Hotel California one more time for Glenn! (1948 – 2016)

Hotel California – The Eagles (1976) HD SACD Remaster HD 1080p Video

Hotel California was released by The Eagles on their fifth studio album, Hotel California, in the winter of 1976.

On a dark desert highway,
Cool wind in my hair,
Warm smell of “colitas”
Rising up through the air,
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light,
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim,
I had to stop for the night.

There she stood in the doorway,
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinkin’ to myself :
“This could be heaven and this could be hell”
Then she lit up a candle,
And she showed me the way,
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California,
Any time of year, (Any time of year) You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted,
She got the Mercedes BENZ
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard,
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember,
Some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here
Since nineteen sixty-nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say:

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
They’re livin’ it up at the Hotel California,
What a nice surprise, (What a nice surprise) Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice, and she said:
“We are all just prisoners here,
Of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers
They gathered for the feast,
They stabbed it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before,
“Relax,” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive,
You can check out anytime you like… but you can never leave”

(Guitar Solo Until End)

This album brings back very special memories for me of my high school year, and so I wanted to dedicate the effort to my classmates from my old high school in Texas.

I’d been wanting try and do something for “Hotel California” for a very long time….the imagery of the song is so unique and I thought it might be interesting to try and capture something. Anyway, I tried to make something that I always wanted to see for this song….palms, dark highway, lightning, hotel’s, candles, mission bells, that mysterious lady in the doorway….and of course even more palms blowing in the wind! 😉

Actually it’s not exactly what I tried to do, there were some really cool mask effects I was playing with (band jamming in the various doors and windows in the album art…but tracking was brutal and I gave up), and of course, it really needed more time and work to mix up the existing/repeat effects, but as usual by the time I could have done such fine tuning…I just wanted it done! LOL! As with most of my videos…..it’ll never compete with the single album art and/or crappy sounding versions so I resign myself to just getting it close since it ain’t gonna matter anyway. But if you are taking the time to check it out and read this……THANKS so much for watching….I really hope you enjoy the effort.

After spending quite a bit of time searching, the best “Hotel Californiaish” hotel I could find to work with wasn’t a hotel at all…it’s Stetson Law University in Florida!

HUGE THANKS TO:
NBC (wonderful live clips of the band performing the song)

The Painted Veil II
by ~miss-baudelaire\~miss-baudelaire
http://miss-baudelaire.deviantart.com/
&
Dark Lady
Charlotte Anderson Photography
http://www.culturelabel.com/shop/c/ch…

….for their amazing “Hotel California ladies”

Stetson Law University (for “hotel california”)
http://www.law.stetson.edu/

…and OF COURSE EVERYONE ELSE who’s art made this new art possible…..THANK YOU!!!!

By MetalGuruMessiah

Jethro Tull Videos by MetalGuruMessiah

Thanks to all my friends and fans out there….your support and encouragement is everything! 🙂

The Jethro Tull videos so far:

Home – Jethro Tull (1979) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Fylingdale Flyer – Jethro Tull (1980) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

Slow Marching Band – Jethro Tull (1982) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

Heavy Horses – Jethro Tull (1978) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

Witch’s Promise – Jethro Tull (1970) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

Moths – Jethro Tull (1978) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser – Jethro Tull (1976) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Aqualung – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster HD Video

Acres Wild – Jethro Tull (1978) Remaster HD Video

Murmansk Run/Ellis Island – Al Stewart (1980)

Murmansk Run/Ellis Island – Al Stewart (1980) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p VIdeo

“Murmansk Run/Ellis Island” was released on Al Stewart’s ninth studio album, 24 Carrots, in August of 1980. Proud to make my very first video of 2016 this fine, fine epic Al Stewart track! Happy New Year to all! This one’s for all our immigrant ancestors who came to to this land of opportunity in the hopes of giving their families’ a better life! Unless you are a native American, we all crossed some river, border, or ocean to make this our home….and what a “home” our ancestors from so many different parts of the world made for us!!!! 🙂

As a longtime major fan of Al Stewart, after all these years his music still holds a special place for me. I enjoy working on videos for his songs because his amazingly evocative lyrics, often dealing with historical topics, are they always inspire me so to try and find the imagery to match his music.

Although this is my eighth video for an Al Stewart track, I actually started on this one right after finishing my first one for one of his songs (“Palace Of Versailles”). This was to be my second video before I put it aside for another (simpler) track from the 24 Carrots album (as I mentioned in my description for “Merlin’s Time”), that was 3.5 long years ago! And although I ended up finishing numerous other Al Stewart videos from this before I made it back to “Murmansk Run/Ellis Island”, this is still one of my all time very fav Al Stewart tracks….and I’m so happy I finally got around to doing something for it!

Amazing Murmansk footage from and HUGE thanks to:
Timur Ermakov
https://www.youtube.com/user/Zjama07

K. Letavin
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClR45Z7xGs_BKQLw71Uo1Ig

Dmitry Adamov
https://www.youtube.com/user/TwentyNine97

Please visit their channels to see the full versions of the absolutely stunning timelapse videos they’ve shared!

Thanks to all for your continued support for the vids!

[Lyrics]
Your father sailed on the Murmansk run
To guide the flocks of the ships home one by one
Grey beneath the Arctic sun
Or the glow of Northern Lights

I see you have his photograph
His eyes are watching for dangers fore or aft
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

He never did come home to you
It’s long forgotten, a childhood dream or two
But something of the cold got through
And it lingers in your eyes

On days like these you hear the wind
And feel the chill of the ice floes closing in
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

Now you hide yourself from view
You seem to find it an easy thing to do
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

Well you wake up in the morning on Hester street
And run to the factory, You can’t afford to be late
Working every morning, every evening, every day
For your money, Yet there’s nothing to save

Watching your life pass by the window
Feeling it all run through your hands
Counting the thousands behind in the lines
Waiting time for their chance

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Meanwhile from the market come the cries
Of every tongue and every nation
Refugeless refugees
Faces from the endless plains of Russia
Blonde Norwegian, dark Croatian
Songs in sad minor keys
Feeling the heat inside the furnace
Trying to make that break away
Reaching their hands for a grip
On the edge just to slip back again

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Ah well I’ve heard it said
If you just use your head
You can make your fortune here
One lucky break and that’s all it would take

But it never seems to be near
Another day, another ship pulls into harbor
And the crowd spills down the gangway
Clutching their suitcases tight

Blinking in the sunlight at the door of the new world
They hold the handrail
With all the post thrown behind
Caught in between now and forever
Wondering just what lies ahead
Each one is waiting and hoping
The door will be open to them

On Ellis Island, day after day
On Ellis Island, time slips away

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea