“They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again” from 1988 Kansas’ Ghosts

Ghosts – Kansas (1988) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ghosts” was released in October 1988 on Kansas’ 11th studio album, In The Spirit Of Things. This is such a wonderful tune but it remains in relative obscurity along with most of the band’s output from the mid-80’s onward. Maybe not quite as great as “Dust in the Wind” but it’s a really beautiful tune that I’ve always loved…then again, maybe it’s even better! 😉 Though I wanted to finish my BOC Mirrors string with my update for my ancient video for “The Vigil”, I didn’t get it finished yet, so we’ll detour into a couple/few other thing in the meantime. Thanks to everyone for watching and thanks for sticking around..I hope you enjoy the vid!

This album was Kansas’s last studio effort for a major label. It didn’t receive much promotion, as MCA dropped a slew of “older” artists shortly after its release and famously switched its attention to current younger acts such as Tiffany. Kansas got caught in that decision and the album was a commercial failure. The label did produce several promotional materials for the record, including a glossy video for “Stand Beside Me”. The song was played regularly on MTV and allowed the single to hit the album rock charts, the last Kansas single to chart in any format. Other songs were released in odd formats, such as a 12″ promotional single of “I Counted on Love,” an import edited CD single of “House on Fire,” and a small-sized CD single of “Stand Beside Me.” The album would also be the last Kansas release to appear in vinyl format until the release of The Prelude Implicit in 2016.

A tour in support of this album included a broadcast by the King Biscuit Flower Hour, which many years later released the show as a CD.

[Lyrics]
There’s tombstone in a snowy field
Close by an old ghost town
The epitaph’s been weather-blown away
There’s a belltower where petitions peeled
It’s been half torn down
But it must have softened every soul that came to pray

There’s a schoolhouse full of broken glass
And wounded walls
The rusty swings like derelicts sleeping in the weeds
There’s a picture-graduation class
Staring down deserted halls
“The hope of 44” is what it reads

It’s just as if some restless wind blew their dreams away far away
It’s just as if those dreams had never been but oh-
I feel their ghosts around me now- I hear them say
They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again

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Two from Blue Öyster Cult’s 1979 album Mirrors.

In Thee – Blue Oyster Cult (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“In Thee” was released in June 1979 on the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, Mirrors. This is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album was not highly regarded by many BOC fans upon release, but I’ve always loved it and back in the day it probably got more than it’s fair share of time on my turntable and in the car cassette player. I think it still sounds great today!

Allen Lanier was an excellent musician and his contributions (especially that signature keyboard sound) were a big part of what made BOC special. He wrote some very good songs as well, including this one.

I’ve been thinking about updating my ancient video for great track from Mirrors “The Vigil” https://youtu.be/l55NbooeUVY and it seemed a good excuse to upload a couple/few other favorites from the album. Hope you enjoy!

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 record with 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 into the charts 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.”

[Lyrics]
Maybe I’ll see you again,
Maybe
And maybe I won’t
Maybe you bought your ticket going back to Detroit
Air-o-plains make strangers of us all
Give us distance
Much to easily
Jim says some destines should not be delivered
But you and I see now
Baby
That still they are
Winning it makes losers of us all
Gives us distance
Much to easily
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Tonight it’s hot
Without you tomorrow be cold
Winter will come along
Driven by snow
Love it makes strangers of us all
When we fall
Oh so thoughtlessly
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Once we breathe the breath
Of sweet surrender
Pure, pure air of air
Filled our atmosphere
But night it makes stars of us all
until we fall
For everyone to see
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in strangers arms
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee

You’re Not the One (I Was Looking For) – Blue Oyster Cult (1979) HD FLAC

“You’re Not the One (I Was Looking For)” was released in June 1979 on the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, Mirrors. This is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album was not highly regarded by many BOC fans upon release, but I’ve always loved it and back in the day it probably got more than it’s fair share of time on my turntable and in the car cassette player. I think it still sounds great today!

This song was written by Albert Bouchard (and Caryn Bouchard) one of BOC’s pimary songwriters (though all the band members wrote and contributed songs on the group’s albums).

I’ve been thinking about updating my ancient video for great track from Mirrors “The Vigil” https://youtu.be/l55NbooeUVY and it seemed a good excuse to upload a couple/few other favorites from the album. This is the second after “In Thee” https://youtu.be/IDM-X047emk Was experimenting with effects over some video clips and found some interesting ones I liked. Hope you enjoy!

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 record with 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.

 

[Lyrics]
I used to lie in my bed
Sleep wouldn’t come
Thinkin’ ’bout things that they said
They led me on
All of the fancy ladies
Oh they could talk and talk
I shot for the highest star
But I aimed too high
You wanted a rich rock star
But he made you cry
Now that we have each other
We can laugh about it
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re the one for me (you’re the one)
I’m not the one you were lookin’ for but
You can’t go wrong with me
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re oh so good for me
Now I can’t make it without
I can’t go on
We can make beautiful music
And prove them wrong
We’ve been put down by the best
And now we laugh about it, ya
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re the one for me (you’re the one)
I’m not the one you were lookin’ for but
You can’t go wrong with me
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re oh so good for me
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)