“You planned to leave me cold…But you’ll never get your wish…On the 24th of May I’ll gather up your reins”…Blue Oyster Cult “The Revenge of Vera Gemini” (1976)

The Revenge of Vera Gemini – Blue Oyster Cult (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Revenge of Vera Gemini” was released on Blue Öyster Cult’s fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, on May 21st 1976. This is one of my all time favorite albums and I love each song enough to make a video for them all….this is the third I’ve done for a track from the album. This song was co-written by Patti Smith (with Albert Bouchard) and I love her vocal contributions to the song!

The audio is sourced from a 192KHz/24bit FLAC….i think it sounds fantastic! I need to redo the two other videos I have made for tracks from Agents of Fortune to include these new versions. The video was from a poorer quality source, so I tried to do some things to remove the noise when it’s played full screen….it’s not entirely successful, but looks better than it would without the effects. It’s a very cool film (as detailed below).

The film in the video is edited from Harpya, a 1979 short Belgian animated film written and directed by Raoul Servais. It stars Will Spoor, Fran Waller Zeper and Sjoert Schwibethus. The film won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Its mix of horror and black comedy has given it a cult following.

Hope you enjoy the effort!

Check out a few of my other Blue Oyster Cult videos:

“The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria – Blue Oyster Cult (1988)”

“I Love The Night”

“Imaginos”

“Nosferatu”

“Godzilla”

“The Vigil”

“Sinful Love”

[Lyrics]
You’re boned like a saint
With the consciousness of a snake

You’re the kind of girl
I’d like to find
Face like an angel
But you’re boned like the devil

Your eyes have shifted from me
Everyone saw what you did
You have slipped from beneath me
Like a false and nervous squid

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

You planned to leave me cold
But you’ll never get your wish
On the 24th of May
I’ll gather up your reins

You filled me with a vengeance
And you touched me with your breath
I’m gonna pull you from this dance
You’re gonna ride so easily

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

I was your victim
I was well deceived
Hell’s built on regret
But I love your naked neck

And evil lies that you told me
Could make me believe your two-faced
Because two faces have you
And they’re both gonna go

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Gemini

“Nothing to lose is nothing to fight over The shining stars! They’ve seen it all before…Marillion “Marbles”

Don’t Hurt Yourself – Marillion (2004) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Don’t Hurt Yourself” was released in 2004 on Marillion’s 13th studio album, Marbles.

Marillion is another one of those few remaining favorite bands of mine that I’d not yet made a video for even a single song! As much as I love their older stuff (and all their stuff up until their very latest album is amazing), Marbles is my very favorite album they have released. I have been working on a couple of the more epic tracks, but those vids are taking more time…so, here’s a quick edit for another of my favorites from the album worked up with the studio track over footage from a live performance. The sync’s not great (it was kinda tricky to start with and i didn’t really spend much time trying) but I think it will serve the purpose to maybe give a taste of this band to some unfamiliar with their work…and not completely horrify long-time fans!😉
Marbles, unlike their previous studio album, Anoraknophobia (2001), which was financed largely by a preorder campaign, it was the publicity campaign that fans financed for the album. Those fans who pre-ordered the album received an exclusive 2-CD “Deluxe Campaign Edition” with a booklet containing the names of everyone who pre-ordered before a certain date. The public release date of the retail single-CD version of the album was 3 May 2004 while a plain 2CD version could still be obtained from the band’s website. A limited (500 copy) edition was released on white multicoloured vinyl by Racket Records on 13 November 2006.

The album did not chart in the UK, due to it being packaged with a couple of stickers, which is against chart rules, so despite selling enough for a top 30 position, the album was declared ineligible for the album chart, however its first single “You’re Gone” reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart, thus becoming their first UK top ten hit since 1987’s “Incommunicado”. The follow-up single “Don’t Hurt Yourself” peaked at #16. Classic Rock ranked Marbles #11 on their end-of-year list for 2004.

[Lyrics]
There’ll come a time when all of this is over
Something else will grow and take it’s place
The brand new car: scrap metal in a junkyard
The children playing will grow up and leave home
Put it away this dream you can’t stop dreaming
Put it away this anger and desire
The open road is infinitely hopeful
Take all those memories and throw them in the fire

And don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself anymore

There’s old man on a warm and sunny island
No job, no money, just a smile to call his own
Know what he says?
“The past will only haunt you.
Live for today. Each day’s an open door

Don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself anymore”

Nothing to lose is nothing to fight over
The shining stars!
They’ve seen it all before.

Don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself
Don’t hurt yourself anymore

Dust keeps coming. Rust keeps coming. Weeds keep growing. Seeds keep growing
Where you going?

