My far out friend in the sky…from 1996 Imperial Drag’s “The Man In The Moon”

The Man In The Moon – Imperial Drag (1996) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

“The Man In The Moon” was released on Imperial Drag’s self-titled debut album in 1996. As a huge Jellyfish fan (one of the very first vids I ever made was for a Jellyfish song….and I gave it everything I had at the time! LOL!) it was such a …drag? ๐Ÿ˜‰ to hear they had broken up, but I was thrilled to hear Roger Manning Jr. had a new group and rushed out to buy Imperial Drag’s debut. The album was a major let down for me at the time, and nothing really stuck besides “The Man In The Moon”…..the one track that sounded like what I expected and wanted to hear from this band, Jellyfish II…better yet Spilt Milk part II!

I became much, much more fond of it in later years as I started to listen to it on it’s own terms…it’s got some brilliant things happening, it rocks…. and if you’ve not heard it, it’s certainly worth searching out.

The video is my second edit of Georges Mรฉliรจs’ 1902 early film masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon. (Check out Electric Light Orchestra’s “Ticket To The Moon” for another, less repetitive and more complete edit to the film: https://youtu.be/VULXe-CoJe0 )

From Allmusic.com:
After the dissolution of Jellyfish, Roger Manning formed his new outfit, Imperial Drag, with lead singer/guitarist Eric Dover. Working with producer Brad Jones, the band released their self-titled debut in 1996 to the delight of Jellyfish fans.
The sound of Imperial Drag doesn’t veer far from the power pop of Jellyfish, although it isn’t nearly as orchestrated as that band’s final effort Spilt Milk. Instead, the sound is more, loose and opts for a garage-rock feel. Dover is a quality vocalist who bears more than a faint resemblance to Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, particularly on “Crosseyed” and the playful “‘Breakfast’ By Tiger.” The lyrics, on which Dover is a co-writer, are the clever stuff that fans had come to expect from Manning. Highlights include the opener, “Zodiac Sign,” a lyrical send-up of all things New Age, and the tentative love song “Illuminate,” on which Dover proves himself capable of handling a ballad as well as the rockers. Imperial Drag is good, good stuff.

[Lyrics}
Everybody loves him
cause he’s light years from home.
The poets and the painters
they can’t leave him alone.
A lighthouse to romantics
both on land and at sea.
A satellite of secrets
born of charm and intrigue.

He’s the man in the moon
see how he smiles.
The man in the moon
still, sad all the while.

One night they came knocking
on his living room door.
They used him, bruised him
screwed him hard until
they were bored.
Now no one seems to give a damn anymore
Another lunatic loser who’s no longer adored.

He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.

He’s the man in the moon
Oh, see how he smiles
The man in the moon…
a supersonic space-age child.
He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.

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And I guess it was only a summer love.. Nothing too serious and nothing to last…Oh Baby, I feel like your fool to be longing for that lyin’ summer love

(Only A) Summer Love (Live) – REO Speedwagon (1977) FLAC Audio Remaster 1080p

For Gary Richrath: Thanks for all the joy you brought to my youth with your incredible music….it wouldn’t have been the same without it! ๐Ÿ™‚ RIP

“(Only A) Summer Love” was originally released on REO Speedwagon’s sixth studio album, R.E.O, in June of 1976. I’ve mentioned in one of my other REO videos that the 1977 double live album, Live: You Get What You Play For is probably my favorite live album ever….just never really loved most bands live albums as much as their studio releases…this one is a major exception! We listened to the hell out of the double live album during for years after it was released….and I still love it as much as ever. I saw the band during this tour and they were off the hook amazing!

Someone posted on one of my other vids that Gary had passed and like so many other members of my favorite rock bands, it made me feel just a bit emptier knowing he was gone. I know many other fans were saddened to know we’d lost him….I wanted to jump in and make a quick vid for a song he sang lead on to honor his passing, and “(Only A) Summer Love was the first one I thought of. I made the vid for the live track….I think I’ll make a quick edit for the studio version as well. (I didn’t spend the time on this one to get the long guitar solo right for the video….I’m interested to see how the other one might play.) Hope ya’ll enjoy the song! This is my fourth video for an REO song…check out some of my earlier ones if ya feel like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Live: You Get What You Play For is a live album by rock band REO Speedwagon, released as a double-LP in 1977 (and years later as a single CD). It was recorded at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, the Market Square Arena [1]in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiel Auditorium in Saint Louis, Missouri and Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. It peaked at number #72 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1977. The song “Ridin’ the Storm Out” reached #94 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The album went platinum on December 14, 1978.

