I’m not in love So don’t forget it…10cc (1975)

I’m Not In Love – 10cc (1975) SHM-CD FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I’m Not In Love” was released on the third studio album, The Original Soundtrack, by the English art rock band 10cc. This is one of my all time favorite songs…still…ageless in its plaintive beauty.

Several years ago, I’d taken a few clips from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)….(one of my favorite films from the 1960’s…you could watch it just for the colors!) and started building this video around them. Last night when I was going through some old stuff to finish (trying not to start anything new until I move a bunch of the ones I’ve already started), I came across this and decided to just use the limited clips I’d taken and finish it up. I’d always intended to flush it out with a bit more stuff from the film, but of course my style is endless variations and repetitions anyway ;-), so I just used what I had…plus the song is so great that it makes everything special! 😉 Hope you enjoy the effort! Thanks for checking it out!

It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone” and “I’m Not in Love”, the latter of which is the band’s most popular song. The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. The album has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – “I’m Not in Love”. Eric Stewart recalled:
“At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King’s label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King’s contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we’ve done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, “This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We’ll do anything, we’ll sign it.” On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.”

The Original Soundtrack was a critical and commercial success reaching No. 4 in the UK and No.15 in the U.S.
Ken Barnes gave the album a rave review in Rolling Stone, commenting, “Musically there’s more going on than in ten Yes albums, yet it’s generally as accessible as a straight pop band (though less so than the two preceding 10cc LPs).” He particularly praised the album for being ambitious without being excessive or pretentious, and for its lyrical content.

Robert Christgau panned the album, remarking of the song “I’m Not in Love”: “stretching your only decent melody (a nonsatirical love song) over six tedious minutes, is that a joke?”

The first single “Life Is a Minestrone” was another UK Top 10 for the band, peaking at No. 7. Their biggest success came with the song that sold the album, “I’m Not in Love”, which gave the band their second UK No. 1 in June 1975, staying there for two weeks. The song also provided them with their first major US chart success when the song reached No. 2. The album’s most famous song, “I’m Not in Love”, was built around a simple title by Stewart.

[Lyrics]
I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because
I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I like to see you
But then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you
Don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I keep your picture
Upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there
So don’t you ask me
To give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time
Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time

I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love
I’m not in love

“You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read…” George Harrison “Awaiting On You All” (1970)

Awaiting On You All – George Harrison (1970) 24bit FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Awaiting On You All” was released in late November of 1970 on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass. This was George’s first album in the commercial sense and to say he knocked it out of the park would be an understatement.

This video is taken from the performance of the song at the Concert For Bangladesh with new effects and set to the studio version of the song. I kinda rushed this one out when my last one was blocked from viewing. (Typically I remove blocked vids, package them for later upload, and renumber the replacement video)….in this case Video #425 (a cleanup/widescreen of George’s “Crackerbox Palace” promo..with HD FLAC!) is sitting happily blocked from view, but I’m going to leave it and hope for the best…eventually. 😉

I was blown away by the sound of the 2014 remaster of All Things Must Pass! It’s wonderful to finally be able to hear this album very close to the way I remember my old vinyl…..it’s just such a difficult and complex sound to get right, based on the way Phil Spector produced it to sound. In the wrong hands it will always sound shrill and thin….I swear if anyone wants to hear All Things Must Pass the way it should sound (and who doesn’t)….BUY the CD so you can get the full uncompressed version. George’s son Dhani had a large hand in the way this album was remastered and sounds and he nailed it…. his dad would be proud! *This video features the higher resolution 96/24bit HD FLAC version.

All Things Must Pass is epic in every sense of the word, and if you were young enough to miss it, and have somehow managed to still not have heard it (and if you’re a serious rock and roll music fan) this album (well two thirds of it anyway, the jams on the 3rd record I listened to exactly once)….you have committed a grave error and I suggest you make amends immediately, find this album and release yourself unto the majesty of what still stands as the greatest solo record ever released by any of The Beatles….John and Paul of course released their share of strong, brilliant albums, but really nothing that can compare to the sheer scale of this record. It has a timeless quality to it and it’s brilliance burns bright through the passing years.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!! And of course, thank YOU! for watching!

