“The wind in the trees is sighing… And old England is dying”

Old England – The Waterboys (1985) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video

“Old England” was released on The Waterboys’ third studio album, This Is The Sea, in September of 1985. This is probably tied with the title track as my favorite song on the album….definitely top ten of all their songs!

This Is The Sea is the last of the band’s “Big Music” albums. Considered by critics to be the finest album of their early rock-oriented sound, described as “epic” and “a defining moment”, it was the first Waterboys album to enter the United Kingdom charts, peaking at number thirty-seven. Steve Wickham makes his Waterboys recording debut playing violin on ‘The Pan Within’ and subsequently joined the band, appearing on the video of “The Whole Of The Moon”. This Is the Sea is the last album with contributions from Karl Wallinger, who left the group to form his own band, World Party.

Mike Scott, the album’s principal songwriter and leader of The Waterboys, describes This Is the Sea as “the record on which I achieved all my youthful musical ambitions”, “the final, fully realised expression of the early Waterboys sound”, influenced by The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, and Steve Reich.

A remastered and expanded version was released in 2004. This Is the Sea contains the best-selling Waterboys single, the song “The Whole of the Moon”. The album cover is a photograph taken by Lynn Goldsmith.

“Old England” is a criticism of Thatcherism, blaming Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies for what Scott perceived to be an increase in desperation amongst the young and poor in the England of that time, and a rise in drug addiction, specifically to heroin. The refrain, “Old England is dying” is a quote from James Joyce, and the lines “You’re asking what makes me sigh now / What it is makes me shudder so” are from W.B. Yeats’ poem, “Mad as the Mist and Snow”. The Clash, one of the bands that had inspired Scott during his punk music phase, released “This Is England”, a song with a similar theme, as a single the same year. Scott and The Waterboys would move to Ireland the following year.

This is another video I started years ago and am finally getting around to finishing up. I always hoped to use some footage Terrance Davis’ brilliant, beautiful and poetic film of his youth in (and the historical transformation of) Liverpool, England. However, I never really liked the way it was looking for the video though, so I started doing what I did best back in the early days, lots of masks using clouds and assorted layers of historical images from England’s past, and skipped most of the footage I had from the film….but it was never quite finished and eventually I realized it was crap. So, for the last couple months I tried some things with it and finally found something that I though looked pretty nice….almost all the old stuff (Victoria, the man and the sunset early on are still in but don’t really fit the rest of the thing….I probably should have lost ’em!)….I really liked the effects I was able to get with the newer footage to match the look of the clips from the film. BTW…..if you haven’t seen “Of Time And The City” you really should watch it, this video contains only a few minutes of this masterpiece and there is so much more to see!

This is my sixth video for a track from The Waterboys…one of those bands that I really love making vids for! Hope you enjoy it….thanks for watching!
“The Stolen Child” https://youtu.be/mVSN9DMvl6I
“Church Not Made With Hands” https://youtu.be/WG0RgaLuiFk
“A Man Is In Love” https://youtu.be/RBua1cHwYtc
“The Return Of Jimi Hendrix” https://youtu.be/6wayfbGseYE
“Girl From The North Country” https://youtu.be/8bZNxLAXn0E

A man looks up on a yellow sky
And the rain turns to rust in his eye
Rumors of his health are lies
Old England is dying

His clothes are a dirty shade of blue
And his ancient shoes, worn through
He steals from me and he lies to you
Old England is dying

Still he sings an Empire’s song
Still he keeps his navy strong
And he sticks his flag where it all belongs
Old England is dying

You’re asking what makes me sigh now
What it is makes me shudder so
Well, I just freeze in the wind
And I’m numb from the pummeling of the snow

That falls from high in yellow skies
Where the well loved flag of England flies
Where the homes are warm and the mothers sigh
Where comedians laugh and babies cry

Where criminals are televised, politicians fraternized
Journalists are dignified and everyone is civilized
And children stare with heroin eyes, heroin eyes, heroin eyes
Old England, old England, old England is dying, dying

