Winter winds on heaven and earth.

The Winter Song – Angel (1978) Japan FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Winter Song” was released in 1978 on Angel’s White Hot album. Wanted to get something up for Christmas and thought it was about time to upgrade my original video for this great song. As far a many of the oldest vids go, this one wasn’t really too bad (it was dark and low-res but there are some things in it that I still like, if interested in comparison here it is: )….but I think the flac audio from the Japan CD release sounds fantastic and it was fun playing with some new effects for the vid. I just touched the equalizer on the track, to bring a bit more of the bottom….i hope you enjoy the song and my visualization. Thanks for being around and Merry Christmas! 😉

From the video description of the 2011 vid:
I always thought this was just an incredibly beautiful song and it’s always been special to me… of those songs that you grew up with that is special because it’s so personal and obscure. It wasn’t playing on the radio and it seemed that no one but yourself was listening to it….at least I used to have many songs like that….maybe growing up in a small town meant there was just less a chance to be around other fans of the deep album tracks from lesser bands? This song will forever remind me of my then new 1979 Powder Blue Cutlass Supreme 2-door white top…..White Hot was one of the first cassettes I used to play in it as I cruised up and down Mainstreet! Good times!

Anyway…..White Hot is the fourth album by the rock band Angel. After the release of On Earth As It Is In Heaven, bass player Mickie Jones left and was replaced by Felix Robinson who would be the bass player until Angel’s breakup in 1981. This album contains Angel’s biggest and only Top 50 hit Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore, which went to #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. The single would spend 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

I had begun listening to Angel in 1975 when they released their debut, self-titled album. I purchased all five of their first 5 albums on vinyl and had several on 8-track and cassette as well. They were hugely advertised in Circus and Creem magazines, and many compared them to Kiss…..some unkindly as a kinda of bubblegum Kiss. For awhile it seemed that they would break out and be huge, especially around the time of their second album (Helluva Band) and third album (On Earth As It Is In Heaven)….but then the tide seemed to turn and they seemed to not be taken very seriously..

They did do some really cool stuff though that I still enjoy after all these years……and this song will always be special, to me at least.

Hope you enjoy it!

Winter is here, and it’s cold this time of year.
There’s snow everywhere in sight,
falling on this winter night.
By candle light, we share this chilly night.
There’s frost on the window pane,
winter nights are here again.

There’s a feeling in the air,
Feel the spirit everywhere.
Winter winds on heaven and earth.

By the fireplace, there’s a smile on every face.
The ice begins to cling, listen to the children sing.
Looking outside, the city lights all come alive.
People running all around, they fill the
streets with a happy sound.

There’s a feeling in the air,
Feel the spirit everywhere.
Winter winds on heaven and earth.
Hear the Angels join the choir,
Let them take the music higher.
Through winter days on heaven and earth.
(repeat Chorus and fade)


You say tomato, I say Tormato

Madrigal – Yes (1978) 192KHz/24bit FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Madrigal” was released on Yes’ ninth studio album, Tormato, in September of 1978. This is a beautiful tune from the album that features Rick Wakeman playing a Thomas Goff harpsichord. Hoping to get a couple more videos I’ve started for other tracks from Tormato finished soon. This one features a few clips (I’ve enhanced HDR levels for more vibrancy) from Lech Majewski’s wonderfully gorgeous and unusual 2011 film, The Mill and The Cross which is a movie surrounding and set-inside the painting The Way to Calvary (1564) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. I absolutely love the imagery this film creates, check it out if you’ve not seen it.

Frow Wiki:
It is their last album recorded with singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman prior to their departure from the group in 1980. After wrapping their tour in support of their previous album, Going for the One (1977), the band gathered in London in February 1978 to record a new album. The band encountered several issues that hindered its potential including their overall direction, the decision to produce it by themselves, and its uneven quality.

Tormato received a mixed critical reception upon release, but was a commercial success. It peaked at No. 8 in the UK and No. 10 in the US. “Don’t Kill the Whale” was released as a single in the UK which reached No. 36. Tormato continued to sell in the US and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over one million copies. Yes supported the album with the commercially successful 1978–79 tour with concerts performed in the round. Tormato was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2004; the latter contains several previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions.

