The lady we all know…..”Stairway To Heaven” (1971)

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971) HQ 2014 Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stairway To Heaven” was released on Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV (also known as the Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo) in the winter of 1971.

What is there to be said about “Stairway To Heaven”? Suffice it to say it’s maybe the most popular classic rock song of all time….the cornerstone of classic rock. This video features the 2014 Deluxe Edition Remaster uploaded in lossless audio….you need to listen to it in HD to get not only the best picture, but the best sound.

I finished my first Led Zeppelin video a few months back, but it’s still not available to be played….it’s a bummer ’cause I think that video is pretty good and I’d love to share it. Finally gave up waiting for that one, and decided to make another….this time for another Led Zeppelin warhorse. Was able to push this one over the line since the weather during my time off from work hasn’t been cooperating. The video isn’t quite right as the fast edits towards the end are a bit muddled, but it was one of those sections where I throw so much in that it’s difficult to get timing right and many renders fail to pick up all the components during these type sections. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the effort…..THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR WATCHING!

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

Special thanks to:
Johann Mynhardt – Commercials / film Director (amazing songbird clip!) that I’ve featured in a couple/three vids!
http://www.youtube.com/user/johannmynhardt

[Lyrics]
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

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“And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced”….UFO’s beautiful “Belladonna” from 1976’s No Heavy Petting.

Belladonna – UFO (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Belladonna” was released in the spring of 1976 on UFO’s fifth studio album, No Heavy Petting. This beautiful ballad is just one of the reasons that No Heavy Petting has always been my favorite UFO album. UFO has always been such a strong band, from their first recordings until their latest, their talent shines; always exceptional guitar work, amazing vocals, consistently strong songwriting…and some of my favorite keyboards in rock and roll! Although of course, Paul Raymond would join the band after this record and contribute seriously fine work on many later album, but the keyboards on this record by one-album-only Danny Peyronel are my favorite in the catalog….plus the guy co-wrote a couple of my other favs from the album!

I’ve commented before about my love for UFO, so I spare the effort….suffice they are simply one of the most consistently great and lasting of all the hard rock groups. Pick up some of their albums form the last few years…..incredible!

Anyway…..this is another example of a video I started years ago and hadn’t gotten around to finishing. I was inspired to the work by the single clip of the spider hiding in the flower, which I knew I could build a vid around…all I ever got around to doing was working up that clip with the “monkey lady” art from the cover….it sat for some years, but now it’s done. I had promised to finish some of my UFO ballads at the time of my last UFO vid (for “Take It Or Leave It”) hope you enjoy it…as always thank you for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
Oh, Belladonna, never knew the pain
Maybe I’m crazy, maybe it’ll drive me insane
The open letter just carelessly placed
And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Came from passion and you gave it a name
The fingers of poison like needles in the drivin’ rain
So smile discreetly as you watch with such grace
Now I must slip away but can you forget my face

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

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Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Lonely Girl” was released on Steve Forbert’s third album, Little Stevie Orbit, in 1980. Finally I got something done for a Steve Forbert track….the vid’s a quickie, but the song’s special…as are most songs this guy produces.

I started listening to Steve Forbert in 1979 after hearing his hit “Romeo’s Tune”. Picked up the album it was released on (Jackrabbit Slim) and was immediately taken by the quirkiness and originality of the songs. Shortly after I picked up his first album, which I liked even more. Then this third album, which was equally fine.

In discussing great artists that were overlooked and that should have been way more popular, to me Steve Forbert is one of the first to come to mind. He was unfortunately labeled as “the next Dylan” (I remember at the time it was attached to him in nearly every reference) and all that baggage ultimately didn’t help him. He is an absolutely genius on every level….a master songwriter, a singularly unique vocalist!

After years of listening to mp3 versions (all I had in the many years since I sold my original vinyl) finally was able to pick up this album from Steve Forbert.com…man, it’s glorious! The sound is amazing and the bonus tracks are seriously as good as or better than the album tracks!

A serious struggle to select which track to do…there will be more vids coming.

I already had the remaster of his two earlier albums (released on one CD with equally stunning and worthy bonus tracks from both) and now that I finally have this one……I’ve been on a Steve Forbert binge! I suggest you do as well…if you’re already a fan you know the deal, if you’re not….well, you are in for something special.

Buy the album here….now! http://www.steveforbert.com

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…..THANK YOU!!!

