One Paul and one John…it’s a solo-Beatles-double-feature-picture-show weekend!

My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“My Love” was released in the spring of 1973 on the second album by Paul McCartney and Wings and was credited to “Paul McCartney and Wings”. The album was released in 1973 after the relatively weak commercial performance of the band’s debut Wild Life, which had been credited only to the then-unknown Wings. Red Rose Speedway reached number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Recording for Red Rose Speedway started in March 1972. The album was initially planned as a double album, and McCartney decided to include some unreleased songs that had originally been recorded during the Ram sessions prior to the formation of Wings. Two of those songs, “Get on the Right Thing” and “Little Lamb Dragonfly,” eventually appeared on the final album.

The album was cut down to a single album by McCartney due to a recommendation by Henry McCullough, as an attempt to release a more commercial and less expensive record. “Live and Let Die”, the title song to the James Bond film of the same name, was recorded during the sessions for this album, but would instead be released on the Live and Let Die soundtrack album. “I Would Only Smile”, which remains unreleased, was covered by Laine on a solo album. “Mama’s Little Girl” was recorded during the sessions and would later turn up as the B-side of the single “Put It There” in 1990.

In March 1973, “My Love” was released as the lead single for the album, and became a UK Top 10 hit at number 9, and US number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. It raised expectations for the album, which shot to number 5 in the UK when it appeared and went to number 1 in the US. It featured a 12-page booklet stapled into the gatefold featuring pictures from the Wings tours. Its cover design—with the cover shot of a Harley-Davidson shovelhead engine by Linda McCartney—was by Eduardo Paolozzi, while the back cover of the album contains a Braille message of “We love ya baby” for Stevie Wonder.

Won’t say much about the album ‘cept I love it enough to have started videos for several songs (notice in my video for “Little Lamb Dragonfly” I mentioned a couple of others I was plugging away on at the time….can’t even really remember what I’d started for those, and I’m afraid to look! LOL!). I’m sure I’ll get around to more Red Rose Speedway goodness soon enough, but a quick “My Love” was too hard to resist…a long time favorite that was takes me right back the sunny summer of 1973, when it battled the airwaves with George’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”….man, they sounded great together on the AM radio and I always imagined them as new tracks from The Beatles new record!?!?! I hope you enjoy the result. Thanks as always for checking the vids!

[Lyrics]
And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s understood, it’s in the hands of my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

And when the cupboard’s bare
I’ll still find somethin’ there with my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh, my love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Don’t ever ask me why
Lord, I never say goodbye to my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love, she does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo

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Stand By Me – John Lennon (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stand By Me” was released on John Lennon’s sixth solo album, Rock ‘N’ Roll, in February of 1975.

Wanted to edit John’s performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test to the remastered track…the original vid is amazing as John is having a great time taking the opportunity during non vocal portions to talk to the audience a bit during the last part of the song and basically just John being John. I edited those sections out to match the feel of the performance to the studio track, There were maybe a couple places where I might have improved the lip-sync, not too bad though…considering how tough John made it to match up! :-) As always thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the vid!

****From Wiki:
Recording the album was problematic and spanned an entire year: Phil Spector produced sessions in October 1973 at A&M Studios, and Lennon produced sessions in October 1974 at Record Plant Studios (East). Lennon was being sued by Morris Levy over copyright infringement of one line in his song “Come Together”. As part of an agreement, Lennon had to include three Levy-owned songs on Rock ‘n’ Roll. Spector ran away with the session recordings, later being involved in a motor accident, which left the album’s tracks unrecoverable until the beginning of the Walls and Bridges sessions. With Walls and Bridges coming out first, featuring one Levy-owned song, Levy sued Lennon expecting to see Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album.

The album was released in February 1975, reaching number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States, later being certified gold in both countries. The album was supported by the single “Stand by Me”, which peaked at number 20 in the US, and 30 in the UK. The album was Lennon’s last until 1980; he took a hiatus from recording to raise his son, Sean Lennon.

Although some critics derided the album as “a step backward”, The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that “John lends dignity to these classics; his singing is tender, convincing, and fond.” AllMusic described the album “as a peak in [Lennon’s] post-Imagine catalog: an album that catches him with nothing to prove and no need to try”.

