Future Boy – Catherine Wheel (1997)

Future Boy – Catherine Wheel (1997) FLAC HD Video

“Future Boy” was released on Catherine Wheel’s fourth studio album, Adam and Eve, in July of 1997.

This is my fifth track from this amazing album (and my seventh or eight from the band) so I won’t repeat myself going on about how much/why I love this band or this album in particular (check descriptions of the previous videos if you care to witness my worship! ;-)….but I will repeat, this record is certainly one of my top 5 or even 3 of all time….coincidentally two (Wish You Were Here and Animals) of the other albums sharing the top 3 or 5 are by a band which this album evokes so strongly (Pink Floyd)….whatever I don’t want to fall down that rabbit hole again….let me just end by saying this is still one of my very favorite albums of all time….and if you’ve not yet listened to it (at least 3-4 times for it to set) then I suggest you do so IMMEDIATELY! 😉

……..and of course any video I’ve made for a Catherine Wheel song wouldn’t be complete without a plea for the band to reunite! 🙂 …and barring that….where the hell is Rob anyway!!!!???

The video’s not much, but I’ve taken a FLAC source of the track and adjusted it slightly for the best sound….I hope you enjoy it….thanks for watching!

Recommended volume level: 11

[Lyrics}
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

With you up there on the screen
I’d be your future boy
My big eyed bird in the movies
I’d be your future boy
‘Cause if that is what you need
A cinematic boy like me
Who’ll come along and set you free
Don’t fear superboy is here
And it feels good to me

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

As the wisdom runs
A boy should know his limitations
But I’ve talked myself through less
Can I be your future pest
‘Cause if that is what you need
A sycophantic boy like me
Who’ll tell you things
You really don’t need
Oh joy I’m your boy
And it feels good to me
Don’t fear superboy is here
And it feels good to me

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“Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small…”

First Of May – Bee Gees (1969) FLAC Remaster HD Video

A Merry Christmas to all us music fans everywhere; God bless us, every one!” 😉

“First Of May” was released on the Bee Gees’ sixth studio album, Odessa, in March 1969.

This wasn’t the Christmas video I was working to finish for this year, but when I realized that that one wouldn’t make it on time, I decided to jump in and give “First Of May” a quick workup.

“First Of May” is a beautiful track from on of my favorite albums of the 60’s. I’m also a huge fan of The Brothers Gibb and although I’ve started a few vids for some of their songs, this is the first one I’ve finished. Just a word to those who may not realize the amazing talent The Bee Gees possessed….they were true masters at writing, production….and yeah, they could even sing passably well ;-)…..if you haven’t really listened to the Bee Gees without disco prejudice! LOL! you are seriously missing out….they were way more than Saturday Night Fever (I’m proud to say I love all their work, from their stuff in the 60’s until their very last album. Wow….seems like not that long ago I was spinning Here At Last…and only yesterday that I was picking up One Night Only on DVD! Peace to them all….thanks guys for the great music and times…..we love ya still Barry! 🙂

Odessa was the group’s fourth album released internationally, and their only studio double LP. Odessa would be the final album for the band’s original incarnation, and this was the last album to feature guitarist Vince Melouney. Robin Gibb would leave the band over personal and artistic differences with brother Barry Gibb. Odessa is noted in Robert Dimery’s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album contains “First of May”, “Lamplight”, “Marley Purt Drive” and “Melody Fair”.

Odessa was intended as a concept album in the vein of other albums by British bands at the time such as the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Pretty Things’ SF Sorrow and The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.

[Lyrics]
When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
We used to love while others used to play.
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away.

[Chorus]
Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small,
And you don’t ask the time of day.
But you and I, our love will never die,
But guess we’ll cry come first of May.

The apple tree that grew for you and me,
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And I recall the moment of them all,
The day I kissed your cheek and you were mine.

[Chorus]

When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
Do do do do do do do do do,
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away.

Bob Dylan’s Dream – Peter Paul and Mary (1967) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Bob Dylan’s Dream” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary for their seventh studio release, Album 1700, which was released in March of 1967.

This record was one of the first albums I remember listening to at a very young age. It’s another of the records I came to through the album collection of my older cousins….and it is absolutely included in the first few albums which started me down the path to a lifelong love of rock and roll music. Happy to do something for this tune, probably my very favorite from the album…might work up something for a couple of other favorite tracks eventually….lots of great work by Peter, Paul and Mary!

Album 1700 produced the band’s most successful and final hit — “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (a John Denver composition). The album peaked at #15 on Billboard Magazine’s Top LP chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Performance category. Album 1700 was so named because its original LP issue was Warner Bros. Records catalog# W-1700 for the mono version and WS-1700 for the stereo version. The album stayed on the charts and rose again in 1969, thanks to the single release of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…..THANK YOU!!! and also of course THANK YOU for watching…hope you enjoy the vid!

