“Are you there…Do you have a thought for me that you can share?”

Flying Sorcery – Al Stewart (1976) MFSL FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Flying Sorcery” 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 quite a few new videos nearly finished (one thing or another not quite ready), but wanted to get something new out this morning…since I hadn’t done anything for Al since my summer update for my original “Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA ….I jumped into “Flying Sorcery” last night and finished it up in about 3 hours work. This is my 3rd video from the Year of the Cat album (check “Broadway Hotel” https://youtu.be/9kclYecZPs0 and “Year of the Cat” https://youtu.be/ACAK1Ck2ZM0 )…and my 9th Al Stewart video overall. My Year of the Cat videos all feature FLAC audio sourced from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remaster….easily the best sounding release of the album!

Hope you enjoy the effort for another wonderful, beautiful Al Stewart song….thanks for checking out the video!

[Lyrics]
With your photographs of Kitty Hawk
And the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson
From the time that you were small
No schoolroom kept you grounded
While your thoughts could get away
You were taking off in Tiger Moths
Your wings against the brush-strokes of the day
Are you there
On the tarmac with the winter in your hair
By the empty hangar doors you stop and stare
Leave the oil-drums behind you, they won’t care
Oh, are you there

Oh, you wrapped me up in a leather coat
And you took me for a ride
We were drifting with the tail-wind
When the runway came in sight
The clouds came up to gather us
And the cockpit turned to white
When I looked the sky was empty
I suppose you never saw the landing-lights
Are you there
In your jacket with the grease-stain and the tear
Caught up in the slipstream of dare
The compass roads will guide you anywhere
Oh, are you there

The sun comes up on Icarus as the night-birds sail away
And lights the maps and diagrams
That Leonardo makes
You can see Faith, Hope and Charity
As they bank above the fields
You can join the flying circus
You can touch the morning air against your wheels
Are you there
Do you have a thought for me that you can share
Oh I never thought you’d take me unawares
Just call me if you ever need repairs
Oh, are you there

Shake it, baby, don’t break it

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) HD Flac HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” was released on Paul McCartney and Wings’ third studio album, Band on the Run, in December of 1973. A brilliant track from one of the true masterpiece solo Beatle album. Play this one loud on good headphones or audio rig for full effect!

The video features the wild “Lullaby of Broadway” short film-within-a-film (from Busby Berkeley’s 1935 film “Gold Diggers of 1935”), which I edited for the track (the audio is sourced from a 96KHz/24bit HD FLAC of the 2010 Archive Edition Remaster Edition). I tried to clean up the low-res video I had, stretched it for widescreen and gave it the bluish tint for effect. Stay calm and party on like it’s Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Fi…I mean EIGHTY-FIVE! 😉

Band on the Run marked the fifth album by Paul McCartney since his departure from the Beatles in April 1970. Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles – “Jet” and “Band on the Run” – such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to revitalizing McCartney’s critical standing. It remains McCartney’s most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.

The majority of Band on the Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic locale. Shortly before departing for Lagos, however, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCullough left the group; with no time to recruit replacements, McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine, doubling on drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself as well as bass. On arriving, it was discovered that the studio was below standard, and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knife-point, during which a bag containing unfinished song lyrics and demo tapes was taken. After the band’s return to England, final overdubs and further recording were carried out at AIR Studios in London.

In 2000, Q magazine placed it at number 75 in its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. In 2012, Band on the Run was voted 418th on Rolling Stone’s revised list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. A contemporary review by Jon Landau in Rolling Stone described the album as “with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles”.
It was Paul McCartney’s last album issued on the Apple label.

More about the video:
The “Lullaby of Broadway” sequence tells the story of Broadway Baby who plays all night and sleeps all day. It opens with a head shot of singer Wini Shaw against a black background, then the camera pulls back and up, and Shaw’s head becomes the Big Apple, New York City. As everyone rushes off to work, Shaw returns home from her night’s carousing and goes to sleep. When she awakens, that night, we follow her and her beau (Dick Powell) from club to club, with elaborate large cast tap numbers, until she is accidentally pushed off a balcony to her death. The sequence ends with a return to Shaw’s head, as she sings the end of the song. Of all the musical numbers Berkeley created in his career, he named this as his personal favorite.

