Wondering why, it echoes… Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Al Stewart – The Palace Of Versailles (1978) Remastered FLAC Audio & HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Palace of Versailles” was released on Al Stewart’s eight studio album, Time Passages, in September of 1978. It is the follow-up to his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The album, like 1975’s Modern Times and 1976’s Year of the Cat, was once again produced by Alan Parsons.

The album’s title track (which, when edited, reached #7 on the Billboard charts) and “End of the Day” were both co-written by Peter White. A digitally remastered version of the album was released in 2004.

Many years and many Al Stewart videos after I made my first video for “The Palace of Versailles” (it was the 3rd video I ever made!), I’ve gotten around to an update for it. The original one wasn’t too awful (compared to many others I made early on) but the beautiful song really deserved a better video representation. The best parts of the original were just updated with better clouds, fireworks, etc. I did have to lose some of the really nice photos I had in the earlier one, mainly because they were lower resolution or I would have kept them (had to keep one though, the image of Versailles made golden by the sunset!)

“The Palace of Versailles” has always been one of my very favorite Al Stewart songs and I’m happy to present a video effort that is more worthy the beautiful song. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for watching!

The audio source is a lossless flac from the 2004 remaster.

My original video for the track: https://youtu.be/LaTuguQYJaA

[Lyrics]
The wands of smoke are rising
From the walls of the Bastille
And through the streets of Paris
Runs a sense of the unreal
The Kings have all departed
Their servants are nowhere
We burned out all their mansions
In the name of Robespierre
And still we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Inside the midnight councils
The lamps are burning low
On you sit and talk all through the night
But there’s just no place to go
And Bonaparte is coming
With his army from the South
Marat your days are numbered
And we live hand to mouth
While we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

The ghost of revolution
Still prowls the Paris streets
Down all the restless centuries
It wonders incomplete
It speaks inside the cheap red wine
Of cafe summer nights
Its red and amber voices
Call the cars at traffic lights

Why do you wait
To see the day begin
Your time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

“He’s the master of going faster”

Faster – George Harrison (1979) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Faster” was released in the winter of 1979 on George Harrison’s seventh, self-titled solo album, George Harrison.

This is the 3rd video I’ve made for a George Harrison song (George must be the artist I’ve made the most videos for!) from this album ….after “Your Love Is Forever” https://youtu.be/pY9TX_Q7j-o and “Blow Away” https://youtu.be/C5jY0w-wS_o

This video is the promo video with color adjustments and clean-up, presented in widescreen and synced to a FLAC remaster of the track from the Dark Horse Years box set. It sounds great and the video is now officially the best on YouTube! Yah!πŸ˜‰

I’ve rambled on about the album on the other videos I’ve made for songs from it, so I’ll just say….it’s another classic George Harrison effort full of classic George Harrison sounding songs!πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy another great George Harrison track!

From Wiki: With Harrison’s penchant for leisure and travel following Thirty Three & 1/3’s release, he had not started recording a follow-up until mid-1978, although he had been writing songs during his hiatus. Teaming up with a co-producer for the first time in years, Harrison decided to use Russ Titelman to help realise the music for George Harrison, which was recorded at his home studio, entitled Friar Park, with string overdubs being effected at London’s AIR Studios. Special guests included Steve Winwood, Gary Wright (who co-wrote “If You Believe”) and Eric Clapton.

The album was previewed by the single “Blow Away”, which reached No. 51 in the United Kingdom and No. 16 in the United States. George Harrison received positive reviews upon its February 1979 release. It reached No. 39 in the UK and it peaked at No. 14 in the US, going gold. “Blow Away” as a single was also successful in Canada, peaking at No. 7 on the singles chart. Harrison’s increasing efforts, however, were being directed towards the film industry, having formed Handmade Films in order to help his friends in Monty Python complete Life of Brian.

