No need to hurry We’ll meet in the end

A Hard Road – Black Sabbath (1978) 96KHz/24bit FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“A Hard Road” was released on the album Never Say Die!, the eighth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, in September 1978. It was the final Black Sabbath studio album until 2013’s 13 to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne prior to his departure from the band in 1979, and the last full studio album to feature the band’s original lineup. Critics called it unbalanced, scattering its energy in too many directions.

I may be in the minority, but I’ve always thought this was a very cool Black Sabbath record, I especially like “A Hard Road”, “Junior’s Eyes” and “Air Dance”….I think the key to enjoying the album is to listen to each song as a single….cohesively the record is a mess for sure.

In the UK the title track, released well ahead of the album, reached No. 21 in the chart and gave the band its first Top of the Pops appearances since 1970. In the UK the album reached No. 12, one place higher than its predecessor Technical Ecstasy.

In the UK, “A Hard Road” was released as the second single from the album and reached the UK Top 40, 25,000 copies being pressed in a limited-edition purple-vinyl. The song marks the first and last time guitarist Tony Iommi sings backing vocals with Black Sabbath, explaining that when he sang, bassist Geezer Butler couldn’t keep a straight face. The album received mostly negative reviews and is not held in high esteem today, with AllMusic referring to the album as “unfocused”, saying it “will hold little interest to the average heavy metal fan.” Rolling Stone says it was “not a blaze of glory for the original foursome” but added that it may be “better than people might remember”. In 2013 Phil Alexander of Mojo referred to the album as “disastrous”.

In October 1978 Osbourne said “It’s a combination of what we’ve all been through in the last ten years. It’s a very varied album. We got rid of all our inner frustrations: what each of us individually wanted to put down over the years but couldn’t because of the pressures of work. So we put a lot of painstaking hours into developing this album.” However, Osborne quickly soured on the LP, telling After Hours in a 1981 interview “The last album I did with Sabbath was Never Say Die! and it was the worst piece of work that I’ve ever had anything to do with. I’m ashamed of that album. I think it’s disgusting”. He went on to claim that the band flew to Toronto in January during sub-zero temperature “purely because the Rolling Stones had recorded a live album there.” In 2013, Osbourne told Mojo, “I’d go down to the studio and I heard what sounded like a jazz band playing. Is this really Black Sabbath? I’d just fuck off.” Osbourne was fired by the band eight months later.

Despite the negative reception, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil cited “Never Say Die!” as one of his favourite Black Sabbath albums.

At the time of the recording of Never Say Die! the members of Black Sabbath were all heavily involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Prior to recording, vocalist Osbourne briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. In 1992, guitarist Tony Iommi explained to Guitar World, “Right before we were supposed to record Never Say Die!, Ozzy quit the band.

Osbourne eventually rejoined the band, but refused to sing any of the songs written with Walker. Iommi elaborated in the 1992 Guitar World piece, “two days before we were finally ready to record again, Ozzy decided to come back. But he wouldn’t sing any of the stuff we had written without him! Bill Ward had to sing on one track (“Swinging The Chain”). We ended up having to write in the day so we could record in the evening, and we never had time to review the tracks and make changes. As a result, the album sounds very confused.”

[Lyrics]
Old men crying, young men dying
World still turns as Father Time looks on
On and on
Children playing, dreamers praying
Laughter turns to tear as love has gone
Has it gone?

Oh, it’s a hard road
Oh, it’s a hard road

Whirlwind churning, lovers learning
On this path of life we can’t back down
Is it wrong?
Widows weeping, babies sleeping
Life becomes the singer and the song
Sing along

Oh, it’s a hard road
Carry your own load

Why make the hard road?
Why can’t we be friends?
No need to hurry
We’ll meet in the end

Why make the hard road?
Why can’t we be friends?
No need to worry
Let’s sing it again

Brother’s sharing, mother’s caring
Nightime falling victim to the dawn
Shadows small
Days are crawling, time is calling
To the Earth another life is gone
Love line drawn

