Take these broken wings and learn to fly

Blackbird – The Beatles (1968) 24bit FLAC Audio Remaster 1080p Video

*Extra Blackbird Version: This version includes extra blackbird chirping throughout the track….although it is a well recognized crime against mankind to alter ONE NOTE of what The Beatles recorded, and I know I’ll feel the wrath (and I’ll have to atone at some point!)….I couldn’t resist experimenting with the allowing the actual blackbird to chirp….I kind of like the effect myself, but I’ll probably upload a version in its unaltered glory for the purists. Maybe edit the video a bit while I’m at it for some variety?

Although I frequently do vids for solo-Beatles tracks and The Beatles will always be my favorite group, I just don’t do many Beatles videos (think this is only the 4th!) since they have all mostly been done so much, but I’ve been thinking about a few I’d like to try something with and “Blackbird” was an fun one to do. Thanks for watching!

“Blackbird” was released in November of 1968 on The Beatles’ ninth studio album, eponymous titled The Beatles. The album is widely known and referred to as “The White Album”, a double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number).

Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. Although the group’s experience of the course was mixed, the lack of external influences or drugs sparked the band’s creativity and they returned to England with around 40 new songs. They regrouped at George Harrison’s house, Kinfauns, in May and recorded demos of 26 songs, enough for a double album. The group returned to EMI Studios to record the new material, with sessions lasting through to mid October, but their experiences in Rishikesh did not help motivate them in the studio. Because the Beatles had unlimited recording time, there was little attempt to rehearse anything as a group, so everything was captured on tape, after which they would overdub voices and additional instruments. Arguments broke out between the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw John Lennon and Paul McCartney quarrel with one another. The feuds intensified when Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, started attending the sessions. In addition, McCartney was not happy about the avant-garde piece “Revolution 9″, while Lennon disliked several of McCartney’s songs. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August, and consequently missed the recording of two tracks. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the group’s eventual disbandment in April 1970.

On release, The Beatles received mixed reviews from music journalists. Most critics found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid a turbulent political and social climate, although some praised Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting on the album. The band and Martin have since debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached number one on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

[Lyrics]
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

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I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all…The Waterboys cover Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country”

Girl From The North Country – The Waterboys (2002) FLAC HD Video

The Waterboys’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country” was released in June 2002 on the Dylan tribute cover CD from British music magazine Uncut. Some cover albums are great, some not so much….I think both of the Uncut Dylan tribute albums (there was a Vol. 1 & 2) fall in the the former category. This track is a longtime Dylan favorite, and as a huge fan of The Waterboys, it was an easy choice for a quick video. I hope you enjoy the video and maybe get a chance to hear this great cover for the first time. I cannot recommend the Uncut tribute albums enough, the Dylan and Rolling Stones ones especially, but they have others that are great as well.

The June 2002 issue of Uncut comes in two versions with two different cover discs (Hard Rain Vols 1 & 2) containing between them 31 Dylan covers. Like the Rolling Stones double tribute in December 2001, it’s eclectic and includes several specially recorded tracks.

The Band feature on disc one with “When I Paint My Masterpiece” from the remastered Cahoots. Emmylou Harris also features doing ‘Every Grain of Sand’. Paul Weller does ‘I Shall Be Released’.

Rarities include versions of ‘She’s Your Lover Now’ (Howard Devoto / Luxuria) and ‘Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence’ (Thurston, Kim & Epic), and unusual takes include Ani DiFranco’s ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Shelter from the Storm’ from Cassandra Wilson .

Among the exclusive tracks are The Waterboys doing ‘Girl from the North Country’, Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth attempting ‘Visions of Johanna’ and Johnny Marr doing ‘Don’t Think Twice’.

Judging from the Stones one, it’ll sell out very fast. The same issue has various worthies (including Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Martin Carthy, Brian Ferry, Jackie Leven, Tom Waits, Natalie Merchant, Simon Nicol) voting on Dylan’s 40 Greatest Songs. ‘Tell Me Momma’ gets in among the usual suspects.

