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How Blue Oyster Cult made Imaginos, the longest-gestating album ever

Blue Oyster Cult's wild tales of alien races and the Middle Ages helped make Imaginos one of the best albums of the 1980s

Blue Öyster Cult's Imaginos has been voted number 16 in our countdown of the 100 Greatest Albums Of The 1980s - read the full list here.

I_maginos_ is quite probably the longest-gestating album of all time. Its concept – in the loosest sense, the story of an alien race arriving upon Earth in the Middle Ages and shaping human history from that point forward – was developed by erstwhile rock critic Sandy Pearlman when he was still a college student in the mid-60s. Pearlman, of course, went on to found, manage and produce Blue Öyster Cult, originally as Soft White Underbelly. Even the band’s eventual name was taken from their mentor’s monumental creation.


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