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Albums Of The Week: Blue Öyster Cult | Ghost Stories

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After the resounding success of their 50th-anniversary celebration, Blue Öyster Cult cap their storied recording career with Ghost Stories — a fitting finale to the legacy of one of rock’s most iconic fixtures from the past 50 years.

In Ghost Stories, Blue Öyster Cult aim to captivate fans with a collection of reimagined and newly completed songs recorded from 1978-2016. These musical treasures, long considered ‘lost gems’ by Blue Öyster Cult fans, were originally recorded between 1978 and 1983, except for one track from 2016, If I Fell. Also included is the only known studio recording of their concert classic Kick Out the Jams (a cover of the MC5 hit). Some material is from sessions workshopping material for an album, some is from performance rehearsals. All were recorded once in the hopes that someday they’d see the light of day.

George Geranios, the band’s original audio engineer and an integral part of their golden years, co-produced the original recordings along with BÖC. All were originally recorded on reel-to-reel tape. They were later transferred to digital audio, which is when modern AI and magical musical talents met. These vintage multi-track recordings were de-mixed, re-mixed, and produced by Steve Schenck and Richie Castellano to become Ghost Stories.

Work in the studio for the album was completed by Castellano, along with remaining original members Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, both Albert Bouchard and Rick Downey on drums with additional overdubs by Joe Bouchard. All these original members appear on Ghost Stories, creating a musical journey that traverses decades.

With a legacy spanning more than five decades, Blue Öyster Cult continue to be a formidable force in the rock scene. As the band bookend their recording career, they do so with a flourish, offering fans a musical odyssey that is sure to leave a lasting imprint on rock history. Truly a remarkable journey.”