[Lyrics}
Now there’s nothing left to do
But to lay my head down for sleeping
I’m weak with exhaustion and the lover’s blues
But I still can’t forget those weeks I had with you

But I guess it was only a summer love
Nothing too serious and nothing to last
I feel like your fool to be longing
For that lyin’ summer love

Once we both loved just a bit too hard
For deep down we both knew it was dyin’
And we both talked just a little about forever
But we both knew we were doing some lyin’

And I guess it was only a summer love
Nothing too serious and nothing to last
Baby, I feel like your fool to be longing
For that lyin’ summer love

Now the snow falls, freezing my hurt for you
But some nights I feel it is still there
I’ve come back now to the life I’ve known before you
But it doesn’t have the same old meaning

And I guess it was only a summer love
Nothing too serious and nothing to last
Oh baby, I feel like your fool to be longing
For that lyin’ summer love

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…and linking to my earlier three REO videos (not sure if I ever posted them here before).

Sing To Me – REO Speedwagon (1978) FLAC Remaster 1080p

Blazin’ Your Own Trail Again – REO Speedwagon (1978) FLAC Remaster 1080p

Do You Know Where Your Woman Is Tonight? – REO Speedwagon (1978) FLAC Remaster 1080p

Your mind was getting high on the sweet air…as your spirit was flying

Walk On – John Hiatt (1995) FLAC Audio HD 1080p

“Walk On” was the title track from John Hiatt’s thirteenth album which was released in October 1995. John Hiatt is a consistently brilliant, prolific and critically acclaimed artist…just one great after another for decades. He has so many great songs that I considered making for my first video from one of his tunes…but “Walk On” is my favorite track from probably my favorite album he’s released, so it seemed the logical choice. I really love this song and I’ve wanted to try a video for it for a very long time. The tune has always evoked such specific imagery for me, and I couldn’t find (read: afford! LOL!) what’s always in my mind whenever I hear it, but what I found kinda works….albeit on the same drastically compromised scale of all my vids. I need a photographer, crew, talent and locations stat! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy this effort.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! and thank YOU! for watching another one! Peace & love & music to you all this evening.

[Lyrics]
Someone called out to you
And it sounded just like crying
On a street where nobody
Even knows your name
Your mind was getting high on the sweet air
As your spirit was flying

Steam rising from the sidewalks
Of New Orleans after an evening rain
Steam rising from the sidewalks
After an evening rain

And it only made the heat
Feel like it was walking even closer
As you headed up St. Charles
To catch a streetcar named Desire
Young couple struggling in the doorway
Like he was trying to force her

In the distance you swore
You could hear them open fire
Tires squealing in the distance
As you heard them open fire

[Chorus]
Walk on, walk on
Don’t look back
Don’t ask questions
Don’t you try to understand
Walk on, walk on
Straight back down to your hotel room
Where she lies waiting for her man

You’re so afraid you might be losing love
That is makes you worry
And you wonder if she’s ever seen this
Kind of fear in you
And you think of that young couple
In the doorway
And it makes you hurry

You wonder what kind of fear
They might be living through
Yeah you wonder if
They saw that fear in you

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Positive Vibrations – Ten Years After (1974) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

Positive Vibrations – Ten Years After (1974) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Positive Vibrations” was the title track to Ten Years After’s eighth studio album released in the spring of 1974. This track is one of my favorites from the band and I wanted to get something out for it. It features remastered audio….and I think it sounds great LOUD!….whatdoyouthink!? A beautiful and mostly long-forgotten tune by a great band. Hope you enjoy this one.

I’m dustin’ off and crankin’ out a bunch o’ very old things that I want off the plate….not that the tunes aren’t as amazing as ever, but I need to clear up some space. Thanks for checking ’em out!

[Lyrics]
In the night – when you’re all alone
With the one – that you call your own
Ask yourself – if you’re doing good
Give yourself some positive vibrations,
Give yourself some positive vibrations.

Well, the skies – they look down on you;
And the stars, they will guide you through
On this plane – that we all live on
Give yourself some positive vibrations,
Give yourself some positive vibrations.

Too many wanderers are wandering;
Too many ponderers are pondering;
Too many squanderers are squandering.
All you’ve got to do – is let the sun come shining through.
Give yourself some positive vibrations,
Give yourself some positive vibrations.

You can do – what you want to do,
You can call the game you play.
You can go – where you want to go.
Give yourself some positive vibrations,
Give yourself some positive vibrations.

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Some People Wanna Fill The World With Silly Love Songs. And What’s Wrong With That?

Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney & Wings (1976) 2014 Archive Edition FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Silly Love Songs” was released in March 1976 on Wings’ fifth studio album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound. If you recall the summer of ’76 (sympathies if you don’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰ you remember “Silly Love Songs” and “Let “Em In” were on the radio every 5 minutes! Of course there was so much great music in the air in those days!

I’ve been wanting to do a concept vid for the track, but until then, here is the official video touched up a bit (considering the footage that was surely available for the video…it’s pretty half-assed, I hope Paul didn’t pay too much for it! LOL!)…….the audio track uses the 2014 McCartney Archive Collection remaster for Wings At The Speed Of Sound….if you’re a Macca fan you would most likely appreciate the serious sonic improvements from the McCartney Archive Collections albums, these things sound amazing! This is my fourth video for a track from the album: “Warm and Beautiful” https://youtu.be/7mExY7R27fU “San Ferry Anne” https://youtu.be/Usw-QAAR3Xo “She’s My Baby” https://youtu.be/HcIlYOLk1QQ

The album was recorded at Abbey Road in two different sessions: first sessions took place in August/September and October 1975, with work resuming in Januaryโ€“February 1976. During the playback of “Must Do Something About It”, Paul heard drummer Joe English sing the song and decided to have him take the lead vocal. In “Cook of the House”, McCartney handled double-bass, while “Silly Love Songs” was arranged in a disco-style, in a similar fashion to Al Green’s “Sha La La”

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone’s reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as “A Day with the McCartneys”. The introduction, “Let ‘Em In”, is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy (“Silly Love Songs”), a lunch break (“Cook of the House”), and a chance to get to know McCartney’s friends (Denny Laine in “The Note You Never Wrote”, Jimmy McCulloch in “Wino Junko”, etc.).

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney’s most successful American chart album, spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking the Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached number 2). Wings at the Speed of Sound sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Much of the album’s success can be attributed to its two smash singles. “Silly Love Songs”, a response to his critics and one of McCartney’s biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976’s biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with “Let ‘Em In”, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney’s first shows there in ten years (after The Beatles’ last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote” in 1996 on his album Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.

[Lyrics]
You’d Think That People Would Have Had Enough Of Silly Love Songs.
But I Look Around Me And I See It Isn’t So.
Some People Wanna Fill The World With Silly Love Songs.
And What’s Wrong With That?
I’d Like To Know, ‘Cause Here I Go Again
I Love You, I Love You,
I Love You, I Love You.

I Can’t Explain The Feeling’s Plain To Me; Say Can’t You See?
Ah, She Gave Me More, She Gave It All To Me
Now Can’t You See, What’s Wrong With That
I Need To Know, ‘Cause Here I Go Again
I Love You, I Love You.

Love Doesn’t Come In A Minute,
Sometimes It Doesn’t Come At All
I Only Know That When I’m In It
It Isn’t Silly, No, It Isn’t Silly, Love Isn’t Silly At All.

How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?

How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
(I Loveyou)
How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
(I Loveyou)
[Repeat And Fade]

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That’s What John Said – The Motors (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

That’s What John Said – The Motors (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

“That’s What John Said” was released on The Motors’ third and final album, Tenement Steps in November 1980.

Coming off the recent video I made for Ducks Deluxe’s “Love’s Melody” I mentioned the amazing artists associated with the pub rock bands….I bought all these records back in the day, and The Motors were just a seriously talented band. I really like all their albums, there are loaded with great tracks….this was my favorite track off their final album. *There seems to be some debate if the “John” in the lyrics was Lennon or The Revelator (from the bible)…or some other John….c’mon the first time I heard the opening line “In my life” (the title of a great John tune, “In My Life”) I knew immediately we were talking about THE John! ;-)…and what kind of fun would a track about John The Revelator be anyway?! LOL!.the song is loaded with other lyrical references, but it does a masterful job of keeping them just beyond the obvious…..wonderful!