Special thanks to:
BevFest (bit of live clip of Steve performing)
https://www.youtube.com/user/BevFest

[Lyrics]
Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

I see you working harder these days
for little in return
I’ve seen ya tryin’ to smile and please and
baby don’t make what ya earn

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

All the guys who dance for you
they’re so unsatisfied
their hungry hands come reaching out
to get your bows untied

And I’ll come round to sing to you
starving just like them
as I talk to you and long for you
and sing my midnight hymns to a

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

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“And a door-sign keeps the world away…behind the shades…of your silent day”

Broadway Hotel – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Broadway Hotel” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite! I have several very old videos started for tracks from this album and decided to dust one off and finish it…..here it is; “Broadway Hotel”.

This particular video had stalled way back because I could never decide if the “Broadway Hotel” is a place of opulent sadness or decrepit sadness. Early on I tried different takes and preferred the opulent hotel scenery (lost quite a bit at final edit), but of course I could only find a sign for a decidedly not very fancy “Broadway H(M)otel”…decided to use a little of both!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And of course as always…thanks to all who watch and support my little vids! :-)

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hair and Makeup Artist
http://leahrosebriody.com/
(Beautiful black and white from “The Bell Boy”)
An amazing artist…check out her work!

[Lyrics]
You told the man in the Broadway Hotel
Nothing was stranger than being yourself
And he replied, with a tear in his eye
Love was a rollaway
Just a cajole away
Mist on a summer’s day
Nothing was clear
Love was a smile away
Just a defile away
I sought it every way
No-one came near

You asked the man for a room with a view
Nothing was said as he stared at his shoe
Then he replied as he gave you the key
Love was a rollaway
Just an unfold away
That’s all there is to say
No-one came near

Alone in your room you hide
As the night rolls by
In the street outside
And you feel over the words he said
Till they turn to rain all around your head

You’re seeking a hideaway
Where the light of day
Doesn’t touch your face
And a door-sign keeps the world away
Behind the shades
Of your silent day.

You made your home in the Broadway Hotel
Room service came at the push of a bell
And the man said as he put down the tray
Love was a stealaway
Just a reveal away
I tried to find a way
Nothing was clear
Then as he turned away
You asked the man to stay
He was there all the day
No-one came near

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Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Vincent” was released on Don McLean’s second studio album, American Pie, in the fall of 1971. American Pie is listed in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book….this track and of course the title track are probably the two main reasons for it’s inclusion, but it’s a very strong album overall.

This video came about because I’ve been trying to make something happen for “American Pie” (surely one of the songs that had the greatest impact in my earliest remembrances of rock and roll music….when I was maybe 10 or 11 I’d stay up all night to hear “American Pie” or “Space Oddity” or other favorites from those early years), but I’m struggling, so I thought I’d make one for my second favorite track from the album.

This is a special one….musically and lyrically, it’s an astonishingly beautiful song. I was inspired to make this video when I came across a painting by Alex Ruiz called “Starry Night”…a homage he painted thinking about the sky Vincent van Gogh was under when he painted his “Starry Night” in 1889. (He is an amazing artist and this print is for sale at the link below…check it out!) Happy to work it up…..hope you enjoy the effort!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

SPECIAL THANKS:
Starry Night by Alex Ruiz
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/alex-ruiz.html
[Lyrics]
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night

You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now, I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

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“Changes” – Black Sabbath’s greatest ballad from the fall of 1972….hope you’ve made it through them o.k.

Changes – Black Sabbath (1972) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Changes” was released in the fall of 1972 on Black Sabbath’s fourth studio album, Vol. 4.

I’ve always loved this beautiful ballad and it reminds me of an old friend who used to frequently play it on her piano. We’ve all gone through so many changes through the years….but the music we loved remains a glorious constant.

***WIKI:
Vol. 4 sees Black Sabbath beginning to experiment with the heavy sound they had become known for. In June 2013 Mojo declared, “If booze and dope had helped fuel Sabbath’s earlier albums, Vol. 4 is their cocaine…Despite their spiraling addictions, musically Vol. 4 is another ambitious outing. The band’s heavy side remains intact on the likes of ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’, ‘Cornucopia’ and the seismic ‘Supernaut’ (a firm favorite of Frank Zappa’s, featuring Bill Ward’s soul-inspired breakdown), but the guitar intro on ‘St. Vitus Dance’ possesses a jaunty, Led Zeppelin-flavored quality, while ‘Laguna Sunrise’ is an evocative neo-classical Iommi instrumental.” “Laguna Sunrise” is aptly titled; after being up all night and watching the sunrise at Laguna Beach, Iommi composed the song. In the studio, an orchestra was brought in to accompany Iommi’s guitar, although the orchestra refused to perform until their parts were properly written out. The same orchestra also performed on the track “Snowblind”.

