You can check out anytime you like… but you can never leave”

Hotel California – The Eagles (1976) 24bit FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Hotel California was released by The Eagles on their fifth studio album, Hotel California, in the winter of 1976. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

The song is considered the most famous recording of the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time. The song was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves described the song as their “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles”. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience…that’s all”.

This is a video update to correct my oft pointed out transgression of not using video footage featuring the original guitarist Don Felder. I was tempted to go full-on American Horror Story but too far in that direction would shift focus…still I couldn’t resist putting Sarah Paulson into it….the greatest thing about American Horror Story and one of the best actresses I’ve ever seen. This one includes true lossless audio source where the other was compressed…you may notice quite a difference in sound, especially on good headphones (we’ve spoken about this?! LOL!).

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.

The original: https://youtu.be/0baP5noUJGY

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!

HUGE THANKS TO:
History of the Eagles (Including Eagles Live at the Capital Centre March 1977 performance). Buy this on Bluray and watch the whole thing in glorious HD with amazing sound: http://www.amazon.com/History-Eagles-Blu-ray/dp/B00BSBUZT6

The Painted Veil II
by ~miss-baudelaire\~miss-baudelaire
http://miss-baudelaire.deviantart.com/
&
Dark Lady
Charlotte Anderson Photography
http://www.culturelabel.com/shop/c/charlotte-anderson-photography/

….for their amazing “Hotel California ladies”

Stetson Law University (for “hotel california”)
http://www.law.stetson.edu/

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

[Lyrics]
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)

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Spread your little wings and fly away

Spread Your Wings – Queen (1977) Audiophile 96kHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Spread Your Wings” was released on Queen’s sixth studio album, News of the World, in October of 1977. This album contained the hit songs “We Will Rock You”, “We Are the Champions” and “Spread Your Wings”, it went 4x platinum in the United States, and achieved high certifications around the world, selling over 6 million copies. News of the World is Queen’s highest selling studio-album to date.

“Spread Your Wings” was written by bassist John Deacon. The piano is played by Mercury, although Deacon mimes it in the music video. The video was filmed at Taylor’s house at that time in his backyard, when the weather was freezing, and the band were performing in the snow. Mercury can be seen wearing star-shaped sunglasses in the video. May is seen playing a copy of his Red Special due to the cold weather conditions. Also, Taylor can be seen singing in the video despite the fact that there are no backing vocals in the song. It was the first Queen single without harmony vocals.

I pulled up three Queen promo videos to play around with and maybe work up, I decided to do “Bohemian Rhapsody” (my last upload) and didn’t plan on anything with the other two….now it looks like they all may all make it into new videos for my channel…well, one for sure!😉 This is a really great Queen song that could never quite bear the weight of the two epic hugely popular tracks released as a single before it. Although it made it to #34 on UK charts, I guess it didn’t chart over here in the US, at least I never remember hearing a single for it being played.

Thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone whose art made this new art possible…..THANK YOU!!!

[Lyrics]
Sammy was low
Just watching the show
Over and over again
Knew it was time
He’d made up his mind
To leave his dead life behind
His boss said to him
Boy you’d better begin
To get those crazy notions right out of your head
Sammy who do you think that you are
You should’ve been sweeping up the Emerald bar

Spread your wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Spread your little wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Pull yourself together
‘Cause you know you should do better
That’s because you’re a free man

He spends his evenings alone in his hotel room
Keeping his thoughts to himself he’d be leaving soon
Wishing he was miles and miles away
Nothing in this world nothing would make him stay

Since he was small
Had no luck at all
Nothing came easy to him
Now it was time
He’d made up his mind
This could be my last chance

His boss said to him now listen boy
You’re always dreaming
You’ve got no real ambition you won’t get very far
Sammy boy don’t you know who you are
Why can’t you be happy at the Emerald bar

So honey
Spread your wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Spread your little wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Pull yourself together
‘Cause you know you should do better
That’s because you’re a free man
Come on honey

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“Nothing really matters nothing really matters to me”

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (1975) Audiophile 96kHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was released on Queen’s fourth studio album, A Night At The Opera, on November 21, 1975.

More description later, maybe….what’s there to say about this one really?! LOL! If you were around in 1975 you know this song RULED the airwaves for years…still a very popular song and we’ll all probably enjoy it as much the 2nd million listens as we did the first!?😉 One thing though….really important too! If you’ve never heard this track (or really any of your other favorite rock tracks!) through a good set of headphones?….well, it’s fine if you realize that you’ve never REALLY heard the tune….these songs will be a revelation to you if you’ve never heard them properly! Go out and spend some $$$ on a nice set of headphones…not shitty earbuds….the music lover in you deserves the treat! Life is short…don’t miss out.:-)

This was another really quick video that came about because I’m frustrated with so many other things I’m working on which are stuck for one reason or another. Jumped in and didn’t think about it too much…just wanted to get something out this week. I always hoped to so something pretty cool for this song, but this will have to do. The main attraction for this video is that it’s using a really high quality audio source track. I hope you enjoy the effort and as always…..THANKS FOR WATCHING!

[Lyrics]
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me, to me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooo
Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye everybody I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooo (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro – magnifico

But I’m just a poor boy and nobody loves me
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go will you let me go
Bismillah! No we will not let you go – let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go let me go
Will not let you go let me go (never)
Never let you go let me go
Never let me go ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
For me
For me

So you think you can stop me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh baby can’t do this to me baby
Just gotta get out just gotta get right outta here

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows

“Impenetrable I can’t get inside of it no…”

Impenetrable – Graham Parker (1996) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Impenetrable” was released in September 1996 on Graham Parker’s 14th studio album, Acid Bubblegum. Nothing more to say about Graham Parker that I’ve not already said…he’s one on my top 20 artists and I listen to his catalog very frequently….he’s yet to release an album that I haven’t loved.

