“The horses are dazed From the glare of stars…” Happy Helloween 2015!

The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria – Blue Oyster Cult (1988) 2012 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria” was released on Blue Oyster Cult’s 11th studio album Imaginos in July of 1988.

Imaginos ranks pretty high up there for me from a band that has ALOT of records that I really love. This is my second video for a track from the album (See “Imaginos” https://youtu.be/euKHi_Y2ZTU  Thought Roger Corman’s “Frankenstein Unbound”, a 1990 monster flick that I always thought was pretty damn cool would go great. Anyway, “The Siege and Invest..” oh bloody hell..you know BOC’s Frankenstein tune! 😉 is another epic from a mostly forgotten album that needs to be less forgotten….happy to do my little bit!

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 theory 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“a bedtime story for the children of the damned”, it has an intricate storyline whose often-obscure lyrics contain many historical references, and is still an object of speculation by fans and critics.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.

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.

David Fricke, in his review for the magazine Rolling Stone, considers Imaginos “the best black-plastic blitz to bear the Cult’s trademark cross and claw since 1974’s Secret Treaties”, but remarks that the “lengthy gestation” of the album and the many musicians involved makes it “a bit of a cheat for Cult Purists”, and that is “only an illusionary re-creation of the way BÖC used to be”. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote that Imaginos is “the album that comes closest to defining Blue Öyster Cult” and their “creative swan song”, and “perhaps BÖC’s most consistent album, certainly its most uncompromising (…) and also the closest thing to a real heavy-metal statement from a band that never quite fit that description”. For Don Kaye of Kerrang!, the album is “the best BÖC slab since (…) Cultösaurus Erectus and harks back in style and attitude towards the brilliance of masterpieces like Secret Treaties and Spectres”. A reviewer from the Italian music criticism site Storia della Musica, writes that “it could have been the Tommy or The Dark Side of the Moon of BÖC”.

Much more story to “Imaginos” read it at Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginos

[Lyrics]
n the terminal point
Of the cul-de-sac
Patients are dying
The horses are dazed
From the glare of stars
The starry wisdom
Owned by the Baron
And he’s got the cure

A drug by the name of World Without End
A drug by the name of World Without End
A drug by the name of World Without End

Come and take this, Carpe Diem!
World without end, Carpe Diem!
You’ll be inventor, Carpe Diem!
Invention, letter, earth, wind, Carpe Diem!
Rhymed like the real, Carpe Diem!
And real as the rhyme, Carpe Diem!
Imagine this Baron, Carpe Diem!
Inventor of rhymes, Carpe Diem!

Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein
Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein
Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein

Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!

He was me, and I was called Frankenstein
He was me, and I was called Frankenstein
He was me, and I was called Frankenstein
Frankenstein

(World without end)
Frankenstein
(World without end)
Frankenstein

(World without end)

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