Three of the songs from the eponymous album were included on Harrison’s Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 compilation: “Blow Away,” an edited version of “Here Comes the Moon,” and the single edit version of “Love Comes to Everyone.” “Blow Away” was also included in the career-spanning compilation Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison.

In 2004, George Harrison was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 on Dark Horse with new distribution by EMI, adding the bonus track demo version of “Here Comes the Moon”, recorded just after it was written in Hawaii.

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

[Lyrics]
Chose a life in circuses
Jumped into the deepest end
Pushing himself to all extremes
Made it, people became his friend

Now they stood and noticed him
Wanted to be a part of it
Pulled out some poor machinery
So he worked ’til the pieces fit

The people were intrigued
His wife held back her fears
The headlines gave acclaim
He’d realized their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

Now he moved into the space
That the special people share
Right on the edge of do or die
Where there is nothing left to spare

Still the crowds came pouring in
Some had hoped to see him fail
Filling their hearts with jealousies
Crazy people with love so frail

The people were intrigued
His wife held back her fears
The headlines gave acclaim
He’d realized their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

No need to wonder why
His wife held back her fears
So few have even tried
To realize their dreams

Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

No one knows quite how he does it
But it’s true, they say
“He’s the master of going faster”

Yes it’s summer My time of year

Summer – War (1976) 2014 FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Summer” was released as a single from their greatest hits album in the late spring of 1976. It was released as a single from their greatest hits album in 1976. “Summer” peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, number four on the R&B chart. The track peaked at number one on the Easy Listening chart and was one of three entries to make the chart. The greatest hits album from which this single came was one of the records that I remember EVERYONE owned, on LP, 8-track, cassette….it was a staple for years. (Albums don’t really live like this anymore do they? Now they’re huge for a couple months and then basically vanished from the face of the earth?!πŸ˜‰ Sad. The music all seems so disposable, such a short life-span, whereas our music was around for many years. Maybe it’s just me being nostalgic and sentimental.

Growing up in South Texas we probably listened to more than our fair share of War back in the day (they even wrote a song titled “Southern Part of Texas” on their Deliver the Word album!). This band could lock into a monster groove like few others really could, and “Summer” is the band’s perfectly brilliant and hypnotic stroll through a long, lazy summer day.

I’m so thankful I grew up in the time when there were 8-tracks and CB radios (these activities took more of a group effort; you had to spool the 8-track now and then and stick matches under the cartridge to get it to sound right and for the CB, we needed someone to operate the radio and everyone else to think of stupid things to say!!! LOL!)….in a time when we all interacted with each other more than we did our cell phones. Great times and great music!

Lots of great pics in this one, so AS USUAL HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU….and thank YOU for watching!:-) For War fans….more by this band a bit further down the road.

The audio for this video was sourced from the 2014 remaster for the band’s new album Evolutionary (which included Greatest Hits remastered)….and trust me, these classics have never sound so great. Buy it….you won’t be disappointed.

One more thing….where are all the lowriders? I think I know what happened….these guys used to work their rides themselves…these new kids can’t even change a tire!? LOL! Peace sign!

[Lyrics]
Ridin’ ’round town with all the windows down
Eight track playin’ all your fav’rite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians tryin’ to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
Yes it’s summer
My time of year

Stretched out on a blanket in the sand
Kids of all ages diggin’ Disneyland
Rappin’ on the C.B. radio in your van
We’ll give a big ten four to the truckin’ man

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
Yes it’s summer
My time of year

Young boys playin’ stick ball in the street
Fire hydrants help to beat the heat
Old man feeding pigeons in the square
Nighttime finds young lovers walking there

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer

In Atlantic City or out in Malibu
Or any where between, I’m telling you
When you feel those balmy breezes on your face
Summer time is the best time any place

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here (yes it is)
Yes it’s summer
My time of year
‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer (yes it is)
My time of year

Classic Michael Schenker from 1980!

