R.I.P. Paul Martin Raymond (16 November 1945 – 13 April 2019) UFO keyboardist/guitarist. Thanks for all the memories, Paul!

Love To Love – U.F.O. from Lights Out album (1977)

Been picking on an update for this old video, but doubting the effort will be worth it because updating a very popular video means the new one isn’t ever really seen.  Anyway, posting it in all it’s faded glory (the video that is…the beauty of this song will never fade)….for a musician I’ve listened to for 45 long years.  Thank you for the joy your music brought so many, Paul. R.I.P.

The rock epic “Love To Love” was released on U.F.O.’s sixth studio album, Lights Out, in the spring of 1977.

This 7+ minute song was just one of the great things about U.F.O.’s classic and critically acclaimed Lights Out album. It’s just a seriously epic rock ballad, with some absolutely brilliant guitar work from Michael Schenker and Paul Raymond (rhythm).

I wanted to create videos for some of my favorite U.F.O. songs, and although I was already pretty far along with videos for two other U.F.O. tracks, I just couldn’t get “Love To Love” out of my mind…..so I halted the other two and began work on it.

I wanted to work a couple of clips of the band performing into the song. Actually, there is only about 3 very brief clips used over and over. A few more clips would have helped, there were obvious spots that called for them, but I never got around to plugging them in.

I’ve worked as hard, or maybe even harder, on this song as on any of my previous videos…..and it never really cooperated and worked the way i had hoped. I struggled to make it find any cohesiveness. I achieved some eventually, but this was surely one of the most difficult videos I’ve ever attempted.

If you don’t like it…….just close your eyes……and enjoy the tune…….cause that’s one thing that is perfect! LOL!

Love To Love – U.F.O. (1977)

Oh it’s been too many times and I can’t go back
Night bars, guitars, rundown motels like shacks
What it mounts up to I don’t want it at all
Lost you and I want you today
(1) Misty green and blue
Love to love to love you
Misty green and blue
Love to love to love you
To be something, to be near you
Don’t say that you’ll never know
Love to love to love you
[INSTRUMENTAL]
Half the time it could seem funny
The other half is just too sad
This west bound moon’s only rise and fall
Lost you and I want you today
(1) Repeat
To be something, to be near you
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
I’ve tried and I need you to stay
[INSTRUMENTAL] vinnie moore msg ufo band

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Dust In The Wind – Kansas (1977)

Dust In The Wind – Kansas (1977) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

With at least 200 billion galaxies out there (and possibly even more), we’re very likely talking about a Universe filled with around 10 to the 24th planets, or, for those of you who like it written out, around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in our observable Universe.
I want to send my regards to everyone sharing this amazing one with me. All we are is dust in the wind…..love and spirit are the only thing that cannot be blown away. Peace, love n happiness y’all!

“Dust in the Wind” was released on Kansas’ fifth studio album, Point of Know Return, in October 1977. The track was hugely popular from the moment it was released, and rightfully so I believe as it is an outstanding melody with simple yet profound lyrics. Was hoping to get something for the New Year, and this seemed a good choice…not the fireworks I was thinking about, but a more reflective piece for starting the new year. Wishing you all a great 2018 and beyond!

This vid features FLAC audio from the Austria/Holland original CD release (which is less compressed than other CD versions….only slightly less than the original vinyl!)….once again, I’ve only barely nudged the equalizer to get what sounds best (IMO). Thanks for listening/watching/commenting/up-voting/adding to playlists/sharing…appreciate the support.

Think about giving a listen to another great Kansas track that always seemed to me kinda a continuation of this one. Where “Dust in the Wind” was about the earthly experience; “Ghosts” continued with the move into the spiritual experience; “Ghosts” from Kansas’ In The Spirit of Things album from 1988: https://youtu.be/pcbqPUOrdPI

My first video from Point of Know Return was “Portrait (He Knew)”…another fav Kansas tune, thinking I might push out an update for it soon: https://youtu.be/KwQJaBGc9Dk

From Wiki:
Singer/songwriter Steve Walsh left the group briefly. He would admit that, at this point, he had been something of a prima donna in an interview with nationally syndicated radio host Redbeard on the weekly rockumentary series In the Studio with Redbeard.

