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Show #228: He’s found the awesome boot, Balthazar

October 29th, 2010

I think it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Halloween show and I thought I’d do so this year. For reasons unknown, I have decided to go with Blue Öyster Cult.


boc halloween10 Show #228: Hes found the awesome boot, Balthazar
(I know this photo isn’t contemporary with the recording but it’s just too classic to pass up. Golden age of leather indeed.)

The show at hand was chosen for a couple reasons. First is that it is an FM broadcast and so is of great quality. Second is that it was from the tour in support of Imaginos, an album I love, and so has some songs from it.

I suppose that one can argue that Imaginos is a BÖC album in name only because, while all members of the band play on it, the songs were really intended as an Albert Bouchard solo album and so most of the music is by other musicians. The rest of the Oyster boys only added vocals and some overdubs to what had been done by others. A bootleg of Bouchard’s demos for the album dating back to the early 80s is easy to find. In addition to the songs on the album that was released, there are a few others that didn’t make the cut: “Gil Blanco County”, “The Girl That Love Made Blind”, and “Magna of Illusion Chorale”. (I podcasted the first of these here.)

Regardless, I consider Imaginos to be canon, so to speak. Albert Bouchard was a founding member of the band, the rest of the original members contribute, and the whole Imaginos concept/song cycle dates back to the band’s beginning with two of the songs on the album being remakes of versions from the 70s. On top of this, it is just a great album, one that surpasses its two predecessors The Revolution By Night and Club Ninja.

For the full story of how the album came to be, check out this section of the BÖC FAQ. Also there is an explanation of the tale told in the lyrics.

And now onto the show. It was recorded on 3 January 1989 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. I’m posting the whole show here in two parts.

Setlist – Part I:

R.U. Ready 2 Rock
Dominance And Submission
E.T.I.
I Am The One You Warned Me Of
Buck’s Boogie
Astronomy
Take Me Away

Setlist – Part II:

In the Presence Of Another World
Flaming Telepaths
Cities On Flame
Joan Crawford
Burnin’ For You
Godzilla
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
This Ain’t The Summer Of Love
Golden Age Of Leather
The Red & The Black

Download Part I
Download Part II

Blue Öyster Cult

From the Imaginos tour, this is the band doing “E.T.I.”.

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2 Responses to “Show #228: He’s found the awesome boot, Balthazar”

  1. OK, dammit. Now I’m getting pissed.

    I have been seeing them play live in Milwaukee for the past half dozen stops or so, and EVERY TIME, they don’t play “Astronomy”.

    I think they hate me.

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