Creatures of the candle on a night-light-ride.

Moths – Jethro Tull (1978) HQ Audio Remaster

“Moths” was released in the spring of 1978 on Jethro Tull’s eleventh studio album, Heavy Horses. It is considered the second album in a trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull, although folk music’s influence is evident on a great number of Jethro Tull releases.

The album abandons much of the folk lyrical content typical of the previous studio album, Songs from the Wood (1977), in exchange for a more realist perspective on the changing world. Likewise, the band sound is harder and tighter. The album reached No. 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and peaked at No. 20 on the UK Albums Chart. The third album in the folk-rock trilogy is Stormwatch (1979).

This album was the last studio album to feature John Glascock playing bass on all tracks.

As much as I love earlier period Tull, probably my favorite albums were released in the time between Minstrel in ’75 through Broadsword in ’82. I saw Jethro Tull live touring in support of this album (extremely powerful live performance as I discussed in my description for “Acres Wild”…this is my second video for a track from Heavy Horses….still working on masks, horses and the “tumblin'” sky for that epic title track!)

This has always been one of my favorite Jethro Tull songs (and there are a few! LOL!)….today it also reminds me of my son because after enduring many hours of Tull in the CD player when we were travelling, this is the song he liked the most…..even remember him asking me to play it a few times!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

I always loved this video and wanted to pump it up a bit and try and make it look better for HD…..fiddled around with parameters to lose the nasty artifacting, without completely losing the video to blur…considering the source vid I utilized (from which my zoom causes even further loss of resolution) I think the results are pretty nice….hope you agree.

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

Oh The leaded window opened
to move the dancing candle flame
And the first Moths of summer
suicidal came.
And a new breeze chattered
in its May-bud tenderness —
Sending water-lillies sailing
as she turned to get undressed.
And the long night awakened
and we soared on powdered wings —
Circling our tomorrows
in the wary month of Spring.
Chasing shadows slipping
in a magic lantern slide —
Creatures of the candle
on a night-light-ride.
Dipping and weaving — flutter
through the golden needle’s eye
in our haystack madness. Butterfly-stroking
on a Spring-tide high.
Life’s too long (as the Lemming said)
as the candle burned and the Moths were wed.
And we’ll all burn together as the wick grows higher —
before the candle’s dead.
The leaded window opened
to move the dancing candle flame.
And the first moths of summer
suicidal came
to join in the worship
of the light that never dies
in a moment’s reflection
of two moths spinning in her eyes.

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Baby until the last goodbye Take it or leave it

Take It Or Leave It – UFO (1980) HQ Audio Remaster

“Take It Or Leave It” was released in January 1980 on UFO’s eighth studio album, No Place to Run is the eighth album by the band UFO. This was the first album to feature Paul Chapman who replaced Michael Schenker on lead guitar.

The album was produced by George Martin, best known for his work with The Beatles. The record cover was issued in several different versions in the UK, although the only difference was the colour of the album title. Two singles were released from the album: “Young Blood” and “Letting’ Go”.

I listen to UFO constantly, they remain a favorite after all these years…the quality of their releases has remained strong and they never fail to impress me with each album they release. I have started numerous videos for UFO tracks, but they mostly fall in the category of “I cannot decide which video to use which effects” category…many ballads which could support nearly the same video, and the effects I try out look great with the various album covers, each completely unique and interesting to look at… I can never decide and just move on to something else. It was time to just do one…..thought about “Take It Or Leave It” my favorite track from No Place To Run.

I didn’t even really try to hard to get the lipsync looking accurate, just cleaned up a very small clip of UFO live at the BBC performing “Lonely Heart” and tried to make it work out.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new work possible….THANK YOU!!! And…..a big THANK YOU for checking the video out….hope you like it.

I’m on my way home
To see my little angel
Trying to put the pieces back together
Well it’s been so long
I’m feeling like a stranger
But they tell me a good thing lasts forever

[1] Who’s to say we can’t talk it over
’cause in time I know
That we’ll work it out
Give it one more chance
Before it’s too late
Baby until the last goodbye

Take it or leave it or leave me alone
Baby one (more) little sad reply
Take it or leave it or leave me alone
As time passed

By a thousand miles of ocean
I put you out of sight
And out of mind girl
And before too long promises were broken
Seemed no matter how we tried

[Repeat 1]

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This is love This is la la la la love….I miss George Harrison!

