Mirrors (Blue Öyster Cult album)

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Mirrors
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released June 19, 1979 (1979-06-19)
Recorded Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California
CBS Recording Studios, New York City
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 36:34
Label Columbia
Producer Tom Werman
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Some Enchanted Evening
(1978)
Mirrors
(1979)
Cultösaurus Erectus
(1980)
Singles from Mirrors
  1. "Mirrors / Lonely Teardrops"
    Released: August 1979
  2. "In Thee / Lonely Teardrops"
    Released: September 1979
  3. "In Thee / The Vigil"
    Released: October 1979
  4. "You're Not the One (I Was Looking for) / Moon Crazy"
    Released: February 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]
Robert Christgau (C)[3]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[4]

Mirrors is the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1979. Mirrors is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. 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.[citation needed] According to interviews with the band and the production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high charting and 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 in to the chart at No. 74.[5] 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."

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dr. Music"   Joe Bouchard, Donald Roeser, Richard Meltzer 3:10
2. "The Great Sun Jester"   Eric Bloom, Michael Moorcock, John Trivers 4:48
3. "In Thee"   Allen Lanier 3:48
4. "Mirrors"   D. Roeser, Bruce Abbott 3:44
5. "Moon Crazy"   J. Bouchard 4:06
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "The Vigil"   D. Roeser, Sandra Roeser 6:25
7. "I Am the Storm"   J. Bouchard, Ronald Binder 3:42
8. "You're Not the One (I Was Looking For)"   Albert Bouchard, Caryn Bouchard 3:14
9. "Lonely Teardrops"   Lanier 3:37
Total length:
36:34

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
Production
  • Tom Werman - producer
  • Gary Ladinsky - engineer, mixing

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard 200 (North America)[6] 44
UK Album Chart[7] 46
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[8] 49

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1979 "In Thee" Billboard Hot 100 (North America)[5] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult Mirrors review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ Schneider, Mitchell (29 November 1979). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumers Guide Reviews: Mirrors". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959025. 
  5. ^ a b "Mirrors Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ "MirrorsBillboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Mirrors Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 24, September 08 1979". Library and Archives Canada. 8 September 1979. Retrieved 2012-01-19.