As with Going for the One, the album’s cover was designed by Hipgnosis but retains the band’s logo designed by Roger Dean. Howe pitched the album’s original title of Yes Tor, referring to Yes Tor, the second highest hill on Dartmoor, an area of moorland in Devon, England. Wakeman claimed to have thrown a tomato at the pictures taken for the album as he recalled the band were disappointed with the initial artwork which had cost a lot of money. The album’s title and cover was changed accordingly. Wakeman said the album became a “tragedy” as it had poor artwork and production, but good music. Howe said it was someone at Hipgnosis who threw the tomato on purpose, something that he felt insulted about. According to White, the band “couldn’t decide on the cover. I think Po … put a picture of a guy with divining sticks on the front. He took it home one night and decided it wasn’t working. So he threw a tomato at it”.

The sleeve includes a photograph of the band that was taken in Regent’s Park, London, with each member wearing a bomber jacket and sunglasses and looking in a different direction. Each jacket was labelled with the member’s name on the front, but Squire had forgotten his and had to wear one labelled “Jim”, belonging to tour manager Jim Halley. The word “Chris” was then drawn onto the final cover.

I will be there said my friend of a distant life
Covered in greens of a golden age, set in stone
Follow me “he sounded of dreams supreme” follow me
Drifting within the glow and the after-glow of the eve

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age

Cast off your garments of fear, replace them with love
Most of all play with the game of the age
Highest of places remain all as one with you
Giving us light and the freedom of the day

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age
And have always been here

Celestial travelers have always been here with us
Set in the homes of the Universe we have yet to go
Countless expansions will arrive and flow inside of us
My friend, he of fantasy, dancing with the spirit of the age

There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees

The Trees – Rush (1978) Audio Fidelity SACD FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Trees” was released a couple of days before Halloween 1978 on Rush’s sixth studio album, Hemispheres. Hemispheres didn’t quite live up to A Farewell To Kings for me at the time it was released, but I liked it better than Permanent Waves that followed it.

I’ve been working on so many updates for old videos, but I noticed I’d not finished any of those updates since two I uploaded this past summer; Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Wait Much Longer” and Al Stewart’s “The Palace of Versailles” )….so I decided to kick a couple/few out. The original video (#67 uploaded on October 29, 2011…the 33rd anniversary of the Hemisphere album release! YIKES! ) I made for this track wasn’t really as bad as many I made way back then, but I thought I’d like to find higher resolution art and make a few adjustments. So now it features higher resolution “pointy”, “top hat” and “brains” all set to FLAC audio track sourced from Audio Fidelity’s 2016 SACD (what I consider the best the album has ever sounded). I made a video for “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” a couple of weeks after my original “The Trees” video, and at the end of it, I teased a bit of the video I was working on for Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. Although I never got around to finishing it, I was having a great time when I started it…! that’s one that I’d have to really dig around for now, but I might go there since I love playing around with Hugh Syme”s art and maybe I could find some interesting things to do with that epic track?! Also just realizing “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” needs a tune-up….man, thinking of the time I spent masking those space ship screens to play my previous Rush videos!…..somewhere along the line, this one kind of fell into a hole (not a comment in over a year!….I guess it REALLY needs an update!?) 🙂

Next up on the Rush updates: “Witch Hunt”!….till then, this one’s for my RUSH friends around the world!

Following themes going back to Rush’s third album, Caress of Steel, on Hemispheres lyricist Neil Peart continued to utilize fantasy and science fiction motifs. Similar to their 1976 release, 2112, the title track on Hemispheres takes up the entire first side of the album, and is a suite of songs telling a story – in this case, a continuation of the story begun in “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” on the band’s previous album A Farewell to Kings.

The second side consists of two conventional tracks, “Circumstances” and “The Trees,” and the band’s first standalone instrumental, “La Villa Strangiato.” According to drummer Neil Peart, they spent more time recording “La Villa Strangiato” than they did recording the entire Fly by Night album.