[Lyrics]

On no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh, oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind
(Shake it, baby, don’t break it)
Oh my mama said the time would come
When I would find myself in, love with you
I didn’t think
I never dreamed
That I would be around, to see it all come true
Whoa oh oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind
Ah no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady left behind

“There’s always the sun…Always, always, always the sun” From The Stranglers’ Dreamtime album from 1986.

Always The Sun – The Stranglers (1986) FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Always The Sun” was released on the ninth studio album by The Stranglers, Dreamtime, in October 1986.

I started listening to this band around 1980 when I came across a copy 1977’s No More Heroes on cut out cassette (remember those? I found some goodies in the cutout bins and you probably did as well!?)in an old drugstore in Uvalde, Texas one fine day when I was driving up to San Antonio. I used to read raves on the band in my favorite rock magazines but I’d never heard them before, so I was thrilled to find one of their albums to listen to.

I eventually picked up most of their albums and I listened to them all the way through 1990’s 10 (which was the last record to feature guitarist/lead singer Hugh Cornwell). They recorded some amazing music in their day, but this is probably my favorite song they ever did.

I found this old video footage (actually I had three old clips I was working with and had chosen one to use with “Dreamtime” from the same record as “Always The Sun”….but then I found that that footage worked better in something else…maybe my next video after this one) and fell in love with it because of the way it used shadow and light. It was old grainy, low-res so I cleaned it up and used a pinkish filter to remove some of the grey harshness. I could think of at least 20 videos that I thought about plugging it into, but in the end, it just seemed the perfect fit for my ancient, stalled “Always The Sun” project. This may not have been the most popular song choice I could have plugged it into, but I loved the combination too much to pass. I hope you enjoy it as well.

The title track was inspired by a belief of the aboriginal peoples of Australia – called Dreamtime.

The single “Always the Sun” single peaked at No. 30 in the UK Singles Chart. Dreamtime itself reached No. 16 in the UK Albums Chart, the lowest charting studio album during Hugh Cornwell’s recording tenure with the band (1977–90).

Singles released in the UK for this album included “Nice In Nice” (peaked at No. 30), “Always The Sun”, “Big In America” (peaked at No. 48) and “Shakin’ Like A Leaf” (peaked at No. 58).[2] A fifth single was proposed by the record company, and a remixed version of the song “Was It You?” was recorded, but it was never released.

[Lyrics]
How many times have you woken up
And prayed for the rain?
How many times have you seen
The papers apportion the blame?

Who gets to say?
Who gets the work and who gets to play?
I was always told at school
Everybody should get the same

How many times have you been told
If you don’t ask you don’t get?
How many liars have taken your money
Your mother said you shouldn’t bet?

Who has the fun?
Is it always the man with the gun?
Someone must have told him
If you work too hard you can sweat

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

How many times have the weathermen told you
Stories that made you laugh?
You know it’s not unlike the politician
And the leaders when they do things by half

But who gets the job
Of pushing the knob?
That sort of responsibility
You draw straws for if you’re mad enough

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

Always the sun
Always the sun

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

There’s always the sun
There’s always the sun
Always, always, always the sun

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I’m not in love So don’t forget it…10cc (1975)

I’m Not In Love – 10cc (1975) SHM-CD FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I’m Not In Love” was released on the third studio album, The Original Soundtrack, by the English art rock band 10cc. This is one of my all time favorite songs…still…ageless in its plaintive beauty.

Several years ago, I’d taken a few clips from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)….(one of my favorite films from the 1960’s…you could watch it just for the colors!) and started building this video around them. Last night when I was going through some old stuff to finish (trying not to start anything new until I move a bunch of the ones I’ve already started), I came across this and decided to just use the limited clips I’d taken and finish it up. I’d always intended to flush it out with a bit more stuff from the film, but of course my style is endless variations and repetitions anyway ;-), so I just used what I had…plus the song is so great that it makes everything special! 😉 Hope you enjoy the effort! Thanks for checking it out!

