I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, ain’t got no records to play

Life During Wartime – Talking Heads (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Life During Wartime” was released on Talking Heads third studio album, Fear Of Music, in the summer of 1979. This was the second of the string of three albums that Brian Eno produced for the band….and to me at least it’s one of the all-time absolute perfect matches of producer and artist.

This is the second video I’ve made for a Talking Heads song (see “Heaven” https://youtu.be/H506K66A3xo )…..hope to get some more finished later. The video features my FLAC rip from my original Talking Heads DVD-A’s….which remain the absolute greatest way to hear this band. Hope you enjoy.

From Wiki:
Fear of Music is the third studio album by American new wave band Talking Heads, released on 3 August 1979 on Sire Records. It was recorded at locations in New York City between April and May 1979 and was produced by the quartet and Brian Eno. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and peaked at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. Three songs were released as singles between 1979 and 1980: “Life During Wartime”, “I Zimbra”, and “Cities”. The record was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1985.

Fear of Music received favorable reviews from critics. Praise centered on its unconventional rhythms and frontman David Byrne’s lyrical performances. The record is often considered one of the best Talking Heads releases. It has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. Britain’s Channel 4 named the record at number 76 in its 2005 countdown of The 100 Greatest Albums.

In 1985, NME named Fear of Music at number 68 in its writers’ list of the All Time 100 Albums. In 1987, Rolling Stone placed it at number 94 in its list of the best albums of the previous 20 years. In 1999, it was included at number 33 in The Guardian’s list of the Top 100 Albums That Don’t Appear In All The Other Top 100 Albums Of All Time. In 2004, Pitchfork Media featured the record at number 31 in its Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s list while, in 2005, Channel 4 ranked it at number 76 during The 100 Greatest Albums countdown.

I loved Talking Heads previous album, More Songs About Buildings And Food and was looking forward to their third release. Fear Of Music was an absolutely brilliant album, one of the most memorable albums during a period when numerous brilliant albums were being produced. I played it constantly that summer and fall and it is one of my two favorite Talking Heads albums (tied with 1985’s Little Creatures)….as well as one of my very favorite albums of the late 70’s- early 80’s…..and wow! how vividly

[Lyrics]
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway
A place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance
I’m getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto
I’ve lived all over this town

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey
I ain’t got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver
Hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas
You don’t even know my real name
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading
Everything’s ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime
I might not ever get home

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.
I ain’t got time for that now

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
Somebody see you up there
I got some groceries, some peanut butter
To last a couple of days
But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones
Ain’t got no records to play

Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Gonna be different this time
Can’t write a letter, can’t send a postcard,
I can’t write nothing at all
This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
This ain’t no fooling around
I’d like to kiss you, I’d love you hold you
I ain’t got no time for that now

Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock
we blended with the crowd
We got computer, we’re tapping phone lines
I know that ain’t allowed
We dress like students, we dress like housewives
or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle, so many times now
I don’t know what I look like!
You make me shiver, I feel so tender
We make a pretty good team
Don’t get exhausted, I’ll do some driving
you ought to get some sleep
Get you instructions, follow directions
Then you should change your address
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
whatever you think is best
Burned all my notebooks, what good are
Notebooks? They won’t help me survive
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace
The burning keeps me alive
Try to stay healthy, physical fitness
Don’t want to catch no disease
Try to be careful, don’t take no chances
You better watch what you say

Just Between You And Me – April Wine (1981)

Just Between You And Me – April Wine (1981) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Just Between You And Me” was released on April Wine’s ninth studio album, The Nature Of The Beast, in January 1981. This track became April Wine’s most successful single, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #11 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, and #22 on the Canadian RPM charts.

We played the hell out of this album at the record store I worked at way back when this was released. April Wine was just a really fine band and this just one of the many great tracks they produced. I took the video from a live show in 1981 tooned it up a bit…and replaced the crappy tinny sounding audio with a nice fat flac source of the studio version. I think it’s now the preferred way to hear/see “Just Between You And Me” on the internet?! 😉 Thanks to all for watching and commenting when you can to help rank the videos a bit better.

The album was recorded at Le Manoir Studios, in the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, in Oxfordshire, England following the band’s 1980 European tour. This album was April Wine’s commercial peak, certified Gold in the US and reaching #24 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

April Wine’s version of the Lorence Hud song “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” also became a moderate hit, reaching #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on the Top Tracks chart, and #40 in Canada. Hud’s original version of the song had also been a hit single in Canada in 1972 (#16 RPM charts).