The album was released on 17 February 1975 in the US, and a few days later in the UK, on 21 February 1975. It reached number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. On 10 March and 18 April 1975, in the US and UK respectively, “Stand by Me” was released as a single, backed with “Move Over Ms. L”, a song that was meant to appear on Walls and Bridges but cut from the final line-up. Peaking at 20 number in the US and number 30 in the UK Lennon promoted the song by appearing on the BBC TV show Old Grey Whistle Test, which also featured an interview by Bob Harris. A second single, “Slippin N Slidin”/”Ain’t That a Shame” (Apple 1883), was announced, promotional copies were pressed, but was never released. “Ya Ya”, backed with “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, was released as a single only in Germany, peaking at number 47 on the Media Control Charts. Lennon said the following about Rock ‘n’ Roll: “It started in ’73 with Phil and fell apart. I ended up as part of mad, drunk scenes in Los Angeles and I finally finished it off on me own. And there was still problems with it up to the minute it came out. I can’t begin to say, it’s just barmy, there’s a jinx on that album.”

Lennon planned to use some of his childhood drawings for the cover of his oldies album, and production had already begun when Lennon switched gears, so the artwork was used instead for Walls and Bridges. In September 1974, May Pang attended the first Beatlefest convention at Lennon’s behest, and met Jürgen Vollmer, an old friend of the Beatles from Hamburg, Germany, who had photographed the band from their Hamburg days. He was selling some striking portraits, and Pang immediately phoned Lennon to tell him of her find. Reuniting with Vollmer in New York, Lennon chose one of his photos for the album’s cover.

The photo depicts Lennon in a doorway with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground. Those figures are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe.

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!! And THANK YOU for watching!

[Lyrics]
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me,
Oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

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Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

The Other Side Of The Reservoir – Graham Parker (2007) HQ Audio HD Video

“The Other Side Of The Reservoir” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus.

I’ve gone on about Graham Parker enough in my last video (“Jolie Jolie”) for one of his songs, so I won’t repeat myself….other than to say this guy is one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until has most recent.

I mentioned wanting to show his work a bit more love with more vids….and among those I’ve been thinking about were a couple of tracks from the Don’t Tell Columbus album, including “The Other Side Of The Reservoir”. I found an old clip about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and edited it to the track with minimal fuss…though there were hard decisions because I had to lose about half of the video. I tried to use the minimal amount of effects to make the vid look better in HD, so as not to lose the realism of the original clip..I cranked up the black level way high here, I hope I didn’t go too far….I hope you enjoy the result.

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Bulldozed That Town Down
Wall By Wall
Laying The Asphalt And
Diverting That Rolling River
So There’d Be Water For Us All
I Got Some Photographs
I Don’t Know If They’re Us Or Not
Ah But My Memories Fading Fast
They Might As Well Take That Too
It’s No Use To Me Or You
I Guess It Was Not Designed To Last
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
Well Time Has A Funny Way
Of Doubling Back On Itself
And Showing The Things That Really Last
Was It Just Yesterday
You Left For Greener Pastures
Or Was That Way Back In The Past
I Got Some Photographs
Of A Long Lost Valley
Now Filled With Water Shore To Shore
That Rolls Under Miles Of Land
Right Down To New York City
But At Least No One’s Thirsty Any More
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Get In Touch
I’ve Heard That There’s So Much
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
So What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Flooded The Meadows Green And Fair
Was It So Satisfying
They Didn’t Hear People Crying
As They Watched Their Lives
Get Moved Elsewhere
Well I Hear The Trees Grow Tall
By That Retaining Wall
And There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir

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I was in love with you…but you weren’t in love with me

You Weren’t In Love – Mick Fleetwood (1981) HQ Audio HD Video

“You Weren’t In Love” was released on Mick Fleetwood’s debut solo record,The Visitor, in the late spring of 1981.

This was another record that I associate with my record store job during college. We were excited to see Mick Fleetwood had released a record and of course deep down I guess we were hoping and expecting maybe Rumours II? :-) Of course this record had very little similarity to the monster Fleetwood Mac sound, but it was definitely not without charms of its own…..George Harrison contributes some great guitar on the band’s update of “Walk A Thin Line”…..but it was this song that made the greatest impression and remains my favorite track from the album….partly due to the fact that it’s beautifully sung by George Hawkins, Jr. (a frequent presence on various solo Fleetwood projects….and ton of other things!)….and partly due to the fact that I happened to relate to it’s message greatly at the time when it came out. (Yeah, one of those songs that used to get played alot late at night when you were all alone and thinking about someone you missed…..you remember those don’t you!? :-(

I love this video performance, the exuberance of the Ghanaian kids in their bright yellow costumes (not exactly sure what that was all about…but I love it and they are having such fun!)…against the very sad lyrics of the song and the singer’s emotional delivery.