[Lyrics]
While riding on a train goin’ west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung
Our words were told, our songs were sung
Where we longed for nothin’ and were quite satisfied
Talkin’ and a-jokin’ about the world outside

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold
We never thought we could ever get old
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one

As easy it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split

How many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a friend
And each one I’ve never seen again

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that

 

In The First Place – George Harrison (1968) FLAC Remaster HD Video

In The First Place – George Harrison (1968) FLAC Remaster HD Video

“In The First Place” was originally recorded during the sessions for the album Wonderwall Music, the soundtrack to a film that Geroge Recorded….it was the first solo record by George Harrison and also the first solo record of any of The Beatles.

I was never a huge fan of this album, but I’ve been listening to it quite a bit lately, and this video for “In The First Place” actually came about from a suggestion by a fan commenting on one of my other George Harrison videos. “In The First Place” was recorded by George and The Remo Four during the Wonderwall Music sessions being recorded for the film of the same name, but apparently George didn’t submit it for inclusion to the soundtrack because he believed the director only wanted instrumental works….AS IF someone would NOT want George Harrison singing a new composition (even if it wasn’t his own)?! 😉

The remastering work presented on George’s early albums, as presented in The Apple Box (for which his son Dhani had lead role), was simply wonderful, but I’d spent most of my time with the better known albums and just kinda skimmed through Wonderwall Music. Then this person mentioned that I should do a video for “In The First Place”…of course I became curious as I didn’t remember the song from the original album and hadn’t really even paid much attention to it (as a bonus track for Wonderwall Music, I guess I expected more instrumental)…..but when I listened to it the first time after that suggestion….wow…..it was love at first listen! LOL! Seriously, this song, though written by The Remo Four features George vocal and production….and it’s just a brilliant bit of psychedelia, like a lost Harrison track from Sgt. Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour. I seriously love this track….HUGE thanks to that fan who gave me a clue (I’ll go back and find that comment and thank them proper….cause without that suggestion I doubt I’d ever hear this gem). Hope you find it as wonderwall as I do! 😉

***There is quite a story behind this song and here’s the link to it:
http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/wonderwall.htm

I have to say that Wonderwall Music has gone from about a 1 star album for me previously to about a 3.5…I guess I’m just more mature now and can appreciate this type music more than when I was 21…..it’s got a lot of great things going on in it’s grooves too bad it took me so long to appreciate it more….and as with all the other titles in The Apple Years box it sounds superb now.

Wonderwall Music is the soundtrack album to the 1968 film Wonderwall It was the first album to be issued on the Beatles’ Apple record label. The songs are all instrumental pieces, except for occasional non-English vocals, and a slowed-down spoken word segment on the track “Dream Scene”. Harrison recorded the album between November 1967 and February 1968, with sessions taking place in London and the Indian city of Bombay. Following his Indian-styled compositions for the Beatles since 1966, he used the film soundtrack to further promote Indian classical music by introducing rock audiences to musical instruments that were relatively little-known in the West – including shehnai, sarod and santoor.

The album cover consists of a painting by American artist Bob Gill in which, as in director Joe Massot’s film, two contrasting worlds are separated by a wall, with only a small gap allowing visual access between them. Harrison omitted his name from the list of performing musicians, leading to an assumption that he had merely produced and arranged the music; the 2014 reissue of Wonderwall Music recognises his contributions on keyboards and guitar. The album was first remastered for CD release in 1992, for which former Apple executive Derek Taylor supplied a liner-note essay.

While viewed as something of a curiosity by rock music critics, Wonderwall Music is recognised for its inventiveness in fusing Western and Eastern sounds, and as being a precursor to the 1980s world music trend. The album’s title inspired that of Oasis’ 1995 hit song “Wonderwall”, and its music influenced the sound of Oasis’ fellow Britpop band Kula Shaker. Harrison’s full soundtrack for the film was made available on DVD in early 2014, as part of the two-disc Wonderwall Collector’s Edition. In September that year, the album was reissued in remastered form as part of the Apple Years 1968–75 Harrison box set, with the addition of three bonus tracks.

[Lyrics]
Day begins to crumble, Can’t believe my eyes,
Falling down and down and down, It comes as no surprise,

I begin to stumble, Losing my control,
Feeling like a blind man who is searching for his soul,

Never be the same,
Never be the same again,
Will it ever be the same again,
As it was in the first place,

Never be the same,
Never be the same again,
Will it ever be the same again,
As it was in the first place,

I’ve been feeling humble, Since you went away,
Now I feel there’s nothing left that’s right for me to say,