Suuuuuuuuuumetimes, all I need is the air that I breathe

The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies (1974) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“The Air That I Breathe” was released on The Hollies’ 14th studio album, The Hollies, in March of 1974.

What is there to say about this song, really? It’s an absolute perfect piece of pop/rock… a transcendentally glorious melody wrapped in masterful production of strings and horns….and the guitar is just the cherry on top of it all! This song is amazing in that it never loses one iota of it’s power, even if you hear it a thousand times…for me at least, every single time is a slightly dizzying experience….it’s one of the greatest songs ever written. Allmusic calls it “arguably pop’s greatest ballad.”….hard to disagree.

And yeah….the first time I heard Radiohead’s “Creep” i thought of this song! ***From Wiki for those unaware of the reference: Due to similarities to “The Air That I Breathe”, a song recorded by the Hollies in 1973, Radiohead was successfully sued for plagiarism. Consequently, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are credited as co-writers of “Creep”. “Creep” uses a chord progression used in “The Air That I Breathe” in its verse and a melody from “The Air That I Breathe” in the bridge following the second chorus.***End Wiki.

I wanted to update the frequently posted promotional video of the band performing the track to try and add something interesting to it….but mainly I wanted to use the best quality audio version of the track that I could find (the versions of the video using the original audio sound godawful).

Few songs are as special to me as this one (and another one that I’m finishing up! ;-)….and I know it is for so many others as well….thank you so much for watching, I hope you enjoy the effort.

[Lyrics]
If I could make a wish
I think I’d pass
Can’t think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read

Making love with you
Has left me peaceful, warm, and tired
What more could I ask
There’s nothing left to be desired
Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe

Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you

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Showdown – Electric Light Orchestra (1973)

Showdown – Electric Light Orchestra (1973) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Showdown” was released on Electric Light Orchestra’s third studio album, On The Third Day, in the winter of 1973.

Not much to say here, just something I always wanted to do….a great early Electric Light Orchestra tune from 1973’s On The Third Day album, and a movie that I never get tired of watching, 1995’s The Quick And The Dead.

Being a huge fan of both spaghetti westerns (and of the master in particular, Sergio Leone) and Sam Raimi, I’ve always thought this such a cool movie, though some at the time thought it missed the target….it is what it was meant to be, just an extremely stylish and fun tribute to the spaghetti westerns….made by fans for fans! The direction, cinematography, art direction, and editing (absolutely loaded with bits that I would have loved to have in the video, and actually had more in earlier but had to chop them out as it was just too much! 😉 If you’ve never seen the movie…..you’re in for a treat…..get some popcorn in, queue it up and have a blast! LOL!

The Quick And The Dead….http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114214/

I hope you enjoy the effort…and thank you for checking it out!

[Lyrics]
She cried to the southern wind
About a love that was sure to end
Every dream in her heart was gone
Headin’ for a Showdown
Bad dreamer, what’s your name?
Looks like we’re ridin’ on the same train
Looks as through there’ll be more pain
There’s gonna be a Showdown
And it’s rainin’ all over the world
It’s raining all over the world
Tonight, the longest night
She came to me like a friend
She blew in on a southern wind
Now my heart is turned to stone again
There’s gonna be a Showdown
Save me, oh, save me
It’s unreal, the suffering
There’s gonna be a Showdown
And it’s rainin’ all over the world
It’s raining all over the world
Tonight, the longest night
Raining, raining
Raining, raining
Raining all over the world
Raining all over the world
The longest night
And it’s raining all over the world
Raining all over the world
Tonight, the longest night

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One Paul and one John…it’s a solo-Beatles-double-feature-picture-show weekend!

My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“My Love” was released in the spring of 1973 on the second album by Paul McCartney and Wings and was credited to “Paul McCartney and Wings”. The album was released in 1973 after the relatively weak commercial performance of the band’s debut Wild Life, which had been credited only to the then-unknown Wings. Red Rose Speedway reached number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Recording for Red Rose Speedway started in March 1972. The album was initially planned as a double album, and McCartney decided to include some unreleased songs that had originally been recorded during the Ram sessions prior to the formation of Wings. Two of those songs, “Get on the Right Thing” and “Little Lamb Dragonfly,” eventually appeared on the final album.

