Flat Out (Buck Dharma album)

Flat Out
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Studio album by
Released June 15, 1982
Recorded Boogie Hotel Studios, Port Jefferson, New York
Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York
North Lake Studios, North White Plains, New York
The Power Station and Warehouse Studios, New York City
The Automatt, San Francisco, California, 1981
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Length 38:21
Label Portrait
Producer Donald Roeser
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Flat Out is a solo album by Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, lead guitarist and vocalist for hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). Although Roeser penned and sang BÖC's biggest hits ("(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla", "Burnin' for You"), the band operated as a democracy, and some of the songs he brought to the band were deemed too poppy by the others, so he released many of them on this solo record. "Born to Rock" was the first single (and was played live by the full band on occasion in 1982 and again in 2004), and "Your Loving Heart" was also released as a single, but neither charted well.

The track "Come Softly to Me" begins with a 35-second backwards recording. When played in reverse, it is a conversation that mentions a bongo record that sounds like Channel 11 music used to be. The conversation, which takes place during a game of ping-pong, ends with, "I could kick your ass but I know this is just for a sound check." The Fan Club lyric book titles this song "Gnop Gnip" (ping pong spelled backwards).[2]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Donald Roeser; except where indicated

  1. "Born to Rock" (Neal Smith, Roeser) – 3:24
  2. "That Summer Night" – 3:44
  3. "Cold Wind" – 4:38
  4. "Your Loving Heart" (Roeser, Sandy Roeser) – 7:12
  5. "Five Thirty-Five" – 5:09
  6. "Wind Weather and Storm" (Richard Meltzer, Roeser) – 2:35
  7. "All Tied Up" – 4:16
  8. "Anwar's Theme / Gnop Gnip" – 4:47
  9. "Come Softly to Me" (Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis, Gary Troxel) – 2:32

Additional track on the CD version (originally released on Guitar’s Practicing Musicians Volume 3, 1989):

  1. "Gamera Is Missing"



  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – vocals, lead guitar, drums on "Wind Weather and Storm", synthesizer on "All Tied Up", producer, engineer
  • Sandy Roeser – vocal on "Come Softly to Me", backing vocals on "That Summer Night"
  • Rick Downey – drums on "Your Loving Heart", "Five Thirty-Five", "Anwar's Theme"
  • Neal Smith- drums on "Born to Rock", "That Summer Night"
  • Dennis Dunaway – bass on "Born to Rock"
  • Giis de Lang – additional rhythm guitar on "Born to Rock"
  • Richard Crooks – drums on "Cold Wind"
  • Will Lee – bass on "Cold Wind", "All Tied Up"
  • Billy Alessi – synthesizer on "Cold Wind" and "All Tied Up"
  • Craig MacGregor – bass on "Your Loving Heart", "Five Thirty-Five", "Anwar's Theme"
  • Spyke Grubb – backing vocal on "Five Thirty-Five"
  • Teruo Nakamura – bass on "Wind Weather and Storm"
  • Richie Cannata – saxophone, clarinet, and horn arrangement on "Wind Weather and Storm"
  • Steve Jordan – drums on "All Tied Up"
  • Sue Evans – percussion on "Anwar's Theme", "Come Softly to Me"
  • Ron Riddle – drums on "Gamera Is Missing"

Hospital Staff on Your Loving Heart

  • Sandy Roeser, Jan Allen, Terry Bretone, Richard Bifulco


  • Ken Kessie – engineer
  • Clay Hutchinson – 2nd engineer on tracks 3, 7, 9
  • Jeff Kawalek – 2nd engineer on track 5, re-mixing on track 5
  • Tony Bongiovi – re-mixing on tracks 2, 3
  • Chris Isca, Paul Mandl, Barry Bongiovi, Wayne Lewis, Jimmy Sparling – assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering


  1. ^ Adams, Bret. "Buck Dharma Flat Out review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Oyster Cult".

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