It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone” and “I’m Not in Love”, the latter of which is the band’s most popular song. The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. The album has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – “I’m Not in Love”. Eric Stewart recalled:
“At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King’s label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King’s contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we’ve done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, “This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We’ll do anything, we’ll sign it.” On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.”

The Original Soundtrack was a critical and commercial success reaching No. 4 in the UK and No.15 in the U.S.
Ken Barnes gave the album a rave review in Rolling Stone, commenting, “Musically there’s more going on than in ten Yes albums, yet it’s generally as accessible as a straight pop band (though less so than the two preceding 10cc LPs).” He particularly praised the album for being ambitious without being excessive or pretentious, and for its lyrical content.

Robert Christgau panned the album, remarking of the song “I’m Not in Love”: “stretching your only decent melody (a nonsatirical love song) over six tedious minutes, is that a joke?”

The first single “Life Is a Minestrone” was another UK Top 10 for the band, peaking at No. 7. Their biggest success came with the song that sold the album, “I’m Not in Love”, which gave the band their second UK No. 1 in June 1975, staying there for two weeks. The song also provided them with their first major US chart success when the song reached No. 2. The album’s most famous song, “I’m Not in Love”, was built around a simple title by Stewart.

[Lyrics]
I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because
I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I like to see you
But then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you
Don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I keep your picture
Upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there
So don’t you ask me
To give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time
Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time

I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love
I’m not in love

“You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read…” George Harrison “Awaiting On You All” (1970)

Awaiting On You All – George Harrison (1970) 24bit FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Awaiting On You All” 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.

This video is taken from the performance of the song at the Concert For Bangladesh with new effects and set to the studio version of the song. I kinda rushed this one out when my last one was blocked from viewing. (Typically I remove blocked vids, package them for later upload, and renumber the replacement video)….in this case Video #425 (a cleanup/widescreen of George’s “Crackerbox Palace” promo..with HD FLAC!) is sitting happily blocked from view, but I’m going to leave it and hope for the best…eventually. 😉

I was blown away by the sound of the 2014 remaster of All Things Must Pass! It’s wonderful to finally be able to hear this album very close to the way I remember my old vinyl…..it’s just such a difficult and complex sound to get right, based on the way Phil Spector produced it to sound. In the wrong hands it will always sound shrill and thin….I swear if anyone wants to hear All Things Must Pass the way it should sound (and who doesn’t)….BUY the CD so you can get the full uncompressed version. George’s son Dhani had a large hand in the way this album was remastered and sounds and he nailed it…. his dad would be proud! *This video features the higher resolution 96/24bit HD FLAC version.

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]
You don’t need no love in
You don’t need no bed pan
You don’t need a horoscope or a microscope
The see the mess that you’re in
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been polluted so long
Now here’s a way for you to get clean

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no passport
And you don’t need no visas
You don’t need to designate or to emigrate
Before you can see Jesus
If you open up your heart
You’ll see he’s right there
Always was and will be
He’ll relieve you of your cares

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no church house
And you don’t need no Temple
You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read
To see that you have fallen
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been kept down so long
Someone’s thinking that we’re all green

And while the Pope owns 51% of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he’s qualified to quote us
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free

From the void, the crimson fortress rises…Eternal twins are damned At the gates of Urizen

Gates Of Urizen – Bruce Dickinson (1998) FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Gates of Urizen” was released on Bruce Dickinson’s fifth solo album, The Chemical Wedding, in July of 1998. This is probably my favorite track on a very, very strong album. Bruce’s work with Iron Maiden is legendary, but he released some really fantastic solo stuff as well….I’d tie The Chemical Wedding and Tyranny of Souls as my personal favorites (“Devil On A Hog” from Tyranny of Souls was my first Bruce Dickinson video): https://youtu.be/EHlwGJwCHwY

From Wiki:
The record draws some inspiration from the works of William Blake, featuring sung and spoken excerpts of his prophetic works and poetry (notably And did those feet in ancient time on the track Jerusalem), and with cover art from his painting The Ghost of a Flea, although the name of the album and its title track derive from the Rosicrucian manifest the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. As with the previous album, it featured Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith, then a member of Dickinson’s solo outfit.
The film, Chemical Wedding, with a screenplay by Dickinson, was released in May 2008. It features the title track from the album on its soundtrack, but concerns a story about the reincarnation of Aleister Crowley and is otherwise unrelated.

