“Confrontation” from Michael Mann’s Thief (1981)

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“Confrontation” was the written and performed by Craig Safan as the music to play of the the final violent scenes of Michael Mann’s
1981 film Thief, where Frank (James Caan) is blowing up, burning and destroying his past life. I’ve always loved this soundtrack especially this song, and “Beach Theme/Beach Scene” (I’ll probably do an equalizer effect vid for a combination of the tracks soon).

Tangerine Dream did some other soundtracks that I really like including Scorcer, Miracle Mile, Near Dark, Firestarter, Risky Business, Legend, and The Keep. A very influential band.

Thief (1981) is the second soundtrack album by the German band Tangerine Dream and their fifteenth album overall. It is the soundtrack for the film Thief, directed by Michael Mann. It reached No. 43 on the UK Albums Chart in a 3-week run.

“Beach Theme” and “Beach Scene” are two different mixes of the same piece. The album version of “Dr. Destructo” is quite different from the film version. An extended version of “Dr. Destructo” was available only on a promo single. “Igneous” is a remix of “Thru Metamorphic Rocks” from the 1979 album Force Majeure. Neither “Beach Theme” nor “Trap Feeling” appear in the film.

After Tangerine Dream completed the soundtrack, Mann needed another sequence. As Tangerine Dream was on tour, Craig Safan composed and performed “Confrontation”. The original 1981 Elektra LP released in the U.S. featured “Confrontation”, but subsequent releases featured “Beach Scene” instead.

During the 1980s, Toronto television station CITY-TV used “Scrap Yard” as their background music when inserting technical difficulties slide cards.

The soundtrack was also nominated for Worst Musical Score at the 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards.

There are currently two versions of the soundtrack available with different track listings and album covers. Version A has “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” above the title followed by “James Caan” just below. “Composed and Performed by Tangerine Dream” appears at the bottom. Version B just has “Tangerine Dream” above the title.

In 2004, Wounded Bird Records re-released version B with “Confrontation”; there were however two mispressings, one with the version A track list, and one with “Igneous” removed instead of “Beach Scene” All had the listing for version B on the CD and cover.

In 2014, Perseverance Records released a re-mastered, 9 track version that included both Beach Scene and Confrontation, thus correcting the errors on previous releases where both tracks were never on the same disc.

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Booker T. & The MG’s. Medley (“Because” & “You Never Give Me Your Money”)

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Medley (“Because” & “You Never Give Me Your Money”) was the 3rd track (and the 2nd medley) on McLemore Avenue, the 9th studio album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, which was released in April of 1970. The record consisted entirely of mostly instrumental covers of songs from the Beatles’ album Abbey Road (released only months earlier, in September 1969). The title and cover are an homage to the Beatles album, 926 East McLemore Avenue being the address of the Stax Studios in Memphis, as Abbey Road was for EMI Studios in London.

Booker T. Jones said, “I was in California when I heard Abbey Road, and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it.”

This record has always been really special to me. There are so few good reasons to listen to cover work of The Beatles, some great stuff scattered about but mostly pointless. This record has always astonished me with this band’s groovyfanfukncydelic interpretations….the songs just breath and there is so much amazing musicianship in every second of the record. This is the band we all wish we could have had. I really can’t pick a favorite musician from this band they are all stellar, but drummer Al Jackson, Jr and Booker T. Jones and his magical Hammond M3 Organ were insane brilliant, and guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn were merely among the greatest who ever played. Damn, they were really something.

If your a fan of rock n roll, The Beatles, Stax, soul, funk, soul or really music in general, McLemore Avenue is one that you really should give a listen to. It requires good headphones or a good home rig to get the full effect of the music, the bottom end, etc…plus it should be played LOUD if it’s gonna be played at all! 😉

Thanks again to all my friends who stick around and encourage me to plug on! You guys RoCk! 😉 I hope you enjoy my 3rd video from McLemore Avenue”! 😉

Lady Starlight – Scorpions (1980)

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“Lady Starlight” was released on the Scorpion’s seventh studio album, Animal Magnetism, in late winter 1980. This has always been one of my very favorite rock ballads and it was one of the first videos I made a video for…(#20) uploaded nearly 6 years ago! The song takes me to back to times, places and people that I loved way back when. Hope you enjoy the effort…thanks for watching!

Since I started out with some of my very favorite tunes when I started making the fan vids, consequently some of my favorite songs have very clunky videos….always happy to find the energy and time to get one updated! Made a couple of choices with this video that I may regret soon (I’d worked up higher resolution album art to use in the art concept that I used in my original “The Zoo” video, but I decided to plug it in here as well…it actually works better with “The Zoo”). Rudolf Schenker usually played rhythm guitar but occasionally he’d step up with a solo, this is a great example of what he was capable of. I wanted to feature a clip of him playing the guitar solo but couldn’t find anything…so we honor him with a pic instead!) of course, but you get the idea, until then…here we go. Presented with FLAC audio sourced from very rare Import Scorpion’s No.1’s compilation….which I still believe to be the best remaster ever released of this song (and others)….better even than the recent Animal Magnetism: 50th Band Anniversary Import which sounds pretty awesome (and has lots of extra tracks!).