Evening has fallen, swans are singing
The last of Sunday’s bells is ringing
The wind in the trees is sighing
And old England is dying

“Virgil Caine is the name…”

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (1976) 24bit HD Audio 1080p Video

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was originally released in 1969 on The Band’s self-titled second album. This video uses the version from The Band’s live The Last Waltz performance on Thanksgiving Day in 1976. The song was written by Robbie Robertson (with maybe some assistance from Levon Helm, see information below….these guys have have had beef over writing credits) and it is sung by Levon Helm.

This is easily my preferred version of the song ever recorded, and I made one of my very first videos for it. That video remains very popular and I was very proud of it at the time….however, although it’s not as awful as some of my early videos, it is so clunky to me now (all the keyframe movements are set improperly, the double image transparencies are nasty, some really dark images…..and most of all it used a compressed .mp3 for the audio!). I was advised to use caution with the update and although I initially planned to just re-create the video with updated elements…real fire, hd video, cleaned images, etc., but in the end, as usual, I got carried away and gave it a major overhaul. I’m thrilled to have learned how to make a better video in the 5 years since the original, and I think this version does the track a greater justice. I doubt it will ever be as popular as the original, and there are numerous very popular videos of the track, so it might just kinda stall…..if you’ll help it along with some shares, votes, and discussion maybe it can rise into the top 20!😉 Oh….and the the bells are back….let the debates rage once again!:-)😉😉

Robertson stated that he had the music to the song in his head but at first had no idea what it was to be about. Then the concept came to him and he did research on the subject. Levon Helm, a native of Arkansas, stated that he assisted in the research for the lyrics. In his 1993 autobiography, This Wheel’s on Fire, Helm wrote, “Robbie and I worked on ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ up in Woodstock. I remember taking him to the library so he could research the history and geography of the era and make General Robert E. Lee come out with all due respect.”

The Band frequently performed the song in concert, and it is included on the group’s live albums Rock of Ages (1972) and Before the Flood (1974). The song was included in the concert on Thanksgiving Day 1976 which was recorded in the documentary film about the concert, The Last Waltz, as well as the soundtrack album from the film.

The last time the song was performed by Helm was in The Last Waltz (1976). Helm refused to play the song afterwards. Although it has long been believed that the reason for Helm’s refusal to play the song was a dispute with Robertson over songwriting credits, according to Garth Hudson, it was due to Helm’s dislike for Joan Baez’s cover version.

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train
‘Till Stoneman’s cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it’s a time I remember, oh so well

The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin’ they went
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me
“Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E Lee”
Now I don’t mind choppin’ wood, and I don’t care if the money’s no good
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest,
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin’ they went
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,

Like my father before me, I will work the land
Like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand
He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet,
You can’t raise a Caine back up when he’s in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing,
The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the people were singin’, they went
Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na,

The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the bells were ringing,
The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin’, they went
Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

I don’t mind you comin’ here And wastin’ all my time

Just What I Needed – The Cars (1978) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

“Just What I Needed” was released on The Cars’ eponymous debut album, in June of 1978. This was one of the great albums of the late seventies and we all listened to it constantly back in the day….such an insanely fresh and cool sounding record. Lots of seriously great parties come to mind when I think of this record!😉

I worked the effects to the performance video quite awhile back, but even though I thought it would work straight without any extra edits or effects, I decided there was too many empty spaces and it needed some extra bits….filled in with the drummer clip and the (admittedly kinda cheesy!😉 blowing perfume and ribbons….but the main thing is there is a really fine lossless track behind the video ….as usual your mileage will vary with the lip-sync….as with all the other performance vids I’ve tried to work to a high quality studio track, timing can be tricky because the speeds, and lyric delivery are often different. For the life of my I cannot figure out why it is that videos which are clearly synced correctly to audio so often become out of sync when viewed……i understand there can be lags when watching video streams, etc., but what I can’t understand is how the audio and video become out of sync when they are matched and locked in the original video? Anyone out there can help explain this would be awesome as I’m struggling to make sense of this fact.