Dickinson: “Each song has a sort of frame in which it operates. The first song is about fear, the second song is about tragedy, the third song is about union. You could pick a theme or a topic for each song so that’s what the song is about and then you put it in a frame. For example, one of the songs is about failure and the song is called “The Trumpets of Jericho”. In the story of the trumpets of Jericho in the Bible, the walls fall down when the tribes of Israel walk around the city and blow their trumpets. Except in this song they don’t, it doesn’t work. You’ve done everything right, everything’s cool but the wall’s still standing. And what do you do? How do you face up to that fact? And it’s all part of the whole alchemy thing. What were the alchemists trying to do? They were trying to achieve something that was virtually impossible, they spent their whole lives trying to do it, and all of them failed, or pretty damn near all of them failed. So, what does that feel like, and how does that work, and why keep carrying on. So that’s the way the songs kind of work. And you don’t have to go into them in all this detail, you could just sit back there and let it hit you over the head like a sledgehammer cause the album works it’s just a really heavy album. But it’s all there if you want to dig through the words.”

Metal Storm: “The lyrics sound as if they were copied right away out of the unholy scriptures, capture the most of the time very empty feeling, warm and comforting sounds you can only expect from the ‘Chemical Wedding’ and ‘The Alchemist’ songs.”

Critical response to The Chemical Wedding was generally favourable, with Allmusic praising its “modern metal aesthetic”. Sputnikmusic said, “Professionally written and recorded, Bruce Dickinson once again pours his soul into his music, and the result is spectacular”, and went on to deem it “one of the best metal albums of the late 90s”. In 2005, The Chemical Wedding was ranked number 388 in Rock Hard magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.

[Lyrics]
As above, so below
All things come from the one
Now you are the victim
Carried by the wind, rooted in the ground
If you want to learn the secrets
Close your eyes…

The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin…

In every woman is a man
From the moon come silver ghosts
Spectres of the blood
From my spirit comes the darkness
From the void, the crimson fortress rises…

At the gates of Urizen
The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin…

At the gates of Urizen
The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin

At the gates… Of Urizen…
The gates of Urizen…
The gates of Urizen…
At the gates…

I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody In the world today Ooh

Nobody – Eddie Money (1979) SACD FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nobody” was released on Eddie Money’s second album, Life for the Taking, in January of 1979. The album includes the singles “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”, “Gimme Some Water” and “Maybe I’m A Fool.”

This on one of my favorite songs on the album and the original intent for the video was for it to be the first in a new template I’m working on to be able to push out many more of the songs I love (using the highest quality audio source) in videos that share the much of the same style and visual elements, but with the template to keep them quick….of course it ended up with too much customization (and feels overdone!)…but I’m working towards the ability to find an interesting and effective “cookie cutter” approach for many videos that I don’t want to have to think about much. Wish me luck! 😉 Hope you enjoy the song…..it’s really a great one!

With Money seemingly endlessly on the road promoting his previous debut album, this effort was primarily written in hotel rooms with a variety of band members and worked up during sound checks prior to performances. The final track, “Call On Me” was often interjected into the set lists prior to the release of this album and received a strong response in spite of its more soulful, less frantic composure.

This album also marked a conscious effort to expand Money’s audience with the inclusion of several more pop and dance oriented numbers. This direction would continue to be expanded upon with the subsequent release “Playing For Keeps”. The album was met with less enthusiastic critical response than its predecessor with a number of the pundits citing a weakness of quality songwriting and the inconsistency of style as pitfalls.

Money resumed his frantic promotion and touring schedule upon the release of this album. The cover shot plays on a rendition of the artist mocking his debut album artwork but with an obvious worn and tired appearance.

As with the previous release, both singles were issued in promotion only edited versions, while the retail releases featured tracks from the album as B-sides. By now, the artist was headlining mid sized venues and a number of the dates featured the then up-and-coming Pat Benatar as support.