The first track on the album, “All Over Town” also received airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, charting at #29 on the Top Tracks chart.

I also did videos for April Wine’s “Shiela” https://youtu.be/K3zQlnsI-ls and “You Won’t Dance With Me” https://youtu.be/cON_LGb-UUk ….check ’em if you feel like it!

[Lyrics]
Time and time again I see
A love that seemed strong was not meant to be
Broken hearts don’t always mend
Left too unsure to try love again

But, just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you and me

Lovers of-ten seem to say
Hearts can be blind to love gone astray
Always it’s the same old song
Someone’s been hurt by a love that’s gone wrong

Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

Words are sometimes hard to find
The silence can be so unkind
You always help me find my way
The love that we share grows stronger each day

Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Seulement entre toi et moi
Means that our love will always be
Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

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3 from Ronnie Wood’s classic 1979 album, Gimme Some Neck!

Seven Days – Ron Wood (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Seven Days” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. There were three standout tracks of the record for me, of which “Seven Days” was the very best. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

From Ultimate Classic Rock: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ronnie-wood-gimme-some-neck/
In his memoir, Ronnie, Wood tells a story of hanging out one night in 1975, in the studio with Eric Clapton, who was working on his album No Reason to Cry. Bob Dylan was also taking part in the sessions, which took place not far from his home in Zuma Beach, Calif.

“[Dylan] was writing a song at the time called ‘Seven Days,’” Wood recalled. “I know he liked me because, out of the blue he just gave it to me. He said, ‘You can have this one, Woody.’”
That song stands out on the record as a true tour de force, a rollicking and rambling road ode that almost feels like Wood is channeling Dylan throughout.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.” (My other two favorite tracks! Uploads coming soon.)

[Lyrics]
Seven days, seven more days she’ll be comin’
I’ll be waiting at the station for her to arrive
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

She been gone ever since I been a child
Ever since I seen her smile, I ain’t forgotten her eyes
She had a face that could outshine the sun in the skies

I been good, I been good while I been waitin’
Maybe guilty of hesitatin’, I just been holdin’ on
Seven more days, all that’ll be gone

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

Seven days, seven more days that are connected
Just like I expected, she’ll be comin’ on forth
My beautiful comrade from the north

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

We All Get Old – Ron Wood (1979) FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“We All Get Old” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. This track was one of my favorites on the album. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.”

[Lyrics]
Maybe I’m right
And you’re wrong it doesn’t matter
In the course of our lifetimes
You’ll surely start running away
We’ll wait and see about that
But if you don’t stay with me, baby
Well, if you don’t stay with me baby
I’ll be right there in your mirror
When you get old
And we all get old
Time washes it in
And the high tide takes it out again
I’ve seen you trying to bail out
Trying to cast your stone
I seen you trying to flag that cab
But if you don’t stay with me, darling
If you don’t stay with me baby
I’ll be right there in your mirror
When you get old
And we all get old
I may not like to be rushed ?
And I don’t like to be hurt (cursed? purged?)
And you I don’t like to be turned into anything
Why don’t you keep my phone number in mind
Why don’t you keep my phone number in mind
For I’ll be right there in your mirror
When we get old
And we all get old

Lost And Lonely – Ron Wood (1979) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Lost And Lonely” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. This track was one of my favorites on the album. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.”

[Lyrics]
Don’t find them online…no time to do them myself at the moment…maybe later….anyone?

 

And you know I wish you well these days

Going To The Top – John Waite (1982) FLAC Remaster 1080p HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Going To The Top” was released on John Waite’s solo debut album Ignition, in June of 1982. John Waite was the lead singer for one of my favorite bands of the late 70’s (The Babys) and though his solo stuff never matched the music The Baby’s produced (it lacked the hard rocking elegance and glam of that band), there are quite a few wonderful songs scattered through his string of solo albums….I think “Going To The Top” is one of his best.

I’m in the process of digging up some of the unfinished sequences for videos I’ve started for some of my favorite songs by The Babys (I did finish a video for “A Piece of the Action”)

and plugging some of the them into the equalizer format video to see what happens. I’ve been falling back on that style video more frequently since it allows me to just lay some effects over the foundation video. Several months back I’d edited and applied gradient color to a few clips from That’s Entertainment….just looking for a good video fit, the seemed to work best with this tune. I hope you enjoy the video! Thanks for watching!

