Metallica's Lars Ulrich: My 15 Favorite Metal and Hard Rock Albums

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Blue Öyster Cult, 'On Your Feet or On Your Knees' (1975)
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Blue Öyster Cult, 'On Your Feet or On Your Knees' (1975)

This is one of the ultimate live albums. A significant amount of these songs are from Blue Öyster Cult's album Secret Treaties. It has some of their earlier hits like "Cities on Flame" and some of the deeper cuts like "The Red and the Black" and a ballad that was part of the blueprint of great hard-rock ballads in the Seventies called "Last Days of May." There's a density to this record and a consistency. 

All the dudes in the band sang; I think the drummer sang "Cities on Flame." And they had a song where all five members played guitars, "ME 262." There's a picture of all five of them playing guitar next to each other. It was like the ultimate guitar solo [laughs]. I guess there were two guitar players, then the drummer came out and played.

Blue Öyster Cult also had that New York connection: downtown intellectual, part of the New York, CBGBs scene. Patti Smith had a relationship with the keyboard played, Allen [Lanier]. They were sort of part of that New York intellectual scene that Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground came from. This is a little more thought out and little bit smarter compared to the sort of neanderthal approach that some other rock bands had at the time. It has a finesse to it.

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