Tracks

Volume 1

Girl From The North Country – The Waterboys
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Bill Kirchen
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Johnny Marr
She’s Your Lover Now – Howard Devoto / Luxuria
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine – Thea Gilmore
When I Paint My Masterpiece – The Band
The Times They Are A’Changin’ – The Hollies
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Robert Palmer
Paths of Victory – Cat Power
Most Likely You Go Your Way – Todd Rundgren
Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence – Thurston, Kim & Epic
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go – Mary Lou Lord
With God On Our Side – Manfred Mann
Shelter From The Storm – Cassandra Wilson
She Belongs To Me – The Nice
I Shall Be Released – Paul Weller
Volume 2

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Hamell On Trial
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Echo & The Bunnymen
Visions of Johanna – Lee Ranaldo
Positively 4th Street – Paul Westerberg
I Threw It All Away – Yo La Tengo
Maggie’s Farm – The Specials
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – The Charlatans
Highway 61 Revisited – Dr Feelgood
Tangled Up in Blue – Robyn Hitchcock
Wallflower – Buddy & Julie Miller
Love Minus Zero / No Limit – Steve Harley
Hurricane – Ani DiFranco
If You Gotta Go, Go Now – The Cowboy Junkies
Series of Dreams – Gallon Drunk
Every Grain of Sand – Emmylou Harris

[Lyrics]
Well, if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
That’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day

So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

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“I can nearly understand …” Roxy Music sets a groove on fire with classic Avalon track, “The Main Thing”.

The Main Thing – Roxy Music (1982) 2012 Remastered FLAC HD Video

“The Main Thing” was my very favorite track on Roxy Music’s eighth and final album, Avalon, from the spring of 1982. It was recorded in 1981–82 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band’s later work. It was the band’s most successful studio album, reaching No. 1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year. Although it only climbed as high as No. 53, Avalon is notable as the band’s only platinum record in the US.

A single, “More Than This,” preceded the album and was a Top 10 hit in Britain, Australia, and several European countries. The title track was released as the album’s second single and also became a UK Top 20 hit. A third extract, “Take a Chance With Me”, with a remixed version of album track “The Main Thing” on the b-side, reached the UK Top 30 and was Roxy Music’s last UK hit single to date.

Avalon was a huge hit for Roxy Music in 1982 and it is unfortunately the last album they ever recorded. The band has always had a considerable cult following, especially in Europe, but seldom achieved the commercial success of other popular bands. It seemed that the success of Avalon would ensure the band continued to reach for similar artistic and commercial achievements, but it never happened and Avalon stands as their final work.

“The Main Thing” is one of the lesser recognized songs on the album but it has always appealed to me due to it’s insistent and infectious groove…..the driving beat was close to the disco music popular in the day, but more sleek and sophisticated….the hallmark of all Roxy Music songs.

My original video for this track (#25 wow!) was a complete disaster…it’s long been a source of avoidance for me because it was just a really dark and ugly video. When I think about remaking some of my old stuff, “The Main Thing” is always one of the first that comes to mind….I always thought I’d just update what I’d done keeping the original concept (moonlight on the water, hearts, spinning “love”, and embracing couple art) with better, brighter result….I started with that video and began adjusting and in the end there was barely anything left of the original; (I guess I’ll keep my first effort up for awhile to link to the new one, but it really needs to disappear eventually; watch it if you dare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXt1q-TXVZA

In keeping with my last double scoop for Yes’ “Soon” (Single Edit and Long Edit), I may also crank out an extended video for the 12″ version. Thanks for watching as always!

*** For those with an interest in multi-channel audio****
Avalon was one of the first SACD’s I bought when I got my SACD/DVD-A player and I loved what they did with the multi-track….wow, I wish there was some way for me to share that experience for the biggest fans of “Avalon” tat don’t have the capabilities….just something really special!