The album was cut down to a single album by McCartney due to a recommendation by Henry McCullough, as an attempt to release a more commercial and less expensive record. “Live and Let Die”, the title song to the James Bond film of the same name, was recorded during the sessions for this album, but would instead be released on the Live and Let Die soundtrack album. “I Would Only Smile”, which remains unreleased, was covered by Laine on a solo album. “Mama’s Little Girl” was recorded during the sessions and would later turn up as the B-side of the single “Put It There” in 1990.

In March 1973, “My Love” was released as the lead single for the album, and became a UK Top 10 hit at number 9, and US number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. It raised expectations for the album, which shot to number 5 in the UK when it appeared and went to number 1 in the US. It featured a 12-page booklet stapled into the gatefold featuring pictures from the Wings tours. Its cover design—with the cover shot of a Harley-Davidson shovelhead engine by Linda McCartney—was by Eduardo Paolozzi, while the back cover of the album contains a Braille message of “We love ya baby” for Stevie Wonder.

Won’t say much about the album ‘cept I love it enough to have started videos for several songs (notice in my video for “Little Lamb Dragonfly” I mentioned a couple of others I was plugging away on at the time….can’t even really remember what I’d started for those, and I’m afraid to look! LOL!). I’m sure I’ll get around to more Red Rose Speedway goodness soon enough, but a quick “My Love” was too hard to resist…a long time favorite that was takes me right back the sunny summer of 1973, when it battled the airwaves with George’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”….man, they sounded great together on the AM radio and I always imagined them as new tracks from The Beatles new record!?!?! I hope you enjoy the result. Thanks as always for checking the vids!

[Lyrics]
And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s understood, it’s in the hands of my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

And when the cupboard’s bare
I’ll still find somethin’ there with my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh, my love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Don’t ever ask me why
Lord, I never say goodbye to my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love, she does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo

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Stand By Me – John Lennon (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stand By Me” was released on John Lennon’s sixth solo album, Rock ‘N’ Roll, in February of 1975.

Wanted to edit John’s performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test to the remastered track…the original vid is amazing as John is having a great time taking the opportunity during non vocal portions to talk to the audience a bit during the last part of the song and basically just John being John. I edited those sections out to match the feel of the performance to the studio track, There were maybe a couple places where I might have improved the lip-sync, not too bad though…considering how tough John made it to match up! 🙂 As always thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the vid!

****From Wiki:
Recording the album was problematic and spanned an entire year: Phil Spector produced sessions in October 1973 at A&M Studios, and Lennon produced sessions in October 1974 at Record Plant Studios (East). Lennon was being sued by Morris Levy over copyright infringement of one line in his song “Come Together”. As part of an agreement, Lennon had to include three Levy-owned songs on Rock ‘n’ Roll. Spector ran away with the session recordings, later being involved in a motor accident, which left the album’s tracks unrecoverable until the beginning of the Walls and Bridges sessions. With Walls and Bridges coming out first, featuring one Levy-owned song, Levy sued Lennon expecting to see Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album.

The album was released in February 1975, reaching number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States, later being certified gold in both countries. The album was supported by the single “Stand by Me”, which peaked at number 20 in the US, and 30 in the UK. The album was Lennon’s last until 1980; he took a hiatus from recording to raise his son, Sean Lennon.

Although some critics derided the album as “a step backward”, The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that “John lends dignity to these classics; his singing is tender, convincing, and fond.” AllMusic described the album “as a peak in [Lennon’s] post-Imagine catalog: an album that catches him with nothing to prove and no need to try”.

