The lady we all know…..”Stairway To Heaven” (1971)

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971) HQ 2014 Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stairway To Heaven” was released on Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV (also known as the Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo) in the winter of 1971.

What is there to be said about “Stairway To Heaven”? Suffice it to say it’s maybe the most popular classic rock song of all time….the cornerstone of classic rock. This video features the 2014 Deluxe Edition Remaster uploaded in lossless audio….you need to listen to it in HD to get not only the best picture, but the best sound.

I finished my first Led Zeppelin video a few months back, but it’s still not available to be played….it’s a bummer ’cause I think that video is pretty good and I’d love to share it. Finally gave up waiting for that one, and decided to make another….this time for another Led Zeppelin warhorse. Was able to push this one over the line since the weather during my time off from work hasn’t been cooperating. The video isn’t quite right as the fast edits towards the end are a bit muddled, but it was one of those sections where I throw so much in that it’s difficult to get timing right and many renders fail to pick up all the components during these type sections. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the effort…..THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR WATCHING!

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

Special thanks to:
Johann Mynhardt – Commercials / film Director (amazing songbird clip!) that I’ve featured in a couple/three vids!
http://www.youtube.com/user/johannmynhardt

[Lyrics]
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

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“And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced”….UFO’s beautiful “Belladonna” from 1976’s No Heavy Petting.

Belladonna – UFO (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Belladonna” was released in the spring of 1976 on UFO’s fifth studio album, No Heavy Petting. This beautiful ballad is just one of the reasons that No Heavy Petting has always been my favorite UFO album. UFO has always been such a strong band, from their first recordings until their latest, their talent shines; always exceptional guitar work, amazing vocals, consistently strong songwriting…and some of my favorite keyboards in rock and roll! Although of course, Paul Raymond would join the band after this record and contribute seriously fine work on many later album, but the keyboards on this record by one-album-only Danny Peyronel are my favorite in the catalog….plus the guy co-wrote a couple of my other favs from the album!

I’ve commented before about my love for UFO, so I spare the effort….suffice they are simply one of the most consistently great and lasting of all the hard rock groups. Pick up some of their albums form the last few years…..incredible!

Anyway…..this is another example of a video I started years ago and hadn’t gotten around to finishing. I was inspired to the work by the single clip of the spider hiding in the flower, which I knew I could build a vid around…all I ever got around to doing was working up that clip with the “monkey lady” art from the cover….it sat for some years, but now it’s done. I had promised to finish some of my UFO ballads at the time of my last UFO vid (for “Take It Or Leave It”) hope you enjoy it…as always thank you for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
Oh, Belladonna, never knew the pain
Maybe I’m crazy, maybe it’ll drive me insane
The open letter just carelessly placed
And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Came from passion and you gave it a name
The fingers of poison like needles in the drivin’ rain
So smile discreetly as you watch with such grace
Now I must slip away but can you forget my face

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

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Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Lonely Girl” was released on Steve Forbert’s third album, Little Stevie Orbit, in 1980. Finally I got something done for a Steve Forbert track….the vid’s a quickie, but the song’s special…as are most songs this guy produces.

I started listening to Steve Forbert in 1979 after hearing his hit “Romeo’s Tune”. Picked up the album it was released on (Jackrabbit Slim) and was immediately taken by the quirkiness and originality of the songs. Shortly after I picked up his first album, which I liked even more. Then this third album, which was equally fine.

In discussing great artists that were overlooked and that should have been way more popular, to me Steve Forbert is one of the first to come to mind. He was unfortunately labeled as “the next Dylan” (I remember at the time it was attached to him in nearly every reference) and all that baggage ultimately didn’t help him. He is an absolutely genius on every level….a master songwriter, a singularly unique vocalist!

After years of listening to mp3 versions (all I had in the many years since I sold my original vinyl) finally was able to pick up this album from Steve Forbert.com…man, it’s glorious! The sound is amazing and the bonus tracks are seriously as good as or better than the album tracks!

A serious struggle to select which track to do…there will be more vids coming.

I already had the remaster of his two earlier albums (released on one CD with equally stunning and worthy bonus tracks from both) and now that I finally have this one……I’ve been on a Steve Forbert binge! I suggest you do as well…if you’re already a fan you know the deal, if you’re not….well, you are in for something special.

Buy the album here….now! http://www.steveforbert.com

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

Special thanks to:
BevFest (bit of live clip of Steve performing)
https://www.youtube.com/user/BevFest

[Lyrics]
Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

I see you working harder these days
for little in return
I’ve seen ya tryin’ to smile and please and
baby don’t make what ya earn

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

All the guys who dance for you
they’re so unsatisfied
their hungry hands come reaching out
to get your bows untied

And I’ll come round to sing to you
starving just like them
as I talk to you and long for you
and sing my midnight hymns to a

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

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“And a door-sign keeps the world away…behind the shades…of your silent day”

Broadway Hotel – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Broadway Hotel” 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 several very old videos started for tracks from this album and decided to dust one off and finish it…..here it is; “Broadway Hotel”.

This particular video had stalled way back because I could never decide if the “Broadway Hotel” is a place of opulent sadness or decrepit sadness. Early on I tried different takes and preferred the opulent hotel scenery (lost quite a bit at final edit), but of course I could only find a sign for a decidedly not very fancy “Broadway H(M)otel”…decided to use a little of both!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And of course as always…thanks to all who watch and support my little vids! 🙂

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hair and Makeup Artist
http://leahrosebriody.com/
(Beautiful black and white from “The Bell Boy”)
An amazing artist…check out her work!

[Lyrics]
You told the man in the Broadway Hotel
Nothing was stranger than being yourself
And he replied, with a tear in his eye
Love was a rollaway
Just a cajole away
Mist on a summer’s day
Nothing was clear
Love was a smile away
Just a defile away
I sought it every way
No-one came near

You asked the man for a room with a view
Nothing was said as he stared at his shoe
Then he replied as he gave you the key
Love was a rollaway
Just an unfold away
That’s all there is to say
No-one came near

Alone in your room you hide
As the night rolls by
In the street outside
And you feel over the words he said
Till they turn to rain all around your head

You’re seeking a hideaway
Where the light of day
Doesn’t touch your face
And a door-sign keeps the world away
Behind the shades
Of your silent day.

You made your home in the Broadway Hotel
Room service came at the push of a bell
And the man said as he put down the tray
Love was a stealaway
Just a reveal away
I tried to find a way
Nothing was clear
Then as he turned away
You asked the man to stay
He was there all the day
No-one came near

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