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Imaginos [Original recording reissued]

Blue Oyster CultAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lost jewel... May 12, 2000
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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, for a concept album December 13, 2005
By K. Mays
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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars b.o.c.,s interesting gem imaginos! September 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
blue oyster cult,s imaginos was originally released in 1988.imaginos was originally going to be drummer albert bouchards first solo album, after being ousted from blue oyster cult in 1981 after a performance at the famous castle donnigton music fast forward a few years to late 1987 or early 1988 columbia wanted a reunion of the original blue oyster it came to be that all the members of blue oyster cult contributed somewhat to the imaginos project. there were many other guest musicians playing on imaginos isn,t really an 100% blue oyster cult album,although all the vocal parts and some guitar parts are blue oyster cult.some don,t like this period or album too much.i like this album i think it is an interesting concept that seems to tell a story of dark forces surrounding a magical mirror found in an underground chamber of jade.for me the strongest tunes are;i am the one you warned me of,les invisables,in the presence of another world [creepy and cool],magna of illusion,blue oyster cult and the 1988 remake of a b.o.c. i find this album very enjoyable and a must for the collection!!turn out the lights burn candles and listen to in the presence of another world or les invisables!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful, husband was thrilled to receive this. Thank you!
Published 23 days ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Oyster Cult's Imaginos: Overlooked and underrated.
Imaginos is as good as Blue Oyster Cult's best albums from the 70's.
Published 28 days ago by otterman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blend of the unmistakable sound of Blue Oyster Cult.
Blue Oyster Cult captured my soul with their bold use of original sounds and lyrics in the 80's and album after album they offered something captivating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erik D.J. O'Brien
This album is sort of different from BOC's other albums, you can read why in the countless other reviews, I'm mainly writing this 'review' as a warning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by spazzblaster
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best albums. Good service.
This is a really occult heavy metal album from Blue Oyster Cult. The service was perfect and surrely this was a great choice.
Published 5 months ago by José Manuel Lestegás Rivas
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick ass band
Out of the thirty some times I've seen this band in concerts, there were no bad shows, this one was one of the best, but all are great.
Published 9 months ago by wake up call
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Flight!
Absolutely tremendous! One of their best albums ever and one that I recommend to any and all Blue Oyster Cult fans.
Published 14 months ago by James Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually a product of Albert Bouchard
This was brought into the studio and had BOC as well as a slew of guest artists add to it. It's still an amazing album and I'm proud to have owned it in one form or another since... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rob Dotzler
4.0 out of 5 stars finally got long awaited BOC CD.
This version of Astronomy worth price of CD. Rest of CD is on par with some of their better cds.
Published 14 months ago by AppStateFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered this gem
I have to let everyone know that this is the hardest I've heard BOC play. This is a gem of a rocker, and I've only just discovered it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rocco1965
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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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