‘Cause it hurts, oh.

It Hurts – Greg Lake (1981) FLAC Audio HD Video

“It Hurts” was released on Greg Lake’s self-titled debut solo album, in late September 1981. Though ELP is probably the most popular progressive rock band that I never really got into, I did purchase and enjoy both of his first two solo albums. “It Hurts” is a favorite, mainly due to the fact that it features some typically wicked Gary Moore guitar playing.

This vid has been sitting around for many years unfinished because i couldn’t get it right….it’s not still, but close enough to move it out so I don’t need to look at this project folder anymore. 😉

From Allmusic.com: After the breakup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1978, Greg Lake set out to launch a solo career. He teamed up with guitar virtuoso Gary Moore and enlisted the talents of Bruce Springsteen’s sax player, Clarence Clemmons, as well as Toto veterans Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Jeff Porcaro. The result was his 1981 self-titled debut album. After more than a decade with prog-rock legends ELP and King Crimson, it is clear Lake was looking for a musical change and a chance to perform as a guitarist, his primary instrument, after more than a decade mainly playing bass. The album is a guitar driven venture into straight forward rock & roll which features well written songs and some sizzling guitar work by Gary Moore. Lake’s voice soars, as it did with ELP, and we see that his guitar prowess is something too often hidden in the past. His skill as a producer is also evident as he brings out the power of each note with a big, energizing sound. There are probably Greg Lake fans who would not wish to see him take this path with the rest of his career, but you can definitely tell that he enjoyed stepping out, and it translates to a powerful and enjoyable album.

[Lyrics]
There’s no reason for you to love me
after all of the heartaches we’ve been through.
But I love you, I just can’t help it.
You’re so beautiful, what else can I do?
You say you didn’t make me love you,
and you tell me that you’re not to blame.
But it still hurts me the same.
Baby, love is not a game.
‘Cause it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Mm.
I can’t stand it, but I can’t leave you.
Either way I’m a loser in the end.
I can’t shake it, I just can’t free you.
It is no use me trying to pretend.
If I didn’t really love you,
then maybe I could let you go.
But as sure as the fall winds blow,
I just can’t help but love you so.

And it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Mm.
Do you know that love can actually hurt you
enough to make you die?
And if your baby says she’s going to desert you,
what you gonna do?
You’re sure gonna have the blues tonight.
I can’t help it, I’ve been so lonely.
Life without you is nothing but a drag.
There’s no other, you’re my one and only.
I would love you in riches or in rags.
If I knew you didn’t love me,
I could turn my back and walk away.
It’s so easy to say,
but it’s so hard to find a way.
‘Cause it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Oh, it hurts

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Soon these days shall pass away

Cheyenne Anthem – Kansas (1976) FLAC HD Video

“Cheyenne Anthem” was a track on Kansas’ fourth studio album, Leftoverture, which was released just before Halloween 1976. This was the band’s first album to be certified by the RIAA, and remains their highest selling album, having been certified 4 times platinum in the United States.

I’ve always loved this song, especially the majestic final instrumental section (starting at 5:48 just after the lyric “In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay”……I think it’s the piano playing that hits the hardest. Beautiful work.

I’ve been pretty inactive with my video uploads lately due to the hard drive failure that I’d mentioned in the previous video description. “Cheyenne Anthem” was the video I was working on when everything went south. Bad news was that I had to pick up with an older version of this work , and had to recreate some sequences that I’d already finished…..even before the crash this was an epic, tricky one to make (the time changes! the tone changes!), and I really couldn’t get into trying to recreate what I’d lost. As finished, the video is all over the map and I think I’ll try and tie the styles together better at some point with an update in the future, but for now it’s either upload the damn thing or put it on a shelf for a long, long break! 😉 The good news is I was able to recover almost all of the almost 3 years of work files that I’d not backed up! YIKES! I don’t think I would have been uploading many videos after losing all that work, so many updates and new videos I thought were gone forever….now I’m excited that hundreds of my works in progress will survive to see the light of day after all! We live to rock another day, rockers!!! 😉 Thanks to you all for being here with me and I hope you enjoy this one.

