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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000005RU0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Imaginations From The Other Side
  2. I'm Alive
  3. A Past And Future Secret
  4. The Script For My Requiem
  5. Mordred's Song
  6. Morn In A Mourning Hall
  7. Bright Eyes
  8. Another Holy War
  9. And The Story Ends

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BLIND GUARDIAN

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Blind Guardian are pretty much the last word on power metal. It's a giant cacophony of Kürsch's screeching vocals, mighty walls of guitar noise ranging from brutally simple to deeply complex, and of course a full choir providing the baking on most songs. This is truly one of the masterpeices of the genre.

The Lyrics are pretty standard power metal fair. The over the top fanciful nature perseveres throughout, covering topics from Arturian myth, to portal fantasy to The New testament. Nearly every song here is utterly exemplary but the absolute best are 'Mordred's Song', the most mellow on the album, with archaic sounding acoustics dancing around strong vocals and 'I'm Alive' A speed metal anthem in the vein of Judas Preiest and Metallica. Also the album's astonising title track, which is roughly seven and a half minutes of prog metal perfection.

Fans of European power metal, as well as anyone who fondly looks on The 70s and 80s NWOBHM should definitly own this. Seriously. What are you doing still reading this??? just click add to basket1 Do it NOW!
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Let's see. It's a rock album, it's got nine tracks (what? only nine?!) and no fillers. Is it good? you bet.

Imaginations sees Blind Guardian at their peak, when the refinement observed in their previous albums (specially "Somewhere Far Beyond") was molded in an easily accessible and easy to take to the stage format, as opposed to later albums ("Nightfall in Middle Earth" springs to mind). The band had certainly come a long way since their "Battallions of Fear" days.

All the songs have an epic feel to them. Thomas Stauch's drumming is at his finest and Hansi Kurch's growl as powerful as ever, (but no death metal throat here lads), letting his more melodic side show off in the ballad "A Past and Future Secret".

Furhtermore, the album is produced by Fleming Rasmussen (yes, the guy from Metallica's "Master of Puppets"), so you kind of get an idea of that guitar sound, distorted but without getting painful to the ear.

I saw them live in 2003 when they didn't have much of an album to promote, and the set list included 7 tracks from "Imaginations...", so that shows a bit as well what the band think of their own albums.

If you have not heard Blind Guardian before, start here, and if you have but don't own this cd, do yourself a favour and buy it!
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Absoloutely stunned when I first heard this.This is by far the best Blind Guardian album to date.It was recorded back in 1995 & again produced by Flemming Rasmussen(who of course did Metallica's Master Of Puppets)who really brings out the best in these guys.There is a good crisp sound in the production & the vocals fit well in the mix.The songs are the best written so far & vary from pounding thrashing speed guitaring with blistering solo's to very calm incredibly melodic acoustic passages.Cram into this melodic choruses & this turns out to be a very mouthwatering album.It still blows me away when I listen to it now.If you are curious about Blind Guardian then "THIS IS THE ONE TO BUY"it truly rocks,if you want to know about Power Metal this is the Bible.If you like Blind Guardian then no doubt you already have this-if not why not!!!It just doesn't get better than this-ESSENTIAL POWER METAL!!!!!
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2 Albums later and I'm still almost pressed to say yes. My preference just, but barely so, lies with Nightfall in Middle-Earth... mainly because of the whole mood that album creates. Regardless, my two favourite songs of all time both rest on this album. A mixture between anger, happiness, sorrow, heavy, and soft, this album is a worthy addition to any metal fan's collection.
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This album may only have 9 tracks but everyone of them has some catchy lyrics that stick in your head and have you going over them without you even realising it. Not many great bands can do this but Blind Guardian do it with ease. The guitar work in "Mordred's Song" and "Born in a Mourning hall" are especially good and the group vocals in "Script for my requiem" are effective and extremely impressive. Brilliant stuff!
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Imaginations From The Otherside is the seminal and genre-defining fifth full-length studio album from the legendary German Power Metal band, Blind Guardian. It was released in 1995, and produced by the famous Danish producer Flemming Rasmussen (Rainbow, Metallica, Morbid Angel, Ensiferum) and it caught the band in an unstoppable run of classic album after classic album, with high public will at the time and historical importance nowadays.

The album sees the band in a bit more of a progressive mood; with less difference between the fast, the slow and the acoustic songs in favour of complex tunes that merge all three. It’s a far cry from the Thrashy roots of Battalions Of Fear but still unmistakably Blind Guardian sounding at the same time. The band do a good job at writing more complex and sophisticated songs without making them feel pompous or disjointed… everything flows logically and you don’t really feel as if you’ve sat there listening to the same song for six or seven minutes. It whizzes by as you think about Peter Pan and Narnia etc. enjoying some of the genre's less-cheesy vocal melodies and some hard hitting Metallic music.

The standard of musicianship is immense, not just in terms of flashy virtuosity but also in more subtle ways and in terms of the actual performance captured here… this sounds like a masterpiece. You know when you get an album for the first time and just think “this sounds important” …this is such an album. Understandably it is now considered a classic of the genre and is justly recommended routinely to anyone interested in the band or this type of music in general and I would easily feel comfortable throwing out another voice in the crowd telling you to get your hands on a copy.
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