Oh, it’s a hard road
Carry your own load
Oh, it’s a hard road
Oh, it’s a hard road…

Forget all your sorrow, don’t live in the past
And look to the future, `cause life goes too fast, you know
Forget all your sorrow, don’t live in the past
And look to the future, `cause life goes too fast, you know
Forget all your sorrow, don’t live in the past
And look to the future, `cause life goes too fast, you know…

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Kid” was released on The Pretenders debut studio album, Pretenders, on 7 January 1980 under Real Records (Sire Records in the US). So glad I grew up in the age of vinyl…I’ll always remember it as the opening track of side two….who else is with me here? LOL!

This video edits the shorter video performance to the longer studio track, which was sources from a 192kHz/24bit FLAC source. Happy to once again be able to work a truncated performance clip to the full album track….even if not too many people notice this kind of work, it’s always a fulfilling experience to be able to create a full, high resolution video experience from a crappy sounding, incomplete performance video! I hope you enjoy the thing!

This album was special, so special🙂 for those of us who were growing up in those days. I guess most guys like myself who were serious rock music fans were all in love with Chrissie for the first half of the 80’s…..I mean, thinking who would be her equal for this generation of “music” lovers?….uh, no one….cause not only was she pretty, she wrote most of her band’s songs, and played a great rhythm guitar as well!

Speaking of guitar, it’s James Honeyman-Scott’s great, unique solo on this song that always makes me want to play it first among an album of fantastic tunes. He died when he was only 25 from a drug overdose…I remember reading the news and thinking what a shame to lose such a genius guitar player….he’s still considered by some as the last really great guitar hero. (James died of heart failure caused by cocaine intolerance two days after original bassist Peter Granville “Pete” Farndon was fired from the band for becoming increasingly difficult to work with due to his drug usage….Pete himself would overdose less than a year later.)

A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket”.

Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders’ first single, “Stop Your Sobbing”, but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was “not going anywhere”. Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

Pretenders debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA. Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52). In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #64 on its list, “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

Pretenders was remastered and re-released in 2006 and included a bonus disc of demos, B-sides and live cuts, many previously unreleased. “Cuban Slide” and “Porcelain” originally appeared as B-sides to “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love”, while “Swinging London” and “Nervous But Shy” both appeared on the flip side of “Brass in Pocket”. The Regents Park Demo of “Stop Your Sobbing” was included initially as a flexi-single in the May 1981 edition of Flexipop magazine. The tracks “Message of Love”, “Talk of the Town”, “Porcelain” and “Cuban Slide” alongside a live version of the album’s opening track, “Precious”, were released on a follow-up EP entitled Extended Play soon after.

[Lyrics]
Kid what changed your mood
You’ve gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it’s wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don’t want me to

Kid my only kid
You look so small you’ve gone so quiet
I know you know what I’m about
I won’t deny it
But you forgive though you don’t understand
You’ve turned your head
You’ve dropped by hand

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow

Shut the light, go away
Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won’t let them go

You’re on top of the world and you can’t get any higher

On Top of the World – Cheap Trick (1978) 44.1kHz/24bit FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“On Top Of The World” was released on Cheap Trick’s third studio album, Heaven Tonight, which was released in 1978. The album was remastered and released with bonus tracks on Sony’s Epic/Legacy imprint in 1998.

I bought two of my four favorite Cheap Trick (In Color and Heaven Tonight….getting the debut and Dream Police soon!) albums a few days ago in 44.1kHz/24bit flac from HDtracks: http://www.hdtracks.com/ I’ve been wanting to do some more Cheap Trick videos and decided to give the more obscure “On Top Of The World” a shot….the performance video I used had such awful audio that I had a harder time than usual syncing it up to the studio track. I made exactly one edit and render and (though there are a few minor issues) and here it is…..”On Top Of The World”! Enjoy.

The album cover features lead singer Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson.