There are a several other versions of this video posted…which use the original audio from the video (not exactly sure about this but I think the performance is typical lip-sync to the released track, but also features the boy’s percussion playing live over it…in the other versions their percussion is much more prominent (and although it’s fun….it’s also not always in sync and somewhat distracting). I wanted to use the remastered studio track behind this performance so made a few edits to make it work….and of course tried to clean up and pump up the video to look better in HD. Hope you enjoy.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!! And thank YOU for visiting!

[Lyrics]
I’m standing on the outside
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
But I do know just one thing
I Know that it’s over with you

I’ve been very lonely
I did not think I could go on
I was caught in memories
And dreams that showed up

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Suppose I’ll have to keep it, keep it inside
I don’t know why
But I know that won’t change it
But baby it helps if I try

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Now I’m standing on the outside
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
But I do know just one thing
Baby, it’s over with you

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Oh, my friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
Yeah, you weren’t in love with me
Yeah, you weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me

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Come along with me…….”Step into Christmas”! Sir Elton’s classic Christmas treat from 1973.

Step Into Christmas – Elton John (1974) HQ Remaster Audio HD Video

“Step Into Christmas” was released as a stand-alone single in November 1973 with the song “Ho, Ho, Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)” as the B-side. It peaked at No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In the United States, the single reached No. 56 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart.

“Step into Christmas” was later included as a bonus track on the 1995 remastered re-issue of the album Caribou, even though it was released in the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road days. It also appears on the albums Elton John’s Christmas Party, Rare Masters, To Be Continued, and various Christmas compilation albums. Two versions with different vocals exist.

According to liner notes about the song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (in Rare Masters and Elton John’s Christmas Party), the track and its B-side, both produced by Gus Dudgeon, were recorded during a quickie session at Morgan Studios in London, owned by drummer Barry Morgan, who had played on several of Elton’s early albums. “Step into Christmas” was mixed to sound like one of producer Phil Spector’s 1960’s recordings, using plenty of compression and imitating his trademark “wall of sound” technique. This was intentional according to both John and Taupin, and an homage of sorts to Christmas songs by Spector-produced groups such as The Ronettes.

In 2009, “Step into Christmas” was the ninth most played Christmas song in the United Kingdom.

“Step Into Christmas” is one of my favorite rock Christmas songs, maybe tied with Paul’s “Wonderful Christmastime” for absolute favorite (there are so many great ones both old and new!). I had most of this video finished last year about this time, but the powers that be didn’t want it shared at that time…..so happy to be able to finish it up this year. Watching it as it’s uploading I realize that I should have sped it up a bit more towards the end and used a few xmasy photos for variety, but I guess it’ll have to do….another note for another video adjustment if and when the time comes! ;-) Wishing all my friends and everyone the greatest Christmas ever this year! Thanks for watching!

(WIKI mentions there are two vocal versions of this song, but doesn’t really detail differences or releases for them)….I took the version used in this video from the remastered Caribou album, where it was a bonus track….if anyone knows more please share!)

As usual, HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Welcome to my Christmas song
I’d like to thank you for the year
So I’m sending you this Christmas card
To say it’s nice to have you here
I’d like to sing about all the things
Your eyes and mind can see
So hop aboard the turntable
Oh step into Christmas with me

Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free

Take care in all you do next year
And keep smiling through the days
If we can help to entertain you
Oh we will find the ways
So merry Christmas one and all
There’s no place I’d rather be
Than asking you if you’d oblige
Stepping into Christmas with me

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‘cos stars belong up in heaven & the earth is where we are. Oh yeah.

Dishes – Pulp (1998) HQ Remastered Audio HD Video

“Dishes” was released on Pulp’s sixth album, This Is Hardcore, in the early spring of 1998. This was a brutal beautiful downer of an album, but the tone and compositions were so much darker than their previous album (DIfferent Class) from 3 years earlier, the band seems to have lost many of the fans they picked up when the earlier album exposed them to many more people, as this record was not such a commercial success.