In 2003, Virgin reissued Avalon on Hybrid Super Audio CD with a new 5.1-channel surround sound remix by the original production team of Rhett Davies (the producer) and Bob Clearmountain (the mixing engineer). The original 1982 stereo mix is left intact and is the same for the CD layer and for the HD layer, allegedly being transferred from analogue master tapes to DSD and processed in DSD throughout the process. The surround part of the HD layer includes the full album in the original running order plus the bonus track “Always Unknowing”, whose original stereo mix is only available on CD on the 4-CD boxed set The Thrill of It All and in the 2012 Roxy Music Complete Recordings boxed set.

The guitar parts in “The Main Thing” and “Take a Chance With Me” are noticeably more prominent in the multi-channel mix than in the stereo mix. Guitar, saxophone, synthesizer, and percussion parts are often placed in the rear part of the sound field, while lead vocals tend to stick to the front centre, as opposed to being mixed in dual-mono in front left and right like in the somewhat traditional 2.0 stereo mixing.

In an interview with Sound on Sound regarding the surround-sound remix of Avalon, Clearmountain stated “This record probably means more to me than anything I’ve ever done. I’ve had more comments and compliments on this album by far than anything else I’ve ever done.

[Lyrics]
Look at my hand
There’s a soul on fire
You can lead me even higher
The main thing
Everybody knows
When a good thing’s gone
You can really turn me on
The main thing
You run through here
With your words of sand
I can nearly understand
The main thing

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The sun will lead us….”Soon”. An amazing new edit for the classic Yes track from 1974, from 2003’s The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection.

Soon (2003 Long Edit) – Yes (1974) HD FLAC Audio Remaster & HD Video

“Soon” was released by the progressive rock group Yes on their seventh studio album, Relayer, in the winter of 1974. It was actually the closing segment of the Side One’s full length epic, “The Gates Of Delirium” and was released as a single edit in January of 1975. This is a new, longer edit of the track that was released in 2003.

Stuck at home for a couple of days with respiratory infection and feeling like crap….inbetween sleeping and more sleeping I thought it had been sometime since I’d done a Yes vid, so I thought I’d resurrect an ancient video I started for “Soon” years ago, and when I went back to pull it out to finish I realized that everything needed to go…..this is a much different affair than the one I originally had planned….simpler and I think it works better for this tune. Hope you enjoy my little video for this longtime favorite!

***Decided to make a quick video edit to my video for the newer 2003 edit of the track from The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection. It’s nearly a couple minutes longer, and my preferred version…..so I dug it up for the Yes fanatics out there. Yes, I’m obsessive about my music, but “I’m not the only one”….talking you some of you guys….and this one if for ya’ll! :-)

“The Gates of Delirium” is a 22-minute track that Anderson described as “a war song, a battle scene, but it’s not to explain war or denounce it, really … There’s a prelude, a charge, a victory tune, and peace at the end, with hope for the future.” Moraz recalled discussing War and Peace and Leo Tolstoy with Anderson as they both read the book, after which Moraz showed Anderson a French science fiction comic book with “Delirious” in the title. Moraz said, “he related to it immediately so I think that perhaps as a title ‘The Gates of Delirium’ came from that”. Anderson and White stopped by a scrap yard and bought metal car parts which were used as percussion during the song’s battle section. During the battle section, White formed a tower of the parts and pushed it over to make a crashing sound. The track concludes with a gentle melody and a lyrical prayer for peace which later became known as “Soon”.

Relayer was the bands only studio album recorded with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in the band’s line-up; he joined in August that year after Rick Wakeman left over differences regarding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) to pursue his solo career.

Following Wakeman’s decision to leave the band, the remaining members proceeded to work on new material for Relayer. The group wrote and rehearsed new songs and proceeded to record in Squire’s home in Virginia Water, Surrey. Relayer has the same format as Close to the Edge (1972), with one track occupying side one and two tracks on side two. The album saw Yes experiment with elements of funk and jazz fusion.

Upon release, Relayer helped continue the band’s success in the mid-1970s, peaking at number 4 in the UK and number 5 in the U.S. The closing section of “The Gates of Delirium,” titled “Soon,” was released as a single in January 1975.