Steve Walsh began to experience writer’s block prior to the recording, and his contribution to the album would ultimately be limited to co-authoring three songs. It fell on Kerry Livgren to fill the void. The new compositions retained much of the classically inspired complexity of Livgren’s previous work. Kansas recorded the album at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Studio in the Country was so named because, as Livgren described on In the Studio with Redbeard radio show in the episode spotlighting Leftoverture, “it was in the middle of a swamp. We’d walk out of the studio and there would be gators in front of the studio, mosquitos the size of B-52s and at times armadillos would run into the control room, laughing.”

Leftoverture opens with the song “Carry On Wayward Son”, which Livgren wrote as a sequel to “The Pinnacle”, the final song from the previous album Masque (1975).

The album’s title, Leftoverture, is a portmanteau word.

The album was met with mixed reviews. Rolling Stone called Leftoverture Kansas’s best album to date, and said that it “warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation (with a dearth of flashy solos) with short, tight melody lines and pleasant singing.” The magazine Playboy reviewed the album as “extremely strong” and lauded Kansas for representing “the solid, Midwestern values of our vast musical heartland.” In contrast, Robert Christgau said the album lacked the intelligence and conviction of European progressive rock, and that the self-deprecating humor implied in the song and album titles is completely absent from the record itself.

Modern reviews are likewise mixed. Gary Graff found Leftoverture “Kansas’ breakthrough album and a thorough representation of its assorted musical sensibilities.” The AllMusic reviewer instead wrote that the album contains “neither hooks nor true grandiosity to make it interesting” and, despite the great single “Carry On Wayward Son”, the fact that Kansas “never manage to rival it anywhere on this record is as much a testament to their crippling ambition as their lack of skills.”

[Lyrics]
[Robby Steinhardt:]
From the mountains to the sun, Life has only just begun
We wed this land and pledge our souls to meet its end
Life has only just begun
Here my people roam the earth, in the kingdom of our birth
Where the dust of all our horses hides the sun
We are mighty on the earth, on the earth

[Steve Walsh:]
You have come to move me, take me from my ancient home
Land of my fathers I can’t leave you now
We will share it with you, no man owns this earth we’re on

Now the wheels are rolling hear the howling winds of war
It’s my destiny to fight and die
But is there no solution, can we find no other way, Lord let me stay
Under the endless sky and the earth below
Here I was born to live and I will never go, oh no

[Choir:]
But we cannot endure like the earth and the mountains
Life is not ours to keep, for a new sun is rising

[Robby Steinhardt:]
Soon these days shall pass away, for our freedom we must pay
All our words and deeds are carried on the wind
In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay

Lights of Taormina – Mark Knopfler (2015)

Lights of Taormina – Mark Knopfler (2015) 192kHz/24bit HD FLAC Audio

“Lights of Taormina” was released in March 2015 on Mark Knopfler’s eighth solo album, Tracker. Mark is such an amazing songwriter and guitarist and I’m happy to support his continued solo work which never fails to satisfy. Lots of solo stuff that I’d love to video. Recently uploaded vids for a couple of tracks from his latest album, decided to make this my third video for a tune from his last album. Hope you enjoy and thank for watching!

“Lights of Taormina” reflects Mark Knopfler’s knack for writing on the road and turning his experiences there into music. “Over the years I’ve learned to write on the go,” he told Billboard magazine.

Knopfler added that he started writing this song, “where I was actually sitting on this beautiful terrace, looking down at Taormina.”
The popular tourist destination of Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy. Knopfler played at Taormina’s ancient Greek theater on July 16, 2013.

Some believe that Knopfler was looking down on Taormina from Hotel Villa Angela, which is owned by Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds. Kerr fell in love with the island of Sicily when he visited on tour, and later set up the hotel, which is set on a hillside above Taormina.

From Wiki:
According to the review aggregator website Metacritic, Tracker received generally favorable reviews, achieving a critical score of 70 based on 15 critic reviews. In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three and a half out of five stars, noting that the album is “scaled smaller” than his previous double-album effort Privateering, “easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder”.Knopfler isn’t pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he’s long loved.

