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Imaginos Original recording reissued

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, January 8, 2008
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Vinyl, 1988
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1. I Am the One You Warned Me of
2. Les Invisibles
3. In the Presence of Another World
4. Del Rio's Song
5. The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria
6. Astronomy
7. Magna of Illusion
8. Blue Oyster Cult
9. Imaginos

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: American Beat
  • ASIN: B000XP42CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on May 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Why this album is out-of-print in America is beyond comprehension. From what I had gathered, it is one of the most revered and formidable albums Blue Öyster Cult had ever produced. It's been heralded as one of the best BÖC albums, and one of the best concept albums of all time. And yet, it's next to impossible to find. Why is this so? Unimaginable, because when I got my hands on a copy of this album, I was beyond impressed. This album brought dignity back to the BÖC name in the eighties (although the bad rap they got in the eighties for "Club Ninja" and "Revolution by Night" is so undeserved in my opinion...sure they weren't as great as the seventies albums, but they were still filled with great music). Recalling the songwriting skills of the departed drummer Al Bouchard, this album rocks with great anthems like "I Am the One You Warned Me Of," and the band's namesake "Blue Öyster Cult." The title track which closes the album is also a wonderful testament to the band's ability to produce music that is subtly eerie, yet as hard-hitting as the metal bands that they helped to inspire. Most notable on this album is the bold reworking of their "Secret Treaties" classic "Astronomy." Given a new sound, the new version lacks the climactic buildup the original had, but it still screams with power and still contains that warcry that made it a live spectacle. This version is much cleaner in terms of production quality and playing, and I love it just as much as the original. "Imaginos" is a brilliant epic that truly deserves more recognition. To hell with commercial success, for nothing can replace pure songwriting talent. Blue Öyster Cult are a band for the ages, and may their name live on in the minds of true fans like myself.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By K. Mays on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Imaginos is an album I have to be in the mood to listen to; it doesn't lend itself to casual persual. That said, there are some really great tracks on here, Astronomy (which completely owns the original IMO), IATOYWMO, Les Invisibles, and Blue Oyster Cult. These tracks can stand tall on their musical merit alone.

As for the lyrics, they are out there on the 'net if you Google them. When I found them I realized the actual lyrics were beyond anything I could imagine, and the casual listener is hard pressed to make much sense out of them. The BOC FAQ explains the story of Imaginos, which is begun in the liner notes, and I paraphrase below:

The Saga of Imaginos begins with the discovery of the New World by the Spanish. "To the Spanish, agents of a Catholic Sovereign, the New World was no place of grace ... anti-genesis, anti-Eden, seat of evil, pit of darkness ... the priests in the expeditions could imagine no place worse than this place ... visibly in the thrall of invisible spirits." These spirits: Les Invisibles - The Invisible Ones.

It is assumed that the Indians of the New World (in particular, the Aztecs and the Haitians) worshipped Les Invisibles (which we also assume to number seven).

If rich in its evil, the New World was also rich in its gold.

Greed overcame fear. Civilizations were wiped out (under the guise of religious purification), and Spanish power in Europe rose, fueled by the gold from the New World.

In the early 1800's, Les Invisibles cause the birth of a 'modified' child - Imaginos - in New Hampshire. His powers include the ability to see the future to some degree and to change his shape. Ignorant of his future role and billing himself as somewhat of an adventurer, he travels the Americas.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
OK, it may have started out as a great "concept album" in the mind of Sandy Pearlman. It may have grown into a Joe Bouchard solo album, which stretched out over multiple recording dates. It may have ended up as the "final" BOC album in 1988 because of the fact that Joe Bouchard was joined in sessions by Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Buck Dharma and Albert Bouchard.


It's got the bone-rattling, truly unique "The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria," featuring Joey Cerisano and Jon Rogers on additional lead vocals and the unforgettable shout/chant/refrain "CARPE DIEM" followed by doomsday crashing riff-heavy guitars, and the opening track "I Am the One You Warned Me Of," which is easily as good as any of the tracks on the early BOC albums.

There's also a remake of two songs from the second album ("Tyranny & Mutation"), "Astronomy" and "Subhuman" (which is retitled "Blue Oyster Cult" here).

Sometimes it pays to focus on what an album IS as opposed to what it ISN'T.

This one will shake the fillings loose from your teeth. It may be a patchwork quilt but it rocks like a mother, and the fact that it's back on CD is worth celebrating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By eddiepresley on May 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
In the information from the label (Real Gone Music) in all its press releases, they said this was a REMIX of this album. Now all the press and indeed the printing on the CD itself says REMASTER... Though if you dig deeper they do claim its a 2012 REMIX...


This is one of my all time favorite CD's and I've listened to it probably a few thousand times. I have Albert's demos and I have the original 1st pressing of the album and CD... I even have essays written on the history and mythology of this album from the old BOC fan club - SO - if this is a REMIX it's an "in place" remix as Jimmy Page did with the Zep catalog - the arrangement is not changed, but is just freshly mixed and cleaned up. I can give them that, but they didn't even remove the stick clicks in the quiet breaks of In The Presence of Another World that have been there since the original vinyl. Playing it beside the Sony Box Set Reissue - they are very close, in fact if I didn't have a great stereo or just listened on my iPod, I would say this is just a packaging of that remaster.


Even if so - that's great - it's been long out of print and BOC fans need to be able to add this to their collection without having to put out a ton of money on the box set. It's that good. I will always support any reissue of this album - it's that good - but if this is a REMIX it is very subtle. There is no album more in DIRE DIRE DIRE need of a remix than this album from the muddy snare to the shooshy all over the place cymbals, to the non existent bass, to the mush of multiple guitar parts laid on top of each other to the vocals that get lost under the murk.
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Best Blue Oyster Cult Album
I've never been too sure about Imaginos...the sound quality varies from track to track, too many "guest" guitarists (why would they
need anyone besides the Almighty Buck Dharma?), the version of "Astronomy" doesn't hold a candle to the original. Supposedly it was
to be... Read More
Jan 3, 2008 by Two Tub Man |  See all 12 posts
I dunno, I am tempted to buy it so I don't mess up my original copy.

I had no idea this had been finally reissued.
I opened up an email from Amazon, and it had Imaginos on there.

Anyways, BOCs site lists nothing about this, so I don't think it is a remaster. I am going to email there and see... Read More
Feb 24, 2008 by Philip V |  See all 8 posts
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