Heaven Tonight is considered Cheap Trick’s best album by many fans and critics. While their debut album Cheap Trick showed the band’s darker, rawer side and In Color explored a lighter, more pop-oriented persona, Heaven Tonight combined both elements to produce a hook-filled pop-rock album with an attitude. Popular songs from this album include the anthemic “Surrender”, “Auf Wiedersehen”, the title track, and a cover of The Move’s “California Man”.

Heaven Tonight is also known as the first album ever recorded with a 12-string electric bass.

[Lyrics]
You’re on top of the world
On top of the world and you can’t
Get any higher-You’re on top of the world
You’re on top of the world tonight
It wasn’t easy- it was hard as hell
You didn’t get luck in a wishin’ well
Never worked so hard- had so much pain
Wouldn’t change for anything
Learned love from a movie screen
He was tough, she was wild at fifteen
Quit school and had no dreams
Wasn’t going very far
Then he got religion and she got a god
It’s on her back and it’s in his job
And it costs lots of money, honey- oh, no
Breakdown nearly every day
Shoulda known- couldn’t get away
Got lucky with the girl next door
She was lonely and didn’t care
She was young, she was dark, she was fair
Wrapped herself around you with her stare
You’d explode if she would touch you there
Touch you there- touch you there
Tonight, tonight-tonight-tonight
You’re on top of the world
On top of the world and you can’t
Get any higher
You’re on top of the world
You’re on top of the world tonight
(Can you hear me, can you see me) You’re on top of the world tonight
(Can you hear me, can you see me) You’re on top of the world tonight
(Can you hear me, can you see me) You’re on top of the world tonight
(Can you hear me, can you see me) You’re on top of the world tonight

 

We’re all going to get to heaven someday…don’t worry, don’t hurry….things happen!

Things Happen – Little Feat (1991) FLAC Remaster HD VIdeo ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Things Happen” was released in September 1991 on Little Feat’s tenth studio album, Shake Me Up. This album was not as strong as earlier, classic Lowell George Little Feat albums, but this song is one of my all time favorites by the band…..a great song to listen to when things are happening!😉

The flac audio track for this video was sourced from the excellent sounding “Hotcakes and Outtakes” 4CD boxset from 2000….it’s a wonderful introduction to this amazing band for newcomers, and a treat (sonically) for old fans….can’t believe it’s been 15 years or so since I bought this set?! Read about it:

From AllMusic: Rhino’s four-disc box set Hotcakes & Outtakes treats all of Little Feat’s incarnations with equal respect. This even-handed approach has advantages, even if Lowell George dominates the proceedings. How could he not? He was a musician of immense talents, shaping the band’s core sound while building an impressive body of songs. This set reveals that the rest of the band, while not writers of George’s ilk, still wrote their share of great songs and, best of all, their fusion of funk, blues, country, rock and jazz still sounded lively, even when they reunited a decade after his death. Yes, it was missing his unique brilliance and vision, yet the reunited Feat still carried the torch well, which this set proves. Still, the best thing about the box is the fourth disc, devoted to “Studio Artifacts,” all dating from George’s heyday with the band. Actually, it goes a little further than that, beginning with cuts from George and Roy Estrada’s mid-’60s band the Factory and pre-Warner Bros recordings, plus a generous selection of outtakes and demos, including selections from George’s solo album, Thanks I’ll Eat It Here. It’s a treasure trove for any Little Feat fan, filled with amazing cuts like the barn-storming “Rat Faced Dog” — tracks so good, it’s hard to believe they haven’t been released before. The fourth disc is reason for any devoted fan to pick up this set, but is this worthwhile for the curious? Well, yes, since this offers a great summary of their fascinating career, even if it duplicates some songs at the expense of album tracks like “A Apolitical Blues” which really should be here. Even with that flaw, Hotcakes & Outtakes performs its job well, proving that Little Feat is an American rock & roll band like no other.