Ignition was released on Chrysalis Records and produced by Neil Giraldo (producer/guitarist for Pat Benatar, who was on the same label).

Two singles were lifted from the record: the Holly Knight-penned “Change” which initially failed to make a significant dent on any chart except for the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, where it scored the #16 position. It was, however, one of MTV’s most popular early videos. Upon the 1985 release of the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest, the single was re-issued and broke into the Top 50 on the Pop charts. Its follow-up single was “Going to the Top”.

A few famous musicians guested on the album as well. Singer Patty Smyth (then in the band Scandal) handled vocal backing, and drummer Frankie LaRocka (also from Scandal) and bassist Don Nossov (who also played with Benatar) guest here.

[Lyrics]
Saw you standing in the darkness
With your back against the wall
And your eyes looked kind of distant
Then I knew you’d seen it all
It was then that you betrayed me
Cause I could see right through your gaze
I guess you and I have seen much better days
You used to be so taken
With the lifestyle of the king
Now you find love’s everything
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well
You could of been somebody a contender
I guess that chance just passed you by
Now you can’t remember who to trust
But I sure wish that you’d try
And nothing gets you nothing
And you get back what you give
You can’t hold out much longer
It’s time for you to live
You used to be so taken
With the lifestyle of the king
Now you find love’s everything
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well yeah
You’re going to the top
You’re falling up to heaven
And now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well yeah
Good things are gonna find you
Though somebody’s got to pay
You could always turn your back and walk
But I sure wish that you’d stay
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
You’re falling up to heaven
And your heart ain’t gonna stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
And your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
And now you’re someone special
And I still think of you a lot
And you know I wish you well
Yeah

 

3 Deep Tracks from Loverboy’s 1st

Always On My Mind – Loverboy (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080 HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Always On My Mind” was released in November 1980 on Loverboy’s debut, self-titled album. This record was a monster favorite from my very first semester of college….it seemed like it was playing in ever dorm room and every party that was had for several months! It was just a brilliant, fresh sounding, rocking set of songs. Their next album was almost, but not quite as great as this one IMO, but Loverboy was a formidable force back in their heyday….Mike Reno was a great singer and lead guitarist Paul Dean could really play!

I’ve had this go-go girl clip in my still stalled vid for BOC’s “Before the Kiss, a Redcap” video that is pretty wild n cool, and almost finished…though I try not to repeat clips too much too closely, but she worked perfect in this song so I couldn’t resist.

I think I’m going to do a couple/few quick equalizer vids from their first couple albums today….if you like Loverboy, thank the weather…if you hate Loverboy, blame the weather….cause I’m stuck in the house today. 😉

[Lyrics]
I knew her since high school
We were seventeen
I was old enough to know
She was old enough to dream

I try to remember, bring back memories
And you know that she is always on my mind

She knew what I needed
Never let me down
She was always the last to leave
And the first to come around
I try to remember, bring back memories
And you know that she is always on my mind

Always on my mind
She’s driving me crazy
Always on my mind
And you know that she is always on my mind

Every night in my dreams I still see her face
Thought she gave it all for me
She only gave me a taste
Every time I see her, it comes back to me
And you know that she’s always on my mind

Always on my mind
She’s driving me crazy
Always on my mind
And you know
Yes you know
Yes you know

Ooo, yeah

Always on my mind
She’s driving me crazy
Always on my mind
And you know that she is always on my mind

Always on my mind
She’s driving me crazy
Always on my mind
And you know
Yes you know
Yes you know

Always on my mind

D.O.A. – Loverboy (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080p HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“D.O.A.” was released in November 1980 on Loverboy’s debut, self-titled album. This record was a monster favorite from my very first semester of college….it seemed like it was playing in ever dorm room and every party that was had for several months! It was just a brilliant, fresh sounding, rocking set of songs. Their next album was almost, but not quite as great as this one IMO, but Loverboy was a formidable force back in their heyday….Mike Reno was a great singer and lead guitarist Paul Dean could really play!

