Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres

Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres

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Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released November 1977
Recorded The Record Plant, New York City, July–September 1977
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:29
Label Columbia
Producer Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas, Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Agents of Fortune
Some Enchanted Evening
Singles from Spectres
  1. "Going Through the Motions / Searchin' for Celine"
    Released: November 1977
  2. "Godzilla / Nosferatu"
    Released: February 1978
  3. "Godzilla (Live) / Godzilla (Studio)"
    Released: April 1978
  4. "I Love the Night / Nosferatu"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau (B)
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 10/10
Q 4/5 stars


  "Spectres" is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in November 1977. The album was certified gold in January 1978 and contained the album rock hits "Godzilla", "Death Valley Nights", "R.U. Ready 2 Rock" and "I Love the Night".

The cover art is demonstrative of BÖC's use of lasers in their live show at that time. Though the album did not remain on the charts as long as its predecessor "Agents of Fortune", it is a BÖC fan favorite.


Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Godzilla"   Donald Roeser Roeser 3:41
2. "Golden Age of Leather"   Roeser, Bruce Abbott Roeser 5:53
3. "Death Valley Nights"   Albert Bouchard, Richard Meltzer A. Bouchard 4:07
4. "Searchin' for Celine"   Allen Lanier Eric Bloom 3:35
5. "Fireworks"   A. Bouchard A. Bouchard 3:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "R. U. Ready 2 Rock"   A. Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman Bloom 3:45
7. "Celestial the Queen"   Joe Bouchard, Helen Wheels J. Bouchard 3:24
8. "Goin' Through the Motions"   Bloom, Ian Hunter Bloom 3:12
9. "I Love the Night"   Roeser Roeser 4:23
10. "Nosferatu"   J. Bouchard, Wheels J. Bouchard 5:23
Total length: 40:29



Band members
  • Eric Bloom – guitar, vocals
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead and rhythm guitars, vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass guitar, guitar, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, harmonica, vocals
Additional musicians
  • Newark Boys Chorus – vocals on "Golden Age of Leather"
  • David Lucas, Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, – producers
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer, mixing
  • John Jansen, Corky Stasiak, Thom Panunzio, Andy Abrams – engineers
  • Gray Russell, Dave Thoener, Jay Krugman, Rod O’Brien, Sam Ginsberg – assistant engineers
  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Roni Hoffman – design
  • Eric Erola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects and photo assistance



Year Chart Position
1977 Swedish Album Chart 47
1978 Billboard 200 (United States) 43
UK Album Chart 60
RPM 100 Albums (Canada) 58

Sales Certifications

Year Country Organization Sales
1978 U.S. RIAA Gold (500,000+)



Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres

UK CBS SCBS 86050 stereo (1977).

Album produced by Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas and Blue Öyster Cult.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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