Way down below the ocean!

Atlantis – Donovan (1969) Audio Fidelity SACD FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Atlantis” was released in the summer of 1969 on Donovan’s seventh studio, Barabajagal. I’ve had various requests for a video to this track through the past few years (thanks Jeannie E. Hess ;-), and I was happy to finally get around to working up something for it. *Sorry to see that the video is currently blocked in 230 countries. 😦

I extracted a high bit FLAC from Audio Fidelity’s Storyteller SACD for this video….hands down the best sounding version of “Atlantis” you’ll ever hear.

This is my second video for a Donovan classic, behind “Season Of The Witch” ….time to start thinking about “Hurdy Gurdy Man”! I hope you enjoy seeing “Atlantis” as never before….. and thanks for watching!

For me at least, any discussion of Donovan’s Atlantis after 1990 would be incomplete without a mention of Goodfellas. I remember first seeing Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece back when it was released in the theaters and thinking then how brilliant and perfect his choice to use the track in the Suite Lounge scenes with Billy Batts…brutal, stupid hoods beating, kicking and stabbing another hood to death while the delicate sounds of Donovan’s ode to the lost beautiful, peaceful, artistic and intellectual city of Atlantis drifted from the jukebox through the bar.

While the majority of the Barabajagal sessions took place in November 1968, “Happiness Runs” and “Where Is She” were recorded the previous May. All of these songs except “Atlantis”, “I Love My Shirt” and “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting” were shelved while Donovan’s Greatest Hits was still high in the charts. “Atlantis” / “I Love My Shirt” was released as a single in November 1968 in the UK. In the US, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting” / “Atlantis” was eventually released in March 1969. “Atlantis” ended up charting higher than its a-side. Some of the songs recorded were originally meant to be included on the unreleased Moon In Capricorn album.

In May 1969, Mickie Most produced at least one session with Donovan fronting the Jeff Beck Group. “Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)” and “Trudi” resulted from these sessions. There were other songs recorded by Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group, but they remained unreleased until they appeared as bonus tracks on the 2005 UK reissue of the album. Rod Stewart was in the band at this time, but he does not sing lead on any of the songs that were released.

The songs on this album represent all facets of Donovan’s career. Several rockers adorn the album, including the title track, “Trudi”, “The Love Song” and “Superlungs (My Supergirl)”. “I Love My Shirt” updates the sound of Donovan’s children’s music, and there are several slow songs featuring breathy vocals (“Where Is She?”, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting”) reminiscent of the For Little Ones portion of A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. It is during the Barabajagal sessions that Donovan’s musical vision and work ethic began to diverge from that of producer Mickie Most. The two eventually stopped working together, effectively ending Donovan’s chart success.

[Lyrics]
The continent of Atlantis was an island
Which lay before the great flood
In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.
So great an area of land,
That from her western shores
Those beautiful sailors journeyed
To the South and the North Americas with ease,
In their ships with painted sails.
To the East Africa was a neighbour,
Across a short strait of sea miles.
The great Egyptian age is

But a remnant of The Atlantian culture.
The antediluvian kings colonised the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends from all lands were from far Atlantis.

Knowing her fate,
Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth.
On board were the Twelve:

The poet, the physician, The farmer, the scientist,
The magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were –
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice
And let us sing
And dance and ring in the new Hail Atlantis!

Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be.
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be,
Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
I wanna see you some day
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
My antediluvian baby,
My antediluvian baby, I love you, girl,
Girl, I wanna see you some day.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah
I wanna see you some day, oh My antediluvian baby.
My antediluvian baby, I wanna see you
My antediluvian baby, gotta tell me where she gone
I wanna see you some day Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up,
oh yeah Oh club club, down down, yeah
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah yeah yeah

Our love, surely can we mend it…It’s just a little misunderstanding…That’s all it is

Just A Little Misunderstanding – The Contours (1966) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Experimenting with some styles to start pushing out high quality audio videos of some of my favorite soul tracks. I love Stax, Mowtown, and Philly as much as rock n roll and since I’ve really only done one track way back (a concept vid for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “I Miss You”) I really hope to start representing with this style more and more.