The video for this track was started years ago and is one of the hundred or so that mostly sit around gathering dust in various stages of completion, in this case unlike some other examples, I hadn’t done much work on effects, etc. It was basically some old silent footage already in place, but the hold up was always that it was pretty nasty looking in full screen….I found better old footage (and added old projection/sepia effects to it)…..here it is!….it’s always nice to be able to finally get one the really old ones across the line! I hope you enjoy this really cool, fun N’ great track!🙂

[Lyrics]
I had a dream the other night
One of those dreams you hear about
Was ridin’ a downtown bus uptown
But I couldn’t get off… oh no, I couldn’t get off

Then the angel of mercy
She takes me by the hand
Says we’re all goin’ to heaven some day
Don’t worry, don’t hurry
Just do what you can, because

Things happen in their own sweet time
Things happen, things happen
Things happen in their own sweet way
Don’t you wait for tomorrow get your livin’ today

Thought I knew what I wanted
Ya know, be a big success
And to get what I wanted
I just had to do my best… just do my best

But when your best just ain’t good enough
Think you’ll never get ahead
It leaves ya wonerin’ jus’ what it is ya tryin’ to prove
And ya trying to prove it to

Things happen in their own sweet time
Things happen, things happen
Things happen in their own sweet way
Don’t you wait for tomorrow get your livin’ today

Think ya want this
Ya know you want that
Don’t wanna wait for nothin’ no no
That’s a matter of fact, just a matter of fact

No matter how hard I want
Make everythin’ be right
I still must remember yeah that
Left is loose, right is tight
And payday comes on Friday night

Things happen in their own sweet time
Things happen, things happen
Things happen in their own sweet way
Don’t you wait for tomorrow get your livin’ today
Things happen in their own sweet time
Things happen, things happen
Things happen in their own sweet way
Don’t you wait for tomorrow get your livin’ today

Don’t know about your brain But you look alright

All Night Long – Rainbow (1979) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“All Night Long” was released in July of 1979 on Rainbow’s fourth studio album, Down to Earth. This was their last album to feature drummer Cozy Powell and their only album with vocalist Graham Bonnet. Released in 1979, it contains Rainbow’s first hit single “Since You Been Gone”, marking a more commercial direction of the band’s sound.

AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine defines the album “a fine hard rock platter”, which “might not offer anything unique, but it delivers the goods.” He criticizes mostly Bonnet’s vocals, but praises “the guitar artistry and mystical sensibility of Ritchie Blackmore”, who “sounds invigorated on the album”. PopMatters’ Adrien Begrand, reviewing the 2011 Deluxe Edition, remarks how Down to Earth “is somewhat underrated compared to the towering Dio discography, but it remains a strong outing 31 years later”, even with “the new material sounding so much more stripped-down compared to the overtly epic heavy metal arrangements of Dio-era Rainbow”. The songs are “eight searing, hooky hard rockers”, remarkably rendered by Bonnet’s performance and energy. The album “is perhaps the most divisive record in Rainbow’s catalogue” according to Record Collector reviewer, because of “Blackmore’s single-minded pursuit of mainstream success” and the departure from the sound of preceding albums. He adds that this is a “strong” album with many “classic radio” staples, but the second disc of the Deluxe Edition do not add anything essential to the listening experience.

The writing of Down to Earth began at Ritchie Blackmore’s house in Connecticut in December 1978. By that time, the band leader had dismissed both bassist Bob Daisley and keyboard player David Stone soon after singer Ronnie James Dio quit the band. Blackmore had already recruited his old Deep Purple band mate Roger Glover as producer and started auditioning musicians for the vacant slots in the band, while songwriting progressed with the line-up of Blackmore, Cozy Powell and session musician Clive Chaman on bass. In April 1979, Jack Green of The Pretty Things was hired as new bass player for the recording sessions at Château Pelly de Cornfeld, in the countryside of Southern France, but he did not stay for long. Producer Glover ended up playing bass on the album and provided lyrics for all songs. While auditions for the new singer proceeded, Glover tracked down ex-The Marbles singer Graham Bonnet, who auditioned in France and was immediately hired.
During song composition, Bonnet made his vocal melodies though his contributions remained uncredited. His vocals were not recorded with the other tracks in France, but later at Kingdom Sound Studios in Long Island, when all other recording sessions were completed. Down to Earth is the only Rainbow album to feature Bonnet, though he was still part of the band when writing for Difficult to Cure began.