[Lyrics]
I said nobody in the world was home today
Well, I called up my friends ’cause I needed someone in a bad, bad way
You see, my baby, mmm, she done gone away
And I just can’t find nobody now in the world today

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

Well, I rang all the bells and I knocked on all the window panes
A policeman told me that I better get home while I still have my brain
Well, I ran down the street with your words in my head
And I had nothing at all to say
And I just can’t find nobody, nobody now
In the world today, hey
Let me tell you people, now

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Ooh, yeah

I talk to the walls
There’s no one at all I can talk to, no, no
I’m all by myself
There’s nobody else I can tell
And I gotta say

Nobody in the world was home today (Nobody)
Well, the streets were all bare
Just like nobody cared
What I had to say

You see, my baby, you see, my baby
She done gone away
I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody
In the world today
Ooh

I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

I couldn’t find no, I couldn’t hear no
I couldn’t see no, no, no, nobody
(Nobody, nobody)
Nobody
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
No, no, nobody in the world was home today
Ooh

Happy New Year 2017! BOC’s “Fireworks” from 1977’s Spectres album.

Fireworks – Blue Oyster Cult (1977) Blu-Spec FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Happy New Year’s all! Let’s hope it’s a good one!? (Better than the hell year most of us feel 2016 was?!) Uploaded an hour before midnight (CST) and published just a few minutes before…this will be my last video of 2016. Thanks to all my friends and fans who have stuck around with me and offered me support and encouragement for the efforts….or those who just watched the videos! Looking forward to another year hanging out with my YouTube friends who share my love of classic rock, progressive rock, reggae, country, soul, new wave, power pop, new rock.,…and all the rest!

“Fireworks”….another classic BOC tune from another classic BOC album. Updated description on the way.

[Lyrics]
She went down to her house by the water
To hide herself from his grasp
He went down to the water to find her
To consumate their love at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down to escape from her prison
To free herself from her fears
All those years up to here with tradition
And opportunity so near

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down on a snow white pillow
To cast herself in the looking glass
He knew the time had finally come now
To break the spell they shared at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

Seven druids dance in seven time. Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring Out, Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull (1977) FLAC Audio Widescreen HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ring Out, Solstice Bells was released on Jethro Tull’s tenth studio album, Songs From The Wood, in February of 1977. Though I’ve done many videos for Jethro Tull songs, this is my very first from my favorite album they ever released…9 very strong songs of autumn-y, woodsy, folk-rock perfection (always get a hankering to build a fire in the woods every-time I hear it!)! 🙂

I found this nice old video of Georges Méliès’ The Christmas Dream (aka Le rêve de Noël) (1900) which I though would be perfect for a video for this tune. I gave the video a sepia tint (to give it a more mellow feel), enhanced the snow effects, and cleaned it up a bit. I couldn’t stop laughing at the wardrobe malfunction that results in a huge shoe right in the middle of all the dancing (you can sense the dancers trip hazard worry!)…no one knows what to do…the actor who lost is very focused on how to recover it…he makes his move, recovers the huge shoe….and leaves an even bigger obstacle on the stage a second malfunction befalls him and he loses his hat! 🙂 I wondered why Méliès’ wouldn’t have re-shot to correct (it wasn’t after all a minor glitch…that shoe needed a screen credit!). The video is a really beautiful look at what Christmas looked like in 1900.

A 40th anniversary edition of Songs From The Wood is right around the corner and I was hoping to have that edition in hand to source the audio for this video. I’ve been picking up all the Steven Wilson remastered Jethro Tull albums, and this is one I’m most looking forward (in addition to Heavy Horses and The Broadsword and The Beast). If you happen to be a major Tull fan and haven’t considered the Steven Wilson remasters….find them on Amazon…they are insanely amazing and worth every penny for a fan! 😉

Filled with imagery from medieval Britain (especially in the “Jack-in-the-Green”, “Cup of Wonder”, and “Ring Out Solstice Bells” lyrics), and ornamental folk arrangement (as in “Velvet Green” and “Fire at Midnight”), or the experimentalism of “Pibroch (Cap in Hand)” where Martin Barre’s guitar simulates bagpipes, the album is a departure from the hard rock of earlier Jethro Tull material, though it still retained some of the band’s older sound.