“Just A Little Misunderstanding” was released in 1966 on The Contours album for Gordy Records. I’ve always loved the track, hope you do too!

How amazing is it that Stevie Wonder is credited as one of the writers of this song? What was he, 11 or 12?! Wow!

[Lyrics]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
It’s a cold man to hurt his woman
And watch her walk away crying
When all along, he knows he’s wrong
Being so hard on a woman who’s trying
I was so unkind to hurt you so
Going out of my mind
I just gotta let you know that
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
I remember you said
You would always care
Until death should we do part
Baby, surely must be our destiny
To die the death of a broken heart
So before I go, a wandering rover
Let’s get together
Talk this thing over now
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
That’s all it is
If our love is so wrong?
It just seems wrong
That our love could never be
You could be anywhere
Baby, I wouldn’t care
If I thought that you’re leaving me
All the chains in the world
(Couldn’t hold me, couldn’t hold me)
Like the? our your love
(Controls me, controls me)
Baby, I just can’t let you go
I realize I hurt you so
Our love, surely can we mend it
It’s just a little misunderstanding
That’s all it is
Baby, I just can’t let you go (oh, yeah)
I realize I hurt you so (ooh, yeah)
Our love, surely can we mend it
(Surely we can we mend it)
It’s just a little misunderstanding
Baby (baby)
I just can’t let you go

“Turn, turn to the rain and the wind”

Percy’s Song – Fairport Convention (1969) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Percy’s Song” was released in the summer of 1969 on Fairport Convention’s third studio, Unhalfbricking. I love this obscure Dylan track and it was one of the first videos I ever tried to make, using Dylan’s version of course it never saw the light of day…and to this day Dylan’s original songs are strictly off-limits. Decided to give this Fairport Convention’s beautiful rendition of it a video.

[Lyrics]
Bad news, bad news came to me where I sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’ one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison and ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Oh what’s the charge of how this came to be?
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest of degrees
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I sat down and wrote the best words I could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Explaining to the judge I’d be there on Wednesday night
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Without a reply I left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
And was in his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Could you tell me the facts, I said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

A crash on the highway flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons killed and he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But I know him as good as I’m knowin’ myself
Turn, turn, turn again
And he wouldn’t harm a life that belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

The judge he spoke out of the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’,”The witness who saw he left no doubt”
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

That may be true, he’s got a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years, he just don’t deserve
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentenced is passed and it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But he ain’t no criminal and his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

And at that the judge jerked forward and his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’,”Could you kindly leave my office now, please”
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

The room was funny and I stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
With no other choice except for to go
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I walked down the hallway and I heard his door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs and I did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

And I played my guitar through the night to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
And the only tune my guitar could play
Was, “Oh the cruel rain and the wind”

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3 favorite songs from Eric Clapton’s Backless album from November 1978.

Promises – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Watch Out For Lucy – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Golden Ring – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Promises” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.  This is possibly my favorite song Clapton has recorded.

Not too long back I did a few equalizer vids for tracks from Eric’s No Reason To Cry album, and I mentioned Backless as my favorite EC album….always has been always will be! 😉 I’ve always wanted to do concept vids for a couple of tracks, and may yet….till then decided to work up a couple/three equalizer style vids for a few of my favorite tracks in 192/24 FLAC audio. I hope you enjoy these beautiful songs as much as I still do. Thanks for watching!

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

A blue and white scarf worn by Clapton on the album sleeve is believed to be a scarf of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Clapton is widely believed to be a supporter of the club, despite being born in Ripley, Surrey more than 100 miles away. In recent years he has reportedly been more interested in Chelsea F.C.

[Lyrics]
I don’t care if you never come home,
I don’t mind if you just keep on
Rowing away on a distant sea,
‘Cause I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

You cause a commotion when you come to town;
You give ’em a smile and they melt.
Having lovers and friends is all good and fine,
But I don’t like yours and you don’t like mine.

La la, la la la la la.
La la, la la la la la.

I don’t care what you do at night,
Oh, and I don’t care how you get your delights.
I’m gonna leave you alone, I’ll just let it be,
I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

I got a problem. Can you relate?
I got a woman calling love hate.
We made a vow we’d always be friends.
How could we know that promises end?

