Ima (BT album)

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Ima
Bt ima.jpg
Studio album by BT
Released October 9, 1995
Genre Trance
Length
  • 78:40 (CD)
  • 72:08 (vinyl)
  • 198:39 (2CD)
Label
Producer Brian Transeau
BT chronology
Ima
(1995)
ESCM
(1997)ESCM1997
Singles from Ima
  1. "Embracing the Future"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Nocturnal Transmission"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Embracing the Sunshine"
    Released: March 6, 1995
  4. "Loving You More"
    Released: September 4, 1995
  5. "Blue Skies"
    Released: October 28, 1996
Alternative cover
2CD re-release
2CD re-release
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[2]

Ima (, ima, "now") is the debut studio album by American electronica artist BT, released on October 9, 1995 through Perfecto Records. The album is considered a major stepping stone in trance music, popularizing a more progressive approach. The album includes the 1995 single "Embracing the Future", which reached number one on the UK Dance Chart, as well as "Loving You More" featuring Vincent Covello. Following its release, Ima appeared on the UK Albums Chart for four weeks, peaking at 45. In 1996, the album was re-released in a double disc format with the US Dance number one single "Blue Skies" featuring Tori Amos.

Background[edit]

Ima was re-released in 1996 in a double disc format, featuring the single "Blue Skies", with vocals by Tori Amos, as well as its remix, "Blue Skies (The Delphinium Days Mix)". "Blue Skies" was previously featured in edited form on the soundtrack for the TV show Party of Five. This package also includes several singles released prior to the album, (several of which were originally mixed together in "Sasha's Voyage of Ima") as well as the B-sides to "Embracing the Sunshine" and "Nocturnal Transmission". Several of the tracks were edited to fit the format, and all songs segue into the next to create a continuous mix.

A portion of "Nocturnal Transmission" is featured in the film The Fast and the Furious, for which BT also composed the score.

The cover art is a photograph of Christ of the Abyss, which is also photographed in the cover art of Empty by God Lives Underwater.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Brian Transeau, except where noted.

CD[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Nocturnal Transmission"9:07
2."Quark"7:22
3."Tripping the Light Fantastic"6:31
4."Sasha's Voyage of Ima"
  • "Embracing the Future" (Embracing the Sunshine Mix)
  • "Quark"
  • "Deeper Sunshine"
  • "Loving You More" (BT's Garden of Ima Dub)
  • "Loving You More" (BT's Final Spiritual Journey)
  • "Nocturnal Transmission"
  • "Tripping the Light Fantastic"
42:31
5."Divinity"10:59
Total length:78:40

Vinyl[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Divinity"10:57
2."Loving You More" (Radio Edit)4:29
Side two
No.TitleLength
3."Nocturnal Transmission"9:36
4."Embracing the Future"5:11
Side three
No.TitleLength
5."Quark"8:07
6."Deeper Sunshine"7:05
Side four
No.TitleLength
7."Tripping the Light Fantastic"7:15
8."Poseidon"9:28

2CD re-release[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Roger Lyons – engineering on "Quark"
  • Aiden Love – additional engineering on "Tripping the Light Fantastic"
  • Vincent Covello – vocals on "Loving You More"
  • Tori Amos – vocals on "Blue Skies"
  • Sasha – DJ mix ("Sasha's Voyage of Ima")
  • BT – all other vocals, instruments and programming

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[3] 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ 4/97, p.65
  3. ^ "BT - Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 August 2017.