Just Between You And Me – April Wine (1981)

Just Between You And Me – April Wine (1981) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Just Between You And Me” was released on April Wine’s ninth studio album, The Nature Of The Beast, in January 1981. This track became April Wine’s most successful single, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #11 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, and #22 on the Canadian RPM charts.

We played the hell out of this album at the record store I worked at way back when this was released. April Wine was just a really fine band and this just one of the many great tracks they produced. I took the video from a live show in 1981 tooned it up a bit…and replaced the crappy tinny sounding audio with a nice fat flac source of the studio version. I think it’s now the preferred way to hear/see “Just Between You And Me” on the internet?! 😉 Thanks to all for watching and commenting when you can to help rank the videos a bit better.

The album was recorded at Le Manoir Studios, in the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, in Oxfordshire, England following the band’s 1980 European tour. This album was April Wine’s commercial peak, certified Gold in the US and reaching #24 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

April Wine’s version of the Lorence Hud song “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” also became a moderate hit, reaching #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on the Top Tracks chart, and #40 in Canada. Hud’s original version of the song had also been a hit single in Canada in 1972 (#16 RPM charts).

The first track on the album, “All Over Town” also received airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, charting at #29 on the Top Tracks chart.

I also did videos for April Wine’s “Shiela” https://youtu.be/K3zQlnsI-ls and “You Won’t Dance With Me” https://youtu.be/cON_LGb-UUk ….check ’em if you feel like it!

[Lyrics]
Time and time again I see
A love that seemed strong was not meant to be
Broken hearts don’t always mend
Left too unsure to try love again

But, just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you and me

Lovers of-ten seem to say
Hearts can be blind to love gone astray
Always it’s the same old song
Someone’s been hurt by a love that’s gone wrong

Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

Words are sometimes hard to find
The silence can be so unkind
You always help me find my way
The love that we share grows stronger each day

Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Seulement entre toi et moi
Means that our love will always be
Just between you and me
Baby, I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

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3 from Ronnie Wood’s classic 1979 album, Gimme Some Neck!

Seven Days – Ron Wood (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Seven Days” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. There were three standout tracks of the record for me, of which “Seven Days” was the very best. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

From Ultimate Classic Rock: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ronnie-wood-gimme-some-neck/
In his memoir, Ronnie, Wood tells a story of hanging out one night in 1975, in the studio with Eric Clapton, who was working on his album No Reason to Cry. Bob Dylan was also taking part in the sessions, which took place not far from his home in Zuma Beach, Calif.

“[Dylan] was writing a song at the time called ‘Seven Days,’” Wood recalled. “I know he liked me because, out of the blue he just gave it to me. He said, ‘You can have this one, Woody.’”
That song stands out on the record as a true tour de force, a rollicking and rambling road ode that almost feels like Wood is channeling Dylan throughout.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.” (My other two favorite tracks! Uploads coming soon.)

[Lyrics]
Seven days, seven more days she’ll be comin’
I’ll be waiting at the station for her to arrive
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

She been gone ever since I been a child
Ever since I seen her smile, I ain’t forgotten her eyes
She had a face that could outshine the sun in the skies

I been good, I been good while I been waitin’
Maybe guilty of hesitatin’, I just been holdin’ on
Seven more days, all that’ll be gone

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

Seven days, seven more days that are connected
Just like I expected, she’ll be comin’ on forth
My beautiful comrade from the north

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

We All Get Old – Ron Wood (1979) FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“We All Get Old” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. This track was one of my favorites on the album. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.”