I think I’m going to do a couple/few quick equalizer vids from their first couple albums today….if you like Loverboy, thank the weather…if you hate Loverboy, blame the weather….cause I’m stuck in the house today. 😉

This is my second video from the Loverboy album; check out the first if you’re so inclined? 😉 “Always On My Mind” https://youtu.be/4wsHpKyZh4s

[Lyrics]
I wrote a letter to a private eye
A missing person or a runaway
You’ll never find her in the U.S.A
All they got down here is liberty
Talked to her brother down in Frisco Bay
He ain’t seen nothin’ there but silicone
I called her mommy up on Ozone Way
She wouldn’t put her on the telephone

Why won’t she see me?
She’s not looking well
Some girls just like to push thier luck until they wind up
D.O.A
D.O.A
D.O.A

I paid a visit to her Dr. J
He thought it might have been her chromosome
So he put blue jeans in her DNA
I guess that’s why she’s not coming home
Spend all my money on her luxuries
I guess i’ll need a bigger salary
Her lonely life is such a mystery
I keep her picture in my gallery

Why won’t she see me?
She’s not looking well
Some girls just like to push thier luck until they wind up
D.O.A
D.O.A
D.O.A

Talked to her brother down in Frisco Bay
He ain’t seen nothin’ there but silicone
I called her mommy up on Ozone Way
She wouldn’t put her on the telephone

Why won’t she see me?
She’s not looking well
Some girls just like to push their luck until they wind up
D.O.A
D.O.A
D.O.A
D.O.A
D.O.A

It Don’t Matter – Loverboy (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080p HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“It Don’t Matter” was released in November 1980 on Loverboy’s debut, self-titled album. This record was a monster favorite from my very first semester of college….it seemed like it was playing in ever dorm room and every party that was had for several months! It was just a brilliant, fresh sounding, rocking set of songs. Their next album was almost, but not quite as great as this one IMO, but Loverboy was a formidable force back in their heyday….Mike Reno was a great singer and lead guitarist Paul Dean could really play!

I think I’m going to do a couple/few quick equalizer vids from their first couple albums today….if you like Loverboy, thank the weather…if you hate Loverboy, blame the weather….cause I’m stuck in the house today. 😉

This is my third video from the Loverboy album; check out the first if you’re so inclined? 😉 “Always On My Mind” https://youtu.be/4wsHpKyZh4s and “D.O.A.” https://youtu.be/zV1ZQtrixkg”

[Lyrics]
If you can read between the lines
Then you can tell me what my next move will be
It’s just a matter of time before the whole wide world will see

And when you tell me that I’m wrong
In the morning, I’ll be gone
And if you’ve heard it all before
Then it just don’t matter no more

Why don’t you tell me what you’re after?
Why don’t you say what’s on your mind?
How will you feel the morning after,
When all there is is what I’ve left behind?

And when you tell me that I’m wrong
In the morning, I’ll be gone
And if you’ve heard it all before
Then it just don’t matter no more

It don’t matter no more
It don’t matter, matter to me
It don’t matter no more
Ooo-ooh-hoo

And when you tell me that I’m wrong
In the morning, I’ll be gone
And if you’ve heard it all before
Well, it just don’t matter no more

Why don’t you tell me what you’re after?
Why don’t you say what’s on your mind?
How will you feel the morning after,
When all there is is what I’ve left behind?

‘Cause when you tell me that I’m wrong
In the morning, I’ll be gone
And if you’ve heard it all before
Well, it just don’t matter no more

It don’t matter no more
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
It don’t matter no more
Ooo-ooh-hoo
It don’t matter no more
It don’t matter, matter to me
It don’t matter no more
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
It don’t matter no more
Look around, baby
It don’t matter no more
Ooo-ooh-hoo, hey

Read between the lines
Read what’s on my mind

Don’t matter, don’t matter, don’t matter to me
It don’t matter, it don’t matter to me, to me
Ooo-ooo-ooo, ooo-ooo

Read between the lines
A-doo-ba-da-wa-doo-way
Doo-bah, doo-bah, day
Hey, hey, hey
Don’t matter to me, don’t matter to me
Don’t matter to me what they say
What they say
Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo

Seasons – Grace Slick (1980)

Seasons – Grace Slick (1980) FLAC Audio 1080p HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Seasons” was released in March of 1980 on Grace Slick’s second solo album, Dreams. This was one of the albums that I turned onto during my years working at a record store in the early ’80s….most of my paycheck back in those days went to albums of course! 😉 For some reason lately I’ve been feeling very Russianish?! 😉 and wanted to do a lil sumphin for the homela…I mean Mother Russia! 😉 Здравствуйте!!!! Трамп сосет!!!