[Lyrics]
You don’t need no love in
You don’t need no bed pan
You don’t need a horoscope or a microscope
The see the mess that you’re in
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been polluted so long
Now here’s a way for you to get clean

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no passport
And you don’t need no visas
You don’t need to designate or to emigrate
Before you can see Jesus
If you open up your heart
You’ll see he’s right there
Always was and will be
He’ll relieve you of your cares

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no church house
And you don’t need no Temple
You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read
To see that you have fallen
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been kept down so long
Someone’s thinking that we’re all green

And while the Pope owns 51% of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he’s qualified to quote us
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free

From the void, the crimson fortress rises…Eternal twins are damned At the gates of Urizen

Gates Of Urizen – Bruce Dickinson (1998) FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Gates of Urizen” was released on Bruce Dickinson’s fifth solo album, The Chemical Wedding, in July of 1998. This is probably my favorite track on a very, very strong album. Bruce’s work with Iron Maiden is legendary, but he released some really fantastic solo stuff as well….I’d tie The Chemical Wedding and Tyranny of Souls as my personal favorites (“Devil On A Hog” from Tyranny of Souls was my first Bruce Dickinson video): https://youtu.be/EHlwGJwCHwY

From Wiki:
The record draws some inspiration from the works of William Blake, featuring sung and spoken excerpts of his prophetic works and poetry (notably And did those feet in ancient time on the track Jerusalem), and with cover art from his painting The Ghost of a Flea, although the name of the album and its title track derive from the Rosicrucian manifest the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. As with the previous album, it featured Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith, then a member of Dickinson’s solo outfit.
The film, Chemical Wedding, with a screenplay by Dickinson, was released in May 2008. It features the title track from the album on its soundtrack, but concerns a story about the reincarnation of Aleister Crowley and is otherwise unrelated.

Dickinson: “Each song has a sort of frame in which it operates. The first song is about fear, the second song is about tragedy, the third song is about union. You could pick a theme or a topic for each song so that’s what the song is about and then you put it in a frame. For example, one of the songs is about failure and the song is called “The Trumpets of Jericho”. In the story of the trumpets of Jericho in the Bible, the walls fall down when the tribes of Israel walk around the city and blow their trumpets. Except in this song they don’t, it doesn’t work. You’ve done everything right, everything’s cool but the wall’s still standing. And what do you do? How do you face up to that fact? And it’s all part of the whole alchemy thing. What were the alchemists trying to do? They were trying to achieve something that was virtually impossible, they spent their whole lives trying to do it, and all of them failed, or pretty damn near all of them failed. So, what does that feel like, and how does that work, and why keep carrying on. So that’s the way the songs kind of work. And you don’t have to go into them in all this detail, you could just sit back there and let it hit you over the head like a sledgehammer cause the album works it’s just a really heavy album. But it’s all there if you want to dig through the words.”

Metal Storm: “The lyrics sound as if they were copied right away out of the unholy scriptures, capture the most of the time very empty feeling, warm and comforting sounds you can only expect from the ‘Chemical Wedding’ and ‘The Alchemist’ songs.”

Critical response to The Chemical Wedding was generally favourable, with Allmusic praising its “modern metal aesthetic”. Sputnikmusic said, “Professionally written and recorded, Bruce Dickinson once again pours his soul into his music, and the result is spectacular”, and went on to deem it “one of the best metal albums of the late 90s”. In 2005, The Chemical Wedding was ranked number 388 in Rock Hard magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.