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You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977)

You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Won’t Dance With Me” was released on April Wine’s sixth studio album, Forever for Now, in January 1977. This song has special memories for me and I’ve wanted to get around to it for a long time.

“You Won’t Dance With Me” is a very touching and beautiful ballad…way overlooked, by an equally overlooked (nowadays at least) rock band.

I bought my first April Wine record (The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy) the year before this one was released, and I never stopped listening to this band….the only other video I’ve done for a song by the band was actually from their last studio release 2006’s Roughly Speaking for a song I really love called “Sheila” https://youtu.be/K3zQlnsI-ls

I really gotta get around to doing move vids for some of the many great gems in April Wine’s catalog….so many great songs this band has produced!

The album featured a variety of genres including country and western, Latin, Caribbean, blues, easy listening, and rock.

Initially, the album sold moderately, peaking at #19 on the Canadian charts in March before dropping back down. Then the 1950s-style ballad “You Won’t Dance with Me” became a surprise hit single, selling more copies than any previous April Wine single and breathing new life into the album’s sales. The single and album peaked on their corresponding charts during the same week of July 9, 1977, at #6 and #5, respectively. Both the single and the album were certified platinum in Canada.

[Lyrics]
When I try to phone, they say you’re not at home
I don’t believe that it’s true
And, when we fool around, you always put me down
Now, what am I supposed to do?

When you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

It’s hard to say (it’s hard to say)
What I have to say (what I have to say)
And, I hope you understand (and, I hope you understand)
But, you told Fred (but, you told Fred)
You wished that I’d drop dead (you wished that I’d drop dead)

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!

I used to walk you home, now I walk alone
And, it seems that you don’t care
And, when we’re at school, you say I’m a fool
Why must you treat me so unfair?

And, you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!

“So their minds are soft and lazy …Well who do, who do you wanna blame?”

Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs (1992) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Candy Everybody Wants” was released in September 1992 on 10,000 Maniacs’ fifth (and the last to feature original singer Natalie Merchant) album, Our Time in Eden.

Though you couldn’t tell from the number of videos I’ve made for her stuff (I did a fun one for her “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” several years ago that didn’t end well for me!😉 and this is my first return to one of her tracks since then), Natalie Merchant is probably my favorite female vocalist of them all. I listen to her albums quite often and I would love to try something for some songs from her solo albums one day…..until then, I took the original “Candy Everybody Wants” video and stretched it out to widescreen, stylized it a bit with some light paint effects, hue adjustments and noise reduction…then synced it to a FLAC source track from the Our Time In Eden album….hope you find it tastes sweet!? Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com: Pushing through the jinx that gave Blind Man’s Zoo its preachy feel, 10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker’s dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of In My Tribe, their major-label debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a few tribulations wiser, and a few shakes looser, although that’s not to say she doesn’t have a point (or 13) to make. Whether with old-school R&B horns ablaze or the simple elegance of a piano and strings, she glorifies, condemns, and cherishes the world she witnesses, not excusing herself or anyone else from the part they play. The rest of the band, Rob Buck, Dennis Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Jerome Augustyniak, gives her the superb musical roots and wings from which to grow and soar. The subject matter of the songs is sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, but always graceful. For instance, “These Are Days” is left open to interpretation, though the upbeat tone is unmistakable, while “I’m Not the Man” is a very pointed and poignant story of a jailed man falsely accused and awaiting his death. Merchant’s poetry shimmers and tugs at your heart and head. The prophetically titled Our Time in Eden spawned modest hits with “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants,” but turned out to be the final chapter for this maniacal five-some, as Merchant departed the band shortly after touring in support of the album. A finer swan song has seldom been heard.

[Lyrics]
Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy, well

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do, who do you wanna blame?

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do you wanna blame?

“I walk this shore in isolation…And at my feet eternity draws ever sweeter plans for me”

Ship of Fools – Robert Plant (1988) 24-192 kHz Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ship of Fools” was released at the end of February 1988 on Robert Plant’s fourth solo album, Now and Zen. It was my favorite tune on the record.

The video released for the song was a little drab and the audio from that video wasn’t too great. I added a little color to the video and synced to the best sounding source track I’ve ever heard…from a 24-192kHz flac rip from vinyl.

With a new band and a new perspective on his music, Plant returned in late 1987 with more of the sound that had previously defined him in Led Zeppelin. Although Plant continued to utilize computerized audio technology in a similar fashion to his previous solo albums, for this album Plant integrated the blues that had all but been abandoned on his most recent album Shaken ‘n’ Stirred (1985). A prominent guitar sound and an exotic feel to the recordings also marked another change in direction for the artist, who now added Middle Eastern tones in songs like “Heaven Knows”. This is a direction that he would eventually follow in the 1990s with Page and Plant.

