“Are you there…Do you have a thought for me that you can share?”

Flying Sorcery – Al Stewart (1976) MFSL FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Flying Sorcery” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite!

I have quite a few new videos nearly finished (one thing or another not quite ready), but wanted to get something new out this morning…since I hadn’t done anything for Al since my summer update for my original “Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA ….I jumped into “Flying Sorcery” last night and finished it up in about 3 hours work. This is my 3rd video from the Year of the Cat album (check “Broadway Hotel” https://youtu.be/9kclYecZPs0 and “Year of the Cat” https://youtu.be/ACAK1Ck2ZM0 )…and my 9th Al Stewart video overall. My Year of the Cat videos all feature FLAC audio sourced from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remaster….easily the best sounding release of the album!

Hope you enjoy the effort for another wonderful, beautiful Al Stewart song….thanks for checking out the video!

[Lyrics]
With your photographs of Kitty Hawk
And the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson
From the time that you were small
No schoolroom kept you grounded
While your thoughts could get away
You were taking off in Tiger Moths
Your wings against the brush-strokes of the day
Are you there
On the tarmac with the winter in your hair
By the empty hangar doors you stop and stare
Leave the oil-drums behind you, they won’t care
Oh, are you there

Oh, you wrapped me up in a leather coat
And you took me for a ride
We were drifting with the tail-wind
When the runway came in sight
The clouds came up to gather us
And the cockpit turned to white
When I looked the sky was empty
I suppose you never saw the landing-lights
Are you there
In your jacket with the grease-stain and the tear
Caught up in the slipstream of dare
The compass roads will guide you anywhere
Oh, are you there

The sun comes up on Icarus as the night-birds sail away
And lights the maps and diagrams
That Leonardo makes
You can see Faith, Hope and Charity
As they bank above the fields
You can join the flying circus
You can touch the morning air against your wheels
Are you there
Do you have a thought for me that you can share
Oh I never thought you’d take me unawares
Just call me if you ever need repairs
Oh, are you there

Wondering why, it echoes… Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Al Stewart – The Palace Of Versailles (1978) Remastered FLAC Audio & HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Palace of Versailles” was released on Al Stewart’s eight studio album, Time Passages, in September of 1978. It is the follow-up to his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The album, like 1975’s Modern Times and 1976’s Year of the Cat, was once again produced by Alan Parsons.

The album’s title track (which, when edited, reached #7 on the Billboard charts) and “End of the Day” were both co-written by Peter White. A digitally remastered version of the album was released in 2004.

Many years and many Al Stewart videos after I made my first video for “The Palace of Versailles” (it was the 3rd video I ever made!), I’ve gotten around to an update for it. The original one wasn’t too awful (compared to many others I made early on) but the beautiful song really deserved a better video representation. The best parts of the original were just updated with better clouds, fireworks, etc. I did have to lose some of the really nice photos I had in the earlier one, mainly because they were lower resolution or I would have kept them (had to keep one though, the image of Versailles made golden by the sunset!)

“The Palace of Versailles” has always been one of my very favorite Al Stewart songs and I’m happy to present a video effort that is more worthy the beautiful song. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for watching!

The audio source is a lossless flac from the 2004 remaster.

My original video for the track: https://youtu.be/LaTuguQYJaA

[Lyrics]
The wands of smoke are rising
From the walls of the Bastille
And through the streets of Paris
Runs a sense of the unreal
The Kings have all departed
Their servants are nowhere
We burned out all their mansions
In the name of Robespierre
And still we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Inside the midnight councils
The lamps are burning low
On you sit and talk all through the night
But there’s just no place to go
And Bonaparte is coming
With his army from the South
Marat your days are numbered
And we live hand to mouth
While we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

The ghost of revolution
Still prowls the Paris streets
Down all the restless centuries
It wonders incomplete
It speaks inside the cheap red wine
Of cafe summer nights
Its red and amber voices
Call the cars at traffic lights

Why do you wait
To see the day begin
Your time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles

Murmansk Run/Ellis Island – Al Stewart (1980)

Murmansk Run/Ellis Island – Al Stewart (1980) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p VIdeo

“Murmansk Run/Ellis Island” was released on Al Stewart’s ninth studio album, 24 Carrots, in August of 1980. Proud to make my very first video of 2016 this fine, fine epic Al Stewart track! Happy New Year to all! This one’s for all our immigrant ancestors who came to to this land of opportunity in the hopes of giving their families’ a better life! Unless you are a native American, we all crossed some river, border, or ocean to make this our home….and what a “home” our ancestors from so many different parts of the world made for us!!!! 🙂

As a longtime major fan of Al Stewart, after all these years his music still holds a special place for me. I enjoy working on videos for his songs because his amazingly evocative lyrics, often dealing with historical topics, are they always inspire me so to try and find the imagery to match his music.