Musically, the song “Snowblind” is perhaps the band’s most blatant ode to cocaine, their drug of choice during this period. Snowblind was also the album’s working title, but Vertigo Records executives were reluctant to release an album with such an obvious drug reference as its title. The album’s liner notes also thank “the great COKE-cola”, another blatant ode to the band’s cocaine use. In his autobiography Osbourne notes, “For me, Snowblind was one of Black Sabbath’s best-ever albums – although the record company wouldn’t let us keep the title, ‘cos in those days cocaine was a big deal, and they didn’t want the hassle of a controversy. We didn’t argue.”

Although most of the album’s songs are in the band’s trademark heavy style, others demonstrate a more sensitive approach which the band had never attempted before. Perhaps the best example of this experimentation can be heard in the song “Changes”. Written by Iommi with lyrics composed by Butler, it is entirely in the form of a piano ballad with mellotron. Iommi taught himself to play the piano after finding one in the ballroom of the Bel-Air mansion they were renting. It was on this piano that the song “Changes” was composed. “With ‘Changes’, Tony just sat down at the piano and came up with this beautiful riff,” Osbourne writes in his memoir, “I hummed a melody over the top, and Geezer wrote these heartbreaking lyrics about the break-up Bill was going through with his wife. I thought that was brilliant from the moment we recorded it.”

The track “FX” came about unexpectedly in the studio. After smoking hashish, the crucifix hanging from Iommi’s neck accidentally struck the strings of his guitar and the band took an interest in the odd sound produced. An echo effect was added and the rest of the band proceeded to hit the guitar with various objects to generate odd sound effects. Iommi calls the song “a total joke”. The album, Tony Iommi told Circus’s sister magazine Circus Raves, “was such a complete change – we felt we had jumped an album, really…We had tried to go too far.”
***END WIKI.

[Lyrics]
I feel unhappy
I feel so sad
I’ve lost the best friend
That I ever had

She was my woman
I loved her so
But it’s too late now
I’ve let her go

I’m going through changes

We shared the years
We shared each day
In love together
We found a way

But soon the world
Had its evil way
My heart was blinded
Love went astray

I’m going through changes

It took so long
To realize
And I can still hear
Her last goodbyes

Now all my days
Are filled with tears
Wish I could go back
And change these years

I’m going through changes

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Would you join a slow marching band?

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

“Slow Marching Band” was released in the spring of 1982 on Jethro Tull’s 14th studio album, The Broadsword and the Beast. This is one of Ian’s favorite Tull albums and mine too!

The Broadsword and the Beast was the last in the string of 7 albums (starting with Minstrel in the Gallery) that were released in the 7 years between 1975 and 1982 which make up the Jethro Tull albums that I’ve always been most fond of.

I always thought “Slow Marching Band” was such a beautiful and sad song. Thanks as always for checking out the videos….I hope you enjoy it.

Credit and huge thanks to BFI’s clip of Manchester Band of Hope Procession (1901). Please check out more of their amazing channel and incredible videos!
https://www.youtube.com/user/BFIfilms

[Lyrics]
Would you join a slow marching band?
And take pleasure in your leaving
as the ferry sails and tears are dried
and cows come home at evening.

Could you get behind a slow marching band?
And join together in the passing
of all we shared through yesterdays
in sorrows neverlasting.

Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that’s all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly — don’t look behind you.
Don’t say goodbye, love. I won’t remind you.

Dream of me as the nights draw cold
still marking time through Winter.
You paid the piper and called the tune
and you marched the band away.

Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that’s all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly — don’t look behind you.
Don’t say goodbye, love. I won’t remind you.

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Start the day in a cold December way….Ma Solituda.

Ma Solituda – Catherine Wheel (1997) HQ Audio HD Video

“Ma Solituda” was released on Catherine Wheel’s fourth album, Adam and Eve, in the summer of 1997.