In May 1974, after Tales from Topographic Oceans tour in support of their ambitious double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) ended, keyboardist Rick Wakeman decided to leave Yes as he could not understand its concept and disagreed with the musical direction the band took. The band’s line-up during this time included singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White.

While the band started writing and rehearsing for Relayer, several keyboardists were auditioned including Greek musician Vangelis. As Phil Carson of Atlantic Records later explained, “He came to London and tried out Yes but it didn’t really gel … Vangelis wouldn’t get on a plane and wouldn’t fly anywhere and Yes were about to go on tour.” (Vangelis with Yes is another one of those perfect matches of talent in rock music history that it’s fun to think about….and this one nearly happened!)

At the suggestion of music journalist and author Chris Welch, the band invited Swiss-born Patrick Moraz of Refugee to a try out session at Squire’s home in August 1974. Moraz used Vangelis’s keyboards for his first session. The band liked what he did, and Moraz subsequently joined full time.

[Lyrics]
Soon, oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

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Uh, oh, I touched your star

Touch and Go – The Cars (1980) 192kHz/24bit Audio Remaster HD Video

“Touch and Go” was released on the Cars’ third studio album, Panorama, in the summer of 1980.

Until now, The Cars have been one of the last of my very favorite bands that I hadn’t made even a single video for….though there are of course parts scattered about mind and drives! :-) This was a band that I was a huge fan of until the very end (of course Ric released a string of amazing strong solo albums….also thinking of some of my favorites in those mines!)….wow, we used to have a good time all over the place with The Cars playing in the background. This video was to be just another of my simple attempts at a stylish cartoony moving picture edit and it was actually almost finished before something went terribly wrong and even after every trick I knew to save the project, I finally gave up and almost decided not to redo it….I eventually had to re-render the video and start from scratch with the editing….ugh. ;-( It’s difficult to make the original low res source video (again for these efforts I really want to try and achieve the effect of a painting in motion!) I had look spanking new in HD 1080p, but you at least get the 24bit Remastered track as the source…..which sounds amazing! I hope you enjoy “Touch and Go” and THANKS FOR WATCHING!

Elliot Easton is such a truly great guitar player….a good sized chunk of my very favorite and tastiest! guitar solos are Elliot Easton’s….put on any Cars album and listen to Elliot’s work if you need to be reminded! ;-)

The record marked a change from the upbeat pop rock and hard rock of the group’s previous albums, representing a more aggressive and experimental sound. It was not as commercially successful as The Cars’ previous or subsequent albums (until 1987’s Door to Door). However, it did hit #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

As a single off the album, the song “Touch and Go” peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200.

[Lyrics]
All I need is what you’ve got
All I’ll tell is what you’re not
All you know is what you hear
I get this way when you come near

Then I know it’s gone too far
Uh, oh, I touched your star
And it felt so right
Just like the hush of midnight
And then you said
With me it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-o-o

All I need is you tonight
Flying like a cement kite, yeah
In your headlock on the floor
Who could ever ask for more

And I know it’s gone too far
Uh, oh, I touched your star
And it felt so right
Just like the hush of midni-ight
And then you said
With me it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-o-o

All I want is you tonight
I guess that dress does fit you tight, yeah
You know that look does make me shake
It almost looks too good to fake

And I know it’s gone too far
Uh, oh, I touched your star-r-r
And it felt so right
Just like the hush of midni-ight
Then you said
With me it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-o-o

Well it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Its touch and go-o-o-o

Well it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-wo yeah

Well it’s touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go-o-o-o
Touch and go

All I need is what you’ve got

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I don’t want to fade away… In your heart I want to stay.

Bell Bottom Blues – Derek and the Dominos (1970) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Bell Bottom Blues” was the second song on the first side of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which was the only album released by the supergroup Derek and the Dominos, from the winter of 1970.