This Is Love – George Harrison (1987) Remastered HQ Audio

“This Is Love” was released on George Harrison’s eleventh solo album, Cloud Nine, in the winter of 1979. This album was widely hailed as one of the greatest of George’s career.

***From Wiki:
Frustrated with the changing musical climate, George Harrison suspended his recording career in the early 1980’s. Instead of recording, he opted to pursue other interests, including film production with his own company, Handmade Films. It was a musically silent period for Harrison.

By late 1986, after a substantial break, Harrison felt the desire to make music again. He asked former Electric Light Orchestra leader and fellow musician Jeff Lynne to co-produce a new album with him. Harrison entered his home studio Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames on 5 January 1987 to begin recording his first new commercial album in five years.

Besides Harrison and Lynne, other artists involved in the recording sessions included Jim Keltner and Ringo Starr on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar and both Gary Wright and Elton John on piano (Elton John was recovering from his vocal surgery at the time). With new-found enthusiasm, Harrison actively promoted the album, even appearing with Starr at the Prince’s Trust Concert that June to perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

The album has consistently been praised by rock critics. Writing in Rolling Stone magazine, David Wild described it as “an expertly crafted, endlessly infectious record that constitutes Harrison’s best album since 1970’s inspired All Things Must Pass”. Wild also acknowledged Lynne’s input as co-producer and praised “When We Was Fab”, “Cloud Nine”, “That’s What It Takes” and “Wreck of the Hesperus” as “sublime pop”. In The New York Times, Stephen Holden noted the release as “crucial” to Harrison’s career, adding: “A pleasingly tuneful album, its sound is deliberately quaint, as it explicitly evokes the Beatles’ more romantic psychedelic music of the late 1960’s.” Less impressed, Daniel Brogan of the Chicago Tribune opined: “Cloud Nine plods hopelessly. Most of the blame must fall on Harrison, though producer Jeff Lynne’s influence is far too prevalent … The album is occasionally redeemed by the deft guitar interplay between Harrison and Eric Clapton, as well as the perky single ‘Got My Mind Set on You.'”

Reviewing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes that “Harrison crafted a remarkably consistent and polished comeback effort with Cloud Nine” and considers it is “one of his very best albums”. Among other recent reviews, Uncut magazine describes Cloud Nine as “endowed with undeniable charm” and Rolling Stone considers it to be a “late-career masterwork” from Harrison.

I had been following George’s career and buying all his solo records…(they’re all great…still pisses me off that Rolling Stone gave him so much grief, giving most of his records after All Things Must Pass very poor reviews….in those days when Rolling Stone held such sway, I can imagine the frustration he felt….too bad these critics couldn’t just hear the deep beauty of his music and maybe he would have released a few more records!)…and it was so wonderful to finally have a new George Harrison after waiting 5 long years since his last release (Gone Troppo in 1982) and this album was well worth the wait! I can recall many years earlier wondering how cool it would be for George to do an album with ELO….it was great to see that happen later when George and Jeff worked together for many years…..a match made in heaven! πŸ˜‰

I always loved the video George produced for “This Is Love” and wanted to try and pump it up with more color and a few additional effects, and lose some of the low-res noise for HD…lotza layers to achieve the effects….I hope you enjoy the result. (Check out the original version if you’ve never seen it before….I had to obscure/blur things quite a bit to make it look good in HD, and some of the clarity of the original is lost).