[Bridge]

I tried to love you for years upon years,
You refuse to take me for real.
It’s time you saw what I want you to see,
And I’d still love you if you’d just love me.

[Chorus]

[Bridge 2x]

“Watch Out For Lucy” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

 

[Lyrics]
Now my friend Bill was just a working lad
And he liked to have his fun.
He’d like to find a girl and get comfortable
When his working day was done.

He would spend all his money on a Friday night,
Wake up in the morning broke,
But he had a run in with little Lucy then;
Believe me that ain’t no joke.

[Chorus:]
Watch out for Lucy,
Though she may look frail.
Say excuse me, Lucy,
Darling don’t you use me;
I don’t want to land in jail.

She started out working in a cafe,
Picking money up on the side.
She was free and easy, everybody’s friend,
But she couldn’t be satisfied.

So now in walks Bill with his cash in his hand,
His heart upon his sleeve.
We tried to warn him about her ways,
We never did succeed.

[Chorus]

Well, the trap was sprung for poor old Bill;
You should have heard little Lucy sing
“I want a Cadillac car, a beautiful home,
And a thousand dollar ring.”

They found our hero in the gutter
With a diamond ring and a gun.
He’d done it for the love of Lucy
And ended up on the run.

[Chorus 2x]

“Golden Ring” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

[Lyrics][Chorus]
He gave to you a golden ring
It made you happy, it made you sing
And I played for you on my guitar
It did not last long, we did not go far

[Verse 1]
And though the times have changed
We are rearranged
Will the ties that bind remain the same?

You came around after a while
Everyone said that I made you smile
It all went well, and suddenly then
You heard that he would marry again

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Well I know that I have been here before
I have trod on your wings, I have opened the door
If I gave to you a golden ring
Would I make you happy, would I make you sing?

[Chorus][x2]

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On The Way – Paul McCartney (1980)

On The Way – Paul McCartney (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“On The Way” was released on the Paul McCartney II album in the spring of 1980. I wasn’t a huge fan of this record when it was released…based on the single (“Coming Up”) that was released just prior to the album my expectations were very high and there was simply too many (even for Macca) slight & fluffy filler tracks to give the album much cohesiveness. This album has become quite a cult favorite and has many fans, I’ll admit that time seems to have been very kind to this record, I like it more now than I did then…maybe it just caught up to it? In 2003, Mojo placed the album at number 26 on their list of the “Top 50 Eccentric Albums”. In 2011, NME included the album on their list of “101 Albums to Hear Before You Die,” whose list entries were selected by different musicians; McCartney II was picked by Austin Williams of Swim Deep.

I’d not given much thought about doing this tune, and this video was really kind of an accident as an experiment for another song led me to drop in “On The Way” audio as a replacement. The frequency reactions I’d created for the other tune were left intact, and I really should have made adjustments to this songs frequencies so that the response would have produced a better result with the reaction….but it’s not too far off and works alright I think…for what it is?

FROM WIKI: After the releases of what turned out to be Wings’ final album, Back to the Egg, McCartney went north to his farm in Scotland to begin some private recordings in July 1979. The first song he recorded was “Check My Machine” as a way to test the equipment, hence its title. By sessions’ end, he had recorded over 20 songs. With no immediate use for the recordings, he put them aside for the time being and returned to work with Wings in order to prepare for a UK tour that November and December. Simultaneously with the performances (which included the new “Coming Up”), Paul McCartney released his first solo single since 1971, the festive Top 10 UK hit “Wonderful Christmastime” b/w “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae”. The A-side was recorded during the McCartney II sessions, while its flip side had been cut in 1975. However, upcoming events were about to change McCartney’s plans with Wings.

After years of visa refusals due to his past marijuana busts, Japan had finally allowed McCartney, and thus Wings, to perform. It would be McCartney’s first time playing there since 1966 with The Beatles, and anticipation was running high with Wings’ tour completely sold out. However, upon his arrival in Tokyo on 16 January 1980, a search of McCartney’s luggage revealed a bag containing 219 grams of marijuana, prompting his immediate arrest and eventually cancelling the tour. After a nine-day jail stay, McCartney was released and returned home to his Scottish farm. Deciding to put Wings on hold while he contemplated his future, he now decided to issue his solo recordings from the previous summer.