The tracks “Heaven Knows” and “Tall Cool One” feature Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. (On the liner notes, Page’s participation on the songs is noted with a Zoso symbol.) In response to the Beastie Boys’ unauthorized sampling of some Led Zeppelin songs on their 1986 album Licensed to Ill, Plant also used samples from Led Zeppelin songs (“Whole Lotta Love”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Black Dog”, “Custard Pie”, and “The Ocean”) on “Tall Cool One”, additionally singing words from “When the Levee Breaks”.

“Walking Towards Paradise” was originally a bonus track available only on CD versions of the album and as the B-side of the single “Heaven Knows”. Rhino Entertainment released a remastered edition of the album, with bonus tracks, on 3 April 2007.
In an interview he gave to Uncut magazine in 2005, Plant commented that “by the time Now and Zen came out in ’88, it looked like I was big again. It was a Top 10 album on both sides of the Atlantic. But if I listen to it now, I can hear that a lot of the songs got lost in the technology of the time.”

[Lyrics]
On waves of love my heart is breaking
And stranger still my self control I can’t rely on anymore
New tides surprise – my world it’s changing
Within this frame an ocean swells – behind this smile I know it well

Beneath a lover’s moon I’m waiting
I am the pilot of the storm – adrift in pleasure I may drown
I built this ship – it is my making
And furthermore my self control I can’t rely on anymore
I know why – I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around – back to my loving ground

Who claims that no man is an island
While I land up in jeopardy – more distant from you by degrees
I walk this shore in isolation
And at my feet eternity draws ever sweeter plans for me
I know why – I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around – back to my loving ground
Oh no, oh no – ship of fools —

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From Bob Seger’s classic 1976 Night Moves album…”Ship of Fools”

Ship of Fools – Bob Seger (1976) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ship Of Fools” was released on the album Night Moves in October of 1976. The album was the ninth by Bob Seger, and his first with The Silver Bullet Band.

Although the front cover only credits backing by the Silver Bullet Band, four of the nine songs on the album feature backing by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section…which i doubt anyone would doubt didn’t have the effect of taking an already great album up a notch or two.

I remember buying this album and listening to it back when it was released and it was such a stand-out then because I was listening to mostly prog and hard rock during that period…and it was just such a beautiful sounding, soulful record…it was one of the records that pretty much stayed standing up next to my turntable (I waxed way poetic on that turntable in the description for my “Night Moves” video already! LOL!) for many months, because I played it so frequently. It’s a very special record to me and I love it still.

This is my second video for a track from the album (the first being something I tried for “Night Moves”…which i think is pretty awful now….I really need to remake that one! Yikes!!!!) I actually made the main effect (couple of variations of the ship lights over the album cover) around the time I made the “Night Moves” video, but I stopped working on the video for “Ship of Fools” because I found that is was blocked pretty much everywhere, so those clips sat around without a video to fill them out until I was thrilled to find out a couple months back that it was being allowed to play, so I set about finishing this video. Night Moves is one of those albums that I could easily be inspired to make a video for every single song. I hope you enjoy this one and thanks for watching!

Popular music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the riffs on Night Moves are classic rock and roll riffs, like those performed by Chuck Berry or the Rolling Stones, and that the album is about rock and roll for those who are no longer in their teens, like the song “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”.

The Rolling Stone review of the album by Kit Rachlis stated that the album is one of the best to come out of 1976-77, that Seger sounds like Rod Stewart and writes lyrics like Bruce Springsteen, and that album is classic rock and roll. The only problem that Rachlis had with the album was the production not being strong enough. A later review of the album by Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic says that the album was very similar to Beautiful Loser, but Night Moves is harder than Beautiful Loser. Erlewine also feels that the album has a wide range of styles and has not lost any of its influence years later.

The album was well received by critics and gave Bob Seger nationwide success. Three singles were released from the album, with two of them making the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Seger’s second to become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was his first to be certified platinum by the same association. It later achieved a certification of sextuple platinum.

[Lyrics]
“Tell me quick” said Old McFee
“What’s this all have to do with me?”
“I’ve spent all my time at sea a loner.”

“Is there something else I should know?”
“Something hidden down below the level of your conversation?”
Well he turned away before the answer
Though I yelled aloud he refused to hear
It became to clear
So it went as we put out
I was left in constant doubt
Everything I asked about seemed private

The captain strolled the bridge one night
I stopped him in the evening light
To ask him would it be all right to join him

But he stood there like some idol
And he listened like some temple
And then he turned away

All along the fateful coast
We moved silent like a ghost
The timeless sea of tireless host possessed us
The wind came building from the cold northwest
And soon the waves began to crest
Crashing cross the forward deck
All hands lost

I alone survived the sinking
I alone possessed the tools
On that ship of fools

“You’re just a robbin’ and a stabbin’ And a lootin’ and a shooting…Johnny yer too bad”

Johnny Too Bad – UB40 (1983) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Johnny Too Bad” was released on UB40’s fourth album, Labour Of Love, in September 1983. This album was hugely popular and the one that made UB40 famous. “Johnny Too Bad” was one of my two favorite songs from the record (the other being “Many Rivers To Cross”….I actually started a video for the song previously, but ended up using another version of the song, by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon; https://youtu.be/_gjrS3MLKfk) Think I’ll try to do something with a performance video of the song….although my “Red Red Wine” gets the big block?!)