The album is critically acclaimed for singles like “Point of Know Return”. “Point of Know Return” was a later addition to the album. “Portrait (He Knew)” was written about Albert Einstein. In 1988, Livgren released an updated version of “Portrait (He Knew)” titled “Portrait II” as part of the album Prime Mover credited to his band AD. He changed the subject of the song from Einstein to Jesus Christ. “Closet Chronicles” is a Howard Hughes allegory.

“Dust in the Wind” is known for its sparse acoustic nature. The guitar line for the song was written by Kerry Livgren as a finger exercise for learning fingerpicking. His wife, Vicci, heard what he was doing, remarked that the melody was nice, and encouraged him to write lyrics for it. Livgren was unsure whether his fellow band members would like it, since it was a departure from their signature style. However he did offer it to them, and the song was accepted and then recorded.

Rolling Stone gave the album a mixed review, saying that though the transition to shorter songs generally works, the lyrics are “a wan and ridiculous rehash of the bargain-basement exoticism employed by the British art-rock crowd.” They commented that though the band lacks a virtuoso soloist, the band’s ensemble playing is strong and purposeful.

Point of Know Return would be Kansas’ highest charting album in the US, peaking at #4 in January 1978, and would sell four million copies in the US and be certified Quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.

During a debate of greatest “Song 1 Side 1” in history among the lead characters in the movie High Fidelity, Jack Black’s character criticizes one of John Cusack’s character’s proposals as “too obvious, like ‘Point of Know Return'”. The album cover has become an iconic image from the album rock era, appearing on the background of the set of VH1 Classic, on tee shirts worn by characters in movies and on TV, and in other places.

[Lyrics]
[Verse 1]
I close my eyes, only for a moment
And the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

[Verse 2]
Same old song, just a drop of water
In an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground
Though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

[Bridge]
Oh, ho, ho

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

[Outro]
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

“I only had to dream to create the scene”

Magic Is A Child – Nektar (1977) SHM-CD FLAC Audio 4k Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Magic Is A Child” was the title track from Nektar’s seventh album, which was released in September of 1977. I bought this album when it was released though I didn’t know anything about the band…it was another of those cases where the cover art was intriguing enough that you needed to hear what was inside! 😉 Happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed and although I went on to listen to other Nektar albums released both before and after, Magic Is A Child remained my favorite by the band. Wanted to do a second video for a song from this album before moving on. Had a whole thing with ink effects started, then decided that I could just reuse the effect template I had made for Yes’ “Wonderous Stories”….of is it looks a little familiar?! 😉 Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com:
Magic Is a Child was released in 1977, the debut for new Nektar guitarist Dave Nelson. Carrying on, though, from where their last set left off, Nektar’s fascination with shorter, punchier songs continued unabated, even while the keyboards continued to swell and the guitars shifted ever more toward the symphonic. Nektar’s brightening vistas were new, however, and a fatal flaw as far as their fans were concerned. They didn’t want breezy pop, and breezy pop fans didn’t want Nektar, while the band’s new label, Polydor, apparently didn’t care either way. The art department did spring for the 13-year-old Brooke Shields to appear on the front cover, but that was it in terms of promotion. Thematically, too, little about Magic Is a Child recalls Nektar’s days as prog darlings. The opening “Away from Asgard” is a fine slab of Norse storytelling, tied into the vast dark forests of northern Germany (where the band was still based), while “Midnight Light” also has a romantic Germanic tinge, as it eulogizes the village of Seeheimut. “Love to Share,” in contrast, is an unabashed Beatles tribute, riddled with affectionate borrowings and an oddly effective backward drum, while “On the Run (The Trucker)” still sounds like a slice of AOR radio filler.