In 2005, Down to Earth was ranked number 431 in Rock Hard magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.

[Lyrics]
You’re walking up with your eyes on me
It’s looking good but I just don’t know
I need a girl who can keep her head
All Night Long
You didn’t come just to see the show
I guess you know what you want to see
The way you smile lets me know I can’t go wrong

I want to touch you
I want to feel you
I want to make you mine

I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)
I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)

I saw you standing down by the stage
Your Black stockings and your see through dress
Your mouth is open but I don’t want to hear ya
Say good night

You’re sorta young
But you’re over age
I don’t care cause I like your style
Don’t know about your brain
But you look alright

I want to touch you
I want to feel you
I want to make you mine

I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)
I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)

Your mind is dirty
But your hands are clean
You show the class
But you’re left alone
I know I can’t stand another night
(on my own)
Hey girl would you like some wine
What’s your name?
Are you by yourself?
Are you the one?
But you say can I take you home

I want to touch you
I want to feel you
I want to make you mine

I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)
I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)

I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)
I want to love you (all night long)
I want to be with you (all night long)

Find seven houses soaked in gin To console me…Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Wait Much Longer” from 1973.

I Can’t Wait Much Longer – Robin Trower (1973) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I Can’t Wait Much Longer” was the opening track on Robin Trower’s first solo album, Twice Removed From Yesterday, which was released in March of 1973. This is an update for my original video https://youtu.be/kHXmsI_HwaE …now featuring a FLAC source track from A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976) and new video effects. I have been so busy with my real job that I haven’t had much time to play with videos….about all I can find the energy to do is update my old videos since the effort requires less thought and energy!🙂 This wasn’t as awful a video as some of my old ones seem to me now, but it needed the high resolution audio…..hopefully the effort in reworking the old ones isn’t a total waste of time and some fans who missed the early one (when my channel was sooooo young!😉 will now find the new one?!

Going to update my “Bridge of Sighs” video soon as well as it was basically an extension of this one…see if I can make it more worthy of that deep, dark, epic classic track? Stay tuned…..and thanks for watching!

The band, consisting of Trower on guitar, Reg Isidore on drums, and James Dewar on vocals and bass is consistently masterful on this record. Robin Trower is my 4th favorite guitarist (following Gilmour, Knopfler, Harrison) and although he has been extremely successful, it seems that not enough people have actually listened to his catalog….or surely his accomplishments with his playing would be held in even higher regard. Also of note is the powerful vocal work by James Dewar….always so full of soul and elegance…..just one of the best rock vocalists ever.

This song is definitely one of my all time fav Robin Trower tunes…..I first came across this song on the first Robin Trower record I heard, Robin Trower Live, which I became familiar with as a freshman in High School and a friend had the 8-track. Used to drive him crazy fast-forwarding/reversing his deck to find this song! I purchased the LP shortly after that, and began buying the older Robin Trower records….when I heard the original, I at first didn’t care for it nearly as much as the live version, guess it was simply because I had the other version ingrained in my memory so deeply?….but I subsequently warmed up to it and now I prefer it over the live version.

Album info from AllMusic: Robin Trower’s debut solo album was the first evidence that the Fender Stratocaster sound of Jimi Hendrix could be effectively replicated and even refabricated. And like Hendrix, Trower had paid his dues as a more-or-less backup musician, his former band Procol Harum having emphasized stately organ and piano rather than guitar. After leaving his old group, Trower experimented with different musicians and ideas for several years, which paid off when he finally released Twice Removed From Yesterday, a record that displayed the characteristics that would make him a guitar hero and stadium attraction of the mid-’70s. He de-emphasized the Hendrix fuzz, feedback, and distortion, and let the reverb from his Strat become his dominant tonal device. He wasn’t as flamboyant as Hendrix, as earthy as Eric Clapton, or as unpredictable as Jeff Beck, but he played cleanly, emphasizing singular, effective notes, and he brought a melodicism and creativity to the electric blues. His style is best suited for the slow, somber blues of songs like “Daydream” and “I Can’t Wait Much Longer,” where his solos are both carefully structured and melodic. The most intriguing tune on the album is the title track, a nugget of ’70s-style psychedelic rock that showed Trower to be a pretty good songwriter. The best aspects of Twice Removed would come to full flowering on his next album, Bridge of Sighs, but this debut showed Trower to be an effective interpreter of the Hendrix sound, and not just what numerous others who came in his wake would prove to be: mere imitators.