I had been working on a video for “Layla” and stopped along the way for “Bell Bottom Blues”! The mod dancer effects was from my “Wah-Wah” video and I’d pulled them up (recreated them to remove a couple of skipped frames that had gotten past me when I first made them ) for the “Bell Bottom Blues” video….the drummer album cover effect was in my “Layla” vid. I realized that these two effects might be used to make for a quick “Bell Bottom Blues” (my second favorite from the album)….so I planned on making a very simple video built around them. Of course then I find myself in a familiar and frustrating situation where I’m working two videos and can’t decide which effect to use where since I try to not cheat too much and like each video to look as different as possible. This was a pretty quick effort and the foundation of a much better video, but the upcoming video for “Layla” incorporate much more of the things I was finding along the way. (Not sure who that one girl is, but man she also looks great as “Layla” ;-)….what a great pic!) Hope you enjoy!

The collaboration that created Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos, grew out of Eric Clapton’s frustration with the hype associated with the supergroups Cream and the short-lived Blind Faith. Following the latter’s dissolution, he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whom he had come to know while they were the opening act on Blind Faith’s US tour in the summer of 1969.

After that band also split up, a Friends alumnus, Bobby Whitlock, joined up with Clapton in Surrey, England. From April 1970, the two spent weeks writing a number of songs “just to have something to play”, as Whitlock put it. These songs would later make up the bulk of the material on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

Having toured with Joe Cocker straight after leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon reunited with Clapton and Whitlock in England. Clapton attempted to avoid the limelight under cover of the anonymous “Derek and the Dominos”, with whom he played a tour of small clubs in Britain during the first three weeks of August. The group’s name had reportedly resulted from a gaffe made by the announcer at their first concert, who mispronounced the band’s provisional name, “Eric & The Dynamos”. In fact, Clapton chose “Derek and the Dominos” because he did not want his name and celebrity to get in the way of maintaining a “band” image. When the tour was over, they headed for Criteria Studios in Miami to record an album.

The source of the album’s eventual centerpiece, “Layla”, was rooted in Clapton’s personal life; he had become infatuated with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison. Not even heroin, which Clapton had then begun to use, could dull the pain. Dave Marsh, in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, wrote that “there are few moments in the repertoire of recorded rock where a singer or writer has reached so deeply into himself that the effect of hearing them is akin to witnessing a murder, or a suicide … to me, ‘Layla’ is the greatest of them.”

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

[Lyrics]
Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.
I don’t want to lose this feeling.
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

It’s all wrong, but it’s all right.
The way that you treat me baby.
Once I was strong but I lost the fight.
You won’t find a better loser.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Bell bottom blues, don’t say goodbye.
I’m sure we’re gonna meet again,
And if we do, don’t you be surprised
If you find me with another lover.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Tiny Dancer – Elton John (1971) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

Tiny Dancer – Elton John (1971) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Tiny Dancer” was released in the winter of 1971 on Elton John’s fourth studio album, Madman Across The Water. I’ve been playing with vids for fav tracks from Madman for years, but those two songs (“Levon” and the title track) have been very difficult to finish, so I jumped into a song I knew I could get done using some old tried and true (and maybe getting tired at this point?! LOL!) techniques. I’ll continue to pick at those other songs from Madman (“Levon” especially is so damn elusive concept-wise…..wish me luck!)….but until then hope ya enjoy “Tiny Dancer”!

FROM WIKI:
John, Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson, who would be the main musicians on the next album (Honky Chateau), would soon join with percussionist Ray Cooper and form the best-known line-up of his mid-1970s band. As with all John songs during this period, the lyrics were penned by his writing partner, Bernie Taupin. This was the last album to be recorded at London’s Trident Studios. They relocated to Château d’Hérouville for the next three albums. Caleb Quaye and Roger Pope wouldn’t play with John again until Rock of the Westies in 1975, following Murray and Olsson’s departure from the band.