Critically, the album was well received. AllMusic reviewer Greg Prato described it as “a genuine rock masterpiece”, and that “all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics” in their retrospective review. Prato continued, saying “With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker), The Cars’ debut remains one of rock’s all-time classics.” Rolling Stone magazine critic Kit Rachlis said “The pop songs are wonderful,” continuing that “Easy and eccentric at the same time, all are potential hits.” Rachlis, however, said that ” The album comes apart only when it becomes arty and falls prey to producer Roy Thomas Baker’s lacquered sound and the group’s own penchant for electronic effects.” Rolling Stone also ranked the album No. 284 in its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Robert Christgau said, “Ric Ocasek writes catchy, hardheaded-to-coldhearted songs eased by wryly rhapsodic touches, the playing is tight and tough, and it all sounds wonderful on the radio. But though on a cut-by-cut basis Roy Thomas Baker’s production adds as much as it distracts, here’s hoping the records get rawer.”

David Robinson said in an interview that he “had designed a very different album cover [for The Cars] that cost $80.00 to design.” He continued, “I remember the price exactly. It was completely finished and everything, but it was a little more bizarre than the cover that they had in mind, so they changed some of it because of copyright problems and put it in as the inner sleeve. But I think that was way more how we envisioned who we were then.”

Unlike many of The Cars’ album covers, the cover for The Cars was designed by the record company, rather than drummer David Robinson. The cover was not well liked by the members of the band, however. Robinson said, “I thought that when the Elektra came out it was way too slick. The pictures of us I didn’t like.” Guitarist Elliot Easton expressed dislike for “that big grinning face,” saying, “Man, I got tired of that cover.”

The cover model is Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, singer, writer and journalist.

I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time
‘Cause when you’re standin’, oh so near
I kinda lose my mind

It’s not the perfume that you wear
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
And I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time

I don’t mind you hangin’ out
And talkin’ in your sleep
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been
As long as it was deep, yeah

You always knew to wear it well and
You look so fancy I can tell
I don’t mind you hangin’ out
And talkin’ in your sleep

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed

I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time, time
‘Cause when you’re standin’, oh so near
I kinda lose my mind, yeah

It’s not the perfume that you wear
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed
Yeah, yeah, so bleed me

You’re just what I needed
You’re just what I needed
You’re just what I needed
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Everything is clear in my heart

“Oh My Love” was released on John Lennon’s second solo album, Imagine, in September of 1971. For me, Imagine contains 4 or 5 of the most out of this world gorgeous songs every recorded….songs I’ve listened to hundreds of times and they only get more amazing and beautiful the more you listen to them…..”Oh My Love” is one of those tracks.

As with all John Lennon’s earlier solo recordings, what is there really left to say about this song? Listening to it along with the other John Lennon & The Beatles catalog, it is easy to kinda take it for granted as just another brilliantly written and performed song…but when you pull it out and listen to it on it’s own you’ll find (as with many of those other tracks) an absolutely brilliant and magnificent song of such immense beauty and power that it lays waste most everything around it. Most artists would be able to die peacefully if they wrote just ONE song as great as “Oh My Love”…..John wrote dozens. This was the single song from Imagine with writing credits “Lennon/Ono”.

Lately I’ve been kinda slow on the vid releases because I’ve got so many things started and can’t seem to focus on one or two to finish….tried to finish a couple last night but then just decided to start something quick from scratch (I had already worked some paint effects on an old butterfly clip for another video I’m updating @ beginning and 1:26)….a few quick effects and this one was finished in less than 3 hours late last night. (I might try a quick experiment and plug a McCartney song and art into this foundation and see what happens…mainly ’cause it would be an excuse to avoid the video logger-jam I been stuck in!😉

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching!