Catherine Wheel are one of the last of my great favorite bands, and their album Adam and Eve is easily one of my top 10 albums of all time (this is the fourth video I’ve made for a track from that album, also did; “Phantom of the American Mother” http://youtu.be/9QkY4trnStg “Thunderbird” http://youtu.be/lKxaGrGemOo and “Goodbye” http://youtu.be/aAx–9vJwlc ….check ‘em if you like this one!) I’ve discussed the band and how much I like them in the earlier videos, so I won’t repeat except to say this album to me had the most Floydian sound and the influence is clear. This song is incredible!

Ma Solituda had an official promotional video released, but it was edited for the single version. I’ve worked that video with effects, edited it to the longer album version of the track, and cleaned it up for HD. Check the original video to see the changes I made. Hope you enjoy the effort and thanks for watching!

…..and if any of the guys from the band are watching, C’mon! and write some new songs and schedule the studio ;-)….you have way more fans now who would love to hear new music from Catherine Wheel!!!!

[Lyrics]
sleep, don’t weep
throw your arms together
slide, don’t lie
we always stick together

start the day
in a cold december way
feel what’s new
it’s december through and through

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down

sleep, don’t weep
throw your arms together
slide, don’t lie
we always stick together

start the day in a cold December way
end this day in a stream of celebration

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down
I fell down
december never ends, december

ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
ma solituda sinks confusion
I fell down
I fell down

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Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” was released on Rod Stewart’s seventh studio album, A Night On The Town, in the summer of 1976.

This album will forever remind me of the rainy summer and fall of 1975 that I spent listening to it on an 8-track along, with two other albums (George Harrison’s Extra Texture and Jethro Tull’s Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!), in an old mail jeep that my dad had given me, my first “car”…not the one I was hoping for, but better than walking! ;-)

The record is full of really great songs, and I especially love “The Killing of Georgie” (Part I and II). I believe it remains Rod Stewart’s best album as it contains the most consistently strong song selection.

Actually I had almost completed a quick video for another track (“Pretty Flamingo”) from this album quite some time back but hadn’t thought about it much until I started this one….might go back soon.

[Lyrics]
Stay away from my window
Stay away from my back door too
Disconnect the telephone line
Relax baby and draw that blind
Kick off your shoes and sit right down
Loosen off that pretty French gown
Let me pour you a good long drink
Ooh baby don’t you hesitate cause
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now
C’mon angel my hearts on fire
Don’t deny your man’s desire
You’d be a fool to stop this tide
Spread your wings and let me come inside
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now
Don’t say a word my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild
The secret is about to unfold
Upstairs before the night’s too old
Tonights the night
It’s gonna be alright
Cause I love you woman
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

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You may not need it, but I’m giving you my “Wah-Wah” anyway.

Wah-Wah – George Harrison (1970) 2014 Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video

Wah-Wah” was released in late November of 1970 on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass. This was George’s first album in the commercial sense and to say he knocked it out of the park would be an understatement.

I have begun videos for many of the tracks from All Things Must Pass (only one completed prior to this one though, “Run Of The Mill”) and there were a couple I thought I’d have finished before “Wah-Wah”, but when Phil Kenzie (the renowned rock and roll saxophone player most famous for his work with Al Stewart (insanely incredible solos on both “Year Of The Cat” and “Time Passages”) asked me to work something up for this track, I moved it to the top of the stack! ;-)

Anyway, “All Things Must Pass” is epic in every sense of the word, and if you were young enough to miss it, and have somehow managed to still not have heard it (and if you’re a serious rock and roll music fan) this album (well two thirds of it anyway, the jams on the 3rd record I listened to exactly once)….you have committed a grave error and I suggest you make amends immediately, find this album and release yourself unto the majesty of what still stands as the greatest solo record ever released by any of The Beatles….John and Paul of course released their share of strong, brilliant albums, but really nothing that can compare to the sheer scale of this record. It has a timeless quality to it and it’s brilliance burns bright through the passing years.

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

[Lyrics]
Wah-wah
You’ve given me a wah-wah
And I’m thinking of you
And all the things that we used to do
Wah-wah, wah-wah

Wah-wah
You may be such a big star
Being there at the right time
Cheaper than a dime
Wah-wah, you’ve given me your
Wah-wah, wah-wah

Oh, you don’t see me crying
Oh, you don’t hear me sighing

Wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free, wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah

Oh, you don’t see me crying
Hey baby, you don’t hear me sighing
Oh, no, no, no, no

Wah-wah
Now I don’t need no wah-wahs
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free of wah-wah
I don’t need no wah-wah

Wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
Wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
Wah-wah, wah-wah

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