The album contains examples of Rush’s adherence to progressive rock standards including the use of fantasy lyrics, multi-movement song structures, and complex rhythms and time signatures. In the 2010 documentary film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, the band members comment that the stress of recording Hemispheres was a major factor in their decision to start moving away from suites and long-form pieces in their songwriting. That change in philosophy would manifest itself in the band’s next album, the considerably more accessible Permanent Waves. The band’s seventh album would mark their commercial success, paving the way for the multi-platinum Moving Pictures.

Although Hemispheres received good reviews and became Rush’s fourth consecutive gold album in the United States, it proved to be a weaker seller than many of the group’s other albums. It peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, becoming the last Rush studio album to fail to make the Billboard Top 10 until 1987’s Hold Your Fire.
Hemispheres would not reach US platinum status until December 1993, over 15 years after its initial release.

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Kid” was released on The Pretenders debut studio album, Pretenders, on 7 January 1980 under Real Records (Sire Records in the US). So glad I grew up in the age of vinyl…I’ll always remember it as the opening track of side two….who else is with me here? LOL!

This video edits the shorter video performance to the longer studio track, which was sources from a 192kHz/24bit FLAC source. Happy to once again be able to work a truncated performance clip to the full album track….even if not too many people notice this kind of work, it’s always a fulfilling experience to be able to create a full, high resolution video experience from a crappy sounding, incomplete performance video! I hope you enjoy the thing!

This album was special, so special 🙂 for those of us who were growing up in those days. I guess most guys like myself who were serious rock music fans were all in love with Chrissie for the first half of the 80’s…..I mean, thinking who would be her equal for this generation of “music” lovers?….uh, no one….cause not only was she pretty, she wrote most of her band’s songs, and played a great rhythm guitar as well!

Speaking of guitar, it’s James Honeyman-Scott’s great, unique solo on this song that always makes me want to play it first among an album of fantastic tunes. He died when he was only 25 from a drug overdose…I remember reading the news and thinking what a shame to lose such a genius guitar player….he’s still considered by some as the last really great guitar hero. (James died of heart failure caused by cocaine intolerance two days after original bassist Peter Granville “Pete” Farndon was fired from the band for becoming increasingly difficult to work with due to his drug usage….Pete himself would overdose less than a year later.)

A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket”.

Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders’ first single, “Stop Your Sobbing”, but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was “not going anywhere”. Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

Pretenders debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA. Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52). In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #64 on its list, “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

Pretenders was remastered and re-released in 2006 and included a bonus disc of demos, B-sides and live cuts, many previously unreleased. “Cuban Slide” and “Porcelain” originally appeared as B-sides to “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love”, while “Swinging London” and “Nervous But Shy” both appeared on the flip side of “Brass in Pocket”. The Regents Park Demo of “Stop Your Sobbing” was included initially as a flexi-single in the May 1981 edition of Flexipop magazine. The tracks “Message of Love”, “Talk of the Town”, “Porcelain” and “Cuban Slide” alongside a live version of the album’s opening track, “Precious”, were released on a follow-up EP entitled Extended Play soon after.

Kid what changed your mood
You’ve gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it’s wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don’t want me to

Kid my only kid
You look so small you’ve gone so quiet
I know you know what I’m about
I won’t deny it
But you forgive though you don’t understand
You’ve turned your head
You’ve dropped by hand

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow

Shut the light, go away
Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won’t let them go

Sniff ‘n’ The Tears Classic Track…..Driver’s Seat (1978)

Driver’s Seat was released on Sniff ‘n’ The Tear’s debut album, Fickle Heart, in 1978. This is another of those songs that you can almost remember the first time you heard it….it’s so unique, cool!! Used to stay up half the night waiting for it to play on A.M. radio!

I’ve had several requests to do a video for the tune, and although I didn’t really plan on doing anything (since it already has a great official vid), but I kept thinking how great some cool driving video would be behind the tune. Once I started mixing it up with the original a bit, it went pretty fast….just a great tune to mess around with since there are so many cool cues to play with.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

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Doin’ alright
A little jivin’ on a Saturday night
And come what may gonna dance the day away
Jenny was sweet
She always smiled for the people she’d meet
Trouble and strife
She had another way of looking at life
News is blue
Has no way to get to you
What can I do
When I remember my time with you

Driver’s seat (oh)
Driver’s seat (oh yea)
Driver’s seat (ooh)
Driver’s seat (oh yea)