This Is Hardcore probably wasn’t what many of the fans who came onboard for Different Class thought they signed up for!? However, fans and critics weren’t frightened off by the dark grooves of despair and decay and recognized it for masterpiece it was. “Dishes” is maybe my favorite track from the record….thought that epic title track is hard to deny!

Pulp are one of maybe 3 bands from the 1990’s that I rank in my top 100 favorite artists, along with Catherine Wheel and Manic Street Preachers…they have produced numerous insanely brilliant albums and a string of masterpieces starting with their third album (1992’s Separations) and ending with their last (2001’s We Love Life)….that final album which seemed initially such a letdown, took even this longtime fan many repeated listens before it truly sank in….now it’s probably my very favorite the band ever released and therefore ranks very high on my list.

Pulp made HUGE music….that’s the best way for me to describe it….huge hooks, huge sound, huge drama….every song has a climax, some go over the edge more than once…I’ll stop now because the talent of this band has a tendency to make me go over the top with them!!!! ;-)

I’ve started videos for numerous Pulp songs, but have never gotten one finished until now. Some of those earlier efforts are more involved and tedious going, so I decided to try something involving my latest category of video (“the toon vid”! LOL!) to get one out. And the result is “Dishes”…..I hope some old fans enjoy the effort…and that the video will maybe bring some new fans into the warm fold of this extraordinary band!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!

Video (mostly) from Pulp:Hits DVD:http://www.amazon.com/Pulp-Hits/dp/B00006LSI4
….it’s cheap, it’s great….it’s PULP!

[Lyrics]
I am not Jesus though I have the same initials -
I am the man who stays home and does the dishes.
& how was your day?
Is that woman still trying to do your head in?
A man told me to beware of 33.
He said, “It was not an easy time for me” but I’ll get through even though
I’ve got no miracles to show you.

*I’d like to make this water wine
but it’s impossible.
I’ve got to get these dishes dry.
Ah…

I’ll read a story if it helps you sleep at night.
I’ve got some matches if you ever need a light.
Oh I am just a man
but I am doing what I can to help you.

[*Repeat]
& I’m not worried that I will never touch the stars
‘cos stars belong up in heaven
& the earth is where we are.
Oh yeah.

& aren’t you happy just to be alive? Anything’s possible.
You’ve got no Cross to bear tonight. Ah
No not tonight, Ah.
No not tonight, Ah.
I am not Jesus though I have the
same initials.

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“And when I’m holding you What a feeling”….more greatness from 75’s Extra Texture (Read All About It)

You – George Harrison (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“You” was the opening track on Extra Texture (Read All About It), the fifth studio album by George Harrison, released in the fall of 1975. This is my fourth video for a track from this album, which remains one of my favorites George ever produced, and in fact one of my favorite solo Beatle albums.

After a few more time-consuming efforts in the last couple of weeks I was feeling very lazy and didn’t want to mess with some of my other video projects (probably how George felt when he wrote the lyrics to this track?! ;-)….so I decided to fall back on one of my old tried and true methods…the dancer silhouette! LOL! I have an upcoming video featuring the “grooving girl” upper torso silhouette (where the effect actually works better IMO), but decided to go ahead and plug her into “You” where her groove fits the track pretty nicely.

From Wiki: The album was recorded following his troubled North American tour at the end of the previous year and the poorly received Dark Horse album. Extra Texture was Harrison’s final release under his contract with Apple Records and EMI, and also the last studio album issued by Apple.

Despite its downbeat mood and the negative reviews it received from music critics, Extra Texture was certified gold for US sales within two months of release and produced a modest hit single in the song “You”. Uniquely among George Harrison’s solo albums, Extra Texture was mostly recorded in America rather than in England.

Depression permeated many of the songs that Harrison was writing during this period, an issue that was not helped by his continued heavy drinking and cocaine use, nor the bad publicity attending the ongoing “My Sweet Lord” plagiarism suit. The lyrics for “The Answer’s at the End”, “This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying)”, “World of Stone” and “Grey Cloudy Lies” would all steer clear of his usual subject matter − Hindu spirituality − and instead appear to beg the listener for compassion. Harrison’s wavering from his Krishna-conscious path was most evident In “World of Stone”, writes author Gary Tillery: “‘Such a long way from home,’ he says, but in his autobiography he renders it, ‘Such a long way from OM’ − confessing inner turmoil at having strayed from his faith.”

