Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors (1979/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1979/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA; CBS Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Mirrors is the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1979. Mirrors is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album is notable for a collaboration with British fantasy/science-fiction author Michael Moorcock who co-wrote a song based on his novel The Fireclown. "The Great Sun Jester" is the first of several Moorcock co-writing credits with the band.
After the success of 1976's Platinum Agents of Fortune, 1977's Gold Spectres and 1978's Platinum live effort Some Enchanted Evening, the fact that Mirrors struggled to reach Gold status was disappointing to band and label alike. According to interviews with the band and the production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high charting and glossy production; however the backlash felt from this attempt was a reason for their future pairing with Martin Birch, and their attempt to return to a darker sound.
"In Thee" was written by Allen Lanier. It went in to the chart at No. 74. A live version is featured on their 1998 album Heaven Forbid, it features two acoustic guitars and was a popular "in concert" moment from this era. The line "Jim says some destinies should not be delivered" references the Jim Carroll Band song "Day and Night."
Blue Öyster Cult tried a new producer on Mirrors, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman with Tom Werman, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach appeared to displease longtime metal-oriented fans without attracting new ones: "In Thee" became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC's string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren't distinctive enough. Much of this is generic hard rock that could have been made by any one of a dozen '70s arena bands. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
1 Dr Music 3:10
2 The Great Sun Jester 4:48
3 In Thee 3:48
4 Mirrors 3:44
5 Moon Crazy 4:06
6 The Vigil 6:25
7 I Am The Storm 3:42
8 You're Not The One (I Was Looking For) 3:14
9 Lonely Teardrops 3:37
Eric Bloom – stun guitar, vocals
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, vocals
Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar
Joe Bouchard – bass, vocals
Albert Bouchard – drums, vocals
Mickey Raphael – harmonica on "Dr. Music"
Jai Winding – strings on "In Thee"
Ellen Foley, Genya Ravan, Wendy Webb – background vocals
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