Upon its release, Madman Across the Water was almost ignored in John’s homeland, barely reaching #41 on the UK Albums Chart and spending only two weeks there. It has been the lowest-charting album of his career to date. The album fared better in North America, peaking at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums and placing at #10 on the year-end list of 1972. It received Gold by the RIAA in February 1972, achieving $1 million in sales at wholesale value just in the United States. In 1998, the album was certified Multi-Platinum, representing shipments of over 2 million units in the U.S.

The title song was set to be released on John’s previous album Tumbleweed Connection. However, it was set aside and would eventually be re-recorded and serve as the title track of this album. Previous versions of the song (from the Tumbleweed sessions with Mick Ronson on guitar) can still be found, specifically on the remastered Tumbleweed Connection CD.

When it was released in ‘The Classic Years’ collection, it was the first album not to feature any bonus tracks. One known track recorded at the time, “Rock Me when He’s Gone,” was released on Rare Masters a few years before. The song was written for and recorded by one of John’s long-time friends, Long John Baldry. This was John’s first album in which he plays his piano and no other keyboards. This was the first album in which Davey Johnstone played guitar for John, a role that would continue for decades.

HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And THANK YOU!!!! for watching! :-)

[Lyrics]
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

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Blow Away – George Harrison (1979) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

Blow Away – George Harrison (1979) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Blow Away” was released in the winter of 1979 on George Harrison’s seventh solo album, George Harrison.

This is I believe the thirteenth video I’ve made for a George Harrison song (George must be the artist I’ve made the most videos for!) and the second from the 1979 album….after “Your Love Is Forever” https://youtu.be/pY9TX_Q7j-o

A new George Harrison album was always an exciting and memorable event when I was growing up and each one (as with the other Beatle solo albums) brings distinctive memories of very specific times, places, people and emotions of my youth. I had been in awe of George’s previous album, 33&1/3 and was thrilled to finally hear that he had a new album. It was my last year of high school and I took a friend along with me hauling some cattle to a ranch near Corpus Christi for my dad on a Saturday. I was more than happy to make the trip because I knew it would allow me a chance to get into a city to a record shop and pick up George’s new album. Though the trip wouldn’t normally take me thorough San Antonio, I made a detour to the route and picked up both the album, cassette, AND! a great promo poster for the LP (In those days I was very skilled at convincing record store employees to give me promo material! LOL!, of course once I started working at one the next year such material became much more available and….yes, I still have that poster!). To this day every time I listen to this album (which is often, btw) I think of the hassles of driving that cattle trailer through the city and then happily listening to this album on cassette with my friend as I winded through the Texas countryside with the blue sky, white puffy clouds and sunshine above us!

From Wiki: With Harrison’s penchant for leisure and travel following Thirty Three & 1/3’s release, he had not started recording a follow-up until mid-1978, although he had been writing songs during his hiatus. Teaming up with a co-producer for the first time in years, Harrison decided to use Russ Titelman to help realise the music for George Harrison, which was recorded at his home studio, entitled Friar Park, with string overdubs being effected at London’s AIR Studios. Special guests included Steve Winwood, Gary Wright (who co-wrote “If You Believe”) and Eric Clapton.

The album was previewed by the single “Blow Away”, which reached No. 51 in the United Kingdom and No. 16 in the United States. George Harrison received positive reviews upon its February 1979 release. It reached No. 39 in the UK and it peaked at No. 14 in the US, going gold. “Blow Away” as a single was also successful in Canada, peaking at No. 7 on the singles chart. Harrison’s increasing efforts, however, were being directed towards the film industry, having formed Handmade Films in order to help his friends in Monty Python complete Life of Brian.

Three of the songs from the eponymous album were included on Harrison’s Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 compilation: “Blow Away,” an edited version of “Here Comes the Moon,” and the single edit version of “Love Comes to Everyone.” “Blow Away” was also included in the career-spanning compilation Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison.

In 2004, George Harrison was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 on Dark Horse with new distribution by EMI, adding the bonus track demo version of “Here Comes the Moon”, recorded just after it was written in Hawaii.

Till next one…..hope you enjoy this one! Thanks for sharing your joy of music with me!