“Tired of Midnight Blue” was written in Los Angeles, where he had decamped to in the early spring on Dark Horse Records-related business. The lyrics focused on his “depressed” state following a night in an LA club with “a lot of grey-haired naughty people”, he would later say; to Tillery, with its chorus line “Made me chill right to the bone”, “Tired of Midnight Blue” was Harrison reaching “rock bottom.

Till next time….hope you enjoy the effort!

As Usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
(one, two,
one, two, three, four)

I, I love, love
And I, and I love you
Oh you, you, yeah you

And you, you, love, love
And you, yes you, you love me
Yeah you, you, yeah you

And when I’m holding you
What a feeling
Seems so good to be true
That I’m telling you all
That I must be dreaming

And I, and I, I love you
Oh you, oh you, yeah you

And when I’m holding you
What a feeling
Seems so good to be true
That I’m telling you all
That I must be dreaming

Now I, oh I, I love, love
And I, yeah I, I love you, I love you
Oh you, you, oh you

Oh, you know that I love you, oh oh oh
Oh, you know that I love you, I love you, I, I said I love you

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Jethro Tull’s epic prog/folk/rock masterpiece from 1978….”Heavy Horses”

Heavy Horses – Jethro Tull (1978) HQ Audio HD Video

“Heavy Horses” is the title track from Jethro Tull’s eleventh studio album, Heavy Horses, which was released in the spring of 1978.

As much as I love earlier period Tull, probably my favorite albums were released in the time between Minstrel in ’75 through Broadsword in ’82. I saw Jethro Tull live touring in support of this album (extremely powerful live performance and man, as the video shows, Ian Anderson was such an incredibly agile and powerful performer!)

“Heavy Horses” just might be my absolute favorite Jethro Tull song….it has everything; beautiful melody, fantastic Martin Barre guitar work including the monster hook, great arrangement, it’s very dynamic, just cooks when it rocks….but mainly it’s Ian’s brilliant and evocative lyrics that make it most special for me. I’ve heard it it many hundreds of times and it simply never grows old! One of Jethro Tull’s greatest achievements.

This is my third video for a track from the Heavy Horses album and one of the songs I’ve wanted to video since I started this hobby. I chose to use a video performance (from 1982) which didn’t include the the long verse from “let me find you a filly”…so I had to try and match from similar earlier verse. I hope you enjoy the effort…and thanks for watching! Please give it a like and/or comment….it helps! Thanks!

Huge thanks to everyone who’s art made this new art possible, especially:

Video footage from:
Jethro Tull: Jack in the Green – Live in Germany 1970-93

(This is my one of my favorite Jethro Tull DVDs…if you’re a fan and haven’t seen it….the best $10 you’ll spend…..Amazon link above).

Tour Scotland
(Beautiful clips of horses plowing)

https://www.youtube.com/user/tourscotland

Rob Monk Photography
(Perfect photo of Ian Anderson at end of video (used as a mask with clouds)

http://robmonkphotography.com/

[Lyrics]
Iron-clad, feather-feet pounding the dust
On Octobers day, towards evening
Sweat embossed veins standing proud to the plough
Salt on a deep chest, seasoning

Last of the line at an honest days toil
Turning the deep sod under
Flint at the fetlock, chasing the bone
Flies at the nostrils plunder

The Suffolk, the Clydesdale, the Percheron vie
With the shire on his feathers, floating
Hauling soft timber into the dusk
To bed on a warm straw coating

Heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free
And now youre down to the few and theres no work to do
The tractors on its way

Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seeds
To keep the old line going
And well stand you abreast at the back of the woods
Behind the young trees growing

To hide you from eyes that mock at your girth
Youre eighteen hands at the shoulder
And one day when the oil barons have all dripped dry
And the nights are seen to draw colder

Theyll beg for your strength, your gentle power
Your noble grace and your bearing
And youll strain once again to the sound of the gulls
In the wake of the deep plough, sharing

Heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free
And now youre down to the few and theres no work to do
The tractors on its way

Standing like tanks on the brow of the hill
Up into the cold wind facing
In stiff battle harness, chained to the world
Against the low sun racing