The album highlights the band at its most playful and due to its lush production and more noticeable use of keyboards is perhaps one of the band’s most obviously progressive rock oriented releases.

The descriptive term “folk music” has been dismissed by Anderson and Barre as not relevant to the album. Folk has a strong connotation of American singer-songwriters performing activist songs in coffeehouses, whereas Songs from the Wood was composed and performed as a tribute to the UK. Anderson said that the album was “for all the band members… a reaffirmation of our Britishness.”

The album signaled a new direction for the band, who turned to celebrating British pagan folklore and the countryside life in a wide-ranging folk rock style which combined traditional instruments and melodies with hard rock drums and electric guitars.

The album is considered to be the first of a trio of folk rock albums: Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses (1978) and Stormwatch (1979). On the album cover appears an extended title line: “Jethro Tull – with kitchen prose, gutter rhymes and divers – Songs from the Wood”. The title track of the album contain two of these phrases in its lyrics.

The UK music-paper adverts read: “Jethro Tull present ‘Songs From The Wood’. A new album of Old Magic. Songs From The Wood. It’s inspired by the thought that perhaps nature isn’t as gentle as we’d like to believe. And it takes as its theme the natural and supernatural inhabitants of the woodlands of old England. Warm and friendly, harsh and bitter by turns, it includes ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’ as well as Tull’s new single ‘The Whistler’ and seven other songs. Find a quiet spot and listen to it soon.”

[Lyrics]
Now is the solstice of the year.
Winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Join together ‘neath the mistletoe,
By the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Praise be to the distant sister sun,
Joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.

…and now we’re fine. Classic Klaatu from their first album, 3:47 EST (1976).

Doctor Marvello – Klaatu (1976) FLAC Audio HD Widescreen Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Doctor Marvello” was released on Canadian progressive rock group Klaatu’s first album 3:47 EST in August 1976. The album was renamed Klaatu when released in the United States by Capitol Records.

I’m a HUGE fan of Klaatu first two albums especially (yeah, I was completely caught up in the “it’s The Beatles secret record” when the first two records were released in the late seventies…how we all wanted to believe that at the time!!!), but their other albums are very nice as well. I have several videos started for some of their more epic tracks, but until those are ready (I’m working on them!)….here’s “Doctor Marvello”! Hope you enjoy this great track from an album loaded with great tracks.

***From what I remember about all the “clues” for the tracks which pointed to The Beatles; this one referred to their break up; (“Jonesey turned the tide..We lost our cool..Caught in whirlpools” and “So bland was our condition…We summoned black magicians..To wave a wand or two” etc.) and their “reunion” on this album (“We’re completely cured…and now we’re fine”).

3:47 EST is regarded as one of the band’s greatest albums (along with Hope), using the same kind of Beatlesque psychedelic rock (in the style of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), with a few new additions; most notably vocal distortion, more backwards instruments, and some obscure musical instruments such as electric sitars. The Juno-nominated album cover was painted by a friend of Klaatu’s members, the Canadian graphic artist, Ted Jones.

For a variety of reasons, rumours spread in the wake of the album’s release that Klaatu were, in fact, a secretly reunited Beatles. The album was moderately successful in the United States, largely as a result of the Beatles rumours.

A high-quality newly remastered version of the album was released on Klaatu’s indie record label “Klaatunes” in 2011. To accompany this release, a music video was made for the remastered version of “Calling Occupants”.

[Lyrics]
Oh
My love and I were thinking
How low our boat was sinking
From fishing for the blues
Every lure we tried
Jonesey turned the tide
We lost our cool
Caught in whirlpools

Oh
So bland was our condition
We summoned black magicians
To wave a wand or two
Talismanic spells
Tannis root and well
To tell the tale
Their magic failed

If that is all you want
(Doctor Marvello)
Then I may be of service
If all you want is love
(Doctor Marvello)
Well I may know a special man
Whose love machine turns can’t to can
With your mind in mind
With your mind in mind

(A passage of time)
Oh
The trance wore off by morning
A sentimental journey was hazily recalled
Though it sounds absurd
We’re completely cured
And now we’re fine
And now we’re fine
And now we’re fine