“The days are blessings”

Days – Jon Anderson (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio 1080p Video

“Days” was released on Jon Anderson’s second solo album, Song Of Seven, in November of 1980. This was his first record to utilize an actual band (the New Life Band).

Song of Seven was released during Anderson’s first hiatus from Yes and supported by his first solo tour. “Some Are Born”, “Days”, “Everybody Loves You” and “Hear It” were originally written and demoed during the Tormato sessions, but the arrangements recorded on Song of Seven draw more on Celtic and R&B influences.

At the time Song Of Seven was released I was right in the middle of my hardcore Yes period (the string of albums beginning with Going For The One in ’77 and ending with 90215 in ’83…why have I not yet finished anything from Tormato? There is no excuse! LOL!) and had just seen Yes in concert (on the Drama tour) in the weeks prior. I was huge on the Drama record but missed Jon (and Rick’s) involvement, so I couldn’t wait to pick up Jon’s new album….and it was a really great one…it remains among my very favorite solo records released by the members of Yes!

I have been dusting off my ancient video effort for my favorite song from Song of Seven (the epic title track), but decided the thing was so ancient that nearly all of it needed to be scrubbed….hopefully it’ll see a rebirth soon!? ;-) Until then, here’s something for the equally fine, but much shorter track that leads into it…the beautiful composition “Days”. I hope you enjoy this wonderful Jon Anderson song….thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
This song of evening’s light
Would charge my memory to flight
The trees that listen
Swift wings do carry on through constant
Gardens they offer delight
It is the evening
In deepest woods and fern
Young deer step light through morning’s mist
Ascend the swallows
First light streams through the treetops
Bouncing as the flowers illuminate
The breath of morning
This song of ages past
I lay in peace midst grass so green
To reach to skyward
Where larks do sing such high delights
Do pour into my senses
The days are blessings
The days are blessings
The days are blessings

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Leave The Kids Alone – Widowmaker (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video

Leave The Kids Alone – Widowmaker (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video

“Leave The Kids Alone” was released on Widowmaker’s self-titled debut album, in February of 1976. I first heard this record playing in my (at that time) very favorite place in the world; The Record Hole at North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Although it remains a very obscure album by a minor band, it happens to contain 3 songs that were (and still are) huge favorites. So many great great songs competing for video attention and that I’ve done 3 from this one Widowmaker album shows how special they are to me….trying to think right now how I rank the three among each other….can’t do it….they’re all equally fine and loved! ;-)

Anyway, here’s links to the other two….if you enjoy this one, check the other two and you tell me which is your favorite! Maybe your thoughts will help me finally decide?! LOL!

Pin A Rose On Me – https://youtu.be/sNb2XecbJvM
Straight Faced Fighter – https://youtu.be/-t-vmd60nUM

The audio behind this video is sourced from lossless remastered track. The Widowmaker album is available in remastered form with bonus tracks as released by King Midas Records in 2013, and also as part of the Straight Faced Fighters double CD (which contains both the first album and most of the second) that was issued by Castle Rock in 2002.

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

[Lyrics]
Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Well there’s plenty of time for them to live and learn
A lot of cuts and bruises
A lot of fingers get burned

Well they could see alot more than you and me could ever know
There’s a look in their eyes they don’t feel any ties does it show

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They don’t understand fear until they grow

Can’t you see that the winds their home
They like to joke and smile
Laugh at you and me

Well there’s a million miles for them to walk or run
A lot of hearts and souls are gonna live and learn

Well they could feel alot more than you and me could ever show
There’s a touch in their hands they don’t feel any ties don’t you know

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They don’t understand fear until they grow

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They can’t understand fear until they grow

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Will you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Will you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Can’t you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

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In the shuffling madness of Locomotive Breath….Classic Tull from Aqualung 1971.

Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Locomotive Breath” was released in the winter of 1971 on Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album, Aqualung. Despite the band’s disapproval, the album is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of “the distinction between religion and God”. The album’s “dour musings on faith and religion” have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners”. Aqualung‍‍ ’​‍s success marked a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.

This is a video update of the very first Jethro Tull video I ever made. I’ve mentioned before how it’s always tempting to remake old videos, as skills and ideas progress, but that there are so many other great songs that I’m wanting to try a video for that I try not to think about the clunkers too much. Even though pretty much every video I’ve ever made could use an update, and many need major overhaul, there is a group that stand out as really bad. Two of my old videos that are for me the worst of the worst are Roxy Music’s “The Main Thing” and Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQVY_pZpC40 …I’ll leave the old one up to link to the new one. I recently finished the update for the Roxy track and figured I’d get around to “Locomotive Breath” in a couple months….then in the last few days there were a couple new comments on the old video (from nice viewers who seemed to enjoy it, bless their souls! :-) which got me thinking about it and when I realized that people were actually making it though the thing I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to do something with it. So here is my new “Locomotive Breath”…it finally MOVES like any video for this track should! I tried to clean up the old elements and use them and also incorporate live clips of the band performing…dedicated to everyone who ever made it through the old version! For the update I used the FLAC version from the 40th Anniversary remaster….sounds much better than the older one (if you watch the video in HD you get the higher resolution audio!).

Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie—contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.

Aqualung has sold more than 7 million units worldwide according to Anderson, and is thus Jethro Tull’s best selling album. The album was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine best of lists. The album spawned one single, “Hymn 43″.

[Lyrics]

In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all, time loser,
Headlong to his death.

He feels the piston scraping
Steam breaking on his brow
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.

He sees his children jumping off
At the stations one by one.
His woman and his best friend

In bed and having fun.
He’s crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees
Old Charlie stole the handle and

The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideons Bible
Open at page one

God He stole the handle and
The train won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.

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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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