- Released: April 18, 1989
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Blue Oyster Cult: Eric Bloom (vocals, stun guitar, synthesizer); Albert Bouchard (vocals, guitar, drums); Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (vocals, guitar); Joe Bouchard (vocals, bass); Allan Lanier (guitar, keyboards).
Engineers include: Kurt Kuntzel, Aaron Baron, Tim Geelan.
Recorded live at Academy Of Music, New York, New York; Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon; Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington; Show Palace, Phoenix, Arizona; Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California; P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Throughout its first three studio albums, Blue Oyster Cult merged intelligently written lyrics shaded with dark occult and sci-fi imagery with a crunching attack, which helped generate comparisons to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. As good as these records were, playing live was what BOC truly excelled in thanks to extensive touring. Backing up this assertion is the band's first live album, ON YOUR FEET OR ON YOUR KNEES. Although the band was still a year away from its first crossover hit, this live collection was its first album to crack the Top 40.
Powered by the duel guitars of Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, the band included extended versions of epics from the then-recent SECRET TREATIES ("Subhuman," "Me 262") and the prior TYRANNY AND MUTATION ("Seven Screaming Diz Busters"). Other highlights include a great version of "Cities on Flame" (the band's first official single) and "Buck's Boogie," a Roeser instrumental showcase previously available on the ultra-rare 1972 EP LIVE BOOTLEG. The inclusion of crunching covers by Steppenwolf ("Born to Be Wild") and Jimmy Reed ("Maserati GT," a.k.a. "I Ain't Got You") round out what is considered by many to be the first phase of Blue Oyster Cult's career.