Something – Booker T. & the M.G.s (1970)

Something – Booker T. & the M.G.s (1970) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Something” was the second track on McLemore Avenue, the 9th studio album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, which was released in April of 1970. The record consisted entirely of mostly instrumental covers of songs from the Beatles’ album Abbey Road (released only months earlier, in September 1969). The title and cover are an homage to the Beatles album, 926 East McLemore Avenue being the address of the Stax Studios in Memphis, as Abbey Road was for EMI Studios in London.

Booker T. Jones said, “I was in California when I heard Abbey Road, and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it.”

This record has always been really special to me. There are so few good reasons to listen to cover work of The Beatles, some great stuff scattered about but mostly pointless. This record has always astonished me with this band’s groovyfanfukncydelic interpretations….the songs just breath and there is so much amazing musicianship in every second of the record. This is the band we all wish we could have had. I really can’t pick a favorite musician from this band they are all stellar, but drummer Al Jackson, Jr and Booker T. Jones and his magical Hammond M3 Organ were insane brilliant, and guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn were merely among the greatest who ever played. Damn, they were really something.

I’ve wanted to do somethings from McLemore Avenue for so long, but never could figure how to go about it. Finally found the fat, equalizer trick to work the video around. I’ll probably do the entire album, because it’s one of those records where, if I ever start to listen to, I cannot stop until the end!

If your a fan of rock n roll, The Beatles, Stax, soul, funk, soul or really music in general, McLemore Avenue is one that you really should give a listen to. It requires good headphones or a good home rig to get the full effect of the music, the bottom end, etc…plus it should be played LOUD if it’s gonna be played at all! 😉

Thanks again to all my friends who stick around and encourage me to plug on! You guys RoCk! 😉

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

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

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

I’ve been working on so many updates for old videos, but I noticed I’d not finished any of those updates since two I uploaded this past summer; Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Wait Much Longer” https://youtu.be/5QXGayu6QMc and Al Stewart’s “The Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA )….so I decided to kick a couple/few out. The original video (#67 uploaded on October 29, 2011…the 33rd anniversary of the Hemisphere album release! YIKES! https://youtu.be/leTGg3W1YHU ) I made for this track wasn’t really as bad as many I made way back then, but I thought I’d like to find higher resolution art and make a few adjustments. So now it features higher resolution “pointy”, “top hat” and “brains” all set to FLAC audio track sourced from Audio Fidelity’s 2016 SACD (what I consider the best the album has ever sounded). I made a video for “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” https://youtu.be/WDN4ZBTU7MQ a couple of weeks after my original “The Trees” video, and at the end of it, I teased a bit of the video I was working on for Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. Although I never got around to finishing it, I was having a great time when I started it…..wow! that’s one that I’d have to really dig around for now, but I might go there since I love playing around with Hugh Syme”s art and maybe I could find some interesting things to do with that epic track?! Also just realizing “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” needs a tune-up….man, thinking of the time I spent masking those space ship screens to play my previous Rush videos!…..somewhere along the line, this one kind of fell into a hole (not a comment in over a year!….I guess it REALLY needs an update!?) 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m not in love So don’t forget it…10cc (1975)

I’m Not In Love – 10cc (1975) SHM-CD FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I’m Not In Love” was released on the third studio album, The Original Soundtrack, by the English art rock band 10cc. This is one of my all time favorite songs…still…ageless in its plaintive beauty.

Several years ago, I’d taken a few clips from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)….(one of my favorite films from the 1960’s…you could watch it just for the colors!) and started building this video around them. Last night when I was going through some old stuff to finish (trying not to start anything new until I move a bunch of the ones I’ve already started), I came across this and decided to just use the limited clips I’d taken and finish it up. I’d always intended to flush it out with a bit more stuff from the film, but of course my style is endless variations and repetitions anyway ;-), so I just used what I had…plus the song is so great that it makes everything special! 😉 Hope you enjoy the effort! Thanks for checking it out!