UB40 has always been such an amazing band, especially live. I wanted to try and clean up this awful video of a great live performance (Finsbury Park London 1991) of the song and edit it to the studio track. I chose this performance because its a great example of Norman Hassan’s crazy dance skills…..this guy can move!😉 I would have loved to have had this performance in better quality. I tired several effects to make it look better, but by the time I worked the effect strong enough to make the video look better, the performance was lost)…..so I guess this will have to do. Check out the live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcWEMvBgO9M

The entire Labour of Love album consists of cover versions of songs originally released by the group’s musical idols. The most notable track is the cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine,” which reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom upon its release. The song originally reached #34 in the United States, but upon its re-release in the US in 1988, it topped the chart. The album and 12″ version included a toasted verse by Astro, later copied by Neil Diamond in his live performances.

The band would later continue the series and release three more cover albums, Labour of Love II, Labour of Love III and Labour of Love IV.

[Lyrics]
Walking down the road
With a pistol in your waist
Johnny you’re too bad
Walking down the road
With a ratchet in your waist
Johnny you’re too bad

[Chorus:]
You’re just robbin’ and stabbin’
And lootin’ and shooting
You’re too bad repeat

One of these day’s
When you hear a voice say come,
Where you gonna run to?
One of these day’s
When you hear a voice say come,
where you gonna run to?

[Chorus]

You’re gonna run to the rock
For rescue, there’ll be no rock
You’re gonna run to the rock
For rescue, there’ll be no rock

 

“The room was humming harder As the ceiling flew away”

A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum (1967) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“A Whiter Shade Of Pale” was originally released as a single in May 1967, and then (in September) on Procol Harum’s eponymous debut studio album. The album was released following their breakthrough and immensely popular single “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. The track doesn’t appear on the original album but was included in the US issue of the album

I thought about uploading something special for my 400th(!!!) video…..finishing one of the Floyd, Genesis or Yes epics that I’m always chipping away at, or one of the more unusual things I’ve been working on, but in the end I decided to finally do something for “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”….forever one of my Top 10 all-time favorite songs.

The video is nothing too fancy (this song needs minimal visual effects!), just performance clips (taken from two different old tv performances) cleaned up, lit up and colored with a background effect.

I thought about which version of the song I would use for the video; the extended version, because of course more “A Whiter Shade…” = even better! ;-)…the original single (mono? stereo?)…but decided to use my current favorite version for this video (until recently unreleased BBC “Easybeat” session, June 1967…taken from Cherry Red’s 2015 Expanded/Remaster). I may do another edit for the more well known single version soon, cause I wanna try and find “her face at first just ghostly”!… but also maybe I’ll do the long one with some different photos/effects to make the long version video something interesting?

I hope you enjoy the effort and thanks to my old friends who have supported me for these past years….and new ones who stumble across my stuff and stick around!

“A Whiter Shade of Pale” is the debut single by the English rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The record reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached No. 5 on the US charts. One of the counterculture anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

With its Bach-derived instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics, written by the song’s co-authors Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and organist Matthew Fisher, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached No. 1 in several countries when released in 1967. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. As of 2009, it was the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the United Kingdom, and the UK performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited in 2004 recognized it as the most-played record by British broadcasting of the past 70 years.Also in 2004, Rolling Stone placed “A Whiter Shade of Pale” No. 57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1977, the song was named joint winner (along with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) of the Best British Pop Single 1952–1977 at the Brit Awards. In 1998 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. More than 1000 recorded cover versions by other artists are known. The song has been included in many music compilations over the decades and has also been used in the soundtracks of numerous films, including The Big Chill, Purple Haze, Breaking the Waves, The Boat That Rocked, Oblivion, and in Martin Scorsese’s segment of New York Stories. Cover versions of the song have also been featured in many films, for example by King Curtis in Withnail and I and by Annie Lennox in The Net.
The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On 30 July 2009, Matthew Fisher won co-writing credit for adding the organ parts to the original music in a unanimous ruling from the Law Lords.

[Lyrics]
We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, ‘There is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.’
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well’ve been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

No need to hurry We’ll meet in the end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow

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

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