There were two standout songs on this record that I played to death back then and that I’m still really fond of, and I already made a video quite awhile back for the other one (the title track “Dreams” https://youtu.be/OsP2N_09XD0 I’d like to update that video with higher quality audio and some video adjustments….tone it back a bit, but it’s not one of my worst early offenders. This vid was started as an equalizer style…I realized about half-way through that I should have given it a full concept vid so I would have had room for more layers/effects….but it was going to be too much trouble to break it all out so I just crammed all that I could and hoped for the best….I found some more interesting things and I’ll regret not getting them in….oh well, hope you enjoy it anyway. THANKS FOR WATCHING!

(From AllMusic.com) Less controversially titled than 1973’s Manhole, Grace Slick’s second solo album is an inconsistent, erratic, yet often compelling collection. Written in the aftermath of an extended Alcoholics Anonymous stay, Slick’s self-penned tunes revisit themes of self-reflection and atonement. As a result, her lyrics are far less obtuse, more accessible than usual, even becoming downright obvious on “Do It the Hard Way.” It’s a letdown for someone accustomed to her more poetic and challenging musings on previous Jefferson Airplane/Starship records. Musically the album is far less focused, with the subpar up-tempo track “Angel of Night” foretelling the vapid arena rock that would comprise her next solo album, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball. There are, however, several strong moments, such as the flamenco-styled “El Diablo” and the strong guitar work of Scott Zito on the sweeping “Full Moon Man.” Most curious of the bunch, though, are the album-opening title track and the Slick-authored “Seasons”: both surge on mock-whimsical melodies straight out of a haunted Biergarten, a side of Slick rarely seen before or since. Also new to her repertoire is the addition of orchestration on some tracks, ably arranged on the remarkable closer “Garden of Man” by Ron Frangipane. While her voice is not up to par on this record (there’s a distinct husk and gasp on the album-opening title track in particular), Dreams is a useful acquisition for Grace Slick completists and listeners engrossed by the life and personality of its creator.

[Lyrics]
When the winter comes the sun is low upon the fields
The sky is cold and it throws down icy snow
The lakes are glass the rivers all a frozen mass
The trees are bare and the northwind blows the air

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings

Then the sun comes high and the spring rains come and go
The summer air so hot it melts the Russian snow
The fields are brown there’s no rain to make them grow
And the old ones sigh, the heat has made them tired and slow

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings
The children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings

September leaves are falling through the autumn haze
And the school bells tell everyone there’ll be no more summer days
Warm nights are gone, all the leaves are turning brown
Then the windows close again when the winter comes around

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings
So I will laugh and dance and watch the children sing
Then I will have the chance of finding joy in everything

Way down below the ocean!

Atlantis – Donovan (1969) Audio Fidelity SACD FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Atlantis” was released in the summer of 1969 on Donovan’s seventh studio, Barabajagal. I’ve had various requests for a video to this track through the past few years (thanks Jeannie E. Hess ;-), and I was happy to finally get around to working up something for it. *Sorry to see that the video is currently blocked in 230 countries. 😦

I extracted a high bit FLAC from Audio Fidelity’s Storyteller SACD for this video….hands down the best sounding version of “Atlantis” you’ll ever hear.

This is my second video for a Donovan classic, behind “Season Of The Witch” ….time to start thinking about “Hurdy Gurdy Man”! I hope you enjoy seeing “Atlantis” as never before….. and thanks for watching!

For me at least, any discussion of Donovan’s Atlantis after 1990 would be incomplete without a mention of Goodfellas. I remember first seeing Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece back when it was released in the theaters and thinking then how brilliant and perfect his choice to use the track in the Suite Lounge scenes with Billy Batts…brutal, stupid hoods beating, kicking and stabbing another hood to death while the delicate sounds of Donovan’s ode to the lost beautiful, peaceful, artistic and intellectual city of Atlantis drifted from the jukebox through the bar.

While the majority of the Barabajagal sessions took place in November 1968, “Happiness Runs” and “Where Is She” were recorded the previous May. All of these songs except “Atlantis”, “I Love My Shirt” and “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting” were shelved while Donovan’s Greatest Hits was still high in the charts. “Atlantis” / “I Love My Shirt” was released as a single in November 1968 in the UK. In the US, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting” / “Atlantis” was eventually released in March 1969. “Atlantis” ended up charting higher than its a-side. Some of the songs recorded were originally meant to be included on the unreleased Moon In Capricorn album.

In May 1969, Mickie Most produced at least one session with Donovan fronting the Jeff Beck Group. “Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)” and “Trudi” resulted from these sessions. There were other songs recorded by Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group, but they remained unreleased until they appeared as bonus tracks on the 2005 UK reissue of the album. Rod Stewart was in the band at this time, but he does not sing lead on any of the songs that were released.

The songs on this album represent all facets of Donovan’s career. Several rockers adorn the album, including the title track, “Trudi”, “The Love Song” and “Superlungs (My Supergirl)”. “I Love My Shirt” updates the sound of Donovan’s children’s music, and there are several slow songs featuring breathy vocals (“Where Is She?”, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting”) reminiscent of the For Little Ones portion of A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. It is during the Barabajagal sessions that Donovan’s musical vision and work ethic began to diverge from that of producer Mickie Most. The two eventually stopped working together, effectively ending Donovan’s chart success.

[Lyrics]
The continent of Atlantis was an island
Which lay before the great flood
In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.
So great an area of land,
That from her western shores
Those beautiful sailors journeyed
To the South and the North Americas with ease,
In their ships with painted sails.
To the East Africa was a neighbour,
Across a short strait of sea miles.
The great Egyptian age is

But a remnant of The Atlantian culture.
The antediluvian kings colonised the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends from all lands were from far Atlantis.

Knowing her fate,
Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth.
On board were the Twelve:

The poet, the physician, The farmer, the scientist,
The magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were –
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice
And let us sing
And dance and ring in the new Hail Atlantis!

Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be.
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
I wanna see you some day
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
My antediluvian baby,
My antediluvian baby, I love you, girl,
Girl, I wanna see you some day.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah
I wanna see you some day, oh My antediluvian baby.
My antediluvian baby, I wanna see you
My antediluvian baby, gotta tell me where she gone
I wanna see you some day Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up,
oh yeah Oh club club, down down, yeah
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah yeah yeah

Our love, surely can we mend it…It’s just a little misunderstanding…That’s all it is

Just A Little Misunderstanding – The Contours (1966) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Experimenting with some styles to start pushing out high quality audio videos of some of my favorite soul tracks. I love Stax, Mowtown, and Philly as much as rock n roll and since I’ve really only done one track way back (a concept vid for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “I Miss You”) I really hope to start representing with this style more and more.

“Just A Little Misunderstanding” was released in 1966 on The Contours album for Gordy Records. I’ve always loved the track, hope you do too!

How amazing is it that Stevie Wonder is credited as one of the writers of this song? What was he, 11 or 12?! Wow!

[Lyrics]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
It’s a cold man to hurt his woman
And watch her walk away crying
When all along, he knows he’s wrong
Being so hard on a woman who’s trying
I was so unkind to hurt you so
Going out of my mind
I just gotta let you know that
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
I remember you said
You would always care
Until death should we do part
Baby, surely must be our destiny
To die the death of a broken heart
So before I go, a wandering rover
Let’s get together
Talk this thing over now
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
That’s all it is
If our love is so wrong?
It just seems wrong
That our love could never be
You could be anywhere
Baby, I wouldn’t care
If I thought that you’re leaving me
All the chains in the world
(Couldn’t hold me, couldn’t hold me)
Like the? our your love
(Controls me, controls me)
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
That’s all it is
Baby, I just can’t let you go (oh, yeah)
I realize I hurt you so (ooh, yeah)
Our love, surely can we mend it
(Surely we can we mend it)
It’s just a little misunderstanding
Baby (baby)
I just can’t let you go

“Turn, turn to the rain and the wind”

Percy’s Song – Fairport Convention (1969) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Percy’s Song” was released in the summer of 1969 on Fairport Convention’s third studio, Unhalfbricking. I love this obscure Dylan track and it was one of the first videos I ever tried to make, using Dylan’s version of course it never saw the light of day…and to this day Dylan’s original songs are strictly off-limits. Decided to give this Fairport Convention’s beautiful rendition of it a video.