In his review for American Songwriter, Hal Horowitz gave the album four out of five stars, observing:

Touches of Celtic, jazz, country and folk, but seldom rock, inform these lovely tunes that take their time as if on a leisurely stroll … He’s in no hurry telling these colorful stories that unspool slowly and deliberately. Like much of Van Morrison’s best work, the relaxed pace provides the consistent thread that makes this a cohesive album instead of a batch of songs. The softly dignified pace, immaculately constructed lyrics and especially the immediately identifiable slithering guitar lines” all work to create “timeless songs that feel organic, measured and are clearly heartfelt as Knopfler crafts music that will sound as magnificent in 50 years as it does today.”

In his review for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes gave the album three and a half out of five stars, calling it “modest” and “multifaceted”. Hermes noted, “Knopfler’s quicksilver guitar is understated, and he delivers stories of stoic ache like an old watchmaker on a pub stool—quietly riveting.”

In his review for The Telegraph, Neil McCormick gave the album three out of five stars, acknowledging the work’s “understated refinement”, but noting it “lacks the epic scope of Dire Straits”. According to McCormick, there is a predictability to the album that undermines its effectiveness, noting, “Fans will find much to enjoy here, but it might be time for Knopfler to push himself out of his comfort zone.”

[Lyrics]
There’s laughter in the darkness
Music floating in across the bay
He’s half listening and wondering
How he could have let her slip away
So long ago but still he wants to know
If anyone has seen her
And he’s sitting out in the night
Looking down upon the lights of Taormina

They were young and love was shining
Like the colours of the rainbow
Desire felt like choking
Love was smoking under the volcano
He can still taste her kisses
Sweet as the red wine from Messina
Now he’s sitting out in the night
Looking down upon the lights of Taormina

Seems like another lifetime
When they rambled along the shore
Seems like another lifetime
She used to call him her sweet senor
Maybe in another lifetime
On a pathway to the sea
Maybe there they’ll be

The crowd calls for the emperor
Raise their hands to hail another king
But he’s been so long a wanderer
Another crowd can never mean a thing
He came, he saw, he conquered
Ten thousand voices roared in the arena
Now he’s sitting out in the night
Looking down upon the lights of Taormina

He hears the chimes of history
Myths of gods and men forever ringing
Ancient dreams in all their mystery
Wars for Sicily and Spartan women
In the mists of antiquity
Ships of war set sail from Carthagina
Now he’s sitting out in the night
Looking down upon the lights of Taormina
Sitting out in the night
Looking down upon the lights of Taormina

Back In Time – Graham Parker (1988)

Back In Time – Graham Parker (1988) FLAC Audio 1080p Video

“Back In Time” was released in the spring of 1988 on Graham Parker’s ninth album (by my count?), The Mona Lisa’s Sister. It’s impossible for me to characterize any Graham Parker song or album as “favorite” because he remains the most insanely consistent songwriter/performer of the last four decades. I probably mention this every single time I work a video to one of his songs, but I’ve listened to him since the late seventies and purchased every album he’s ever released and it just strikes me that he has pulled this off. One of my top 10 artists of all time….this is just another great Graham Parker song.

The Mona Lisa’s Sister was Parker’s first album for RCA following an acrimonious split with Atlantic and the first he produced himself (with Brinsley Schwarz). The “stripped-down” sound of the album garnered critical acclaim and presaged a back-to-basics trend in rock music in the 1990s. It was re-released by Buddah Records in 1999 with a bonus track, “Ordinary Girl”, the B-side to “Get Started. Start a Fire”. The album debuted at #77 (US) May 28, 1988. This was its highest chart position.

In 1989, it was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s.

[Lyrics]
You stop in the old cafe where you used to play pinball
And look for the air-raid shelter but it’s gone and the cafe seems so
Small and all the gardens that had trees and stolen apples
Now have small businesses flourishing in cinder blocks
Then they will call your name and hand you a gold watch
Then they will call your name but it doesn’t sound like much
And you’ll never discover why it’s like an old lover
You can’t touch anymore It doesn’t mean much anymore
When you go back in time
Back in time

You head down to the local try to find a focal point
A scratch in the wallpaper but it’s all been wallpapered over
Down at the newsagents it’s all pornography
And you try to get high again but it’s like time-lapse photography
Then they will call your name and hand you a medal
Or something more practical like a whistling kettle
And it’ll test your metal Just try to keep grinning
Knowing that this feeling is indulgence worse than sinning
Trying to go back in time
Yeah

