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|Studio album by|
|Studio||Columbia 30th Street Studio|
(New York City)
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||10/10|
In 1975, a poll of critics of the British magazine Melody Maker voted Secret Treaties the "Top Rock Album of All Time". In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time best "proto-metal" albums.
All of the songs from the album found their way into BÖC playlists over the following years, except for "Cagey Cretins". It's the only BÖC album that does not feature a track with lead vocals sung by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser. The band also did not write any of the lyrics to the album, handing that duty to producer Sandy Pearlman, rock critic Richard Meltzer and Patti Smith.
Lyrics to the lead-off track "Career of Evil" were written by future punk poet Patti Smith, a longtime contributor to the band (and, at the time, girlfriend of BÖC keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier).
A few changes were made to "Career of Evil" on the single version. The vocals are different: only Eric Bloom is heard for most of the song, instead of Bloom and Albert Bouchard singing together. Also, one verse was removed ("Pay me..." to "...kneeling in the rain"). Part of the bridge was changed also, presumably to make the song more acceptable to radio: "do it to your daughter" became "do it like you ought to." The line "I want your wife to be my baby tonight" was changed to "I want your life to be mine, maybe tonight".
The transition between the tracks "Harvester of Eyes" and "Flaming Telepaths" is marked by a piece of classical music played on a music box. Members of the band recall that it was something the sound engineer had found on an unlabeled recording, but they could not identify it. The piece and its composer were uncredited on the album. It has since been identified as an excerpt from a waltz by Ion Ivanovici called Waves of the Danube (Donauwellen). The source of the original recording remains a mystery.
The compilation Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult contains a version of "Flaming Telepaths" without the music box intro. The original version with the complete sound effects is found on the compilation Workshop of the Telescopes.
In addition the conventional 2 channel stereo version the album was also released in a 4 channel quadraphonic version on LP record and 8-track tape in 1974. The quad LP release was encoded in the SQ matrix system.
The album was reissued on the Super Audio CD format in 2016 by Audio Fidelity. This edition contains both the stereo and quad mixes.
|1.||"Career of Evil"||Patti Smith||Albert Bouchard||Bloom, A Bouchard||3:59|
|2.||"Subhuman"||Sandy Pearlman||Eric Bloom||Bloom||4:39|
|3.||"Dominance and Submission"||Pearlman||Bloom, A. Bouchard||A. Bouchard||5:23|
|4.||"ME 262"||Pearlman||Bloom, Donald Roeser||Bloom||4:48|
|5.||"Cagey Cretins"||Richard Meltzer||A. Bouchard||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard||3:16|
|6.||"Harvester of Eyes"||Meltzer||Bloom, Roeser||Bloom||4:42|
|7.||"Flaming Telepaths"||Pearlman||Bloom, A. Bouchard, Roeser||Bloom||5:20|
|8.||"Astronomy"||Pearlman||A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard||Bloom||6:28|
|2001 CD remaster bonus tracks|
|9.||"Boorman the Chauffeur" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions)||J. Bouchard||J. Bouchard, Murray Krugman||J. Bouchard||3:13|
|10.||"Mommy" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions)||Meltzer||Bloom||Bloom||3:32|
|11.||"Mes Dames Sarat" (outtake from the Secret Treaties sessions)||Allen Lanier||Lanier||Bloom||4:07|
|12.||"Born to Be Wild" (non LP single)||Mars Bonfire||Bonfire||Bloom||3:40|
|13.||"Career of Evil" (single version)||Smith||A. Bouchard||Bloom||3:00|
- Band members
- Eric Bloom – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar
- Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar, synthesizers, second lead guitar on track 11
- Joe Bouchard – bass, vocals
- Albert Bouchard – drums, vocals
|NME||UK||Albums of the Year||1974||13|
|Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein||U.S.||The Best of the Album Chartmakers by Year: 1974||1981||36|
|Kerrang!||UK||The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time||1989||22|
|Mojo||UK||Mojo 1000 - The Ultimate CD Buyers Guide||2001||No order|
|Rolling Stone||U.S.||The 50 Coolest Records of All Time||2002||47|
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