I was a huge fan of both UFO and Scorpions, in part but certainly not totally, due to Micheal Schenker’s guitar work with both bands. The year before on their previous album (Lovedrive), it was both disappointing and exciting to hear Michael back with Scorpions….his work with UFO was just out of this world, but nevertheless Lovedrive was such an amazing guitar album, due in huge part to the work of the three lead guitarists (also Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs), and I remember anticipating the Scorpions next album so we could hear more of Micheal’s tasty, blistering guitar work. Of course, it didn’t quite turn out that way, as Micheal didn’t return for Animal Magnetism. However, luckily both his brother Rudolph and Matthias Jabs remained on board and while it may not be quite the masterpiece of guitar rock that Lovedrive was, it’s still an amazing album.

[Lyrics]
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
I dream about the summer days
Love in the Sun
And lonely bays

I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
On one of these lonely winter nights
Dreaming through a winter night
Memories of you are passing by
It seems to me like yesterday
I think you knew I couldn’t stay
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
Snow dances with the wind
I wish I could be with you again
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love

You Don’t Miss Your Water – The Byrds (1968)

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“You Don’t Miss Your Water” was released on The Byrds’ sixth studio album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo , in August 1968. The Byrds also recorded a version with Gram on lead, but I think Roger McGuinn really soared on this tune!

This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 https://youtu.be/XnYgUf2qqB8 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but I really love this tune. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound.

Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons’ personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.

The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only joined the Byrds in February 1968, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons’ vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds’ move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.

Upon its release, the album reached #77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, which achieved modest success, and “I Am a Pilgrim”, which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.

[Lyrics]
In the beginning
You really loved me, oh
I was too blind
I could not see, now

But now that you left me
Ooh, how I cried out, I keep crying
You don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

I kept you crying
Sad and blue, oh my, oh
I was a playboy
I just wouldn’t be true

But now that you left me
Good lord, how I cried, I keep crying, I keep crying
Ooh, I didn’t miss my water
No I never missed my water
‘Till my well were run dry

I sit here and wonder
How in the world this could be, my, oh my
I never thought, oh, I never thought
You’d ever leave me

But now that you left me
Good lord, good lord, how I cried
You don’t miss your water, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

Ooh, you don’t miss your water, oh, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry
I miss my water
I keep missing my water
I keep missing my water
And I want my water
I need my water
I love my water
And I want my water
And I’m little thirsty, now
And I’m little thirsty, now
I want my water
I keep wanting my water

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You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Byrds (1968)

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“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” was released on The Byrds’ sixth studio album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo , in August 1968. This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 https://youtu.be/XnYgUf2qqB8 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but the album opener “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is a good choice for sure. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound…lots of detail for all the instruments and some decent bottom end (sometimes their music seemed mixed in a way that the bass was a bit buried…maybe that’s just me?).

Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons’ personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.

The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only joined the Byrds in February 1968, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons’ vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds’ move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.

Upon its release, the album reached #77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, which achieved modest success, and “I Am a Pilgrim”, which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.

[Lyrics]
Clouds so swift
Rain won’t lift
Gate won’t close
Railings froze
Get your mind off wintertime
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
I don’t care how many letters they sent
Morning came and morning went
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
Buy me a flute
And a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself to the tree with roots
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
Genghis Khan
He could not keep
All his kings
Supplied with sleep
We’ll climb that hill, no matter how steep
When we come up to it
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

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Something – Booker T. & the M.G.s (1970)

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“Something” was the second track on McLemore Avenue, the 9th studio album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, which was released in April of 1970. The record consisted entirely of mostly instrumental covers of songs from the Beatles’ album Abbey Road (released only months earlier, in September 1969). The title and cover are an homage to the Beatles album, 926 East McLemore Avenue being the address of the Stax Studios in Memphis, as Abbey Road was for EMI Studios in London.

Booker T. Jones said, “I was in California when I heard Abbey Road, and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it.”

This record has always been really special to me. There are so few good reasons to listen to cover work of The Beatles, some great stuff scattered about but mostly pointless. This record has always astonished me with this band’s groovyfanfukncydelic interpretations….the songs just breath and there is so much amazing musicianship in every second of the record. This is the band we all wish we could have had. I really can’t pick a favorite musician from this band they are all stellar, but drummer Al Jackson, Jr and Booker T. Jones and his magical Hammond M3 Organ were insane brilliant, and guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn were merely among the greatest who ever played. Damn, they were really something.

I’ve wanted to do somethings from McLemore Avenue for so long, but never could figure how to go about it. Finally found the fat, equalizer trick to work the video around. I’ll probably do the entire album, because it’s one of those records where, if I ever start to listen to, I cannot stop until the end!

If your a fan of rock n roll, The Beatles, Stax, soul, funk, soul or really music in general, McLemore Avenue is one that you really should give a listen to. It requires good headphones or a good home rig to get the full effect of the music, the bottom end, etc…plus it should be played LOUD if it’s gonna be played at all! 😉

Thanks again to all my friends who stick around and encourage me to plug on! You guys RoCk! 😉

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