Bring me a wheel of oaken woods
A rein of polished leather
A heavy horse and a tumbling sky
Brewing heavy weather

Bring a song for the evening
Clean brass to flash the dawn
Across these acres glistening
Like dew on a carpet lawn

In these dark towns, folk lie sleeping
As the heavy horses thunder by
So wake the dying city
With the living horsemans cry

At once the old hands quicken
Bring pick and wisp and curry comb
Thrill to the sound of all the
Heavy horses coming home

Iron-clad, feather-feet pounding the dust
On Octobers day, towards evening
Sweat embossed veins standing proud to the plough
Salt on a deep chest, seasoning

Bring me a wheel of oaken woods
A rein of polished leather
A heavy horse and the tumbling sky
Brewing heavy weather

Heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free
And now youre down to the few and theres no work to do
The tractors on its way

Oh, heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free
And now youre down to the few and theres no work to do
The tractors on its way

Oh, heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free
And now youre down to the few and theres no work to do
The tractors on its way

Now heavy horses move the land under me
Behind the plough gliding, slipping and sliding free

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Take a walk down Love Street!

Love Street – World Party (1990) HQ Audio HD Video

“Love Street” was released in the spring of 1990 on World Party’s second album, Goodbye Jumbo. Originally released in 1990 on Ensign/Chrysalis, the album was essentially a solo project by Karl Wallinger, aided by a number of guest artists, including Sinéad O’Connor and former members of The Waterboys.

The album was voted Album of the Year by Q magazine in 1990. In 2000, Q placed it at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. It was reissued and remastered in 2006 on Seaview Records.

The single “Way Down Now” spent five weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The follow-up “Put the Message in the Box” reached number 8.

The album’s classic rock sound – guitar, bass and drums – was augmented by piano, strings, flute and electronic percussion. The songs followed the loose concept of an everyman’s journey from lonely despair to spiritual fulfillment.

Once again as I was digging back into some of my oldest projects I came across so many of my favorite songs that I’d started but never finished…..man, there is just an incredible amount of seriously great things that are crying to be heard by some new fans!….anyway, among the things I found that I’d been seriously remiss in not getting around to a single track from one of my top 50 albums…..this album is an absolute perfect slice of pure pop genius, the Beatles influence is so strong and the result is an undeniable masterpiece from start to finish. Nearly every song from the album was a contender for my first video by this band…”Love Street” is knockout gorgeous and just too lovely to wait. I hope you enjoy this trip down “Love Street”! Thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Have you ever been to Love Street?
Have you ever tried on all the shoes?
They’re for walking on the clouds with
And not for down here in the blues

Y’know dreams come true on Love Street too
Smile, you’re in this place
I was walking with the lonely
Before you came into my heart

Showed me round your Love Street
Took me naked from the dark
Well you’re touching my soul
Don’t let me go

You’re calling out to me
I’m turning to gold
Beginning to flow
Somebody set me free

Until now my mind was blank
And there was nothing there and the
The white lady
(The white lady, the white lady)
She won’t come my way
(Won’t come my way)

You say,”Close your eyes”
(Close your eyes, close your eyes, close your eyes)
And walk down that street in your mind
Oh it’s some place so fine
(Some place so fine)

Y’know really drives me out of my mind
How could it be?
That I’m walking down Love Street, baby
Walking down Love Street

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Oh Lord where did the feeling go….Big Country’s “Chance” from 1983

Chance – Big Country (1983) HQ Remastered Audio HD Video 

“Chance” was released in the summer of 1983 on Big Country’s debut studio album, The Crossing.

Big Country remains one of my very favorite bands…from that first incredibly powerful, haunting album which sounded like nothing you’d ever heard before, up through the final ones they produced with the insanely underrated vocalist and writer Stuart Adamson. While most of my friends were playing the latest U2 monster album, I was usually listening to the increasingly unrecognized efforts from Big Country. I have one friend in particular who I still run into now and again and he often as not says something to the effect of “man, you used to you to U2 alot!”…and I’m always like; “It was BIG COUNTRY, fool…how many times I gotta tell ya!?” (Though in all fairness he might be thinking of a several month period where the War cassette never left the deck…..and i know I probably reversed “New Year’s Day” http://youtu.be/p7n9itKuJh4 enough to sufficiently annoy the hell out of everyone!) LOL! Man….remember how back in the day we would all be fast forwarding or reversing our favorite tunes on 8-track or cassette….that high pitched screeching noise! ;-) I’m fond of some U2 tracks of course, but for me at least, Big Country was just way more impressive. Big Country has so many absolute gems scattered throughout their catalog (a way high ration of great to good songs on each album) which have been criminally overlooked, fortunately “Chance” isn’t one of them, as it did receive some recognition for the group….an absolutely perfect song.