McCartney II was released in mid-May to mixed reviews; many critics found the album, with its experimental, synth-based compositions and its handful of instrumentals, slight. That did not stop it from reaching #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The next single, the introspective “Waterfalls”, was a UK Top 10 hit, but failed to make an impact in the US. Despite its less-than-rapturous critical reaction, McCartney II has continued to remain a favourite of McCartney devotees.

The initial issue of this album on compact disc featured “Check My Machine” and “Secret Friend” as bonus tracks. The two songs were originally released as the B-sides of “Waterfalls” and “Temporary Secretary”, respectively. In 1993, McCartney II was remastered and reissued on CD as part of “The Paul McCartney Collection” series with Wings’ 1979 hit “Goodnight Tonight” added as a third bonus track.

When the new remastered version was released in 13 June 2011 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, the album re-entered the UK charts at number 108. END WIKI.

[Lyrics]
[Verse 1]
Well, you know I’ll always love you
But it would have been a lie
If I said that I could please you
Every moment that I try

[Chorus]
Wouldn’t want to see you crying
So l hope you don’t mind the things I say
On the way

[Verse 2]
Well, we’ve been traveling for a long time
And we finally finished here
Though I said some things to hurt you
Well, it was only out of fear

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Well, you know I’ll always love you
Everything will be alright
If I know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way
L know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way
Well, you know I’ll always love you
Everything will be okay
If I know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way

My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.

Summer ’68 – Pink Floyd (1970) MFSL / 24KT Gold Ultra II Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Summer ’68” was released on Pink Floyd’s fifth studio album, Atom Heart Mother, in the fall of 1970. Excited to see that some long blocked Floyd tunes are back! Standby for the resurrection of my long my blocked epic “Atom Heart Mother” video, soon as I can find time for a few minor updates and edits of the video and sound….the cows shall moo again shortly! 😉

The video is Jan Švankmajer’s The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)….a visionary filmmaker that I have several videos started that feature his work, this is the first one to get finished….not much editing on my part, it’s basically the short film set to the tune (although I did work some work on the film to make it look better in HD)…I could have edited it a bit more for a better sync, but you know?! 😉

Stalin’s bust is opened on an operating table, and this leads into an animated sequence which depicts Czech history from 1948, when it was taken over by Communists, to 1989, when the Velvet Revolution took place. Background knowledge of the historical context is required for one to fully understand and appreciate the entirely visual film.

The website Mubi gives the film a rating of four stars. [1]
Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes the film as being a “wonderfully apt short”, and describes the plot of “rush[ing] a statue of Stalin through drastic surgery, cranks out clay workers on an assembly line only to grind them back into clay” is “droll, breakneck satire”.

This album to me is an absolute one of a kind masterpiece, I like it much more than the more critically acclaimed earlier Floyd records. It seems that, according to a wiki article on the record, that both Roger and David have not thought as highly of it both recently making statements to the effect that it wasn’t up to par with the best Floyd efforts. This is a unique record, even from a band that specialized in unique records! It has always had a very otherworldly vibe going. I’ve heard it argued that it now sounds dated, but listening to it even today it sounds brilliant. I think that “dated” sound was intact when it was released in 1970, it’s just always sounded like something recorded from another time.
[Lyrics]
Would you like to say something before you leave?
Perhaps you’d care to state exactly how you feel.
We say goodbye before we’ve said hello.
I hardly even like you.
I shouldn’t care at all.
We met just six hours ago.
The music was too loud.
From your bed I gained a day and lost a bloody year.
And I would like to know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Not a single word was said.
Delights still without fears.
Occasionally you showed a smile, but what was the need?
I felt the cold far too soon – the wind of ninetyfive.
My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.
Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you.
Have you time before you leave to greet another man
Just to let me know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Goodbye to you.
Charlotte Kringles too.
I’ve had enough for one day.