Some Enchanted Evening is the second live album released by American hard rock group Blue Oyster Cult. It was recorded on the tour to promote Spectres in 1977/1978.
The first live album was On Your Feet Or On Your Knees which captured the group in 1974 but thanks to the success of the hit single Don’t Fear The Reaper and its album Agents Of Fortune, Blue Oyster Cult were a much better known group several years later.
Originally it was a single album but in 2007, Some Enchanted Evening was reissued with seven extra songs.
Blue Oyster Cult Some Enchanted Evening Review
Because I can understand that some people may be concerted with links to the occult in the music, I’ve added links so that you can read the lyrics of the songs.
While Don’t Fear The Reaper has a lovely melody, I have been concerned that it seemed to be encouraging a suicide between young lovers but the writer, Buck Dharma, says that it’s about eternal love and the inevitability of death where lovers will meet again. see Wikipedia.
- R.U. Ready 2 Rock – 5:29 (originally on the album Spectres) lyrics
- E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – 5:04 (Agents Of Fortune) lyrics
- Astronomy – 8:18 (Secret Treaties) lyrics
- Kick Out the Jams – 3:03 (cover of the MC5 song)
- Godzilla – 4:10 (Spectres) lyrics
- (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – 5:51 (Agents Of Fortune) lyrics
- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – 4:09 (cover of the Animals song)
2007 bonus tracks
- ME 262 – 3:24 (Secret Treaties) lyrics
- Harvester of Eyes – 4:35 (Secret Treaties) lyrics
- Hot Rails to Hell – 5:01 (Tyranny and Mutation) lyrics
- This Ain’t the Summer of Love – 2:48 (Agents Of Fortune) lyrics
- 5 Guitars – 8:34
- Born to Be Wild – 6:30 (cover of the Steppenwolf song)
- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – 4:36 (an alternative version)
The version of the album I used to own only had the first seven songs which is frustrating. I always felt the original album was too short but the bonuses have made it a much better summary of the Spectres tour.
It’s nice to see the ballad Astronomy feature on this album because I thought it was missing from the first but I could do without a, let alone two versions of We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
The 2007 extras pick up four songs already on the On Your Feet album so there can be a direct comparison made. These are weaker, less intense versions as BOC adjusted to their more AOR audience.
Here is a video of Blue Oyster Cult performing Astronomy live in 1978.
Godzilla (from 1979)
Atmosphere and Authenticity
The original album was too short and even with the extras, it doesn’t feel like a proper concert recording because it doesn’t accurately reflect the order of the set lists.
This is probably the weakest of the main BOC live albums despite it being the biggest seller. It lacks the guitar-fest punch of the first album and Extraterrestrial Live is a stronger career summary with a better version of Don’t Fear The Reaper.
If this is the only BOC album you’ve heard, I encourage you to investigate the other two. I accidentally lost my copy and, with the exception of buying the mp3 of Astronomy, I’ve decided I can give it a miss.
What Other People Say About Some Enchanted Evening
I’ve seen it on one best live albums list:
Classic Rock 31
I’m surprised because I think On Your Feet is a much stronger album.
There are plenty of reviews at Amazon
Buying Some Enchanted Evening or listening to mp3 samples
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