[Lyrics]
At the time I was a little boy
All my senses were in bloom
The forests were adventure
There dwelt the legends of my mind

I was the keeper of the golden key
I made all the rules
I only had to dream
To create the scene

Magic is a child
Imagination is alive
Magic is imagination
A child is alive

How the trees were so high
The cheese in the sky
Were part of my imagination
I was goblins and elves
With small mushroom shelves
As brothers Grimm would tell their stories

Opening my eyes in the morning I would see
Patterns in the trees making shapes that were a face to me

In those tireless times
And those carefree lines
That we draw ourselves
But they’re never kept

 

“Searching for the times that we lose in youth”

Listen – Nektar (1977) SHM-CD FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Listen” was released on Nektar’s seventh album, Magic Is A Child, in September of 1977. I bought this album when it was released though I didn’t know anything about the artist…it was another of those where the cover art was intriguing enough that you needed to hear what was inside! 😉 Happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed and although I went on to listen to other Nektar albums released both before and after, Magic Is A Child remained my favorite by the band. There are some great tunes on this record, and I have long hoped to make vids for a couple. Here’s one. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com:
Magic Is a Child was released in 1977, the debut for new Nektar guitarist Dave Nelson. Carrying on, though, from where their last set left off, Nektar’s fascination with shorter, punchier songs continued unabated, even while the keyboards continued to swell and the guitars shifted ever more toward the symphonic. Nektar’s brightening vistas were new, however, and a fatal flaw as far as their fans were concerned. They didn’t want breezy pop, and breezy pop fans didn’t want Nektar, while the band’s new label, Polydor, apparently didn’t care either way. The art department did spring for the 13-year-old Brooke Shields to appear on the front cover, but that was it in terms of promotion. Thematically, too, little about Magic Is a Child recalls Nektar’s days as prog darlings. The opening “Away from Asgard” is a fine slab of Norse storytelling, tied into the vast dark forests of northern Germany (where the band was still based), while “Midnight Light” also has a romantic Germanic tinge, as it eulogizes the village of Seeheimut. “Love to Share,” in contrast, is an unabashed Beatles tribute, riddled with affectionate borrowings and an oddly effective backward drum, while “On the Run (The Trucker)” still sounds like a slice of AOR radio filler.

[Lyrics]
Listen
To these thoughts as they drift away
Worried times
Can turn around all the things we do
Blinded
By veils we hang to avoid the truth
Searching
For the times that we lose in youth

Listen, listen

There is no light within my eyes
As darkness comes with no surprise
Shifting shadows on the wall
As night begins to fall
Times so hard
Hurts me deep inside
But life keeps on moving
Though daybreak seems so far away

Listen, listen

Listen, can you hear me
Confusion takes me as I sing this song
Leaves me nothing to do but try again
Right or wrong, you’re gonna see a change in me

Listen, listen

Listen, listen

“You guys are crazy!” See you Down The Dolce Vita!

Down The Dolce Vita – Peter Gabriel (1977) 24-96 FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Down The Dolce Vita” was released on February 25th 1977 on Peter Gabriel’s first solo album, Peter Gabriel (the first of four with the same eponymous title…most fans refer to the album as Peter Gabriel “Car”.)

Peter Gabriel’s first two solo records (“Car” in 1977 and “Scratch” in 1978) were very popular with me when I was attending high school during the ’77-’78 period when they were released, and his third and fourth (“Melt” in 1980 and “Security” in 1982) when I was attending college in the ’80-’82 period. Although I’ve started a few videos for songs from his first two albums, this is the first Peter Gabriel video I’ve uploaded. I thought one of the ones I’d already started would be finished first, however this one jumped in front of them when I came across the old video with the throbbing/pulsing effect (from Oskar Fischinger’s 1927 short “Berlin Wandering”) and immediately thought of “Down The Dolce Vita”. The video was finished very quickly, and although it could certainly benefit from some fine tuning, I was actually satisfied with the result of the first (and only!) render enough to go ahead and upload it. I hope you enjoy the effort!