The video? Well lets just say the video was a very quickie…..as you can tell! ;-)…I actually had the video edited to the track ques much better, but the thing got mostly off and I never really got them back….there’s enough left for you to get the idea….but it’s about the SONG! LOL! Hopefully it’ll open the track to a few new fans. Peace atcha all! ๐Ÿ™‚

[Lyrics]
In my life
I’ve been the sun,
Shining my love of life
I ever want.
In my life I’ve been the moon
Hiding my face away,
From day to day,

Now I sit alone at night,
Looking through the prophets eye,
The sun was in black, I saw the moon leave,
Down on my knees I can see…

Changes in the sky, just like John said,
Changes in your mind,
Changes in your eyes, that’s what John said,
Changes in your life…
That’s what John said
That’s what John said
That’s what John said
That’s what John said

In my time, I fell in love
Thought I was the only one,
The lonely one.
In my time, just like a rainy day
I blew the sun away, I blew my love away…

Now I sit alone at night,
Looking through the prophets eye,
The sun was in black, I saw the moon leave,
Down on my knees I can see…

Changes in the sky, just like John said,
Changes in your mind,
Changes in your eyes, that’s what John said,
Changes in your life…
That’s what John said
That’s what John said
That’s what John said
That’s what John said

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“Sometimes entangled in your own dreams…” The year is 1976, the band is Genesis, the album is A Trick Of The Tail, the song is “Entangled”.

Entangled – Genesis (1976) 2007 SACD Remastered FLAC HD 1080p

“Entangled” was released on Genesis’ seventh studio album, A Trick Of The Tail, in February 1978.

A Trick Of The Tail was the first album to feature drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist, following Peter Gabriel’s departure.

The album was recorded at Relight Studios and mixed at Trident Studios in October/November 1975. It also marked the first album that the band would co-produce with David Hentschel. They would work with Hentschel for the n

Back in the day when these 3 records were current, it was sacrilege in some circles to state a preference for the post-Gabriel Genesis (still is in some of those circles!), however I’m proud to say that I’ve always been among those rabid fans of this mid-period sting of albums starting with early 1976’s A Trick Of The Tail, late 1976’s Wind And Wuthering, and 1978’s …And Then There Were Three. I believe they produced some of the most beautiful progressive music by any band ever during this period….of course I still listen to both early period and later period work by the band, but none of it comes close to the stuff they did in the mid to late 70’s. I think I’ve mentioned it before on some of my Genesis videos but it bears repeating… ***If you are as much a fan of this music as I am, and if you want to experience something mindblowingly beautiful….this music enveloping you in sound like you’ve never experienced it before ….buy a DVDA – SACD player and listen to it in 5.1…..one word; OMG! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Trick of the Tail reached No.3 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 39 weeks, and No.31 in the US. Additionally, the album was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA in March 1990. Also according to Tony Banks in the essay that comes with Platinum Collection, the album doubled the band’s previous albums sales. This success was also financially crucial for Genesis who were $400,000 in debt by the time Peter Gabriel left.

This is the seventh video I’ve made for a Genesis song (and the second for a track from A Trick of the Tail (link to “Ripples” and other Genesis videos below). I was mostly finished with “Mad Man Moon” (coming soon) and during editing I ended up with some effects that needed to go, and which I thought I’d use for a foundation for “Entangled” (mainly the clip of the kayak guy which I thought was a nice match to the rhythm and feel of the song). The image of the row houses is something I originally worked on for BOC’s “Morning Final” and then used heavily in The Waterboys’ “Old England”….THEN held up on finishing those videos when I realized the image would work PERFECTLY with that little ditty from Wind and Wuthering (can you guess which one? LOL!)…..now after holding on to the image for years to make the impact I hoped for….I end up using it in “Entangled”? LOL! Hint: you will see it featured again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you enjoy the effort!

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

[Lyrics]
When you’re asleep they may show you
Aerial views of the ground
Freudian slumber empty of sound

Over the rooftops and houses
Lost as it tries to be seen
Fields of incentive covered with green

Mesmerized children are playing
Meant to be seen but not heard
Stop me from dreaming, don’t be absurd, absurd

Well, if we can help you we will
You’re looking tired and ill
As I count backwards
Your eyes become heavier still

Sleep, won’t you allow yourself fall?
Nothing can hurt you at all
With your consent
We can experiment further still

Madrigal music is playing
Voices can faintly be heard
Please leave this patient undisturbed

Sentenced to drift far away now
Nothing is quite what it seems
Sometimes entangled in your own dreams, in your dreams

Well, if we can help you we will
Soon as you’re tired and ill
With your consent
We can experiment further still

Well, thanks to our kindness and skill
You’ll have no trouble until
You catch your breath
And the nurse will present you the bill

Some screen cap art:

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My other Genesis vids:

Ripples – Genesis Remaster (1976) 2007 SACD FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p

Your Own Special Way – Genesis (1976) 2007 SACD FLAC Remaster HD 1080p

Heathaze – Genesis (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p

Many Too Many – Genesis (1978) 2007 SACD FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video

Snowbound – Genesis (1978) 2007 SACD FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video