Vicious words drift away from their meanings
And the sun melts the chill from our lives
Helping us all to remember what we came here for
This is love
This is la la la la love
This is love
This is la la la la love

Little things that will change you forever
May appear from out of the blue
Making fools of everybody who don’t understand
This is love
This is la la la la love
This is love
This is la la la la love

This is love, this is love
This is love, this is la la la la love

Since our problems have been our own creation
They also can be overcome
When we use the power provided free to everyone
This is love
This is la la la la love
This is love
This is la la la la love

This is love
This is la la la la love
This is love
This is la la la la love

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It sure felt good for a while

For Awhile – Tony Banks (1979) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“For Awhile” was released in the fall of 1979 on Tony Banks’ debut solo album, A Curious Feeling. I was big into Genesis during the mid-late 70’s and picked up this record immediately upon it’s release as I always thought Tony Banks was played some of the most beautiful keyboard I’d ever heard. I was not disappointed and found the album very enjoyable….”For Awhile” is a really beautiful tune….I love it still….hope the vid finds it a few new fans….and that those familiar with it find it a new enjoyable presentation.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!! and THANK YOU for watching and supporting the vids. Please give it a comment and like if would….it’s such a drag to make videos to compete with “videos” that are really just an album cover set to music! πŸ˜‰

I feel it leading me
Away to I don’t know where
I might be back someday
But the people and things will change
And no one will remember me then

Don’t need no sympathy
For soon I’ll forget everything
I feel it fading now
And I see in the eyes of my love
Tears for how it might have been

It sure felt good for a while
Yes, it was good for a while
I found somebody to take my hand
To the promised land of the loved

Now as the night draws in
A dark with no promise of dawn
I feel my eyes grow dim
As I see in the eyes of my love
Tears for how it might have been

It sure felt good for a while
Yes, it was good for a while
I found somebody to take my hand
To the promised land of the loved

Yes, it was good for a while
It sure felt good for a while
I found somebody to take my hand
To the promised land of the loved

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Alice Cooper – Go To Hell (1976)

Go To Hell – Alice Cooper (1976) Remastered Audio

Help I’ve fallen into 1976 and I can’t get out! πŸ˜‰ “Go To Hell” the opening track from Alice Cooper’s ninth studio album Goes To Hell, which was released in the summer of 1976. Wow, three videos from songs released in 1976 in a row….and I’d be happy to video about 500 more….such a great year for music!

Goes To Hell was a continuation of his previous album (Welcome to My Nightmare) as it continues the story of Steven, this concept album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin.

Welcome To My Nightmare and Goes To Hell were two HUGE sounding records, the production is just seriously epic…..Bob Ezrin is a genius at getting monster sound…one of the all time greats….he has produced many of my favorite records, especially Catherine Wheel’s Adam and Eve (1997), and that little Pink Floyd thing from 1979! πŸ˜‰

I wanted to vid some Alice Cooper since the beginning of starting this hobby, but there were some things in the way….it’s fun to play around with his tracks, because they are all so damn theatrical! My original concept was a bunch of horror scenes edited similar to what I did for “I’m Your Boogie Man” …but decided to do something different. I couldn’t resist doing one of the extended openings to the video (The Bad Seed….endlessly re-watchable and jam packed with memorable quotes, and some wicked-brilliant performances from (especially) Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones…and yeah Rhoda (Patty McCormack)…I remember some years ago they were doing a remake of The Bad Seed, and I thought “WHY”? πŸ˜‰ My tracking in the big zoom shot in the beginning is crap and I really needed to redo it…I’ve never really been able to master this technique…anyone with any tips…HELP! πŸ˜‰

And a kinda weird coincidence!?! So, in researching the album for the video description I was very surprised to learn two things; first that Dick Wagner had just passed away a couple of months ago, and second, that he co-written one (“Shine Silently”) of two Nils Lofgren songs that I had just begun to work up videos up for! ….it was just wow!….anyway, a very talented songwriter and excellent guitarist!!!!

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

‘Special HUGE THANKS for the two videos of of Alice Cooper performing the song live which I edited clips into the video:

Go To Hell Live at Roundhouse London 31-10-10
Lots of really good live performance videos!


Go to Hell, Cropredy 2013
More great Alice Cooper clips!

For criminal acts and violence on the stage
For bein’ a brat, refusin’ to act your age
For all of the decent citizens you’ve enraged
You can go to hell

For gamblin’ and drinkin’ alcohol constantly
For makin’ us doubt our parents authority
For choosin’ to be a living obscenity
You can go to hell

You’re something that never should have happened
You even make your grandma sick

You’d poison a blind man’s dog and steal his cane
You’d gift-wrap a leper and mail him to your aunt Jane
You’d even force-feed a diabetic a candy cane
You can go to hell

You’re something that never should have happened
You even make your grandma sick

For criminal acts and violence on the stage
For bein’ a brat, refusin’ to act your age
For all of the decent citizens you’ve enraged
You can go to hell

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After all it was a great big world

American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976) (HQ Vinyl)

“American Girl” was released in the winter of 1976 on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ eponymous debut album by the band of the same name.

