island with its self-titled debut, Blue Öyster Cult, the latest incarnation of a band assembled by guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and drummer Albert Bouchard in 1967, issued its dark, eponymously-titled heavy rock monolith. … This is dark, amphetamine-fueled occult music that relied on not one, but three guitars — Bloom and keyboardist Allen Lanier added their own parts to Roeser’s incessant riffing: a barely audible upright piano keeping the changes rooted in early rock and the blues, and a rhythm attack by Bouchard and his brother Joe on bass that was barely contained inside the tune’s time signature. … But it is on “Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll,” that the Cult’s sinister plan for world domination is best displayed. From its knotty, overdriven riff to its rhythm guitar vamp, Vox organ shimmer, its crash cymbal ride and plodding bass and drum slog through the changes — not to mention its title — it is the ultimate in early metal anthems.
You can listen to “Transmaniacon MC” here:
About this copy: This copy of Blue Oyster Cult is an original Japanese pressing, complete with obi, lyric insert, and the nearly-always-missing poster.
Note: While this LP was released in the United States in 1972, it wasn’t released in Japan until 1975, so the poster that came with it looks like one that should have come with the On Your Feet or On Your Knees live album instead. Despite the fact that the poster looks like it belongs with a different album, it is the poster that was originally issued with this LP.
The cover is M-, with a couple of tiny corner bends. The lyric insert, poster, and obi are M-.
The disc is M-, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.
A nice copy of a terrific LP.