[Lyrics]
As above, so below
All things come from the one
Now you are the victim
Carried by the wind, rooted in the ground
If you want to learn the secrets
Close your eyes…

The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin…

In every woman is a man
From the moon come silver ghosts
Spectres of the blood
From my spirit comes the darkness
From the void, the crimson fortress rises…

At the gates of Urizen
The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin…

At the gates of Urizen
The ladder falls away
At the gates of Urizen
Fallen eagles blaze
At the gates of Urizen
Eternal twins are damned
At the gates of Urizen
Separate lives begin

At the gates… Of Urizen…
The gates of Urizen…
The gates of Urizen…
At the gates…

I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody In the world today Ooh

Nobody – Eddie Money (1979) SACD FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nobody” was released on Eddie Money’s second album, Life for the Taking, in January of 1979. The album includes the singles “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”, “Gimme Some Water” and “Maybe I’m A Fool.”

This on one of my favorite songs on the album and the original intent for the video was for it to be the first in a new template I’m working on to be able to push out many more of the songs I love (using the highest quality audio source) in videos that share the much of the same style and visual elements, but with the template to keep them quick….of course it ended up with too much customization (and feels overdone!)…but I’m working towards the ability to find an interesting and effective “cookie cutter” approach for many videos that I don’t want to have to think about much. Wish me luck! 😉 Hope you enjoy the song…..it’s really a great one!

With Money seemingly endlessly on the road promoting his previous debut album, this effort was primarily written in hotel rooms with a variety of band members and worked up during sound checks prior to performances. The final track, “Call On Me” was often interjected into the set lists prior to the release of this album and received a strong response in spite of its more soulful, less frantic composure.

This album also marked a conscious effort to expand Money’s audience with the inclusion of several more pop and dance oriented numbers. This direction would continue to be expanded upon with the subsequent release “Playing For Keeps”. The album was met with less enthusiastic critical response than its predecessor with a number of the pundits citing a weakness of quality songwriting and the inconsistency of style as pitfalls.

Money resumed his frantic promotion and touring schedule upon the release of this album. The cover shot plays on a rendition of the artist mocking his debut album artwork but with an obvious worn and tired appearance.

As with the previous release, both singles were issued in promotion only edited versions, while the retail releases featured tracks from the album as B-sides. By now, the artist was headlining mid sized venues and a number of the dates featured the then up-and-coming Pat Benatar as support.

[Lyrics]
I said nobody in the world was home today
Well, I called up my friends ’cause I needed someone in a bad, bad way
You see, my baby, mmm, she done gone away
And I just can’t find nobody now in the world today

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

Well, I rang all the bells and I knocked on all the window panes
A policeman told me that I better get home while I still have my brain
Well, I ran down the street with your words in my head
And I had nothing at all to say
And I just can’t find nobody, nobody now
In the world today, hey
Let me tell you people, now

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Ooh, yeah

I talk to the walls
There’s no one at all I can talk to, no, no
I’m all by myself
There’s nobody else I can tell
And I gotta say

Nobody in the world was home today (Nobody)
Well, the streets were all bare
Just like nobody cared
What I had to say

You see, my baby, you see, my baby
She done gone away
I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody
In the world today
Ooh

I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

I couldn’t find no, I couldn’t hear no
I couldn’t see no, no, no, nobody
(Nobody, nobody)
Nobody
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
No, no, nobody in the world was home today
Ooh

Happy New Year 2017! BOC’s “Fireworks” from 1977’s Spectres album.

Fireworks – Blue Oyster Cult (1977) Blu-Spec FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Happy New Year’s all! Let’s hope it’s a good one!? (Better than the hell year most of us feel 2016 was?!) Uploaded an hour before midnight (CST) and published just a few minutes before…this will be my last video of 2016. Thanks to all my friends and fans who have stuck around with me and offered me support and encouragement for the efforts….or those who just watched the videos! Looking forward to another year hanging out with my YouTube friends who share my love of classic rock, progressive rock, reggae, country, soul, new wave, power pop, new rock.,…and all the rest!

“Fireworks”….another classic BOC tune from another classic BOC album. Updated description on the way.

[Lyrics]
She went down to her house by the water
To hide herself from his grasp
He went down to the water to find her
To consumate their love at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down to escape from her prison
To free herself from her fears
All those years up to here with tradition
And opportunity so near

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down on a snow white pillow
To cast herself in the looking glass
He knew the time had finally come now
To break the spell they shared at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red