Not much to say about this record, ‘cept it sounded amazing in 1976….pure unadulterated rock and roll unlike anything I’d heard….it definitely spent it’s share of time spinning ’round on the turntable!

This is my second vid for a track from this album as one of my very early ones was for another favorite track from the album “Mystery Man” (one of my old especially clunky vids that is screaming for an update!)

For “American Girl”, I spent some time trying to clean up the Midnight Special source video to look good in HD….and the audio source is from original vinyl (still I think the best sounding version of this album).

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!….and yes! Thank YOU for checking it out!

Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin’
She had one little promise she was gonna keep

O yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

Well it was kind of cold that night,
She stood alone on her balcony
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by,
Out on 441 like waves crashin’ on the beach
And for one desperate moment
There he crept back in her memory
God it’s so painful when something that’s so close
Is still so far out of reach

O yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

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From a dead beat to an old greaser, here’s thinking of you

From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser – Jethro Tull (1976) HQ Audio

“From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser” was released in the spring of 1976 on Jethro Tull’s ninth studio album, Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die!.

***Warning: As I’m feeling even more nostalgic than usual for some of the great music we grew up with in the 70’s, an even more rambling ramble than usual starts here! :-)***

This is one of those albums that I always relate to listening to the 8-track of frequently during a period of my youth when I had one of my first vehicles (an old mail delivery jeep)….this album, George Harrison’s Extra Texture, Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s The Night, Bob Dylan’s Desire, Eric Clapton’s No Reason To Cry, Neil Diamond’s Beautiful Noise, Alvin Lee’s Rocket Fuel (man, that one was obscure even then!), Gordon Lightfoot’s Summertime Dream and Black Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy are strongly connected to this little jeep and a very rainy year, but other biggies from ’76…strange how my memory associates certain albums to the place they made the most impact….Destroyer, Jailbreak, Frampton Comes Alive, Sad Wings, Leftoverture, I mostly associate playing in a pickup truck I got right after the jeep….wow! it was an orange Ford with some really cool surfing decals on the doors and a tropical window reflecting decal that took up the entire back window….that truck ROCKED (even when I rolled it into a little creek, four of us crammed in the cab….Alice Cooper’s Goes To Hell in the deck as we went underwater (My first Alice Cooper video very soon!!!)..and some others BOC’s Agents Of Fortune, Steve Miller’s Fly Like An Eagle, and UFO’s No Heavy Petting in a wicked Plymouth Fury III I had between the two…and others from that year Bob Seger’s Night Moves, Al Stewart’s Year Of The Cat, ELO’s A New World Record, Genesis’s Wind And Wuthering and most other things from that year,I recall my room and turntable…..a couple of biggies Boston’s debut, Rush’s 2112, and Aerosmith’s Rocks I associate with my friends little car….man, there was so much time for music back in those days….and there was so much GREAT music to fill the time! Great cars and great music…..what do they got now? Music? Flavor of the week. Cars? OMG…..I can’t even name one!….there is the one that used to have the cool video of the hamsters dancing, but can’t think of the name….anyway, that car would have been decidedly UNCOOL back in the day!!! πŸ˜‰

Whatever, this video was another that I began years ago….it’s not the video I started and planned to make which was mostly a black and white beat generation affair, but when I finally found the perfect video footage to add in, I decided it would be better in a longer video so I chopped it all out and just repeated the color effects that I’d made…kinda cheated and just repeated some transitions from my last video (I try not to repeat the same effects in videos that are next to each other…but it happens! LOL!). Wow…it’s been a long time since I did some Tull up in here!? Gotta get a few more out of the pipe into the now! πŸ˜‰

I’ve always loved the lyrics to this track, and Ian’s double tracked vocal. This album was not very well received when it was released…

(***start Wiki) Rolling Stone complained about the “muddled story” of the album, saying that “Ian Anderson should stick to music, because he most definitely is not a storyteller.” The same review praised Anderson’s skill at musical composition, and the guitar solos of Martin Barre.(***end Wiki)

…but it has always seemed an underrated, unique and beautiful record. It was the first Jethro Tull album I ever bought on release date (first on that 8-track, and a couple of weeks later on LP) and though back then it was hard not to compare it to Minstrel In The Gallery, Thick As A Brick, or Aqualung (and find it “minor” in comparison) today it sounds just like classic Tull! (Funny how time can elevate once non-worthy albums right into the thick of an artists “classic” sounding records?)

