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)

“On the 24th of May I’ll gather up your reins”…Blue Oyster Cult “The Revenge of Vera Gemini” (1976)

The Revenge of Vera Gemini – Blue Oyster Cult (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Revenge of Vera Gemini” was released on Blue Öyster Cult’s fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, on May 21st 1976. This is one of my all time favorite albums and I love each song enough to make a video for them all….this is the third I’ve done for a track from the album. This song was co-written by Patti Smith (with Albert Bouchard) and I love her vocal contributions to the song!

The audio is sourced from a 192KHz/24bit FLAC….i think it sounds fantastic! I need to redo the two other videos I have made for tracks from Agents of Fortune to include these new versions. The video was from a poorer quality source, so I tried to do some things to remove the noise when it’s played full screen….it’s not entirely successful, but looks better than it would without the effects. It’s a very cool film (as detailed below).

The film in the video is edited from Harpya, a 1979 short Belgian animated film written and directed by Raoul Servais. It stars Will Spoor, Fran Waller Zeper and Sjoert Schwibethus. The film won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Its mix of horror and black comedy has given it a cult following.

Hope you enjoy the effort!

Check out a few of my other Blue Oyster Cult videos:

“The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria – Blue Oyster Cult (1988)”

“I Love The Night”

“Imaginos”

“Nosferatu”

“Godzilla”

“The Vigil”

“Sinful Love”

[Lyrics]
You’re boned like a saint
With the consciousness of a snake

You’re the kind of girl
I’d like to find
Face like an angel
But you’re boned like the devil

Your eyes have shifted from me
Everyone saw what you did
You have slipped from beneath me
Like a false and nervous squid

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

You planned to leave me cold
But you’ll never get your wish
On the 24th of May
I’ll gather up your reins

You filled me with a vengeance
And you touched me with your breath
I’m gonna pull you from this dance
You’re gonna ride so easily

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

I was your victim
I was well deceived
Hell’s built on regret
But I love your naked neck

And evil lies that you told me
Could make me believe your two-faced
Because two faces have you
And they’re both gonna go

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Gemini

“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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Oh no….there goes Tokyo!

Another classic from Blue Oyster Cult’s Spectres album, which was released in the winter of 1977, “Godzilla” is an prime example of the awesome guitar rock that this band was famous for. In this song, the Buck Dharma’s stun-guitar work is…..well, stunning! LOL! The song has become one of the band’s most popular songs and it a staple of their live performances.

***This was a very old video (#56) that was one of a few that had to come down for various reasons. I made some really quick edits to make it move a bit faster, but resisted a completely new video….if you remember the old one, you’ll recognize this one!

*****A quick re-edit including a few things that were bugging me…titles and album art now “running” in direction of people and fire trucks, a few more instances of the fast loops at the end of the sequence for balance, and the end titles now feature the drive-in effect as in the beginning (not that anyone watches them! LOL!)….for those curious as to the changes.

“Godzilla” is my second BOC video for a song which has been done numerous times before, but the obviousness of the match and fun that can be had in making a video, is just too hard to resist. These other versions of videos created from BOC’s “Godzilla” and the famous reptile monster of the same name, have done a fine job….but like I said, it’s just too much fun to resist…..so…..here ya go….”Godzilla”!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!

Special thanks to Directed by Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla vs. Mothra from 1964….man, I used to love these movies!

Hope you like the effort.

[Lyrics]
With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting(CITY’S) high tension wires(LINES) down, Godzilla!

Helpless people on subway trains
Scream BUG-EYED(MY GOD) as he looks in on them, Godzilla!

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town, Godzilla

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
Godzilla ga Ginza hoomen e mukatte imasu!
Daishkyu hinan shite kudasai!
Daishkyu hinan shite kudasai!
(Attention, emergency news!
Attention, emergency news!
Godzilla is going toward the Ginza area!
Immediately escape, catch up, find shelter please!
Immediately escape, catch up, find shelter please!)

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

History shows again and again
How nature points up(OUT) the folly of men
Godzilla!(4x)

I also did a couple of other tracks from this great album:

“I Love The Night”

“Nosferatu”

He has taken her hand, he has become like they are…..R.I.P. Allen Lanier

I was so sorry to learn that Allen Lanier had passed away on August 14th.  I was a HUGE fan of his keyboard work with Blue Oyster Cult…he had a very unique style and really added so much to so many of their songs. blueoystercult-600-1376600126

This song always seems to have special meaning to me in the fall…more so this one than ever.  This one’s for you Allen, R.I.P., brother.

The rock classic “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was released in the spring of 1976 on Blue Oyster Cult’s album Agents Of Fortune.

Those ringing guitars, that riff from the gods…and yes, that cowbell! The tune is one of the greatest in the history of rock. Period.

This is the fourth video I’ve made for a song by Blue Oyster Cult, one of my very favorite rock bands. This video started out as a video for another song on the Agents Of Fortune album, “Morning Final” (most of my videos are from deep album tracks, and I have a grand total of 4 from Agents Of Fortune, not including Reaper….that I plan to make). However during the hunt for images, I stumbled across one of the reaper images….and couldn’t resist halting “Morning Final” to crank out the absolute greatest, most well-known track the band ever did.

It was one of those videos where there so many things going on, it was very difficult to lose so many great things….very nice masks of the full moon in Romeo and Juliet’s window, time-lapse crowds, and of course, much more of my favorite….storm clouds and lightning!

It’s just one of the masterpieces of rock….the video is not nearly sophisticated enough to honor the song properly, but it’s the best I could do.

Hope you enjoy the effort!

Check out a few of my other Blue Oyster Cult videos:
“Sinful Love”

“Imaginos”

“Nosferatu”

“Godzilla”

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“The Vigil”

[Lyrics]
All our times have come
Here but now they’re gone
Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are
Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand…don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly…don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man…

Valentine is done
Here but now they’re gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity…Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday…Like Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday…Redefine happiness
Another 40,000 coming everyday…We can be like they are
Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand…don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly…don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man…

Love of two is one
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared…saying don’t be afraid
Come on baby…and she had no fear
And she ran to him…then they started to fly
They looked backward and said goodby…she had become like they are
She had taken his hand…she had become like they are
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