Photographs with a glossy finish letters lovers never finished
And there in a dusty drawer a necktie you once wore
And a girl you tried to court made you feel about two feet short
Where is she now today? What would she have to say?
Then they will call your name and hand you a pension
A bottle of pills that guarantee life extension
And give you a mention in the local boy makes good section
But all the old news is like print stains across your mind
When you try to go back in time

Yes all this old news is just print stains across your mind
When you try to go back in time
Back in time
Back, back in time

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It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late

 

Beryl – Mark Knopfler (2015) 192kHz/24bit HD FLAC Audio 4K Video

“Beryl” was released in March 2015 on Mark Knopfler’s eight solo album, Tracker. I really wish Mark would release another album with Dire Straits (give us some rock, Mark!), but even if he never does, he is an amazing songwriter and guitarist and I’m happy to support his continued solo work which never fails to satisfy. Lots of solo stuff that I’d love to video….so doing a couple of my favorites from his last album. Hope you enjoy and thank for watching!

Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge DBE (21 November 1932 – 2 July 2010) was an English writer from Liverpool. She was primarily known for her works of psychological fiction, often macabre tales set among the English working class. Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. She was described in 2007 as “a national treasure”. In 2008, The Times named Bainbridge on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

From Wiki:
According to the review aggregator website Metacritic, Tracker received generally favorable reviews, achieving a critical score of 70 based on 15 critic reviews. In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three and a half out of five stars, noting that the album is “scaled smaller” than his previous double-album effort Privateering, “easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder”.Knopfler isn’t pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he’s long loved.

In his review for American Songwriter, Hal Horowitz gave the album four out of five stars, observing:

Touches of Celtic, jazz, country and folk, but seldom rock, inform these lovely tunes that take their time as if on a leisurely stroll … He’s in no hurry telling these colorful stories that unspool slowly and deliberately. Like much of Van Morrison’s best work, the relaxed pace provides the consistent thread that makes this a cohesive album instead of a batch of songs. The softly dignified pace, immaculately constructed lyrics and especially the immediately identifiable slithering guitar lines” all work to create “timeless songs that feel organic, measured and are clearly heartfelt as Knopfler crafts music that will sound as magnificent in 50 years as it does today.”

Ken Capobianco, in his review for the Boston Globe, gave the album a positive review, writing, “Mark Knopfler continues his late-career resurgence with this skillfully crafted eighth solo effort, revealing a portrait gallery of quotidian and accomplished lives marked by yearning and reflection.” Capobianco praised Knopfler’s overall effort “delivering finely wrought, elegantly arranged songs of subtle depth and rich musicality”. In his review for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes gave the album three and a half out of five stars, calling it “modest” and “multifaceted”. Hermes noted, “Knopfler’s quicksilver guitar is understated, and he delivers stories of stoic ache like an old watchmaker on a pub stool—quietly riveting.”

In his review for The Telegraph, Neil McCormick gave the album three out of five stars, acknowledging the work’s “understated refinement”, but noting it “lacks the epic scope of Dire Straits”. According to McCormick, there is a predictability to the album that undermines its effectiveness, noting, “Fans will find much to enjoy here, but it might be time for Knopfler to push himself out of his comfort zone.” Ally Carnwath, in her review for The Guardian, also gave the album three out of five stars, observing a “predictable whiff of whiskey and rolling tobacco” about the effort. While Carnwarth notes Knopfler’s inconsistency as a storyteller, she believes his music “remains a reliable source of warm bluesy guitarwork”. In his review for Popmatters, John Garrett gave the album six out of ten stars, concluding, “It’s hard to nail down a specific identity for Tracker. The quality of each song is consistently good, but the album doesn’t feel very cohesive when you step back to consider the whole package.”