[Lyrics]
Now baby needs the diamond sky
Caviar and the moon light wine
She hasn’t yet made up her mind
If she’ll take me

See my love it’s stoned and deep
Wrap my future at your feet
For a simple life where love asleep
You can take me

’cause every day gets stronger
And everyday it grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer

Round and round in dreams I go
Set me free baby or tie the bow
Up or down let me know
But don’t ignore me!

’cause everyday gets stronger
And everyday it grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer
Every day gets stronger
And everyday grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer
Now listen, I’ll get my coat and I’ll catch a train
and make my way down to New Orleans
Find seven houses soaked in gin
To console me
’cause every day gets stronger
Everyday grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer
Every day gets stronger
Everyday grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer
Every day gets stronger
And Everyday grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer
Every day gets stronger
And Everyday grows and grows
And I can’t wait much longer

Try to get a message through And get back out of this material world

Living In The Material World – George Harrison (1973) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Living In The Material World” was the title track of George Harrison’s fourth studio album, Living In The Material World, which was released in the spring of 1973.

I’ve done numerous videos for tracks from this album so not much left to say about it, except to repeat; after all these years, it’s beauty still strikes me…and if the second US single “Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long” hadn’t been cancelled (who gets credit for that stupid decision?! Surely not George?)….the album would have been able to gain more of the attention it deserved.

Stephen Leng describes the record as “one of the most keenly anticipated discs of the decade” and its unveiling “a major event”. Among expectant music critics, Stephen Holden began his highly favorable review in Rolling Stone with the words “At last it’s here”, before hailing the new Harrison album as a “pop classic” and a “profoundly seductive record”. “Happily, the album is not just a commercial event,” he wrote, “it is the most concise, universally conceived work by a former Beatle since John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.” Billboard magazine noted the twin themes found throughout the album – “the Beatles and their mish-mash” versus a “spiritual undercoat” – and described Harrison’s vocals as “first-rate”.

Music critic Graham Reid remarked that “Harrison is not a great wordsmith but he is a superb musician. Everything flows, everything interweaves. His melodies are so superb they take care of everything …”

Biographers Carr and Tyler lauded Harrison’s “superb and accomplished slide-guitar breaks”, and the solos on “Give Me Love”, “The Lord Loves the One”, “The Light That Has Lighted the World” and “Living in the Material World” have each been identified as exemplary and among the finest of Harrison’s career.

In his book The Beatles Apart (1981), Woffinden wrote: “Those who carped at the lyrics, or at Harrison himself, missed a great deal of the music, much of which was exceptionally fine.” Woffinden described the album as “a very good one”.

In the decades following its release, Living in the Material World gained a reputation as “a forgotten blockbuster” and an underrated masterpiece.

Reviewing the 2014 reissue, Blogcritics’ Chaz Lipp writes that “this chart-topping classic is, in terms of production, arguably preferable to its predecessor”, adding: “The sinewy ‘Sue Me, Sue You Blues,’ galloping title track, and soaring ‘Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long’ rank right alongside Harrison’s best work.” Classic Rock reviewer, Paul Trynka writes: “All these years on, it’s his most overtly spiritual album that sparkles today … The well-known songs, such as ‘Sue Me, Sue You Blues”, stand up well, but it’s the more restrained tracks – ‘Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long’, ‘Who Can See It’ – that entrance: gorgeous pop songs, all the more forceful for their restraint.”