More about the album from Wiki: Imagine is the second studio album by John Lennon. Recorded and released in 1971, the album is more heavily produced in contrast to the basic, raw arrangements of his previous album, the critically acclaimed John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album is considered the most popular of his works and the title track is considered one of Lennon’s finest songs. In 2012, Imagine was voted 80th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

The album was issued by Apple on 9 September 1971 in the United States and a month later, on 8 October, in the UK. Early editions of the LP included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of McCartney’s similar pose with a sheep on the cover of Ram. It was also originally released in quadraphonic. “Imagine”, backed with “It’s So Hard”, was released as a single, in the US on 11 October 1971. The album went to number 1 worldwide and became an enduring seller, with the title track reaching number 3 in the United States. “Imagine” would not be issued as a single in Britain until four years later, to coincide with the release of Lennon’s Shaved Fish singles collection.

Oh my love for the first time in my life
My eyes are wide open
Oh my lover for the first time in my life
My eyes can see

I see the wind, oh I see the trees
Everything is clear in my heart
I see the clouds, oh I see the sky
Everything is clear in our world

Oh my love for the first time in my life
My mind is wide open
Oh my lover for the first time in my life
My mind can feel

I feel sorrow, oh I feel dreams
Everything is clear in my heart
I feel life, oh I feel love
Everything is clear in our world

How I wish, how I wish you were here


Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975) Immersion Box FLAC 1080p Video

Good news is that I’ve finally finished another Floyd video!….bad news it’s one I’ve done before!😉 My upgrade project continues….

“Wish You Were Here” was the title track from Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, which was released in the fall of 1975. The record explores themes of absence, the music business and former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline. The album was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Although some of these sessions were problematic, it was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split the centrepiece track “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” in two and join each half with three new compositions. “Shine On” was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded.

The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve which hid the album artwork. Wish You Were Here was an instant success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each declared Wish You Were Here their favourite Pink Floyd album.

It’s been almost 2 years since I made my original video for this song, but although I liked some of the effects (they’re baaaaaack! LOL!) I was never really very happy with it….too cluttered, and art from all the Pink Floyd albums (I was thinking of the band “wishing Syd was there” during all the albums they made subsequent to his departure from the band) was really too much. This one started out with about a third less effects as I was determined to keep it simple, but just like when I was making the first one and my first “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” epic video….I found myself working on upgrades for both songs at the same time (the songs are so close conceptually that it’s very easy to mix them up).

I’m so excited about finishing up my long delayed vids for other Pink Floyd tracks and I didn’t really plan on going back to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” before finishing those but it looks like that might happen after all since I ended up with so many extra effects from this video. Till the new ones come….take these updates for a spin!:-)

Thanks as always for watching!

Special thanks!:

Chevvy’s amazing Syd drawings/paintings!

And of course, to everyone else who’s contribution of art made it possible to create new art! THANKS!


So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in a war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

“I’m gettin’ the feel of hickory wind”…country rock, meet your maker.

Hickory Wind – The Byrds (1968) Legacy Edition FLAC HD 1080p Video

(This video contains a lossless audio track. Please remember to watch my videos in HD if you are listening to them on headphones, home theater or if you just want the best sounding audio possible…..it does make a difference!)

“Hickory Wind” was released in 1968 on The Byrd’s album, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. It was written by Gram Parsons, to whom country rock and alt rock owe everything…he died tragically at 26 at Joshua Tree in California….wandering the desert under the influence of mushrooms, alcohol, and morphine. I’m still in awe of the songs he wrote before checking out that night in 1973.

This is actually the 2nd time I’ve updated the video for “Hickory Wind”….in addition to the new video edit, it includes a FLAC version of the track.

“Hickory Wind” was written by Parsons and former International Submarine Band member, Bob Buchanan, during an early 1968 train ride from Florida to Los Angeles.