I wanted to take the existing video for this track and try to highlight the constantly blending/crossing movement of the band…to make it “pop” a bit more. More Big Country favs on the way….till then hope you enjoy “Chance”! Thanks so much for watching!

The Crossing is the first studio album released by Scottish band Big Country. The album reached #3 in the UK; overseas, it hit #4 in Canada on the RPM national Top Albums Chart and #18 in the US on the Billboard 200 in 1983. It went on to be certified platinum in the UK and Canada. It contains the song “In a Big Country” which is their only U.S. Top 40 hit single. The song featured heavily engineered guitar playing, strongly reminiscent of bagpipes; Adamson and fellow guitarist Watson achieved this through the use of the MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar Effect. Also contributing to the band’s unique sound was their use of the e-bow, a device which allows a guitar to sound more like strings or synthesizer.

The album has been remastered and reissued on three occasions. The latest version released by Universal in 2012 in advance of the album’s 30th anniversary includes a second disc of previously unissued demos. Also included in the set is a track produced by Chris Thomas from the first abortive attempt to record the band’s debut album. The demos include the earliest recordings done by Adamson and Bruce Watson, some of which were recorded on four-track prior to recruiting either a drummer or bassist for the band.

The set also includes a booklet with interviews (new in the case of the current band members and archived in the case of the late Stuart Adamson) by the journalist and author Tim Barr. Lyrics for all of the key songs are also included, and the album has been remastered by Paschal Byrne from the original master tapes. In total, ten previously unreleased tracks were included in the deluxe, digitally remastered edition.

[Lyrics]
All the rain came down
On a cold new town
As it carried you away
From your father’s hand
That always seemed like a fist
Reaching out to make you pay

He came like a hero from the factory floor
With the sun and moon as gifts
But the only son you ever saw
Were the two he left you with

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

Now the skirts hang so heavy around your head
That you never knew you were young
Because you played chance with a lifetime’s romance
And the price was far too long

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

Oh Lord where did the feeling go
Oh Lord I never felt so low

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“You were kissed by a witch, one night in the wood”…..as we take the first steps into the long dark of winter. “Witch’s Promise” from 1970

Witch’s Promise – Jethro Tull (1970) HQ Audio / HD Video

“Witch’s Promise” was released as a single in 1970 with “Teacher” as the b-side. I remember the track from the Living In The Past double album, which is LP on which it was released in 1972. This was one of the first Tull albums I can remember listening to and it was tracks like “Witch’s Promise” which(! ;-) made me a huge fan of the group.

I’ve been experimenting with toon effects recently and trying out different combination of effects on a few different videos….I really liked how this one looked as I was able to achieve a more “watercolor” effect than most…..I think it’s a much more interesting video than the original (which looks pretty nasty in comparison…too much hair, bad lighting, color bleed, low-res video….all of which seemed to make this video work…..but again, I may be a bit biased).

So….as we leave autumn and take our first steps into the long winter, here’s a final adieu to the witching season of 2014…from 44 years ago….”Witch’s Promise”. I hope you enjoy the video!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!! and also as usual….THANK YOU! for watching!

[Lyrics]
Lend me your ear while I call you a fool
You were kissed by a witch, one night in the wood
And later insisted your feelings were true
The witch’s promise was coming
Believing he listened while laughing you flew

Leaves falling red, yellow, brown, all look the same
And the love you have found, lay outside in the rain
Washed clean by the water but nursing his pain
The witch’s promise was coming
And you look and there’s where for your own selfish gain

Keep looking, keep looking for somewhere to be
Well, you’re wasting your time, they’re not stupid like he is
Meanwhile leaves are still falling, you’re too blind to see

You won’t find it easy now, it’s only fair
He was willing to cater to you, but you didn’t care
You’re waiting for more but you’ve already had your share
The witch’s promise is turning
So don’t you wait up for him, he’s going to be late

 

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