Although this is my eighth video for an Al Stewart track, I actually started on this one right after finishing my first one for one of his songs (“Palace Of Versailles”). This was to be my second video before I put it aside for another (simpler) track from the 24 Carrots album (as I mentioned in my description for “Merlin’s Time”), that was 3.5 long years ago! And although I ended up finishing numerous other Al Stewart videos from this before I made it back to “Murmansk Run/Ellis Island”, this is still one of my all time very fav Al Stewart tracks….and I’m so happy I finally got around to doing something for it!

Amazing Murmansk footage from and HUGE thanks to:
Timur Ermakov
https://www.youtube.com/user/Zjama07

K. Letavin
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClR45Z7xGs_BKQLw71Uo1Ig

Dmitry Adamov
https://www.youtube.com/user/TwentyNine97

Please visit their channels to see the full versions of the absolutely stunning timelapse videos they’ve shared!

Thanks to all for your continued support for the vids!

[Lyrics]
Your father sailed on the Murmansk run
To guide the flocks of the ships home one by one
Grey beneath the Arctic sun
Or the glow of Northern Lights

I see you have his photograph
His eyes are watching for dangers fore or aft
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

He never did come home to you
It’s long forgotten, a childhood dream or two
But something of the cold got through
And it lingers in your eyes

On days like these you hear the wind
And feel the chill of the ice floes closing in
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

Now you hide yourself from view
You seem to find it an easy thing to do
Trading days beneath the sun
For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

Well you wake up in the morning on Hester street
And run to the factory, You can’t afford to be late
Working every morning, every evening, every day
For your money, Yet there’s nothing to save

Watching your life pass by the window
Feeling it all run through your hands
Counting the thousands behind in the lines
Waiting time for their chance

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Meanwhile from the market come the cries
Of every tongue and every nation
Refugeless refugees
Faces from the endless plains of Russia
Blonde Norwegian, dark Croatian
Songs in sad minor keys
Feeling the heat inside the furnace
Trying to make that break away
Reaching their hands for a grip
On the edge just to slip back again

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Ah well I’ve heard it said
If you just use your head
You can make your fortune here
One lucky break and that’s all it would take

But it never seems to be near
Another day, another ship pulls into harbor
And the crowd spills down the gangway
Clutching their suitcases tight

Blinking in the sunlight at the door of the new world
They hold the handrail
With all the post thrown behind
Caught in between now and forever
Wondering just what lies ahead
Each one is waiting and hoping
The door will be open to them

On Ellis Island, day after day
On Ellis Island, time slips away

From Ellis Island, day after day
From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

Save our souls, river of darkness over me
Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

“And a door-sign keeps the world away…behind the shades…of your silent day”

Broadway Hotel – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Broadway Hotel” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite! I have several very old videos started for tracks from this album and decided to dust one off and finish it…..here it is; “Broadway Hotel”.

This particular video had stalled way back because I could never decide if the “Broadway Hotel” is a place of opulent sadness or decrepit sadness. Early on I tried different takes and preferred the opulent hotel scenery (lost quite a bit at final edit), but of course I could only find a sign for a decidedly not very fancy “Broadway H(M)otel”…decided to use a little of both!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And of course as always…thanks to all who watch and support my little vids! 🙂

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hair and Makeup Artist
http://leahrosebriody.com/
(Beautiful black and white from “The Bell Boy”)
An amazing artist…check out her work!

[Lyrics]
You told the man in the Broadway Hotel
Nothing was stranger than being yourself
And he replied, with a tear in his eye
Love was a rollaway
Just a cajole away
Mist on a summer’s day
Nothing was clear
Love was a smile away
Just a defile away
I sought it every way
No-one came near

You asked the man for a room with a view
Nothing was said as he stared at his shoe
Then he replied as he gave you the key
Love was a rollaway
Just an unfold away
That’s all there is to say
No-one came near

Alone in your room you hide
As the night rolls by
In the street outside
And you feel over the words he said
Till they turn to rain all around your head

You’re seeking a hideaway
Where the light of day
Doesn’t touch your face
And a door-sign keeps the world away
Behind the shades
Of your silent day.

