Sometimes I feel like a……

Man In The Wilderness – Styx (1977) Audio Fidelity 24k Gold FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Man In The Wilderness” was released on Styx’s seventh studio album, The Grand Illusion, on July 7, 1977. It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself”, and sold over three million copies in the US (Triple Platinum). The Grand Illusion was a huge favorite back in the day, and I always favored Side Two a bit, check out my other vid from that side if you are inclined; “Castle Walls” https://youtu.be/DmmDHkaTIfw

I started both of these videos about the same time many years ago, but only finished the one. I’d been thinking about finishing this one and updating that one for quite awhile and wasn’t sure which I’d get finished first….turns out, it’s this one! 😉 😉 😉 Interested to see what I can do with an update for “Castle Walls” which was one of my very first attempts to video a song?

The video features flac audio sourced from Audio Fidelity’s
24 Karat Gold CD…definitely the best the album has sounded this side of the original vinyl.

As with much of Styx’s catalog, many of the songs have quasi-medieval/fantasy lyrics and themes. Some are allegories and commentaries on contemporary American life and the members’ experiences in an American rock band in the mid-to-late 1970s.

From Allmusic.com: Other than being their first platinum-selling album, The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock. Built on the strengths of “Come Sail Away”‘s ballad-to-rock metamorphosis, which gained them their second Top Ten hit, and on the high harmonies of newcomer Tommy Shaw throughout “Fooling Yourself,” The Grand Illusion introduced Styx to the gates of commercial stardom.

The pulverized growl of “Miss America” reveals the group’s guitar-savvy approach to six-string rock, while De Young pretentiously struts his singing prowess throughout the title track. Shaw’s induction into the band has clearly settled, and his guitar work, along with James Young’s, is full and extremely sharp where it matters most.

Even the songwriting is more effluent than Crystal Ball, which was released one year earlier, shedding their mystical song motifs for a more audience-pleasing lyric and chord counterpoise. Reaching number six on the album charts, The Grand Illusion was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Tommy Shaw and Dennis De Young as a tandem.

[Lyrics]
Another year has passed me by
Still I look at myself and cry
What kind of man have I become?
All of the years I’ve spent in search of myself
And I’m still in the dark
‘Cause I can’t seem to find the light alone

Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I’m a lonely soldier off to war
Sent away to die – never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense at all (makes no sense at all)

Ten thousand people look my way
But they can’t see the way that I feel
Nobody even cares to try
I spend my life and sell my soul on the road
And I’m still in the dark
‘Cause I can’t seem to find the light alone

Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I’m a lonely sailor lost at sea
Drifting with the tide
Never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense at all

(I’m alive)
Looking for love I’m a man with emotion
(And my heart’s on fire)
I’m dying of thirst in the middle of the ocean
I’m alive!

[Guitar solo]

Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I’m a lonely soldier off to war
Sent away to die – never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense

Sometimes it makes no sense
Sometimes it makes no sense at all, at all
Make no sense at all, at all, at all
Can’t find the meaning of it all
Can’t find a…

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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