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

[Lyrics]
Day turned black, sky ripped apart
Rained for a year ’til it dampened my heart
Cracks and leaks
The floorboards caught rot
About to go down
I had almost forgot.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

Sky cleared up, day turned to bright
Closing both eyes now the head filled with light
Hard to remember what a state I was in
Instant amnesia
Yang to the Yin.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

Wind blew in, cloud was dispersed
Rainbows appearing, the pressures were burst
Breezes a-singing, now feeling good
The moment had passed
Like I knew that it should.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

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“I’m a rolling, rolling down the road…just dreaming about the days of long ago”…..

Will You Miss Me – The Notting Hillbillies (1990) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

“Will You Miss Me” was released in the winter of 1990 on the first (and only) album by The Notting Hillbillies. This was one of my favorite albums that year….and for a few years after, I kept looking for the next one to drop…finally giving up hope they’d record another. It was such a cool, beautiful and mellow record….the players are all fantastic….a shame they didn’t do more.

Anyway…..not much more to say, ‘cept I love this tune (tied with “Your Own Sweet Way” as favorites from the record….might tune up that vid as well?) and this has always been one of my favorite music videos, so I wanted to try and touch up the vid for HD, edit it from the single track to the longer studio track and also include the lossless FLAC audio track.

I hope you enjoy! Thanks for watching and Happy Easter 2015!

[Lyrics]
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

Did you ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand
Look at the stars in the heaven’s above
Sleep on the pillow where my head use to lay
While the moonbeams flicker ‘cross your window pane
I’m on my way from here, don’t know where I’m going

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
Just dreaming about the days of long ago

When darkness falls across the land
Shadow cast in the heart of a man
The flame of desire burns bright as a star
I hear a cry on the wind like a voice from afar
I’m a stranger here, don’t know where I’m going

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
Just dreaming about the days of long ago

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

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“Stairway to Heaven” from The Song Remains The Same (1976)

Stairway To Heaven (Live) – Led Zeppelin (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

“Stairway To Heaven (Live)” was recorded for The Song Remains the Same is a concert film featuring the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The filming took place during the summer of 1973, during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Shepperton Studios. The film premiered three years later on 20 October 1976 at Cinema I in New York, on 22 October 1976 at Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles, and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later It was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name.

I had worked some effects for “Stairway To Heaven” for my video of the studio version of the track, and this is just mostly that effort. I really didn’t want to get into a whole thing with this video and spend a lot of time on it and planned on no edits, but I couldn’t resist quickly reworking the ending a bit….mostly just threw in some stuff and re-edited that section of the concert video to make it move faster…the hardest rocking part of the song featured too much ugly split screen effects and other psychedelic(ish) effects….just when it needed to be the band pegged out at maximum velocity!!!! Or at least I always thought so… I hope you enjoy it!

Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group’s manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The first attempt was the filming (by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman) of Led Zeppelin’s Royal Albert Hall performance on 9 January 1970, but the lighting was judged to be mediocre, and the film was shelved (this footage was later remastered and featured on the 2003 release Led Zeppelin DVD).

On the morning of 20 July 1973, during the band’s concert tour of the United States, Peter Grant made a contact with Joe Massot, who had previously directed Wonderwall. Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire in 1970, where they made friends with their neighbours, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Charlotte Martin.[3] Grant had previously turned down offers by Massot to make a film of the band, but with the huge success of the band’s current tour, Grant changed his mind and offered him the job of director. As Grant recalled:

It all started in the Sheraton Hotel, Boston. We’d talked about a film for years and Jimmy had known Joe Massot was interested – so we called them and over they came. It was all very quickly arranged.

Massot hurriedly assembled a crew in time for Led Zeppelin’s last leg of the tour starting on 23 July 1973, in Baltimore. He subsequently filmed the group’s three concert performances at Madison Square Garden on the nights of 27, 28, and 29 July 1973. The film was entirely financed by the band and shot on 35mm with a 24-track quadraphonic sound recording. The live footage in the US alone cost $85,000.

[Lyrics]
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!!!!

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