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Blue Oyster Cult - Imaginos (1988/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Blue Oyster Cult - Imaginos (1988/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Imaginos
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1988/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:54:46
Recorded: Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York; Boogie Hotel Studios, Port Jefferson, New York; Alpha & Omega Studios, San Francisco, California, 1981 - 1988

Imaginos is the eleventh studio album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult (commonly shortened as BÖC). It was released in 1988, and was their last recording with their original record label, CBS/Columbia Records. The album took nearly eight years to complete and was originally intended to be the first in a trilogy of solo albums by Blue Öyster Cult drummer and songwriter Albert Bouchard. Bouchard was fired in August 1981, and CBS rejected the album in 1984, but a re-worked version was eventually published as a product of the band. Many musicians contributed to the project over this eight-year span, including Joe Satriani and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, but some band members were barely involved in the recording process. Thus, Imaginos is often considered more as a project of producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman than as a true album of the band.
Imaginos weaves scripts and poems by Pearlman, dating from the second half of the 1960s, into a concept album and rock opera about an alien conspiracy that is brought to fruition during the late 19th and early 20th century through the actions of Imaginos, an agent of evil. The tale combines elements of gothic literature and science fiction and is strongly inspired by the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Subtitled "a bedtime story for the children of the damned", it has an intricate storyline whose often-obscure lyrics contain many historical references, and is still an object of speculation by fans and critics. It is often considered one of the heaviest albums released by Blue Öyster Cult, its music more akin to heavy metal than the melodic and commercial hard rock of their two previous works. The poor sales of those albums resulted in record label pressure on the band that led to their disbandment in 1986; a subsequent comeback featured only three members of the classic line-up.
The album received some critical acclaim, but achieved no commercial success, and Columbia Records ended their contract with Blue Öyster Cult at the completion of the Imaginos Tour. Albert Bouchard, excluded from the recording progress of Imaginos after the initial rejection from Columbia Records, then took legal action against the band and the label to protect his rights as author and producer on the album. Blue Öyster Cult continued to perform and remained a live attraction, but ten years passed before they released an album of new songs.

Blue Öyster Cult went out with a bang as a major-label recording act on their 14th and last new Columbia album, Imaginos. The idea for this concept album came as early as Secret Treaties, on which some of its music appeared, and the recording took place over a six-year period. (As a result, album credits give the erroneous impression that the original band had reformed.) The story line, which is easier to appreciate in the liner notes than on the record, concerns a mysterious, protean 19th century figure who has a talent for turning up at key moments in history and influencing them for the worse. This is perhaps BÖC's most consistent album, certainly its most uncompromising (none of its usual nods to pop accessibility), and also the closest thing to a real heavy-metal statement from a band that never quite fit that description. Unfortunately, this ambitious work came out as BÖC was dropping out of the frontline of the music business, so the album that comes closest to defining Blue Öyster Cult turned into its creative swan song. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

1 I Am The One You Warned Me Of 5:06
2 Les Invisibles 5:34
3 In The Presence Of Another World 6:29
4 Del Rio's Song 5:37
5 The Siege And Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria 6:46
6 Astronomy 6:54
7 Magna Of Illusion 5:59
8 Blue Öyster Cult 6:35
9 Imaginos 5:46

Eric Bloom – vocals
Albert Bouchard – guitar, percussion, vocals, associate producer
Joe Bouchard – keyboards, backing vocals
Allen Lanier – keyboards
Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser – guitars, vocals
Session musicians:
Tommy Morrongiello, Jack Rigg, Phil Grande – guitars
Tommy Zvoncheck – keyboards
Kenny Aaronson – bass
Thommy Price – drums
Joey Cerisano – vocals
Jon Rogers – vocals
Jack Secret – additional vocals
Shocking U – backing vocals on track 3
Daniel Levitin – guitar sounds (uncredited)
Guitar Orchestra of the State of Imaginos:
Marc Biedermann (lead guitar on track 1)
Kevin Carlson
Robby Krieger (lead guitar on tracks 7 and 8)
Tommy Morrongiello
Aldo Nova
Jack Rigg
Joe Satriani (lead guitar on track 5)

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