Into The Arena – The Michael Schenker Group (1980) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Into The Arena” was released in August 1980 on Michael Schenker’s first, album titled The Michael Schener Group, with his new band, The Michael Schenker Group. This was the standout track on the record for me, just a seriously wicked guitar attack with a band that knew how to play. I always wished it was a full song with lyrics at the beginning and the end…it would have made for a great epic middle break in a longer song!

It was disappointing news when Michael left The Scorpions in 1979 (made worse for me because he quit just before I saw them in San Antonio later that year!), but his first solo record was a great blast of guitar rock that summer (though not quite up to par with his best stuff with UFO or Scorps)….he remains one of the greatest guitars in rock history, that much is for certain.

I’ve been hoping to finish some of Scorpions/UFO things, decided to light up this tasty rocker from Michael’s first MSG album instead. I’ve taken the live video and edited it to the studio track, chopped out some stuff that didn’t look too good and reused other bits. As a result, this video moves a bit faster than the live performance did….though that was a great performance of the tune as well! A second edit might make it a bit better, but we’re going with the first edit….and only one render!!! (Tempted to upload the live performance version straight (with the effects lit up video)?!

Rock on through this Independence Day weekend US….the rest of the world?….just plain ol’ rock on! It’s been a furnace hot start of July in South Texas…too hot to go out, so it’s A/C and videos for me!:-)

No lyrics….just. PLAY THIS ONE LOUD (again, headphones are a must to hear the detail that the lossless audio sources bring!)….you won’t hear what you’re missing until you listen through decent headphones…sorry to repeat but I’ll probably say it a few more times before we’re through!πŸ˜‰

You’ll go your own sweet Your own sweet way

Your Own Sweet Way – The Notting Hillbillies (1990) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Your Own Sweet Way” was released in the winter of 1990 on the first (and only) album by The Notting Hillbillies, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time. This was one of my favorite albums that year….and for a few years after, I kept looking for the next one to drop…finally giving up hope they’d record another. It was such a cool, beautiful and mellow record….the players are all fantastic….a shame they didn’t do more.

I previously took the promo video for “Will You Miss Me” and edited it to the longer studio track…I mentioned then that I hoped to do the same for “Your Own Sweet Way”….and I’m happy to have completed it. As with “Will You Miss Me”, the album track was longer and the promo vid was edited to a shorter version….I love having both videos now ready for viewing containing the longer studio tracks as the audio source…you get an extra minute of instrumental goodness for each track!

I hope you enjoy! Thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
There’s nothing I can do
Nothing I can say
You’ll do what you want to
You’ll go your own sweet way
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way

Now I can talk to you serious
I can talk to you nice
But when it comes to love
You won’t take good advice
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way

It doesn’t matter what I say
What I do or what I think
You can lead a horse to water
You can’t make him drink
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way
You’ll go your own sweet
Your own sweet way

We got it made (yeah) in the garden of England

The Garden Of England – Gerry Rafferty (1980) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Garden Of England” was released in the spring of 1980 on Gerry Rafferty’s fourth studio album, Snakes and Ladders. I had this album on vinyl back in the day (as I did everything Gerry Rafferty was involved with) and as with all his records, there are some truly fine songs on it…”The Garden
of England” was always my favorite.

I always planned on doing something for a few Gerry Rafferty songs, and I stared one (the only one so far!) for “The Garden Of England” ages ago, maybe because it’s a seriously beautiful song, but mainly because I knew it would be the easiest to make a video for.πŸ˜‰ Last night, I while I was working on other videos and came across that clip of the birds on the bank it made me think of this song and seemed so perfect for the video that it inspired me to crank it out. (Seriously, that one visual makes me think of England today….no matter where you fell with Brexit, this single visual of the birds on the bank might express some of the feelings of the people who voted both for and against?)

Hope you enjoy the trip to this beautiful garden of England and thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
Way down south in the garden of England
We got a song to sing and we let it fill the air
We got it made (yeah) in the garden of England
Where the sun comes up to see us everyday.

