Imaginations from the Other Side

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Imaginations from the Other Side
Studio album by Blind Guardian
Released 4 April 1995
Recorded August 1994 - March 1995 Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Power metal
Length 49:18
Label Virgin, Century Media
Producer Flemming Rasmussen
Blind Guardian chronology
Somewhere Far Beyond
(1992)
Imaginations from the Other Side
(1995)
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
(1998)
Singles from Imaginations from the Other Side
  1. "A Past and Future Secret"
    Released: February 6, 1995
  2. "Bright Eyes"
    Released: June 21, 1995

Imaginations from the Other Side is the fifth studio album by Blind Guardian that was released in 1995. The atmosphere of this album is darker in comparison to their earlier works, such as Battalions of Fear, which had a relatively light tone. This album also marks the first since their debut in which Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) did not guest on vocals or guitar, and the last album to feature vocalist-bassist Hansi Kürsch as bassist. It was also their first album to spawn off any singles, in form of "A Past and Future Secret" and "Bright Eyes". It was remastered and re-released on 15 June 2007, with bonus tracks and videos.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard 9.5/10[2]

In 2005, Imaginations from the Other Side was ranked number 373 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Hansi Kürsch and André Olbrich, except for where noted.

  1. "Imaginations from the Other Side" – 7:19
  2. "I'm Alive" – 5:31
  3. "A Past and Future Secret" – 3:48
  4. "The Script for My Requiem" – 6:09
  5. "Mordred's Song" – 5:29
  6. "Born in a Mourning Hall" – 5:14
  7. "Bright Eyes" – 5:16
  8. "Another Holy War" – 4:32
  9. "And the Story Ends" – 6:00
  • Japanese Bonus Tracks
10. "The Wizard" (Uriah Heep Cover) – 3:17
11. "The Script for My Requiem" (Demo Version) – 7:01
  • Japanese Limited Edition Bonus Tracks
10. "I'm Alive" (Demo Version) – 5:20
11. "Imaginations from the Other Side" (Demo Version) – 7:03
12. "A Past and Future Secret" (Demo Version) – 3:38
13. "The Script for My Requiem" (Demo Version) – 7:01
  • 2007 Re-release Bonus Tracks
10. "A Past and Future Secret" (Demo Version) – 3:38
11. "Imaginations from the Other Side" (Demo Version) – 7:03
12. "The Script for My Requiem" (Demo Version) – 7:01
13. "Bright Eyes" (Video)
14. "Born in a Mourning Hall" (Video)

Lineup[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Mathias Wiesner - effects
  • Jacob Moth - acoustic guitar on "A Past and Future Secret"
  • Billy King, "Hacky" Hackmann, Rolf Köhler, Piet Sielck, Ronnie Atkins - backing vocals

Personnel[edit]

Lyrical references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  2. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard". issue 96. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 59. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.