It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone” and “I’m Not in Love”, the latter of which is the band’s most popular song. The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. The album has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – “I’m Not in Love”. Eric Stewart recalled:
“At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King’s label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King’s contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we’ve done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, “This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We’ll do anything, we’ll sign it.” On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.”

The Original Soundtrack was a critical and commercial success reaching No. 4 in the UK and No.15 in the U.S.
Ken Barnes gave the album a rave review in Rolling Stone, commenting, “Musically there’s more going on than in ten Yes albums, yet it’s generally as accessible as a straight pop band (though less so than the two preceding 10cc LPs).” He particularly praised the album for being ambitious without being excessive or pretentious, and for its lyrical content.

Robert Christgau panned the album, remarking of the song “I’m Not in Love”: “stretching your only decent melody (a nonsatirical love song) over six tedious minutes, is that a joke?”

The first single “Life Is a Minestrone” was another UK Top 10 for the band, peaking at No. 7. Their biggest success came with the song that sold the album, “I’m Not in Love”, which gave the band their second UK No. 1 in June 1975, staying there for two weeks. The song also provided them with their first major US chart success when the song reached No. 2. The album’s most famous song, “I’m Not in Love”, was built around a simple title by Stewart.

[Lyrics]
I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because
I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I like to see you
But then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you
Don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

I keep your picture
Upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there
So don’t you ask me
To give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not in love, no no, it’s because..

Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time
Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time

I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love
I’m not in love

“You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read…” George Harrison “Awaiting On You All” (1970)

Awaiting On You All – George Harrison (1970) 24bit FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Awaiting On You All” was released in late November of 1970 on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass. This was George’s first album in the commercial sense and to say he knocked it out of the park would be an understatement.

This video is taken from the performance of the song at the Concert For Bangladesh with new effects and set to the studio version of the song. I kinda rushed this one out when my last one was blocked from viewing. (Typically I remove blocked vids, package them for later upload, and renumber the replacement video)….in this case Video #425 (a cleanup/widescreen of George’s “Crackerbox Palace” promo..with HD FLAC!) is sitting happily blocked from view, but I’m going to leave it and hope for the best…eventually. 😉

I was blown away by the sound of the 2014 remaster of All Things Must Pass! It’s wonderful to finally be able to hear this album very close to the way I remember my old vinyl…..it’s just such a difficult and complex sound to get right, based on the way Phil Spector produced it to sound. In the wrong hands it will always sound shrill and thin….I swear if anyone wants to hear All Things Must Pass the way it should sound (and who doesn’t)….BUY the CD so you can get the full uncompressed version. George’s son Dhani had a large hand in the way this album was remastered and sounds and he nailed it…. his dad would be proud! *This video features the higher resolution 96/24bit HD FLAC version.

All Things Must Pass is epic in every sense of the word, and if you were young enough to miss it, and have somehow managed to still not have heard it (and if you’re a serious rock and roll music fan) this album (well two thirds of it anyway, the jams on the 3rd record I listened to exactly once)….you have committed a grave error and I suggest you make amends immediately, find this album and release yourself unto the majesty of what still stands as the greatest solo record ever released by any of The Beatles….John and Paul of course released their share of strong, brilliant albums, but really nothing that can compare to the sheer scale of this record. It has a timeless quality to it and it’s brilliance burns bright through the passing years.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!! And of course, thank YOU! for watching!