Leng has named the album as his personal favorite of all of Harrison’s solo albums. According to Leng, with its combination of a defiant “protest” song in “The Day the World Gets ‘Round”, the anti-stardom “The Lord Loves the One”, and “perfect pop confections” in “Give Me Love” and “Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long”, Living in the Material World was the last album to capture the same clear-sighted, Utopian spirit that characterized the 1960s.

Eder likewise welcomes Material World’s bold idealism, saying: “Even in the summer of 1973, after years of war and strife and disillusionment, some of us were still sort of looking – to borrow a phrase from a Lennon–McCartney song – or hoping to get from them something like ‘the word’ that would make us free. And George, God love him, had the temerity to actually oblige …”

[Lyrics]
I’m living in the material world
Living in the material world

can’t say what I’m doing here
But I hope to see much clearer,
after living in the material world

I got born into the material world
Getting worn out in the material world
Use my body like a car,
Taking me both near and far
Met my friends all in the material world

Met them all there in the material world
John and Paul here in the material world
Though we started out quite poor
We got ‘Richie’ on a tour
Got caught up in the material world

From the Spiritual Sky,
Such sweet memories have I
To the Spiritual Sky
How I pray
Yes I pray
that I won’t get lost
or go astray

As I’m fated for the material world
Get frustrated in the material world
Senses never gratified
Only swelling like a tide
That could drown me in the
material world

From the Spiritual Sky,
Such sweet memories have I
To the Spiritual Sky
How I pray
Yes I pray
that I won’t get lost
or go astray

While I’m living in the material world
Not much ‘giving’ in the material world
Got a lot of work to do
Try to get a message through
And get back out of this material world

I’m living in the material world
Living in the material world
I hope to get out of this place
by the LORD SRI KRSNA’S GRACE
My salvation from the material world

Wondering why, it echoes… Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Al Stewart – The Palace Of Versailles (1978) Remastered FLAC Audio & HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Palace of Versailles” was released on Al Stewart’s eight studio album, Time Passages, in September of 1978. It is the follow-up to his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The album, like 1975’s Modern Times and 1976’s Year of the Cat, was once again produced by Alan Parsons.

The album’s title track (which, when edited, reached #7 on the Billboard charts) and “End of the Day” were both co-written by Peter White. A digitally remastered version of the album was released in 2004.

Many years and many Al Stewart videos after I made my first video for “The Palace of Versailles” (it was the 3rd video I ever made!), I’ve gotten around to an update for it. The original one wasn’t too awful (compared to many others I made early on) but the beautiful song really deserved a better video representation. The best parts of the original were just updated with better clouds, fireworks, etc. I did have to lose some of the really nice photos I had in the earlier one, mainly because they were lower resolution or I would have kept them (had to keep one though, the image of Versailles made golden by the sunset!)

“The Palace of Versailles” has always been one of my very favorite Al Stewart songs and I’m happy to present a video effort that is more worthy the beautiful song. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for watching!

The audio source is a lossless flac from the 2004 remaster.

My original video for the track: https://youtu.be/LaTuguQYJaA

[Lyrics]
The wands of smoke are rising
From the walls of the Bastille
And through the streets of Paris
Runs a sense of the unreal
The Kings have all departed
Their servants are nowhere
We burned out all their mansions
In the name of Robespierre
And still we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Inside the midnight councils
The lamps are burning low
On you sit and talk all through the night
But there’s just no place to go
And Bonaparte is coming
With his army from the South
Marat your days are numbered
And we live hand to mouth
While we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

The ghost of revolution
Still prowls the Paris streets
Down all the restless centuries
It wonders incomplete
It speaks inside the cheap red wine
Of cafe summer nights
Its red and amber voices
Call the cars at traffic lights

Why do you wait
To see the day begin
Your time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

“He’s the master of going faster”

Faster – George Harrison (1979) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Faster” was released in the winter of 1979 on George Harrison’s seventh, self-titled solo album, George Harrison.

