Thursday, March 2, 2017

Xymox - Imagination (US 12 Inch / 1989)




01 Imagination (Dance Mix) 6:32
02 Imagination (Dub) 6:13
03 Imagination (Edit) 3:38
04 Obsession (Club Mix) 6:34






Another record that follows suite with the my last post...'Sold'. I've had this and most of the Clan Of Xymox / Xymox vinyl releases from the beginning. This is one of the first that I've converted to digital. In the past, I had pulled downloads from other blogs to compensate, but was having a hard time finding a good rip of this. Then again most of the downloads were from the hard to find CDS and those were at 320, which is fine, but that release didn't have the same content as what the U.S. vinyl had. So, here we are. A massive 24/96 flac recording and all the HD scans direct from my personal copy. Thank you. Enjoy!


17 comments:

  1. -= Faith Healer =-March 2, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    This band is so good, I never quite understood why they weren't more famous!

    thank you for yet another high-quality classic!!!

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    1. You're welcome. Following their 1991 release, I fell out with Xymox up until about 2001. That's when a few rare releases came out.

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  2. Such an amazing song. Unfortunately, there were professional differences between the 3. After the success of Imagination, record company wanted Anka more involved with vocals. Moorings was dead set against this. Phoenix did showcase more of Anka's vocals thus the tension grew and they went separate ways. I also fell out with Xymox after 1991's Phoenix release.

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    1. Thanks for that insight. A disappointment regarding the breakup, but such a superb early catalogue.

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  3. The release after this one was also very good! Hope to see some of those singles on here soon. Cheers!

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    1. Perhaps. I know that most of their material from the '91 release is out there in bloggo world, but perhaps solid recordings are needed! :)

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    2. For sure. Thx for the rip, never heard this versions before.

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  4. As seems to be the consensus, I'll agree that Clan Of Xymox were crap after "Phoenix." The two albums that followed were really weak attempts to jump on the rave bandwagon. But those first two albums are ace - the two Wing LPs are also very good, but nothing can touch the 4AD recordings. Thanks RA.

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    1. Your welcome. Thanks for checking it out and commenting. :)

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  5. This is awesome, I was in the same boat (just having it on vinyl). Big fan as well. Although the 4AD years (Medusa = masterpiece) were brilliant, Twist of Shadows is my favourite. Agree Meta & Headclouds were weaker but I do enjoy the "return to darkwave" Ronny has gone with Clan of Xymox. Pieter's solo stuff is lovely as well. Thanks RA Feutz!

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    1. Your welcome. Thanks for the comment!

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  6. Many thanks for the artwork ♥ I was missing that.

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    1. Sure thing. Thanks for the comment. I enjoy being able to get HD quality scans and then to go back in and fix whatever facial blemishes the records have.

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  7. I'll admit that I didn't get into this band until the "Hidden Faces" album in 1997. I heard "Out of the Rain" playing in a record store and HAD to have it.I have more of their stuff now, and I like it all. The first three albums are my favorites, but "Hidden Faces" will always have a special place in my heart, just because it was my first exposure to the band. And "Out of the Rain" is still a brilliant song.

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    1. I may have to go back and visit that one. I did begin to follow them again when they signed to the Metropolis label, but that too was short lived for me.

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  8. The explanation "Anonymous" wrote on March 2nd is correct; however, the rift among Pieter, Anke and Ronny was well underway before "Phoenix". Ronny Moorings' style was more the "Sisters of Mercy" classic-goth while Anke and Pieter provided the lush orchestrations on "Clan of Xymox" and "Medusa". Similar to Alan Wilder in Depeche Mode, Anke and Pieter were not acknowledged as the song writers while Ronny overwhelmingly gave the "impression" he was the composer. After Anke and Pieter left (Clan of) Xymox, Ronny could not replicate their styles and the band became a pallid hint of what it was.

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    1. Thanks for the additional insight!

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