February 8, 2024

After the resounding success of their 50th Anniversary celebration, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT is eagerly gearing up for an exciting new chapter in their storied career with the upcoming release of Ghost Stories. This highly anticipated album marks a fitting finale to the recording legacy of one of rock’s most iconic fixtures from the past 50 years.

In a thrilling partnership with Frontiers MusicBLUE ÖYSTER CULT is set to captivate fans with a collection of reimagined and newly completed songs that span from 1978-2016. These musical treasures, long considered ‘lost gems’ by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT enthusiasts, were originally recorded between 1978 and 1983, except for one track from 2016, If I Fell. Also included is the only known studio recording of their concert classic Kick Out the Jams (MC5 cover). Some of the material is from sessions workshopping material for an album, some is from performance rehearsals. All were recorded once in the hopes that someday they’d see the light of day.

Photo: Sandra Roeser

George Geranios, the band’s original audio engineer and an integral part of the band’s golden years, co-produced the original 1978-83 recordings along with BÖC. All were originally recorded on reel-to-reel analog tape. They were later transferred to digital audio, which is when modern AI and magical musical talents met and the collection of vintage multi-track recordings was de-mixed, re-mixed, and produced by Steve Schenck and Richie Castellano to become Ghost Stories.

The two explain the album’s amazing process HERE

Work in the studio for the album was completed by Richie Castellano along with remaining original members Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, both Albert Bouchard and Rick Downey appear on drums with additional overdubs recorded by Joe Bouchard. All these original lineup members appearing on ‘Ghost Stories,’ create a musical journey that traverses decades.

To celebrate this exciting announcement, the band shares the single So Supernatural along with a new music video that has a super cool blend of classic rock and modern AI.

As BLUE ÖYSTER CULT embraces its ‘classic rock’ phenomenon status, the anticipation for this album is reaching a crescendo. Fans are eager to experience the culmination of the band’s artistic vision and witness the completion of songs that have become part of their folklore.

With a legacy spanning over five decades, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT continues to be a formidable force in the classic rock scene. The exciting partnership with Frontiers Music Srl and the visionary leadership of Serafino Perugino add an extra layer of anticipation to the release of Ghost Stories. As the band bookends their recording career, they do so with a flourish, offering fans a musical odyssey that is sure to leave a lasting imprint on rock history. Truly, a remarkable journey.

Ghost Stories

  1. Late Night Street Fight
  2. Cherry
  3. So Supernatural 
  4. We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  5. Soul Jive
  6. Gun
  7. Shot in the Dark
  8. The Only Thing
  9. Kick Out the Jams
  10. Money Machine
  11. Don’t Come Running To Me
  12. If I Fell

Band Members & Credits:

Eric Bloom – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Albert Bouchard – Drums, Vocals

Joe Bouchard – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals

Allen Lanier – Guitar, Keyboards

Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – Guitar, Vocals

Rick Downey – Drums (on 3 and 11)

Richie Castellano – Additional Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

If I Fell” was Recorded on April 18, 2016, at Red Studios, Hollywood, CA

Eric Bloom – Vocals

Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – Guitar, Vocals

Richie Castellano – Guitar, Vocals

Kasim Sulton – Vocals

Jules Radino – Percussion

Original recordings Produced by George Geranios and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT except, 

If I Fell” Produced by Steve Schenck and Richie Castellano

De-mixed, Re-mixed and Produced by Steve Schenck & Richie Castellano

Engineered by Richie Castellano

“Gun” and “Money Machine” overdubs recorded by Joe Bouchard

Digital Transfers by George Geranios

Mastered by Sam Stauff at Mercy College Studio, Dobbs Ferry, NY