The album was released on 17 February 1975 in the US, and a few days later in the UK, on 21 February 1975. It reached number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. On 10 March and 18 April 1975, in the US and UK respectively, “Stand by Me” was released as a single, backed with “Move Over Ms. L”, a song that was meant to appear on Walls and Bridges but cut from the final line-up. Peaking at 20 number in the US and number 30 in the UK Lennon promoted the song by appearing on the BBC TV show Old Grey Whistle Test, which also featured an interview by Bob Harris. A second single, “Slippin N Slidin”/”Ain’t That a Shame” (Apple 1883), was announced, promotional copies were pressed, but was never released. “Ya Ya”, backed with “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, was released as a single only in Germany, peaking at number 47 on the Media Control Charts. Lennon said the following about Rock ‘n’ Roll: “It started in ’73 with Phil and fell apart. I ended up as part of mad, drunk scenes in Los Angeles and I finally finished it off on me own. And there was still problems with it up to the minute it came out. I can’t begin to say, it’s just barmy, there’s a jinx on that album.”

Lennon planned to use some of his childhood drawings for the cover of his oldies album, and production had already begun when Lennon switched gears, so the artwork was used instead for Walls and Bridges. In September 1974, May Pang attended the first Beatlefest convention at Lennon’s behest, and met Jürgen Vollmer, an old friend of the Beatles from Hamburg, Germany, who had photographed the band from their Hamburg days. He was selling some striking portraits, and Pang immediately phoned Lennon to tell him of her find. Reuniting with Vollmer in New York, Lennon chose one of his photos for the album’s cover.

The photo depicts Lennon in a doorway with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground. Those figures are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe.

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

[Lyrics]
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me,
Oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

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Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

The Other Side Of The Reservoir – Graham Parker (2007) HQ Audio HD Video

“The Other Side Of The Reservoir” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus.

I’ve gone on about Graham Parker enough in my last video (“Jolie Jolie”) for one of his songs, so I won’t repeat myself….other than to say this guy is one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until has most recent.

I mentioned wanting to show his work a bit more love with more vids….and among those I’ve been thinking about were a couple of tracks from the Don’t Tell Columbus album, including “The Other Side Of The Reservoir”. I found an old clip about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and edited it to the track with minimal fuss…though there were hard decisions because I had to lose about half of the video. I tried to use the minimal amount of effects to make the vid look better in HD, so as not to lose the realism of the original clip..I cranked up the black level way high here, I hope I didn’t go too far….I hope you enjoy the result.

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Bulldozed That Town Down
Wall By Wall
Laying The Asphalt And
Diverting That Rolling River
So There’d Be Water For Us All
I Got Some Photographs
I Don’t Know If They’re Us Or Not
Ah But My Memories Fading Fast
They Might As Well Take That Too
It’s No Use To Me Or You
I Guess It Was Not Designed To Last
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
Well Time Has A Funny Way
Of Doubling Back On Itself
And Showing The Things That Really Last
Was It Just Yesterday
You Left For Greener Pastures
Or Was That Way Back In The Past
I Got Some Photographs
Of A Long Lost Valley
Now Filled With Water Shore To Shore
That Rolls Under Miles Of Land
Right Down To New York City
But At Least No One’s Thirsty Any More
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Get In Touch
I’ve Heard That There’s So Much
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
So What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Flooded The Meadows Green And Fair
Was It So Satisfying
They Didn’t Hear People Crying
As They Watched Their Lives
Get Moved Elsewhere
Well I Hear The Trees Grow Tall
By That Retaining Wall
And There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir

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I was in love with you…but you weren’t in love with me

You Weren’t In Love – Mick Fleetwood (1981) HQ Audio HD Video

“You Weren’t In Love” was released on Mick Fleetwood’s debut solo record,The Visitor, in the late spring of 1981.

This was another record that I associate with my record store job during college. We were excited to see Mick Fleetwood had released a record and of course deep down I guess we were hoping and expecting maybe Rumours II? 🙂 Of course this record had very little similarity to the monster Fleetwood Mac sound, but it was definitely not without charms of its own…..George Harrison contributes some great guitar on the band’s update of “Walk A Thin Line”…..but it was this song that made the greatest impression and remains my favorite track from the album….partly due to the fact that it’s beautifully sung by George Hawkins, Jr. (a frequent presence on various solo Fleetwood projects….and ton of other things!)….and partly due to the fact that I happened to relate to it’s message greatly at the time when it came out. (Yeah, one of those songs that used to get played alot late at night when you were all alone and thinking about someone you missed…..you remember those don’t you!? 😦

I love this video performance, the exuberance of the Ghanaian kids in their bright yellow costumes (not exactly sure what that was all about…but I love it and they are having such fun!)…against the very sad lyrics of the song and the singer’s emotional delivery.