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU! And thank YOU for sticking around! πŸ™‚

From a dead beat to an old greaser, here’s thinking of you
You won’t remember the long nights;
Coffee bars; black tights and white thighs
In shop windows where blonde assistants fully-fashioned a world made
Of dummies (with no mummies or daddies to reject them)
When bombs were banned every Sunday and the Shadows played FBI
And tired young sax-players sold their instruments of torture
Sat in the station, sharing wet dreams of Charlie Parker,
Jack Kerouac, René Magritte, to name a few of the heroes
Who were too wise for their own good left the young brood to
Go on living without them

Old queers with young faces who remember your name,
Though you’re a dead beat with tired feet;
Two ends that don’t meet
To a dead beat from an old greaser
Think you must have me all wrong
I didn’t care, friend I wasn’t there, friend,
If it’s the price of pint that you need, ask me again

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I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations

I Am That I Am – Peter Tosh (1977) 2011 Legacy Edition Remaster

“I Am That I Am” was released in the summer of 1977 on Peter Tosh’s second album, Equal Rights.

Peter Tosh always seems to get lost somewhat in the shadow of Bob Marley, but as great as Bob Marley was, he was an equally brilliant artist.

I actually came to reggae through Peter Tosh’s Bush Doctor album in 1978….browsing “The Record Hole” record store in North Star Mall in San Antonio, I saw that wild cover and (as good album art would do back in the day) bought the record immediately…..I had no idea what to expect, but when I finally got home (2+ hours from the record store to my house….man I spent some anxious drives back home after picking up some record that I was especially excited about! πŸ˜‰ and put the record on, somehow the music was exactly what that cover promised it would be…..and was officially INTO reggae. Bush Doctor is still probably my favorite reggae album, since it was such a powerful experience (I got a couple of vids coming from it one day if I can ever get them finished……I’ll talk way more about that record when those vids drop….such strong memories with that one!)

So as with all serious music lovers back in those days, a new favorite artist meant a sometimes long search for back catalog….eventually I picked up Peter’s first two records, but not until way after Mystic Man in late ’79….being a rabid music collector in a tiny Texas town in the 70’s was rough! πŸ™‚

I continued buying Peter Tosh albums until they stopped coming….hearing about Peter’s death (and in particular the manner in which he died…tortured and murdered by some thugs) was another of those surreal, sad moments that occur when a favorite artist is suddenly gone… was hard to believe, still is….a seriously underrated artist.

“I Am That I Am” is one of my two favorite tracks from Equal Rights and I’m happy to have finished something to look at behind it.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!…..and THANK YOU! for watching!


I’m not in this world

To live up to your expectations

Neither are you here to live up to mine, yeah

I don’t owe no one no obligation
No I don’t mean none
So everything is fine, fine

I said, “I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am”

Don’t underestimate my ability
Don’t definate my character
Don’t belittle my authority
It is time you recognized my quality

I said, “I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am”
I said, “I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am”

Learn to love to love your brother
Don’t covet your neighbor
Flee from the city it’s getting shitty
It is full of out-a-quity

I said, “I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am
I am that I am, I am, I am, I am”

I am the rock of the ages you cannot move I at all
I am the son of lightning you cannot move I at all
Son of Jacob cannot be moved at all

I am the son of Moses you can’t move I at all
I am the son of David you cannot move I at all
I am a firm ripe diamond you cannot move I at all
You could a shed more tears you cannot move I at all

You could a full of evil you cannot move I at all
You could a try more nuttin’ you cannot move I at all
And you can try make a something that can’t move I at all
And could a come with ism you can’t move I at all
And could come with skism that can’t move I at all

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