Rarely ever I would give reviews on compilations, nor I ever go out of my way to get them. For two reasons. One, I'm a music collector. By the time the compilations come out, either I most of or all the tunes on it. So why waste my time and money on it? Two, most of the compilations focus ONLY on the greatest hits. Many of them fail to dig deep into the old chestnuts that capture the ESSENCE of the artist. Yet, Blue Oyster Cult's Workshop of the Telescopes breaks the rules.
Blue Oyster Cult has the tendency to be rather inconsistent when it comes to their albums. Often, they'll have four or five excellent tracks per album and the rest of it mediocre. Here on Workshops, it's all here, in one neat double disc package.
Disc one covers their first three studio albums and their first live one. A time when BOC may have been at their most creative peak. The power of their raw energy can be felt here. Rockers like "Stairway to the Stars" and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", the psychedelic "Workshop of the Telescopes", the face melting guitar work of "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" can be heard here. Other favorites like the macabre "Harvester of Eyes" and "Flaming Telepaths" and the angelic "Astronomy" will sweep you away here.
The second disc takes on the more popular and glossier material from their more recent years. Kicking it off with the phenomenal (Don't Fear) the Reaper, showcased here are hits like "Godzilla", "Burnin' for You" and "Take Me Away". Although mainly focusing on their hit albums Agents of Fortune, Spectures and Fires from Unknown Origin , BOC covers tunes from lesser known albums like Mirrors , Cultosaurus Erectus and The Revolution by Night.
There is so much material here and the band covers it all-the good and the not so great. That's the way a great compilation should be-exposing the true essence what they're all about.