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Blue Öyster Cult - "Astronomy"


Blue Öyster Cult Astronomy

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

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Author Notes

This song was charted with the help of nsw1-6, who created the D/B/G/V charts that were the basis for the rest of this custom. (aaaaa sorry somehow i forgot to copy this to the database entry even though i put it in the thread)
 
Kicking off my C3G contributions is the mini-epic closing track from Blue Öyster Cult's 1974 record [i]Secret Treaties[/i]. You're almost certainly familiar with them for some of their hits such as "Godzilla," "Burnin' for You," and the RB1-featured classic, "Don't Fear the Reaper." However, like many bands with such smash hits, BÖC's deeper album cuts far surpass in quality the singles that gained more popularity.
 
"Astronomy" is a perfect example of this, a prime slice of 70's hard rock, with a sprinkle of progressive elements mixed in, and BÖC's trademark cryptic, storytelling lyrics. It starts out soft, with a piano intro and subdued verses, before exploding into a killer riff. Following that up is the power-chord-driven refrain, rotating between singing and anthemic chants of "hey!". After a brief interlude, the cycle repeats again (with an added guitar solo this time) before abruptly breaking away into a quiet respite, which slowly builds up into the double-time grand finale, with its chorus of "ASTRONOMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY A STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!" As a side note, if classic rock is your thing and you haven't already heard it, I highly recommend checking out the rest of this masterpiece album.
 
With this song's piano being such an integral part of it, the keys chart deserves special mention. In the verses, it's the star of the show, as it revolves around a main chord progression, but hardly plays it the same way twice, with every phrase offering some sort of change-up or flourish. Once the guitar properly kicks in, it plays the same melody in the pre-chorus riff, and then switches to playing the main chords of the chorus, with constant variations in rhythm. The break and build-up offers a welcome change-up as you play an atmospheric organ part.
 
The drum chart is primarily based around slow 16th note patterns on the hi-hat and ride, with the choruses kicking things up a notch by adding more fills and accents. The brief "breakdown" after the first chorus is practically a mini-solo of sorts. The build-up starts with soft cymbal tapping, before building back up to speed and entering the outro, which earns this chart its tier, with its quick constant ride beat and kicks, interspersed with some fast rolls and fills.
 
The guitar part takes a bit to really get going, as the verses mostly contain long sustains. Things start happening once you hit the pre-chorus melody, and the chorus itself features varied two-note power chords with muted strums in between. The solo before the second chorus has its tricky HOPO runs but is never unreasonable, striking the perfect balance of challenge and fun. After the interlude and build-up, the outro is practically a solo itself, mixing technical parts with screaming sustains.
 
While perhaps it doesn't stand out much compared to the rest, the bass chart is no slouch on its own, and is perhaps more consistently interesting than the guitar, as it goes and plays its own little melody in the verses. While there's no particular stand-out, challenging parts in here, the whole chart is filled with little HOPO licks that make it far from your average simple bass part.
 
The vocals have a relatively soft and melodic melody in the verses, before getting a boost of energy and starting to sing in a slightly higher register in the chorus, with the song of course culminating in the long, held out "Astronomy, a star" climax. Besides the "hey!" chant, the harmonies are limited to a few phrases of 3rds above the lead in the "light that never warms" section, but all in all it's a fun vocal chart regardless.



5 Comments

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haoestrelalp
September 17, 2018

Secret Treaties is a pool of good songs, no doubts one of the best albums

Nice job to see the preview, it will definitely go to my library, thx ♥

My favorite song on one of the best albums of all-time.  Thanks for your work!

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Atruejedi
September 17, 2018

Fantastic and epic. Big thanks to all involved. Huge BOC fan.

Great to see more Cult on here, definitely one of my all-time favorite bands.  And this is one of their best songs, no doubt!

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Zombie Capone
September 17, 2018

Yeah ! I love this band thank you :)