“Impenetrable” was one of my favorite songs from Acid Bubblegum…there are a couple more from it I’d like to get around to. All Graham Parker’s albums are strong and have at least a few songs that I count among my favorite of his catalog.

This video was another quickie using an audio spectrum effect from the track…this time over Graham’s sunglasses (bummed because I originally had the left lens picking up only the (really cool) bass playing, but I somehow lost it before rendering. The image I used of Graham was pretty low-res and I had to really lay on the blur to lose the jaggies…there are numerous other photos of Graham in sunglasses, but this one was the one I really wanted to use for the effect.

Play Graham’s music loud and play it often and if you’re not already a fan…get read to become one!😉 Thanks to all for watching!

[Lyrics]
I’m in a trailer with some white trash.
They’re drinkin’ beer and smokin’ grass
There’s a dumb chick with peroxide hair.
She’s got Axl Rose tattooed on her ass
They’re holding me up like a trophy in a hall
Like a deer skin or a bear’s head they bought from the mall
I act like I’m with them but I’m behind a wall
Behind a wall in the darkness
[Chorus:]

Impenetrable
I ca – ah – ah – ah – an’t
Impenetrable
I wake up in a foreign bed.
The hotel is empty the porters are dead
The maids are diseased but the manager said:
I’ll buy you a drink in the bar pal
Because you’re our last customer. You’re our last hope
The city’s deserted, the Government’s broke
I act like I’m with him but I’m ready to bolt
Out through the door into the darkness
[Chorus]
Out in the darkness the New Year’s crowd howl
It’s the same celebration for 20 years now
I found myself there once alone in a crowd
And the rules haven’t changed for a minute
They’re hoisting an effigy up on a pole
It’s someone I remember, it’s someone I know
I can’t place the face but when the gasoline flows
I feel the flames lick round my ankles
[Chorus]

 

 

Born To Lose – UFO (1978)

Born To Lose – UFO (1978) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Born To Lose” was released in June of 1978 on UFO’s seventh studio album, Obsession. This was the final studio album to feature guitarist Michael Schenker. UFO has produced so many beautiful ballads through the years, easily they have more that I love than any other hard rock band…..and this is one.

Been crazy busy lately so not much time for video work…but didn’t want to be gone for too long so….how ’bout a quick one!?😉 Quickly dusted off one of my several of my old unfinished UFO videos and made this thing for it…cheated a bit and plugged stuff from my last two UFO vids (“Take It Or Leave It” & “Belladonna”), but the job is done. Hope you enjoy it….it’s another of my favorite UFO ballads….they have many. Hope to get some more of the UFO vids up soon. Thanks for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
Wonder if you belong, think you’ve got it down
Does it still feel the same, now that he’s not around

Born to lose, Born to lose, make your mind up no fooling round
Now that I know, I could never be, I would never be the only one.

Wonder how it all began, as if that mattered anyway
There’s someone else you’re always wanting, every single day

Born to lose, born to lose, make your mind up no fooling round,
Now that I know, I could never be, I would never be the only one.

[Instrumental]

Born to lose, Born to lose, make your mind up no fooling ’round
Now that I know, I could never be, I would never be the only one.

Time waits for no one at all…….No, not even you

 

Driftwood – The Moody Blues (1978) Remastered FLAC HD Video

“Driftwood” was released on The Moody Blues’ ninth album, Octave, in June of 1978. Some recent comments on my other videos (in particular, an especially passionate one from possibly an even greater fan of the album than myself!….this video dedicated to that insanely dedicated fan!) from this album have resulted in the completion of this one being expedited….awesome to hear from fans that share love for the stuff you love?!:-)

This is the third Moody Blues track I’ve made a video for, and the third from Octave….my very favorite Moody Blues album and one of my top albums of 1978. I’ve spoken about my love for this record on the other videos (“Steppin’ In A Slide Zone” & “The Day We Meet Again”) so I won’t say much more about it, only to repeat that it is truly an exceptional effort by the group. Still a couple of tracks to do from this record and then I can happily move on to some favorite tracks from non-Octave Moody Blues albums!😉

This video uses the promo video (which was created for the 3:57 minute single version that lacks the wonderful, long instrumental section before the song’s end) and features video effects to make it look better in 1080p….also stretching it with edits and effects to fill the full 5:03 minute album version The audio source is lossless flac remastered version released on the “Timeless Flight” box from 2013.

Interesting to note that the promotional video features Patrick Moraz on the keyboards, although Mike Pinder is playing the keyboards in the actual recording. The song also includes an alto saxophone which is played by session musician R.A. Martin, although Ray Thomas is depicted playing the alto saxophone in the video.

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! Hope YOU enjoy the video and thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
Just like the driftwood of a dream
Left on the seashore of sleep
Just like the words that wouldn’t rhyme
Lost in the desert of time

Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I don’t remember what was said
In the confusion that night
I only know what’s on my mind
What’s in the future, we will decide

Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I’ve shattered the illusion of fortune and of fame
But darling, now I know you
Life could never be the same
Oh no, don’t leave me driftwood on the shore

Time waits for no one my love
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I’ve shattered the illusion of fortune and of fame
I’m waking up, I’m reaching up
I’m getting up from this game
Oh no, don’t leave me driftwood on the shore

Oh no, don’t, don’t leave me driftwood on the shore
Oh no, don’t, don’t leave me driftwood on the shore

“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

[Lyrics]
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.

[Lyrics]
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.

[Lyrics]
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.

[Lyrics]
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