Post-production work on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album was disrupted when Parsons’ appearance on the album was contested by Lee Hazlewood, who contended that the singer was still under contract to his LHI record label. While the legal problems were being resolved, McGuinn replaced three of Parsons’ lead vocals with his own singing, a move that still infuriated Parsons as late as 1973, when he told Cameron Crowe in an interview that McGuinn “erased it and did the vocals himself and fucked it up.” However, Parsons was still featured singing lead vocals on the songs “Hickory Wind”, “You’re Still on My Mind”, and “Life in Prison”. There has been speculation that McGuinn’s decision to re-record Parsons’ lead vocals himself was not entirely motivated by the threat of legal action, but by a desire to decrease Parsons’ presence on the album. According to producer Gary Usher:
“McGuinn was a little bit edgy that Parsons was getting a little bit too much out of this whole thing…He didn’t want the album to turn into a Gram Parsons album. We wanted to keep Gram’s voice in there, but we also wanted the recognition to come from Hillman and McGuinn, obviously. You just don’t take a hit group and interject a new singer for no reason…There were legal problems but they were resolved and the album had just the exact amount of Gram Parsons that McGuinn, Hillman and I wanted.”

With its mix of country and soul music, “You Don’t Miss Your Water” provides an example of Gram Parsons’ concept of “Cosmic American Music”. The song is also one of three on the album to have had its original Parsons’ vocal replaced by Roger McGuinn prior to release.

The three songs that had their lead vocals replaced by McGuinn were “The Christian Life”, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and “One Hundred Years from Now”, with the last featuring McGuinn and Hillman sharing vocals on the final album version. However, Parsons’ lead vocals weren’t completely eradicated from these songs and can still be faintly heard, despite having either McGuinn or Hillman’s voice overdubbed on them. The master recordings of these three songs, with their original Parsons’ vocals restored to full prominence, were finally issued as part of The Byrds box set in 1990. These same master recordings, featuring Parsons’ lead vocals, were also included as bonus tracks on disc one of the 2003 Legacy Edition of Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is my favorite album by The Byrds….it is simply their most perfect effort. This version is from the fine 2003 Legacy Deluxe 2CD Remaster….if you love The Byrds, buy this CD!

In South Carolina, there’re many tall pines
I remember the oak tree that we used to climb
But now when I’m lonesome I always pretend
That I’m gettin’ the feel of hickory wind

I started out younger, had most everything
All the riches and pleasures, what else can life bring?
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind

It’s a hard way to find out that trouble is real
In a faraway city with a faraway feel
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind
Keeps callin’ me home, hickory wind

Electric Light Orchestra’s “Turn To Stone”

Turn To Stone – Electric Light Orchestra (1977) 24/192 FLAC HD Video

“Turn To Stone” was the opening track from Electric Light Orchestra’s seventh studio album, the epic double album “Out Of The Blue”, which was released in October of 1977.

This record is one of the best ELO ever released and even across four sides there wasn’t a weak track to be found.

Lately I’ve been spending more time working on updates to the videos I’ve already done (including one of the two I’ve made for tracks from the Out Of The Blue album; “Jungle” and “Sweet Is The Night”) but between the updates and the more involved new things I’m working on it’s becoming a pretty dry stretch for video uploads. So I decided to push out this little video for “Turn To Stone” that I’d finished quite some time ago (which included the original studio track behind this live performance), but decided not upload as the video effects weren’t quite what I’d hoped for (the footage turning to a more “stone” look at points…pretty cool, but the low res limitations of the source video made it pretty rough…still have a low level “stone” effect for the entire video now). In the end, its just a reason to upload what I believe is the best sounding audio of “Turn To Stone” currently available on Youtube….the FLAC track used was taken from a 24/192 vinyl source, no compression….so nice!:-)

Thanks for watching!

The city streets are empty now
(The lights don’t shine no more)
And so the songs are way down low
A sound that flows into my mind
(The echos of the daylight)
Of everything that is alive
In my blue world.

