Blue Oyster Cult

Blue OC Fantasy Distilation oR

Released 1977.
Live in New York, 1972 and Stalk-Forrest Group Promo Single.
Source: The Blue Öyster Cult Bootleg EP and Stalk-Forrest Group 7″ single (marked +)
Workshop of the Telescopes
Cities on Flame with Rock & Roll
The Red and The Black
Buck’s Boogie
What is Quicksand?+
Arthur Comics+

Rochester, N.Y.
Nugget’s Pizza Parlor                                                                                                                              WCMF-FM broadcast

01. The Red and the Black
02. Stairway to the stars
03. Transmaniacon M.C.
04. Then Came the Last Days of May
05. Before the Kiss (A Redcap)
06. Workshop of the Telescopes
07. Cities on Flame (with Rock and Roll)
08. Born to Be Wild

Read below why ‘Buck’s Boogie’ was not included on the broadcast and why it can be found on the bootlegs anyway.

“The recording from this gig resulted in the famous “official bootleg” disk, Fantasy Distillation of Reality/Live in Montreal (!!)/Live in New York 1972 etc (it had a number of names). My copy was in a nicely printed glossy black sleeve featuring the famous Bethesda Fountain promo shot…”

BOC SWUnderbelly

BOC SWU front

French bootleg from 1975/6 referred to as The Soft White Underbelly and the “inspiration” for the IMP EP and the TKRWM album a year later. With that font on the cover, no wonder the copy came out on “Reichstag Records” (see disc image below).

“In 1972/3 as a pre-release to Tyranny & Mutation Columbia issued this 4 Track 12” single/EP called the BOC Bootleg EP. It did contain: Side One: The Red & The Black, and Buck’s Boogie. Side Two was: Workshop Of The Telescopes, and Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll.

Blue OC Bootleg EP

Blue OC Bootleg EP lbl

It was a 4 Track Live recording from a Radio Station (WCMF-FM) broadcast in an edited format a week after the day of the recording 72-04-03, from The Nugget’s Pizza Parlour in Rochester, New York. The Full Broadcast was 36 minutes long and actually didn’t include Buck’s Boogie as that song lacked Publishing copyrights security at the time of the broadcast.

The Radio Show did have the following setlist though: The Red & The Black, Stairway To The Stars, Transmaniacon MC, Then Came the Last Days Of May, Before the Kiss, A Redcap (Strange attempt at a re-arrangement), Workshop Of the telescopes, Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll, and Born To Be Wild.

Backline Power fuse blew just as they started that last song, but the power came back and the band went through the song and then some…..

The Vinyl History of “The Bootleg EP” COLUMBIA AS-40 is as such… the 12″ was only released to radio Station as a White label promo EP. Then it was Bootlegged in 1976 by Vicky Vinyl company Idle Mind Productions as IMP-1106 and presented as “In My Mouth Or On The Ground” in a 10″ format on Blue Vinyl and Black Vinyl on re-issues.

Two different covers were issued for this release, One artwork the other a Photograph from the Famous Publicity shoot in 1971 at “Needles Park” in New York.

Using that Photo and some great artwork the record was released in Europe as another 12″ Vinyl in a deluxe packaging with a special Presskit fold out inner encosure with Lyrics to the first albums and the fantastic promo pic from Secret treaties called “Max Effo:rt” (supposed to be read as a diacritic) and became commonly known as The Soft White Underbelly record, thus creating massive misunderstanding and a popular misconception of what the real SWU was all about…

This all due to the fact that the labels on the Vinyl read Soft White Underbelly… this was issued in 1976. In 1978 TKRWM released “Fantasy Distillation….” which had a rubber stamp with the erroneous info of “Live In Montreal” on the cover sheet. and included a poorly centered SFG single on that 12″ vinyl and more people got this rare collectible than ever before….

CD age and French semi-legal label SkyDog re-issued the EP and just called it Live in New York 1972, and actually issued a Vinyl to go along with it and to complete the story of its release. So there you have it…”

BOC orig IMP

BOC orig IMP 2



Blue OC lbl

Now, that’s a nice label.


Note the changed cover design which had already started with the previous release: TKRWM 1818 Pink Floyd – Gotta Be Crazy