[Lyrics]
Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave
Beryl, every time they’d overlook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave
It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
Beryl, the tobacco overtook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave
It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave
After all she gave
After all she gave

 

 

Green Is The Colour – Pink Floyd (1969)

Green Is The Colour – Pink Floyd (1969) FLAC Audio 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Green is the Colour” was released in June 1969 Pink Floyd’s third studio album, Soundtrack from the film More. The song was composed and written by Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour. A tin whistle is heard in the song, played by drummer Nick Mason’s then-wife Lindy. It seems that many people might be even happier than usual to spring roll around this year, I know I’ll be very happy to see some green return to my world. I’ve always loved this tune, though the album less so. Thanks for checking it out!

More is a psychedelic rock soundtrack album that contains some acoustic folk ballads, a genre that appeared sparsely on Pink Floyd’s later works. It also contains some of the band’s “heaviest” recordings, such as “The Nile Song” and “Ibiza Bar”, as well as several instrumental tracks, featuring their experimental and avant-garde approach. More was primarily filmed on location on Ibiza where most of the story takes place. It was the directorial debut for Barbet Schroeder. Roger Waters has stated that the song is “about being on Ibiza” the setting of the film, More.

This is Pink Floyd’s first full album without founding member Syd Barrett, who was ousted from the group in early 1968 during the recording of A Saucerful of Secrets. It is one of the three Pink Floyd albums to feature David Gilmour as the sole lead vocalist, the others being 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason and 2014’s The Endless River. It is the only album in the band’s discography not to have a lead vocal from Roger Waters during his tenure in the band.

[Lyrics]
Heavy hung the canopy of blue
Shade my eyes and I can see you
White was the light
That shines through the dress that you wore
She lay in the shadow of a wave
Hazy were the visions overplayed
Sunshine in her eyes
But moonshine made her cry everytime
Green is the colour of her kind
Quickness of the eye
Deceives the mind
Envy is the bond between
The hopeful and the damned

Don’t you know I’d come running I’d come running back to you again

Running Back – Thin Lizzy (1976) HD FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Running Back” was released in the spring of 1976 on Thin Lizzy’s sixth studio album, Jailbreak. This track was the first Thin Lizzy I ever started a video for…it’s one of my favorite songs they recorded. I’ve had a video for this song in progress for years, but could never figure out how to make it work. Happy I finally came across this video from Bill Plympton from 2008 called “The Love Race” that seemed to do the trick…just some very minor editing was required for the end result.

Initially, the song “Running Back” was chosen to be a single ahead of “The Boys Are Back in Town”, the latter being seen as possibly too aggressive for some radio stations to play. Frontman and songwriter Phil Lynott and producer John Alcock decided to employ session musicians to add more commercial elements to some of the tracks to try to produce a hit single, and Tim Hinkley was brought in to add keyboard parts to “Running Back”. Guitarist Brian Robertson was against the idea, as he liked the song as it had originally been arranged, in a blues format with his own additions of piano and bottleneck guitar. He later said, “I took enormous offence to [the changes]. I couldn’t understand why they’d pay this guy a fortune just for playing what he did. Listen to it and tell me it’s not bollocks.” Robertson did not play on the finished version of the song and Hinkley is not credited on the album sleeve. Lynott said at the time that “Running Back” was “very much influenced by Van Morrison. I really like that song.” Hinkley later recalled, “Robbo and Scott were not keen on it at all but they were overruled.” Thirty-five years later, Robertson recorded his own versions of the song on his 2011 album Diamonds and Dirt.

Scott Gorham also revealed that “Romeo and the Lonely Girl” was also brought up as an option for a single, but was ultimately discarded, as “nobody was overexcited about it.”

This album will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was released my freshman year and remained popular all through high school. It will forever be linked with those times and places in my memory….high school football games; drinking beer & partying in the boonies; 7 nights of the week on an endless cruise of the “loop” with friends, road-trips to the drive-in in another town (it wouldn’t last much longer); and lazing away the afternoons in the sun at the community pool. The great rock bands of the seventies (Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, Boston, Styx, Queen, Led Zepp, Pink Floyd, Rush, Scorpions, Kansas, Cheap Trick, and on….and on) made this a great time to grow up! If you went to high school in the seventies when all this incredible music was released, you know what I’m talking about. 😉

This is my second vid from the Jailbreak album, check out “Cowboy Song” if you’re so inclined: https://youtu.be/M8imbAh7P1MI

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Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described Jailbreak as a “truly exceptional album”, with “a dimension of richness that sustains, but there’s such kinetic energy to the band that it still sounds immediate no matter how many times it’s played”. Highlighting Lynott’s songs as “lovingly florid… crammed with specifics and overflowing with life”, he claimed that Gorham and Robertson’s guitar work is “intertwined, dual-lead guitar interplay that was one of the most distinctive sounds of ’70s rock”.