We feel like strangers but still we call it home
We got no reason but still we feel alone
But when the night comes we can roll away the stone
To each his own, to each his own
Yeah the simple life.

We live at home in the garden of England
They got us on the run, we can feel it in the air
We got it made in the garden of England
Where we celebrate the English way of life.

They had an empire, they give it all away
Their finest hour seems only yesterday
They still remember when Britannia ruled the waves
She ruled the waves, she ruled the waves (yeah)
Yeah the simple life.

British politician giving a speech
We conservatives have always maintained the need
For an experiment
With a tougher regime
For depriving young football hooligans
Of their leisure time
I can announce today
That the experiment promised in our election manifest
Is to begin in Surrey (applause)
These will be no holiday camps
We will introduce on a regular basis
Drill, parades, and inspections
From 6:45am ’til lights out at 9:30pm
Life will be conducted at a brisk tempo

 

From Paul’s Off The Ground album…C’Mon People

C’Mon People – Paul McCartney (1993) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“C’Mon People” was released in February 1993 on Paul McCartney’s ninth solo studio album under his own name (maybe his 17th or 18th studio album counting all his releases with Wings, etc….the guy is prolific to be sure! and in his case of course that’s very good thing!). This was the last track on the album and (in large part to the (then) unlisted bit of the song it faded out into), it was probably my favorite from the first time I heard the record.

Off The Ground was one of my very least favorite Macca albums when it was released (as a huge fan of the previous album, Flowers In The Dirt”, it was a major letdown at the time, to me at least), but in the time since I’ve become much more fond of it. There were some really great tracks recorded during the sessions which didn’t make the album, but which made appearances on various singles and were eventually compiled and released in Germany and The Netherlands on the 2 disc Off the Ground: The Complete Works. This would have been a much greater album if a few of the tracks which made the cut were exchanged for a few which didn’t!

I had started vids for a couple of tracks which didn’t make the studio release (including the full version of the snippet of “Cosmically Conscious” which played as an unlisted track at the end of “C’Mon People”….it was always probably my favorite groove from the album) but they aren’t ready yet so I decided to do a quick rework for the “C’Mon People” video for HD using the FLAC audio track from the album. It’s a really great video, the strange effects I’ve added are there mainly to make it look better in HD….it sounds AWESOME! ;-)….and I hope you enjoy it…..THANKS FOR WATCHING!

The lead single, “Hope of Deliverance”, was released in the last week of December 1992 and the album followed on 2 February 1993. Off the Ground was the first Paul McCartney album to not contain a sizeable US hit single since Wings’ Wild Life in 1971. The album’s first single barely reached number 18 in the UK, where “C’Mon People” became a minor hit as well.

In the US, the album’s title track also entered Adult Contemporary chart at number 27. Singles from Off the Ground floundered on the US and the UK charts. However, “Hope of Deliverance” achieved commercial success elsewhere. It became McCartney’s first international hit single since “Say, Say, Say” with Michael Jackson in 1983, cracking the top 5 on the charts in over five European territories except his homeland and selling over 250,000 copies just in Germany.

In the United Kingdom, the album itself debuted at number 5 and quickly fell off the chart, spending only 6 weeks inside the top 100. In the United States, it peaked at the number 17 on the Billboard 200 with the first-week sales of only 53,000 copies, managing to receive Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Although it met with mixed reviews from critics and suffered from lackluster sales in the UK and North America, the album fared better in other key markets such as Spain.

In some countries like France and Japan, it was able to surpass its predecessor Flowers in the Dirt in cumulative sales. In Germany, Off the Ground has been McCartney’s best-selling album there, spending 20 weeks on the top-ten and eventually achieving Platinum for shipments of over half a million copies.

Some weeks after its release, McCartney launched “The New World Tour”, taking in many successful shows across the globe during the summer months. These gigs were documented on the album Paul Is Live, which followed at the end of 1993.

The feet on the album cover are of McCartney, his wife Linda and his touring band.