[Lyrics]
Maybe I’m right
And you’re wrong it doesn’t matter
In the course of our lifetimes
You’ll surely start running away
We’ll wait and see about that
But if you don’t stay with me, baby
Well, if you don’t stay with me baby
I’ll be right there in your mirror
When you get old
And we all get old
Time washes it in
And the high tide takes it out again
I’ve seen you trying to bail out
Trying to cast your stone
I seen you trying to flag that cab
But if you don’t stay with me, darling
If you don’t stay with me baby
I’ll be right there in your mirror
When you get old
And we all get old
I may not like to be rushed ?
And I don’t like to be hurt (cursed? purged?)
And you I don’t like to be turned into anything
Why don’t you keep my phone number in mind
Why don’t you keep my phone number in mind
For I’ll be right there in your mirror
When we get old
And we all get old

Lost And Lonely – Ron Wood (1979) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Lost And Lonely” was released on Ron Wood’s third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, in April 1979. I remember being deep into Some Girls when this album appeared on the shelves and playing it quite a bit back when. This track was one of my favorites on the album. I still love the song and Ronnie’s work on this album.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars) and featuring cover art by the guitarist himself, the album had a more polished feel than the more organic, basement qualities of Wood’s previous work. Wood had also evolved by this time into a more formidable guitar player and singer since earlier in the decade. While still a ragtag wild boy of rock ‘n’ roll, he now possessed a depth and maturity best illustrated on songs like “Lost and Lonely” and “We All Get Old.”

[Lyrics]
Don’t find them online…no time to do them myself at the moment…maybe later….anyone?

 

You Don’t Miss Your Water – The Byrds (1968)

You Don’t Miss Your Water – The Byrds (1968) FLAC Remaster Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Don’t Miss Your Water” was released on The Byrds’ sixth studio album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo , in August 1968. The Byrds also recorded a version with Gram on lead, but I think Roger McGuinn really soared on this tune!

This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but I really love this tune. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound.

Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons’ personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.

The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only joined the Byrds in February 1968, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons’ vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds’ move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.

Upon its release, the album reached #77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, which achieved modest success, and “I Am a Pilgrim”, which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.

[Lyrics]
In the beginning
You really loved me, oh
I was too blind
I could not see, now

But now that you left me
Ooh, how I cried out, I keep crying
You don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

I kept you crying
Sad and blue, oh my, oh
I was a playboy
I just wouldn’t be true

But now that you left me
Good lord, how I cried, I keep crying, I keep crying
Ooh, I didn’t miss my water
No I never missed my water
‘Till my well were run dry

I sit here and wonder
How in the world this could be, my, oh my
I never thought, oh, I never thought
You’d ever leave me

But now that you left me
Good lord, good lord, how I cried
You don’t miss your water, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

Ooh, you don’t miss your water, oh, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry
I miss my water
I keep missing my water
I keep missing my water
And I want my water
I need my water
I love my water
And I want my water
And I’m little thirsty, now
And I’m little thirsty, now
I want my water
I keep wanting my water

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You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Byrds (1968)

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Byrds (1968) FLAC Remaster Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” was released on The Byrds’ sixth studio album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo , in August 1968. This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 https://youtu.be/XnYgUf2qqB8 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but the album opener “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is a good choice for sure. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound…lots of detail for all the instruments and some decent bottom end (sometimes their music seemed mixed in a way that the bass was a bit buried…maybe that’s just me?).

Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons’ personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.

The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only joined the Byrds in February 1968, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons’ vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds’ move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.

Upon its release, the album reached #77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, which achieved modest success, and “I Am a Pilgrim”, which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.

[Lyrics]
Clouds so swift
Rain won’t lift
Gate won’t close
Railings froze
Get your mind off wintertime
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
I don’t care how many letters they sent
Morning came and morning went
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
Buy me a flute
And a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself to the tree with roots
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair
Genghis Khan
He could not keep
All his kings
Supplied with sleep
We’ll climb that hill, no matter how steep
When we come up to it
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day
My bride’s gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

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I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody In the world today Ooh

Nobody – Eddie Money (1979) SACD FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nobody” was released on Eddie Money’s second album, Life for the Taking, in January of 1979. The album includes the singles “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”, “Gimme Some Water” and “Maybe I’m A Fool.”

This on one of my favorite songs on the album and the original intent for the video was for it to be the first in a new template I’m working on to be able to push out many more of the songs I love (using the highest quality audio source) in videos that share the much of the same style and visual elements, but with the template to keep them quick….of course it ended up with too much customization (and feels overdone!)…but I’m working towards the ability to find an interesting and effective “cookie cutter” approach for many videos that I don’t want to have to think about much. Wish me luck! 😉 Hope you enjoy the song…..it’s really a great one!