I turn to stone
When you are gone
I turn to stone
Turn to stone when you comin’ home
I can’t go on
The dying embers of the night
(A fire that slowly fades to dawn)
Still glow upon the wall so bright
The tired streets that hide away
(From here to ev’rywhere they go)
Roll past my door into the day
In my blue world.

I turn to stone
. . .

Turn to stone
When you’re gone
I turn to stone.

I’m turning to stone
‘Cause you ain’t comin’ home
Why ain’t you comin’ home
If i’m turning to stone
You’ve been gone for so long
And I can’t carry on
Yes I’m turning
I’m turning

I’m turning to stone
The dancing shadows on the wall
(The two step in the hall)
Are all I see since you’ve been gone
Through all I sit here and I wait
(l turn to stone I turn to stone)
you will return again some day
To my blue world

I turn to stone
. . .

Turn to stone when you are gone
I turn to stone I turn to stone
When you are gone I turn to stone
Turn to stone when you comin’ home
I can’t go on turn to stone
When your are gone I turn to stone.

“…but all i got is a photograph…” Classic Ringo from 1973!

Photograph – Ringo Starr (1973) DCC Gold FLAC Remaster HD 1080p

“Photograph” was released on Ringo Starr’s first solo record, Ringo, in November of 1973. This is a seriously fine track, written by his old bandmate George Harrison…..it’s my all time favorite Ringo Starr track (though I like many others he made). I’ve made videos for a couple other Ringo Starr songs (both from my favorite Ringo album, Rotogravure…”Pure Gold” and “Lady Gaye”).

This was a video I wanted to make for a long time, but I never could decide if I wanted it to feature general photographs of girls, places, just various Polaroids more accurately reflecting the lyrics of the song….or if I should spin it about Ringo looking back through Beatles memories after all these years)….in the end I just threw it all in there. This was a very time consuming video to make, which I always knew it would be since it just takes time to use the many photos that it needed to work. I stuck with it for as long as I could, but even then there are still many random (and not very fitting or bland) photos that remain in there which were basically just placeholders while I searched for good images and frequently they are repeated. If I ever re-edit it, I’ll definitely be up to replacing/rearranging many of the images to make it somewhat nicer. Till then…..hope you enjoy….thanks as always for watching!

A signature tune for Starr as a solo artist, “Photograph” became an international hit, topping singles charts in the United States, Canada and Australia, and receiving gold disc certification for US sales of 1 million. Music critics have similarly received the song favourably; Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic considers it to be “among the very best post-Beatles songs by any of the Fab Four”.

The lyrics are a reflection on lost love, whereby a photograph is the only reminder of the protagonists’ shared past. Starr and Harrison began writing the song in the South of France in 1971, during a period when Starr was focused on developing his acting career. They first recorded “Photograph” late the following year, along with the single’s B-side, “Down and Out”, during sessions for Harrison’s Living in the Material World album (1973).

The officially released version was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Richard Perry, and it incorporates aspects of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound through the presence of multiple drums and acoustic guitars, as well as an orchestra and a choir. Aside from Starr and Harrison, the musicians on the recording include Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, and Spector’s musical arranger, Jack Nitzsche. Starr made a promotional film for the single, shot at his and wife Maureen Starkey’s home, Tittenhurst Park.

“Photograph” has appeared on Starr’s compilation albums Blast from Your Past (1975) and Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (2007), and live versions have featured on releases recorded with his All-Starr Band and with the Roundheads. In November 2002, a year after Harrison’s death, Starr sang “Photograph” at the Concert for George – a performance that was an emotional highpoint of the event. Engelbert Humperdinck, Camper Van Beethoven, Cilla Black and Adam Sandler are among the artists who have covered the song.

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

Ev’ry time i see your face,
It reminds me of the places we used to go.
But all i got is a photograph
And i realize you’re not coming back anymore.

I thought i’d make it the day you went away,
But i can’t make it
Till you come home again to stay-yi-yay-yi-yay.