[Lyrics]
Well We’re Going To, Yeah We’re Going To
Get It Right This Time.
We’re Going To Really Going To
Raise It To The Sky.
People Are Ready To Forgive A Few Mistakes
But Let’s Get Started, Form A Party
Don’t You Know How Long It Takes!

C’mon People Let The Fun Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Rushing In.
Call All The Minstrels From The Ancient Shrine.
Pass Down The Message That It’s Right This Time.

Well I’m Trying To, Yeah I’m Crying To
Lay It On The Line.
We’re Trying To, Really Dying To
Get It Right This Time.
So Many Yearning For The Way It’s Gonna Be.
Believe It When You See It Happening To You.,
You Know It’s Real.

C’mon People Let The World Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Charging In.
We’ll Make The Best Of All We Have, And More.
We’ll Do What Never Has Been Done Before.
Oh Yeah.

Well I’m Going To, Yeah I’m Going To
Get It Right This Time.
I’m Going To, Really Going To
Raise It To The Sky.
I Must Admit I May Have Made A Few Mistakes,
But Let’s Get Started, From A Party
Don’t You Know How Long It Takes!

So C’mon People Let The Fun Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Rushing In.
Call All The Minstrels From The Ancient Shrine.
Pass Down The Message That It’s Right This Time.
Oh Yeah.

C’mon People Let The World Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Charging In.

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“I’m creeping back to life…. My nervous system all awry”

Wearing The Inside Out – Pink Floyd (1994) 24bit High Res Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Wearing The Inside Out” was released on Pink Floyd’s 14th and last album, The Division Bell, in the spring of 1994. This video is an update from my earlier version (over 4 years ago!): https://youtu.be/5HmfwLvJZIg This update features high resolution 24/96 audio from 2014 remaster.

This video has been done for a couple of weeks but I’m not very happy with it so I’ve made numerous adjustments trying to make it work better, most of which have only succeeded in making things worse! lol! When I’m updating the old ones I try and keep most of the old stuff intact just find better quality sources, add a few variations, correct some issues, etc. which I did, but in this case the result is debatable (maybe a marginal improvement video-wise, but the HD lossless audio remaster from 2014 is a hands-down major improvement!). I thought about starting over with only a few of the things that are packed in here because there is a way better visual for this track, but in the end I’m tired of messing with it for now & decided to wait until update number 3 in 4 years or so!πŸ˜‰

This song has always been one of my very favorite late Floyd efforts, just an extremely beautiful and haunting melody made even more special with Richard Wright’s wonderful vocals (he hadn’t sung lead on a Pink Floyd track since “Time” from Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973!), and David Gilmour’s incredible guitar. It was also so amazingly cool to hear Dick Parry’s familiar saxophone come through the speakers once again as his contributions on the instrument are so prominent on both Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here albums. All these things make “Wearing The Inside Out” a standout track.

The music is written mostly by David Gilmour and Richard Wright; lyrically, the album deals mostly with themes of communication. Recording took place in a number of locations, including the band’s Britannia Row Studios, and Gilmour’s houseboat, Astoria. Some incredible talent was involved in the production of this record including Bob Ezrin (production), Michael Kamen (arrangements) and Chris Thomas (mixing)…all of whom’s work I continue to admire.

I’d also love to return to The Division Bell once more and try something for my other favorite from this album, “High Hopes”.

Anyway, as usual….hope you enjoy the video!