With Money seemingly endlessly on the road promoting his previous debut album, this effort was primarily written in hotel rooms with a variety of band members and worked up during sound checks prior to performances. The final track, “Call On Me” was often interjected into the set lists prior to the release of this album and received a strong response in spite of its more soulful, less frantic composure.

This album also marked a conscious effort to expand Money’s audience with the inclusion of several more pop and dance oriented numbers. This direction would continue to be expanded upon with the subsequent release “Playing For Keeps”. The album was met with less enthusiastic critical response than its predecessor with a number of the pundits citing a weakness of quality songwriting and the inconsistency of style as pitfalls.

Money resumed his frantic promotion and touring schedule upon the release of this album. The cover shot plays on a rendition of the artist mocking his debut album artwork but with an obvious worn and tired appearance.

As with the previous release, both singles were issued in promotion only edited versions, while the retail releases featured tracks from the album as B-sides. By now, the artist was headlining mid sized venues and a number of the dates featured the then up-and-coming Pat Benatar as support.

[Lyrics]
I said nobody in the world was home today
Well, I called up my friends ’cause I needed someone in a bad, bad way
You see, my baby, mmm, she done gone away
And I just can’t find nobody now in the world today

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

Well, I rang all the bells and I knocked on all the window panes
A policeman told me that I better get home while I still have my brain
Well, I ran down the street with your words in my head
And I had nothing at all to say
And I just can’t find nobody, nobody now
In the world today, hey
Let me tell you people, now

I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
Nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
Ooh, yeah

I talk to the walls
There’s no one at all I can talk to, no, no
I’m all by myself
There’s nobody else I can tell
And I gotta say

Nobody in the world was home today (Nobody)
Well, the streets were all bare
Just like nobody cared
What I had to say

You see, my baby, you see, my baby
She done gone away
I just can’t find nobody, nobody, nobody
In the world today
Ooh

I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
In the world was home today

I couldn’t find no, I couldn’t hear no
I couldn’t see no, no, no, nobody
(Nobody, nobody)
Nobody
I said nobody (Nobody)
I said nobody (Nobody)
No, no, nobody in the world was home today
Ooh

Happy New Year 2017! BOC’s “Fireworks” from 1977’s Spectres album.

Fireworks – Blue Oyster Cult (1977) Blu-Spec FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Happy New Year’s all! Let’s hope it’s a good one!? (Better than the hell year most of us feel 2016 was?!) Uploaded an hour before midnight (CST) and published just a few minutes before…this will be my last video of 2016. Thanks to all my friends and fans who have stuck around with me and offered me support and encouragement for the efforts….or those who just watched the videos! Looking forward to another year hanging out with my YouTube friends who share my love of classic rock, progressive rock, reggae, country, soul, new wave, power pop, new rock.,…and all the rest!

“Fireworks”….another classic BOC tune from another classic BOC album. Updated description on the way.

[Lyrics]
She went down to her house by the water
To hide herself from his grasp
He went down to the water to find her
To consumate their love at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down to escape from her prison
To free herself from her fears
All those years up to here with tradition
And opportunity so near

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

She went down on a snow white pillow
To cast herself in the looking glass
He knew the time had finally come now
To break the spell they shared at last

Then the lightning flashing (flashing crashing)
Fireworks shooting up in her head (in her head)
The earth was shaking (shaking quaking)
Fireworks pouring down on her head (on her head)
Only sound she heard was (lovely word)
Fireworks like a charm (annointed)
Blazing red

…and now we’re fine. Classic Klaatu from their first album, 3:47 EST (1976).

Doctor Marvello – Klaatu (1976) FLAC Audio HD Widescreen Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Doctor Marvello” was released on Canadian progressive rock group Klaatu’s first album 3:47 EST in August 1976. The album was renamed Klaatu when released in the United States by Capitol Records.