The album was produced by Bob Ezrin. Gabriel and Ezrin assembled a team of musicians, including King Crimson main-man Robert Fripp, to record the album. Upon the album’s release, Gabriel began touring with a seven-piece band under his own name.

The photo on the cover is of Peter Gabriel sitting in the front passenger seat of a Lancia Flavia, owned by Storm Thorgerson, co-founder of Hipgnosis and the cover’s designer. For the shoot, which took place in Wandsworth, the car was sprayed with a water hose. The black-and-white image was then hand-coloured and reflections modified by artist Richard Manning using a scalpel.

An alternate proposal was to feature a photograph of Peter Gabriel wearing contact lenses intended to give his eyes the appearance of metallic ball bearings, but it was never produced.

Nick Kent, writing in the NME in 1978, described the album as “a fine record with at least one 24-carat irresistible classic in “Solsbury Hill” and a strong supporting cast of material that, all in all, in a year besmeared with great albums was, in retrospect, sorely underrated.”

[Lyrics]
“Hey Mac, see you down the Dolce Vita!
“Get back, we don’t have time
‘Cos I hear we’re sending off the heroes
When the yera goes, (they’re) out of the bay,
Trying to find a way
to make it alive”

“So long,” said four men to their families
“Be strong till we get back home
And if not, take care of all the children
Until then just hope and pray
We’re gonna find a way
to make it alive”

“You guys are crazy!”

They shout and then we leave the harbour.
In doubt, they’re acting weird
And the sea is whipping up a welcome
If hell come we’re all easy prey,
Trying to find a way
to make it alive”

“You guys are crazy!”

The captain’s hand shook for
the guys to get in place
He said, “Let’s look behind your face”.
With each corner covered, they were all around
Waiting for the midnight bell to sound.

“Out of sight,” cried Aeron through his glasses
“Don’t fight” said Gorham’s smile

All the while, his hand was on my shoulder
I was scared of being an easy prey,

Trying to find a way
to make it alive”

(I won’t be easy prey trying to find a way to make it alive.)

You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977)

You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Won’t Dance With Me” was released on April Wine’s sixth studio album, Forever for Now, in January 1977. This song has special memories for me and I’ve wanted to get around to it for a long time.

“You Won’t Dance With Me” is a very touching and beautiful ballad…way overlooked, by an equally overlooked (nowadays at least) rock band.

I bought my first April Wine record (The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy) the year before this one was released, and I never stopped listening to this band….the only other video I’ve done for a song by the band was actually from their last studio release 2006’s Roughly Speaking for a song I really love called “Sheila” https://youtu.be/K3zQlnsI-ls

I really gotta get around to doing move vids for some of the many great gems in April Wine’s catalog….so many great songs this band has produced!

The album featured a variety of genres including country and western, Latin, Caribbean, blues, easy listening, and rock.

Initially, the album sold moderately, peaking at #19 on the Canadian charts in March before dropping back down. Then the 1950s-style ballad “You Won’t Dance with Me” became a surprise hit single, selling more copies than any previous April Wine single and breathing new life into the album’s sales. The single and album peaked on their corresponding charts during the same week of July 9, 1977, at #6 and #5, respectively. Both the single and the album were certified platinum in Canada.

[Lyrics]
When I try to phone, they say you’re not at home
I don’t believe that it’s true
And, when we fool around, you always put me down
Now, what am I supposed to do?

When you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

It’s hard to say (it’s hard to say)
What I have to say (what I have to say)
And, I hope you understand (and, I hope you understand)
But, you told Fred (but, you told Fred)
You wished that I’d drop dead (you wished that I’d drop dead)

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!

I used to walk you home, now I walk alone
And, it seems that you don’t care
And, when we’re at school, you say I’m a fool
Why must you treat me so unfair?

And, you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!