[Lyrics]
From morning to night I stayed out of sight
Didn’t recognise I’d become
No more than alive I’d barely survive
In a word…overrun

Won’t hear a sound
He’s curled into the corner
From my mouth
But still the screen is flickering
I’ve spent too long
With an endless stream of garbage to
On the inside out
…curse the place
My skin is cold
In a sea of random images
To the human touch
The self-destructing animal
This bleeding heart’s
Waiting for the waves to break
Not beating much

I murmured a vow of silence and now
I don’t even hear when I think aloud
Extinguished by light I turn on the night
Wear its darkness with an empty smile

I’m creeping back to life
My nervous system all awry
I’m wearing the inside out

Look at him now
He’s paler somehow
But he’s coming around
He’s starting to choke
It’s been so long since he spoke
Well he can have the words right from my mouth

And with these words I can see
Clear through the clouds that covered me
Just give it time then speak my name
Now we can hear ourselves again

I’m holding out
He’s standing on the threshold
For the day
Caught in fiery anger
When all the clouds
And hurled into the furnace
Have blown away
…to curse the place
I’m with you now
He’s torn in all directions
Can speak your name
And still the screen is flickering
Now we can hear
Waiting for the flames to break
Ourselves again

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So ring out the old Ring in the new

Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison (1974) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ding Dong, Ding Dong” was released in December 1974 on George Harrison’s fifth solo album, Dark Horse. I’ve been updating my old George videos and decided to take a break from those and work the old promo video for this song to the high resolution remaster of the track from 2014.

What is there to say about “Ding Dong, Ding Dong”? It’s just a really fun track and George seemed to be having typical George fun making the video.

This video is the promo video synced to audio track from the amazing The Apple Years compilation box set that was released in 2014 and which featured George’s first six albums remastered…they are a huge sound improvement over the earlier releases. The video is stretched to widescreen format and I did some minor adjustments to improve it a bit. Hope you enjoy….a 1, 2!πŸ˜‰

Dark Horse received some of the most negative reviews of any release by a Beatle up to that point and the worst of Harrison’s career. Released amid the furor surrounding his refusal to play “Beatle George during a tour that was a “whirlwind of pent-up Beatlemania”, in Leng’s words, it was as if Harrison had already committed “acts of heresy”. Rather than having his new work judged on its own merits, it was “open season” on Harrison, another biographer, Elliot Huntley, has written of the “tsunami of bile” unleashed on the ex-Beatle in late 1974.

Under the heading “Transcendental Mediocrity”, Jim Miller of Rolling Stone called Dark Horse a “disastrous album” to match the “disastrous tour”, and a “shoddy piece of work”. According to Miller, the musicians were “merely competent studio pros” and Harrison’s guitar playing was “rudimentary”. In contrast with the praise that the same publication had lavished on Harrison for Living in the Material World the year before, Rolling Stone’s reviewer described Dark Horse as a “chronicle of a performer out of his element, working to a deadline, enfeebling his overtaxed talents by a rush to deliver new ‘LP product'”, and stated: “In plain point of fact, George Harrison has never been a great artist … the question becomes whether he will ever again become a competent entertainer.”

There were a number of positive reviews for Dark Horse, with Billboard magazine deeming it a “Spotlight” release. The reviewer described the album as “an excellent one” and compared it favorably with Harrison’s acclaimed 1970 triple set, All Things Must Pass. Brian Harrigan of Melody Maker credited Harrison with establishing “a new category in music – Country and Eastern” and lauded his “nifty” slide-guitar playing and “tremendous” singing. Although he found some of the tracks overlong, Harrigan declared: “Yep, the Sacred Cowboy has produced a good one.” Combined with his feature on the tour in Circus Raves, in which he questioned the accuracy of the negative reports about the Harrison–Shankar concerts, Michael Gross described Dark Horse as matching All Things Must Pass in quality, and “surpassing” it at times, thanks to the new album’s “clarity of production and lovely songs”. Gross highlighted “So Sad” as a “luxurious track” and described “Ding Dong, Ding Dong”, “Dark Horse” and “Far East Man” as “all, simply, good songs”.