[Lyrics]
Bad news, bad news came to me where I sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’ one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison and ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Oh what’s the charge of how this came to be?
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest of degrees
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I sat down and wrote the best words I could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Explaining to the judge I’d be there on Wednesday night
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Without a reply I left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
And was in his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Could you tell me the facts, I said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

A crash on the highway flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons killed and he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But I know him as good as I’m knowin’ myself
Turn, turn, turn again
And he wouldn’t harm a life that belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

The judge he spoke out of the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’,”The witness who saw he left no doubt”
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

That may be true, he’s got a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years, he just don’t deserve
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentenced is passed and it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But he ain’t no criminal and his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

And at that the judge jerked forward and his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’,”Could you kindly leave my office now, please”
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

The room was funny and I stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
With no other choice except for to go
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I walked down the hallway and I heard his door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs and I did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

And I played my guitar through the night to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
And the only tune my guitar could play
Was, “Oh the cruel rain and the wind”

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3 favorite songs from Eric Clapton’s Backless album from November 1978.

Promises – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Watch Out For Lucy – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Golden Ring – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Promises” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.  This is possibly my favorite song Clapton has recorded.

Not too long back I did a few equalizer vids for tracks from Eric’s No Reason To Cry album, and I mentioned Backless as my favorite EC album….always has been always will be! 😉 I’ve always wanted to do concept vids for a couple of tracks, and may yet….till then decided to work up a couple/three equalizer style vids for a few of my favorite tracks in 192/24 FLAC audio. I hope you enjoy these beautiful songs as much as I still do. Thanks for watching!

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

A blue and white scarf worn by Clapton on the album sleeve is believed to be a scarf of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Clapton is widely believed to be a supporter of the club, despite being born in Ripley, Surrey more than 100 miles away. In recent years he has reportedly been more interested in Chelsea F.C.

[Lyrics]
I don’t care if you never come home,
I don’t mind if you just keep on
Rowing away on a distant sea,
‘Cause I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

You cause a commotion when you come to town;
You give ’em a smile and they melt.
Having lovers and friends is all good and fine,
But I don’t like yours and you don’t like mine.

La la, la la la la la.
La la, la la la la la.

I don’t care what you do at night,
Oh, and I don’t care how you get your delights.
I’m gonna leave you alone, I’ll just let it be,
I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

I got a problem. Can you relate?
I got a woman calling love hate.
We made a vow we’d always be friends.
How could we know that promises end?

[Bridge]

I tried to love you for years upon years,
You refuse to take me for real.
It’s time you saw what I want you to see,
And I’d still love you if you’d just love me.

[Chorus]

[Bridge 2x]

“Watch Out For Lucy” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

 

[Lyrics]
Now my friend Bill was just a working lad
And he liked to have his fun.
He’d like to find a girl and get comfortable
When his working day was done.

He would spend all his money on a Friday night,
Wake up in the morning broke,
But he had a run in with little Lucy then;
Believe me that ain’t no joke.

[Chorus:]
Watch out for Lucy,
Though she may look frail.
Say excuse me, Lucy,
Darling don’t you use me;
I don’t want to land in jail.

She started out working in a cafe,
Picking money up on the side.
She was free and easy, everybody’s friend,
But she couldn’t be satisfied.

So now in walks Bill with his cash in his hand,
His heart upon his sleeve.
We tried to warn him about her ways,
We never did succeed.

[Chorus]

Well, the trap was sprung for poor old Bill;
You should have heard little Lucy sing
“I want a Cadillac car, a beautiful home,
And a thousand dollar ring.”

They found our hero in the gutter
With a diamond ring and a gun.
He’d done it for the love of Lucy
And ended up on the run.

[Chorus 2x]

“Golden Ring” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

[Lyrics][Chorus]
He gave to you a golden ring
It made you happy, it made you sing
And I played for you on my guitar
It did not last long, we did not go far

[Verse 1]
And though the times have changed
We are rearranged
Will the ties that bind remain the same?

You came around after a while
Everyone said that I made you smile
It all went well, and suddenly then
You heard that he would marry again

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Well I know that I have been here before
I have trod on your wings, I have opened the door
If I gave to you a golden ring
Would I make you happy, would I make you sing?

[Chorus][x2]

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