You made your home in the Broadway Hotel
Room service came at the push of a bell
And the man said as he put down the tray
Love was a stealaway
Just a reveal away
I tried to find a way
Nothing was clear
Then as he turned away
You asked the man to stay
He was there all the day
No-one came near

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These days, I feel my life just like a river running through, the Year of the Cat….♪♫•*¨*•.ღ

Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

***This is a update of my original video from 2013 which I completed for Phil Kenzie (the guy who played the saxophone solo on this track (and “Time Passages”)….and who worked with everyone from The Beatles, Al Stewart, David Bowie, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath, Alan Parsons….and on and on and on!) Phil has a new tour S.O.S.S. (Save Our Sax Solo) where he and his crack band are going out and playing some of the great rock and roll songs featuring great sax solos! The premiere show was last night (January 15th) in Boca Raton….anyone attending let us know how awesome it was. Hopefully we’ll see more dates announced soon!

For this version of the video I wanted to edit in more bits of the band/video, reduce the repetitiveness (some!), clean up the effects so they show less noise/artifacts (and look even better in HD 1080p), and give it a bit more of the watercolor/paintbrush style I couldn’t quite pull of with the first one.

Year Of The Cat was the title track from Al Stewart’s seventh studio album which was released in the summer of 1976. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and engineered by Alan Parsons.

This song is very special to me….in my top 5 of all time. The songwriting, Al’s vocals, the guitar work is outstanding (Peter White plays the acoustic solo and Tim Renwick follows with the electric solo), Peter Wood’s piano was so important that he received a co-writing credit…..yeah it’s all top-notch work, but I think the thing that really made the song shine and made it such a stand-out classic was that gorgeous, melodic Phil Kenzie sax solo.

The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing up as a cat for a costume party, and all of the items on her dresser have feline motifs. It’s always a treat to work on videos that feature some of that iconic Hipgnosis artwork…..I couldn’t begin to count the hours I spent scrutinizing some of the incredible Hipgnosis artwork as the record was spinning away on my turntable. I have some very interesting things in the pipe for you other Hipgnosis aficionados out there! Stay tuned.

Special thanks to:
Annika Ritter Photography for her amazing watercolor that was the basis of my concept for the video
http://arfotografie.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/watercolor-portrait/

[Lyrics]
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
running like a watercolour in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations

She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow
’till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears

By the blue tiled walls
near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to

These days, she says,
I feel my life Just like a river running thru

The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli

So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well, morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away the choice
and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on

But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay
In the year of the cat

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…like a watercolor in the rain.

God I love this song.

Year Of The Cat was the title track from Al Stewart’s seventh studio album which was released in the summer of 1976. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and engineered by Alan Parsons.

This song is very special to me….in my top 5 of all time. The songwriting, Al’s vocals, the guitar work is outstanding (Peter White plays the acoustic solo and Tim Renwick follows with the electric solo), Peter Wood’s piano was so important that he received a co-writing credit…..yeah it’s all top-notch work, but I think the thing that really made the song shine and made it such a stand-out classic was that gorgeous, melodic Phil Kenzie sax solo.

The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing up as a cat for a costume party, and all of the items on her dresser have feline motifs. It’s always a treat to work on videos that feature some of that iconic Hipgnosis artwork…..I couldn’t begin to count the hours I spent scrutinizing some of the incredible Hipgnosis artwork as the record was spinning away on my turntable. I have some very interesting things in the pipe for you other Hipgnosis aficionados out there! Stay tuned.

This video represented a milestone for my….the 200th one I’ve created! Maybe 10 or so videos back I realized that I would be hitting 200 soon and started thinking about which song to give the spot. I had been working on a video of this song for over a year, and it was going nowhere slowly….then out of the blue, I stumbled across the amazing watercolor face and I knew I had my YOTC since my concept always focused on the line “like a watercolor in the rain” so I jumped in deep with that image and built the video up around it. It was a much simpler video earlier on, but it got wilder and wilder and I couldn’t resist adding more and more color and effects.

Special thanks to:
Annika Ritter Photography for her amazing watercolor that was the basis of my concept for the video
http://arfotografie.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/watercolor-portrait/

[Lyrics]
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
running like a watercolour in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations

She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow
’till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears

By the blue tiled walls
near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to

These days, she says,
I feel my life Just like a river running thru

The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli

So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well, morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away the choice
and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on

But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay

In the year of the cat

Lots of alternate thumb variations….made a bunch for this one and though they were fairly similar there were things I liked about each of them that made it difficult to chose which one to use

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