Having previously championed Harrison’s work since 1970, Rolling Stone would not change its unfavorable verdict on Dark Horse over the ensuing decades, and Harrison never completely forgave the magazine for the treatment he received during this period. In 2002, writing in the Rolling Stone Press book Harrison shortly after his death, Greg Kot approved of Dark Horse’s “jazzier backdrops” compared with Material World, but opined that Harrison’s voice turned much of the album into an “unintentionally comic exercise”. In the same publication, Mikal Gilmore identified Dark Horse as “one of Harrison’s most fascinating works – a record about change and loss”. Alan Clayson similarly writes of the interest factor of “a non-Beatle, as well as an ex-Beatle in uncertain transition”, and while classing the album as “an artistic faux pas”, describes “It Is ‘He’ (Jai Sri Krishna)” as “wonderful” and “startling”.

[Lyrics]
Ring out the old
Ring in the new
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ring out the false
Ring in the true
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong

Yesterday, today was tomorrow
And tomorrow, today will be yesterday
So ring out the old
Ring in the new
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ring out the false
Ring in the true
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong

Somehow I feel inside You never ever left my side….Blamin’ it all on the nights on Broadway

Nights On Broadway – Bee Gees (1975) 2013 Japan Remaster FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nights On Broadway” was released in the summer of 1975 on the Bee Gees’ 13th studio album, Main Course. One of my all-time Top 10 Bee Gees songs!

Watch this video in 1080p with headphones and hear how much more there is to the song if you’ve ever only heard it on the radio! Wow….fat fat sounds and vocal gymnastics, a brilliant production!

This is a very special song for me. It was one of those songs that seemed to usher me from middle school into high school and all drama life would have throw at us all after we left that cocoon of childhood happiness where days were endless and nights carefree and filled with friends and fun. “Nights On Broadway” always sounded like more a sad song that what the title and lyrics suggest, after all these years it’s become somehow even sadder for me to listen to, I guess because it’s such a powerful time machine to a period in my life when I was younger…..crazy how music can transport?!

The video is simple and effective, I believe. The Bee Gees are a band that I’ve always loved (even when they were testing me at the height of the disco era), and I can’t believe this is only my second video (I’ve finished!) for one of their songs? They were brilliant songwriters and amazing performers.

This was the last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the US under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include disco influenced songs, and it created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s. Main Course was the first album to feature keyboardist Blue Weaver. The album cover with the band’s new logo designed by US artist Drew Struzan made its first appearance here.

According to producer Arif Mardin, when the Bee Gees arrived in Florida, they started to record new materials and some of the numbers were still in their old ballad style, and the Bee Gees at that time listening a lot of American R&B groups’ songs as Mardin is a R&B producer. Mardin also suggested they listen to current R&B artists including Stevie Wonder.

The sound became more technological with the use of synthesizers and dual bass lines (synthesizer bass by Blue Weaver and bass guitar by Maurice Gibb) on many of the songs, which came about after Weaver overdubbed a synthesizer bass line on the original demo of “Jive Talkin’.” Weaver later commented that “nothing new has been invented to make such a tremendous difference to the sound as the synthesizer did, compared to an orchestra.”

[Lyrics]
Here we are in the room full of strangers,
Standing in the dark where your eyes couldn’t see me

Well, I have to follow you
Though you didn’t want me to.
But that won’t stop my lovin’ you
I can’t stay away

Blaming it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them love songs,
Singin’ them straight to the heart songs.
Blamin’ it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them sweet sounds
To that crazy, crazy town.

Now in my place
There are so many others
Standin’ in the line;
How long will they stand between us?

Well, I have to follow you
Though you didn’t want me to.
But that won’t stop my lovin’ you
I can’t stay away

Blaming it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them love songs,
Singin’ them straight to the heart songs.
Blamin’ it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them sweet sounds
To that crazy, crazy town.

I will wait,
even if it takes forever;
I will wait,
even if it takes a life time.
Somehow I feel inside
You never ever left my side.
Make it like it was before
Even if it takes a life time, takes a life time.

Blaming it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them love songs,
Singin’ them straight to the heart songs.
Blamin’ it all on the nights on Broadway
Singin’ them sweet sounds
To that crazy, crazy town.