This is the 3rd video I’ve made for a George Harrison song (George must be the artist I’ve made the most videos for!) from this album ….after “Your Love Is Forever” https://youtu.be/pY9TX_Q7j-o and “Blow Away” https://youtu.be/C5jY0w-wS_o

This video is the promo video with color adjustments and clean-up, presented in widescreen and synced to a FLAC remaster of the track from the Dark Horse Years box set. It sounds great and the video is now officially the best on YouTube! Yah!😉

I’ve rambled on about the album on the other videos I’ve made for songs from it, so I’ll just say….it’s another classic George Harrison effort full of classic George Harrison sounding songs!😉 Hope you enjoy another great George Harrison track!

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.

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

[Lyrics]
Chose a life in circuses
Jumped into the deepest end
Pushing himself to all extremes
Made it, people became his friend

Now they stood and noticed him
Wanted to be a part of it
Pulled out some poor machinery
So he worked ’til the pieces fit

The people were intrigued
His wife held back her fears
The headlines gave acclaim
He’d realized their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

Now he moved into the space
That the special people share
Right on the edge of do or die
Where there is nothing left to spare

Still the crowds came pouring in
Some had hoped to see him fail
Filling their hearts with jealousies
Crazy people with love so frail

The people were intrigued
His wife held back her fears
The headlines gave acclaim
He’d realized their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

No need to wonder why
His wife held back her fears
So few have even tried
To realize their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

Yes it’s summer My time of year

Summer – War (1976) 2014 FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Summer” was released as a single from their greatest hits album in the late spring of 1976. It was released as a single from their greatest hits album in 1976. “Summer” peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, number four on the R&B chart. The track peaked at number one on the Easy Listening chart and was one of three entries to make the chart. The greatest hits album from which this single came was one of the records that I remember EVERYONE owned, on LP, 8-track, cassette….it was a staple for years. (Albums don’t really live like this anymore do they? Now they’re huge for a couple months and then basically vanished from the face of the earth?!😉 Sad. The music all seems so disposable, such a short life-span, whereas our music was around for many years. Maybe it’s just me being nostalgic and sentimental.

Growing up in South Texas we probably listened to more than our fair share of War back in the day (they even wrote a song titled “Southern Part of Texas” on their Deliver the Word album!). This band could lock into a monster groove like few others really could, and “Summer” is the band’s perfectly brilliant and hypnotic stroll through a long, lazy summer day.

I’m so thankful I grew up in the time when there were 8-tracks and CB radios (these activities took more of a group effort; you had to spool the 8-track now and then and stick matches under the cartridge to get it to sound right and for the CB, we needed someone to operate the radio and everyone else to think of stupid things to say!!! LOL!)….in a time when we all interacted with each other more than we did our cell phones. Great times and great music!

Lots of great pics in this one, so AS USUAL HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU….and thank YOU for watching!🙂 For War fans….more by this band a bit further down the road.

The audio for this video was sourced from the 2014 remaster for the band’s new album Evolutionary (which included Greatest Hits remastered)….and trust me, these classics have never sound so great. Buy it….you won’t be disappointed.

One more thing….where are all the lowriders? I think I know what happened….these guys used to work their rides themselves…these new kids can’t even change a tire!? LOL! Peace sign!

[Lyrics]
Ridin’ ’round town with all the windows down
Eight track playin’ all your fav’rite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians tryin’ to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
Yes it’s summer
My time of year

Stretched out on a blanket in the sand
Kids of all ages diggin’ Disneyland
Rappin’ on the C.B. radio in your van
We’ll give a big ten four to the truckin’ man

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
Yes it’s summer
My time of year

Young boys playin’ stick ball in the street
Fire hydrants help to beat the heat
Old man feeding pigeons in the square
Nighttime finds young lovers walking there

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer

In Atlantic City or out in Malibu
Or any where between, I’m telling you
When you feel those balmy breezes on your face
Summer time is the best time any place

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here (yes it is)
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer (yes it is)
My time of year