I’m a HUGE fan of Klaatu first two albums especially (yeah, I was completely caught up in the “it’s The Beatles secret record” when the first two records were released in the late seventies…how we all wanted to believe that at the time!!!), but their other albums are very nice as well. I have several videos started for some of their more epic tracks, but until those are ready (I’m working on them!)….here’s “Doctor Marvello”! Hope you enjoy this great track from an album loaded with great tracks.

***From what I remember about all the “clues” for the tracks which pointed to The Beatles; this one referred to their break up; (“Jonesey turned the tide..We lost our cool..Caught in whirlpools” and “So bland was our condition…We summoned black magicians..To wave a wand or two” etc.) and their “reunion” on this album (“We’re completely cured…and now we’re fine”).

3:47 EST is regarded as one of the band’s greatest albums (along with Hope), using the same kind of Beatlesque psychedelic rock (in the style of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), with a few new additions; most notably vocal distortion, more backwards instruments, and some obscure musical instruments such as electric sitars. The Juno-nominated album cover was painted by a friend of Klaatu’s members, the Canadian graphic artist, Ted Jones.

For a variety of reasons, rumours spread in the wake of the album’s release that Klaatu were, in fact, a secretly reunited Beatles. The album was moderately successful in the United States, largely as a result of the Beatles rumours.

A high-quality newly remastered version of the album was released on Klaatu’s indie record label “Klaatunes” in 2011. To accompany this release, a music video was made for the remastered version of “Calling Occupants”.

[Lyrics]
Oh
My love and I were thinking
How low our boat was sinking
From fishing for the blues
Every lure we tried
Jonesey turned the tide
We lost our cool
Caught in whirlpools

Oh
So bland was our condition
We summoned black magicians
To wave a wand or two
Talismanic spells
Tannis root and well
To tell the tale
Their magic failed

If that is all you want
(Doctor Marvello)
Then I may be of service
If all you want is love
(Doctor Marvello)
Well I may know a special man
Whose love machine turns can’t to can
With your mind in mind
With your mind in mind

(A passage of time)
Oh
The trance wore off by morning
A sentimental journey was hazily recalled
Though it sounds absurd
We’re completely cured
And now we’re fine
And now we’re fine
And now we’re fine

Season Of The Witch – Donovan (1966) 2011 FLAC Stereo Remaster

Season Of The Witch – Donovan (1966) 2011 FLAC Stereo Remaster HD 1080p ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Season Of The Witch” was released British singer-songwriter Donovan’s third studio album, Sunshine Superman in the US in September 1966. The album was not released in the UK because of a contractual dispute.

In June 1967, a compilation of the Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow albums was released as Sunshine Superman in the UK. Sunshine Superman was named after Donovan’s hit single released in the US in July 1966. (Most of the tracks from this and the Mellow Yellow albums were not mixed into stereo until the 2011 2-CD deluxe edition issued by UK EMI).

I’ve mentioned before that “Sunshine Supermen” was one of the very earliest songs that I have memory of so it will always be kinda special. Donovan has alot of really great music and I get asked about doin’ vids for other Donovan greats “Atlantis” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man” often….of course they are special and I’ll get around to ’em soon. Till then….here’s “Season of the Witch” featuring the 2011 stereo track from FLAC source playing to a video edit of Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 Swedish-Danish silent film “Häxan” or “Witchcraft Through the Ages” (English title)….a truly amazing silent film that you really should see if you haven’t. It’s an obvious choice, and its been done before, but I thought I’d like to try a new edit….and of course use the best audio available for it! Hope you enjoy the season!

Whilst still incorporating folk music, these recordings mark a distinct change in Donovan’s music, representing some of the first psychedelia released. A full rock band backs up Donovan on many of the songs, and the instrumentation had been expanded, being one of the first pop albums to extensively use the sitar and other unique musical instruments. This change is partially the result of working with producer Mickie Most, whose pop sensibilities led to chart hits for many other artists at the time.