I can’t get used to living here,
While my heart is broke, my tears i cried for you.
I want you here to have and hold,
As the years go by and we grow old and grey.

Now you’re expecting me to live without you,
But that’s not something that i’m looking forward to.

I can’t get used to living here,
While my heart is broke, my tears i cried for you.
I want you here to have and hold,
As the years go by and we grow old and grey.

Ev’ry time i see your face,
It reminds me of the places we used to go.
But all i got is a photograph
And i realize you’re not coming back anymore.

Ev’ry time i see your face,
It reminds me of the places we used to go.
But all i got is a photograph
And i realize you’re not coming back anymore.

Ev’ry time i see your face,
It reminds me of the places we used to go.
But all i got is a photograph
And i realize you’re not.

Hotel California one more time for Glenn! (1948 – 2016)

Hotel California – The Eagles (1976) HD SACD Remaster HD 1080p Video

Hotel California was released by The Eagles on their fifth studio album, Hotel California, in the winter of 1976.

On a dark desert highway,
Cool wind in my hair,
Warm smell of “colitas”
Rising up through the air,
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light,
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim,
I had to stop for the night.

There she stood in the doorway,
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinkin’ to myself :
“This could be heaven and this could be hell”
Then she lit up a candle,
And she showed me the way,
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California,
Any time of year, (Any time of year) You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted,
She got the Mercedes BENZ
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard,
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember,
Some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here
Since nineteen sixty-nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say:

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
They’re livin’ it up at the Hotel California,
What a nice surprise, (What a nice surprise) Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice, and she said:
“We are all just prisoners here,
Of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers
They gathered for the feast,
They stabbed it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before,
“Relax,” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive,
You can check out anytime you like… but you can never leave”

(Guitar Solo Until End)

This album brings back very special memories for me of my high school year, and so I wanted to dedicate the effort to my classmates from my old high school in Texas.

I’d been wanting try and do something for “Hotel California” for a very long time….the imagery of the song is so unique and I thought it might be interesting to try and capture something. Anyway, I tried to make something that I always wanted to see for this song….palms, dark highway, lightning, hotel’s, candles, mission bells, that mysterious lady in the doorway….and of course even more palms blowing in the wind!😉

Actually it’s not exactly what I tried to do, there were some really cool mask effects I was playing with (band jamming in the various doors and windows in the album art…but tracking was brutal and I gave up), and of course, it really needed more time and work to mix up the existing/repeat effects, but as usual by the time I could have done such fine tuning…I just wanted it done! LOL! As with most of my videos…..it’ll never compete with the single album art and/or crappy sounding versions so I resign myself to just getting it close since it ain’t gonna matter anyway. But if you are taking the time to check it out and read this……THANKS so much for watching….I really hope you enjoy the effort.

After spending quite a bit of time searching, the best “Hotel Californiaish” hotel I could find to work with wasn’t a hotel at all…it’s Stetson Law University in Florida!

NBC (wonderful live clips of the band performing the song)

The Painted Veil II
by ~miss-baudelaire\~miss-baudelaire
Dark Lady
Charlotte Anderson Photography

….for their amazing “Hotel California ladies”

Stetson Law University (for “hotel california”)

…and OF COURSE EVERYONE ELSE who’s art made this new art possible…..THANK YOU!!!!

By MetalGuruMessiah

Jethro Tull Videos by MetalGuruMessiah

Thanks to all my friends and fans out there….your support and encouragement is everything!:-)

The Jethro Tull videos so far:

Home – Jethro Tull (1979) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Fylingdale Flyer – Jethro Tull (1980) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

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

Slow Marching Band – Jethro Tull (1982) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Heavy Horses – Jethro Tull (1978) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

Witch’s Promise – Jethro Tull (1970) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

Moths – Jethro Tull (1978) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser – Jethro Tull (1976) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Aqualung – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster HD Video

Acres Wild – Jethro Tull (1978) Remaster HD Video