There are a several other versions of this video posted…which use the original audio from the video (not exactly sure about this but I think the performance is typical lip-sync to the released track, but also features the boy’s percussion playing live over it…in the other versions their percussion is much more prominent (and although it’s fun….it’s also not always in sync and somewhat distracting). I wanted to use the remastered studio track behind this performance so made a few edits to make it work….and of course tried to clean up and pump up the video to look better in HD. Hope you enjoy.

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

[Lyrics]
I’m standing on the outside
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
But I do know just one thing
I Know that it’s over with you

I’ve been very lonely
I did not think I could go on
I was caught in memories
And dreams that showed up

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Suppose I’ll have to keep it, keep it inside
I don’t know why
But I know that won’t change it
But baby it helps if I try

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Now I’m standing on the outside
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
But I do know just one thing
Baby, it’s over with you

My friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

Oh, my friend, you left
Blind man could see
I was in love with you
But you weren’t in love with me

You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
Yeah, you weren’t in love with me
Yeah, you weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me
You weren’t in love with me

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Come along with me…….”Step into Christmas”! Sir Elton’s classic Christmas treat from 1973.

Step Into Christmas – Elton John (1974) HQ Remaster Audio HD Video

“Step Into Christmas” was released as a stand-alone single in November 1973 with the song “Ho, Ho, Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)” as the B-side. It peaked at No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In the United States, the single reached No. 56 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart.

“Step into Christmas” was later included as a bonus track on the 1995 remastered re-issue of the album Caribou, even though it was released in the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road days. It also appears on the albums Elton John’s Christmas Party, Rare Masters, To Be Continued, and various Christmas compilation albums. Two versions with different vocals exist.

According to liner notes about the song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (in Rare Masters and Elton John’s Christmas Party), the track and its B-side, both produced by Gus Dudgeon, were recorded during a quickie session at Morgan Studios in London, owned by drummer Barry Morgan, who had played on several of Elton’s early albums. “Step into Christmas” was mixed to sound like one of producer Phil Spector’s 1960’s recordings, using plenty of compression and imitating his trademark “wall of sound” technique. This was intentional according to both John and Taupin, and an homage of sorts to Christmas songs by Spector-produced groups such as The Ronettes.

In 2009, “Step into Christmas” was the ninth most played Christmas song in the United Kingdom.

“Step Into Christmas” is one of my favorite rock Christmas songs, maybe tied with Paul’s “Wonderful Christmastime” for absolute favorite (there are so many great ones both old and new!). I had most of this video finished last year about this time, but the powers that be didn’t want it shared at that time…..so happy to be able to finish it up this year. Watching it as it’s uploading I realize that I should have sped it up a bit more towards the end and used a few xmasy photos for variety, but I guess it’ll have to do….another note for another video adjustment if and when the time comes! 😉 Wishing all my friends and everyone the greatest Christmas ever this year! Thanks for watching!

(WIKI mentions there are two vocal versions of this song, but doesn’t really detail differences or releases for them)….I took the version used in this video from the remastered Caribou album, where it was a bonus track….if anyone knows more please share!)

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

[Lyrics]
Welcome to my Christmas song
I’d like to thank you for the year
So I’m sending you this Christmas card
To say it’s nice to have you here
I’d like to sing about all the things
Your eyes and mind can see
So hop aboard the turntable
Oh step into Christmas with me

Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free

Take care in all you do next year
And keep smiling through the days
If we can help to entertain you
Oh we will find the ways
So merry Christmas one and all
There’s no place I’d rather be
Than asking you if you’d oblige
Stepping into Christmas with me

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