A reviewer for Sputnikmusic took the view that nearly every song on the album is “a pure, hard rocker with little to no flaws”, picking out the “killer groove” of “Angel from the Coast”, the “infamous” “The Boys Are Back in Town” and the “gritty” title track. He also claimed that “Cowboy Song” is “arguably one of the best songs Thin Lizzy ever produced”.

Thanks to my friends old and new for supporting the things I try….THANKS FOR WATCHING and for the thumbs up and shares!

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

[Lyrics]
I’m a fool now that it’s over
Can you guess my name?
I make my money singing songs about you
It’s my claim to fame

When they say it’s over
It’s not all over, there’s still the pain

I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again
Oh I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again

If I said I was sorry
Would you still leave me?
I never thought you’d go ’till you did
Believe me

When they say it’s over
It’s not all over completely

‘Cause I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again
Yes I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again

I miss that girl

The show is over
and we must all go home
Just leave me by myself
I’ll be alright here on my own

If it’s all over, it’s all over
And I’m all alone

And I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again
Don’t you know I’d come running
I’d come running back to you again

So much for this kind of love

So Much – Jack Green (1980) FLAC Audio 4k Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“So Much” was released on Jack Green’s debut solo album, Humanesque, in 1980. Haven’t had much time for vids lately…although there is quite a few of interesting things unfinished but getting closer…..until i find more time for those, here’s another quickie equalizer style vid for another great track from Jack Green’s Humanesque album…one of the greatest albums of the 70’s 80’s rock that you might have never heard.

I discovered this album when I was working at the record store. I recall we only received 3 copies of the album and no one knew who the artist was. I took a chance and opened a copy ——- (As I’ve mentioned in video descriptions before, I came across so much great music in this way….open a copy of an album and buy it if it was good or use the excuse that it was for in-store play …even if we didn’t like it and never played it…it happened! LOL!) —- and I remember liking it immediately, and the girl I worked with grabbed a second copy as we listened to it for the first time. Another employee bought the 3rd copy the next day. I played the hell out of it for weeks, and we special ordered some more, but never really met the demand that could be made by simply playing the album in the store….the manager would get so pissed off that I played things that we didn’t have in stock! This album was one of my favorites from the early eighties, and I’ve listened to it frequently for the last nearly 40 (ouch!) years!…still sounds as amazing as ever.

I took the FLAC audio from the CD release and equalized them for a bit more bass. I think the audio adjustment makes the tracks sound fuller with more bottom end, better, but they are just a hair under clipping and I need to give a more critical listening on my home system.

I started videos from this record over 6 years ago, but never worked them out, I really wanted to get some out so I decided to use my favorite cheat (the equalizer video! LOL!). This is my third video for a track from the album; see the first two, “I Call, No Answer” (featuring Richie Blackmore’s guitar) https://youtu.be/CQuO7zEH01Y and “This Is Japan” https://youtu.be/2CAXy1uUP3I

[Lyrics]
When you feel the distance form a poison around your soul
And all the words of love have turned into stone
Building a fortress around you on your own

So much for this kind of love
So much for this kind of love

You reach for answer always trying to understand
And every time you do it always slips from your hands
Building your dreams into an empty wasteland
So much for this kind of love

Liar don’t you feel the tension
How can we go on this way
Always fighting and forgetting
Who said love will never die?

In the beginning it was so open and warm
Now at the end it is so ragged and torn
Only time will tell what we went through
So much for me and you
So much for me and you
So much for me and you
me and you, alright
alright

In the beginning it was so open and warm
Now at the end it is so ragged and torn
Only time will tell what we went through
So much for me and you
So much for me and you
So much for me and you
me and you, alright
alright

alright
alright
alright

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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

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: https://youtu.be/uaPmK9ANkP8 )….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…..one 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!

[Lyrics]
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.

Chorus:
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.

Chorus:
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)