Donovan’s lyrics began to encompass his increasing ability to portray “Swinging London” and give listeners an insider’s look into the mid-sixties pop scene. He was known to be close to The Beatles and Brian Jones at this time, and he became widely known after “Sunshine Superman” became a chart-topper in the US, and hit #2 in the UK. Donovan’s penchant for name-dropping in songs such as two influenced by his travel to Los Angeles, “The Trip” and “The Fat Angel” (written for Mama Cass) coupled with his chart success helped elevate him to superstar status. In addition to noting the people in the pop scene, Donovan recorded “Bert’s Blues” for his friend and folk music notable Bert Jansch.

Contrasting this modern bent was Donovan’s fascination with medieval themes in such songs as “Legend of a Girl Child Linda” (written for Brian Jones’ girlfriend Linda Lawrence) and “Guinevere”. The rich descriptions of colour and environment that Donovan developed in individual songs on Fairytale were now evident throughout his writing.

Several other songs were recorded for Sunshine Superman, but did not make the cut. These include “Museum” (later rerecorded and released on Mellow Yellow), “Superlungs My Supergirl” (later rerecorded and released on Barabajagal) and “Breezes of Patchulie” (originally called “Darkness of My Night” and released on Donovan’s 1964 demo collection Sixty Four). The Sunshine Superman recordings of these songs were all included on Troubadour The Definitive Collection 1964–1976.

In the video for the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”, a close up of a spinning turntable shows the Epic Records version of Sunshine Superman playing. The film was shot at the recording sessions for the song, which was included on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

[Lyrics]
When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it’s strange
So strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Mmmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see?
Some other cat lookin’ over
His shoulder at me
And he’s strange
Sure is strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch, yeah
Beatniks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

You got to pick up every stitch
Two rabbits runnin’ in the ditch
Beatniks out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
When I go

When I look out my window
What do you think I see?
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
It’s strange
Sure is strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Two rabbits runnin’ in the ditch
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
When I go
When I go

“On the 24th of May I’ll gather up your reins”…Blue Oyster Cult “The Revenge of Vera Gemini” (1976)

The Revenge of Vera Gemini – Blue Oyster Cult (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“The Revenge of Vera Gemini” was released on Blue Öyster Cult’s fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, on May 21st 1976. This is one of my all time favorite albums and I love each song enough to make a video for them all….this is the third I’ve done for a track from the album. This song was co-written by Patti Smith (with Albert Bouchard) and I love her vocal contributions to the song!

The audio is sourced from a 192KHz/24bit FLAC….i think it sounds fantastic! I need to redo the two other videos I have made for tracks from Agents of Fortune to include these new versions. The video was from a poorer quality source, so I tried to do some things to remove the noise when it’s played full screen….it’s not entirely successful, but looks better than it would without the effects. It’s a very cool film (as detailed below).

The film in the video is edited from Harpya, a 1979 short Belgian animated film written and directed by Raoul Servais. It stars Will Spoor, Fran Waller Zeper and Sjoert Schwibethus. The film won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Its mix of horror and black comedy has given it a cult following.

Hope you enjoy the effort!

Check out a few of my other Blue Oyster Cult videos:

“The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria – Blue Oyster Cult (1988)”

“I Love The Night”

“Imaginos”

“Nosferatu”

“Godzilla”

“The Vigil”

“Sinful Love”

[Lyrics]
You’re boned like a saint
With the consciousness of a snake

You’re the kind of girl
I’d like to find
Face like an angel
But you’re boned like the devil

Your eyes have shifted from me
Everyone saw what you did
You have slipped from beneath me
Like a false and nervous squid

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

You planned to leave me cold
But you’ll never get your wish
On the 24th of May
I’ll gather up your reins

You filled me with a vengeance
And you touched me with your breath
I’m gonna pull you from this dance
You’re gonna ride so easily

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Marie

I was your victim
I was well deceived
Hell’s built on regret
But I love your naked neck

And evil lies that you told me
Could make me believe your two-faced
Because two faces have you
And they’re both gonna go

Oh no more horses horses
We’re gonna swim like a fish
Into the hole, in which you planned to ditch me
My lovely Vera Gemini

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!