How I wish, how I wish you were here


Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975) Immersion Box FLAC 1080p Video

Good news is that I’ve finally finished another Floyd video!….bad news it’s one I’ve done before! 😉 My upgrade project continues….

“Wish You Were Here” was the title track from Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, which was released in the fall of 1975. The record explores themes of absence, the music business and former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline. The album was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Although some of these sessions were problematic, it was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split the centrepiece track “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” in two and join each half with three new compositions. “Shine On” was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded.

The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve which hid the album artwork. Wish You Were Here was an instant success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each declared Wish You Were Here their favourite Pink Floyd album.

It’s been almost 2 years since I made my original video for this song, but although I liked some of the effects (they’re baaaaaack! LOL!) I was never really very happy with it….too cluttered, and art from all the Pink Floyd albums (I was thinking of the band “wishing Syd was there” during all the albums they made subsequent to his departure from the band) was really too much. This one started out with about a third less effects as I was determined to keep it simple, but just like when I was making the first one and my first “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” epic video….I found myself working on upgrades for both songs at the same time (the songs are so close conceptually that it’s very easy to mix them up).

I’m so excited about finishing up my long delayed vids for other Pink Floyd tracks and I didn’t really plan on going back to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” before finishing those but it looks like that might happen after all since I ended up with so many extra effects from this video. Till the new ones come….take these updates for a spin! 🙂

Thanks as always for watching!

Special thanks!:

Chevvy’s amazing Syd drawings/paintings!

And of course, to everyone else who’s contribution of art made it possible to create new art! THANKS!


So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in a war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

“I’m gettin’ the feel of hickory wind”…country rock, meet your maker.

Hickory Wind – The Byrds (1968) Legacy Edition FLAC HD 1080p Video

(This video contains a lossless audio track. Please remember to watch my videos in HD if you are listening to them on headphones, home theater or if you just want the best sounding audio possible… does make a difference!)

“Hickory Wind” was released in 1968 on The Byrd’s album, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. It was written by Gram Parsons, to whom country rock and alt rock owe everything…he died tragically at 26 at Joshua Tree in California….wandering the desert under the influence of mushrooms, alcohol, and morphine. I’m still in awe of the songs he wrote before checking out that night in 1973.

This is actually the 2nd time I’ve updated the video for “Hickory Wind”….in addition to the new video edit, it includes a FLAC version of the track.

“Hickory Wind” was written by Parsons and former International Submarine Band member, Bob Buchanan, during an early 1968 train ride from Florida to Los Angeles.

Post-production work on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album was disrupted when Parsons’ appearance on the album was contested by Lee Hazlewood, who contended that the singer was still under contract to his LHI record label. While the legal problems were being resolved, McGuinn replaced three of Parsons’ lead vocals with his own singing, a move that still infuriated Parsons as late as 1973, when he told Cameron Crowe in an interview that McGuinn “erased it and did the vocals himself and fucked it up.” However, Parsons was still featured singing lead vocals on the songs “Hickory Wind”, “You’re Still on My Mind”, and “Life in Prison”. There has been speculation that McGuinn’s decision to re-record Parsons’ lead vocals himself was not entirely motivated by the threat of legal action, but by a desire to decrease Parsons’ presence on the album. According to producer Gary Usher:
“McGuinn was a little bit edgy that Parsons was getting a little bit too much out of this whole thing…He didn’t want the album to turn into a Gram Parsons album. We wanted to keep Gram’s voice in there, but we also wanted the recognition to come from Hillman and McGuinn, obviously. You just don’t take a hit group and interject a new singer for no reason…There were legal problems but they were resolved and the album had just the exact amount of Gram Parsons that McGuinn, Hillman and I wanted.”

With its mix of country and soul music, “You Don’t Miss Your Water” provides an example of Gram Parsons’ concept of “Cosmic American Music”. The song is also one of three on the album to have had its original Parsons’ vocal replaced by Roger McGuinn prior to release.

The three songs that had their lead vocals replaced by McGuinn were “The Christian Life”, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and “One Hundred Years from Now”, with the last featuring McGuinn and Hillman sharing vocals on the final album version. However, Parsons’ lead vocals weren’t completely eradicated from these songs and can still be faintly heard, despite having either McGuinn or Hillman’s voice overdubbed on them. The master recordings of these three songs, with their original Parsons’ vocals restored to full prominence, were finally issued as part of The Byrds box set in 1990. These same master recordings, featuring Parsons’ lead vocals, were also included as bonus tracks on disc one of the 2003 Legacy Edition of Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is my favorite album by The Byrds….it is simply their most perfect effort. This version is from the fine 2003 Legacy Deluxe 2CD Remaster….if you love The Byrds, buy this CD!

In South Carolina, there’re many tall pines
I remember the oak tree that we used to climb
But now when I’m lonesome I always pretend
That I’m gettin’ the feel of hickory wind

I started out younger, had most everything
All the riches and pleasures, what else can life bring?
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind

It’s a hard way to find out that trouble is real
In a faraway city with a faraway feel
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind
Keeps callin’ me home, hickory wind

Electric Light Orchestra’s “Turn To Stone”

Turn To Stone – Electric Light Orchestra (1977) 24/192 FLAC HD Video

“Turn To Stone” was the opening track from Electric Light Orchestra’s seventh studio album, the epic double album “Out Of The Blue”, which was released in October of 1977.

This record is one of the best ELO ever released and even across four sides there wasn’t a weak track to be found.

Lately I’ve been spending more time working on updates to the videos I’ve already done (including one of the two I’ve made for tracks from the Out Of The Blue album; “Jungle” and “Sweet Is The Night”) but between the updates and the more involved new things I’m working on it’s becoming a pretty dry stretch for video uploads. So I decided to push out this little video for “Turn To Stone” that I’d finished quite some time ago (which included the original studio track behind this live performance), but decided not upload as the video effects weren’t quite what I’d hoped for (the footage turning to a more “stone” look at points…pretty cool, but the low res limitations of the source video made it pretty rough…still have a low level “stone” effect for the entire video now). In the end, its just a reason to upload what I believe is the best sounding audio of “Turn To Stone” currently available on Youtube….the FLAC track used was taken from a 24/192 vinyl source, no compression….so nice! 🙂

Thanks for watching!

The city streets are empty now
(The lights don’t shine no more)
And so the songs are way down low
A sound that flows into my mind
(The echos of the daylight)
Of everything that is alive
In my blue world.

I turn to stone
When you are gone
I turn to stone
Turn to stone when you comin’ home
I can’t go on
The dying embers of the night
(A fire that slowly fades to dawn)
Still glow upon the wall so bright
The tired streets that hide away
(From here to ev’rywhere they go)
Roll past my door into the day
In my blue world.

I turn to stone
. . .

Turn to stone
When you’re gone
I turn to stone.

I’m turning to stone
‘Cause you ain’t comin’ home
Why ain’t you comin’ home
If i’m turning to stone
You’ve been gone for so long
And I can’t carry on
Yes I’m turning
I’m turning

I’m turning to stone
The dancing shadows on the wall
(The two step in the hall)
Are all I see since you’ve been gone
Through all I sit here and I wait
(l turn to stone I turn to stone)
you will return again some day
To my blue world

I turn to stone
. . .

Turn to stone when you are gone
I turn to stone I turn to stone
When you are gone I turn to stone
Turn to stone when you comin’ home
I can’t go on turn to stone
When your are gone I turn to stone.