[Lyrics]
You don’t need no love in
You don’t need no bed pan
You don’t need a horoscope or a microscope
The see the mess that you’re in
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been polluted so long
Now here’s a way for you to get clean

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no passport
And you don’t need no visas
You don’t need to designate or to emigrate
Before you can see Jesus
If you open up your heart
You’ll see he’s right there
Always was and will be
He’ll relieve you of your cares

By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don’t need no church house
And you don’t need no Temple
You don’t need no rosary beads or them books to read
To see that you have fallen
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We’ve been kept down so long
Someone’s thinking that we’re all green

And while the Pope owns 51% of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he’s qualified to quote us
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
By chanting the names of the lord and you’ll be free

I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’ In the winter time

Winter Time – The Steve Miller Band (1977) DCC 24 Karat FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Winter Time” was released on The Steve Miller Band’s tenth studio album, Book of Dreams, in May of 1977. This is the third video I’ve made for a song by The Steve Miller Band (also “Fly Like An Eagle” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfiiSXR8wEY and “Wish Upon A Star” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZt3fyt-MRU ). Hope you enjoy one or two….thanks for watching!!!

The songs on Book of Dreams were recorded at CBS Studios in San Francisco, California from leftover material recorded for Fly Like an Eagle, but not released on the album. The sessions were produced by the group’s leader, Steve Miller, who had been producing the group’s albums since Number 5 in 1970. John Palladino was the album’s executive producer and the recording engineer was Mike Fusaro. The recordings were later mixed by Jim Gains with assistance from Win Kutz and were mastered by Ken Perry.

Allmusic gave the album a rating of 4/5 stars, calling it “a highlight of the ’70s classic rock era and one of Miller’s finest releases.” The review also comments that it’s an unnecessary album for the casual fan to consider, as the compilation album Greatest Hits 1974–78 contains seven highlight tracks from Book of Dreams.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….Please visit their channels to see the amazing full videos from which I’ve used clips!

Dmitry Adamov
Murmansk’s winter HD
https://www.youtube.com/user/TwentyNine97

Richard Arsenault
Snow falling in pine forest from window
https://www.youtube.com/user/raproducer

natureofthesoul
SNOW fall MEDITATION relaxation music
https://www.youtube.com/user/natureofthesoul

aomorigonta
Time Lapse #096 八甲田春の星 Mt.Hakkoda spring stars 4K
https://www.youtube.com/user/TimeLapseTwinkStars

[Lyrics]
In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’

In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’
In the winter time

In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin, hear me callin’

Down with sticks and up with bricks, In with boots and up with roots…it’s Build.

Build – The Housemartins (1987) FLAC Audio HD Widescreen Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Build” was released on The Housemartins’ second and final album, The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death, in September of 1987. This band’s two records were among my favorites of the late eighties. I was disappointed when the third album never appeared, but after The Housemartins disbanded, founder Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemingway put together The Beautiful South from its ashes, featuring roadie and bassist Sean Welch.

Been wanting to do something by these guys so I finally got around to something….this has always been one of my favorite songs by the band. Hope you enjoy…P.S. if you haven’t heard any of their other music (and you enjoyed this song) then it’s really worth searching out.

[Lyrics]
Clambering men in big bad boots
Dug up my den, dug up my roots.
Treated us like plasticine town
They build us up and knocked us down.

From Meccano to Legoland,
Here they come with a brick in their hand,
Men with heads filled up with sand,
It’s build.

Chorus:
It’s build a house where we can stay,
Add a new bit everyday.
It’s build a road for us to cross,
Build us lots and lots and lots and lots.

Whistling men in yellow vans
They came and drew us diagrams.
Showed us how it all worked out
And wrote it down in case of doubt.

Slow, slow, quick, quick, quick,
It’s wall to wall and brick to brick,
They work so fast it makes you sick,
It’s build.

Chorus.
Oh, It’s build(x4)

Down with sticks and up with bricks,
In with boots and up with roots,
It’s in with suits and new recruits,
It’s build…

Chorus

Whistle as the wind blows through the leaves…”Wendell Gee” from 1985’s Fables of the Reconstruction

Wendell Gee – R.E.M. (1985) 24/192 FLAC HD 1080p ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Wendell Gee” was released on R.E.M.’s third studio album Fables of the Reconstruction (also known as Reconstruction of the Fables) on June 10th 1985. This strangely beautiful little tune (or is that beautifully strange little tune? 😉 has always been one of my favorite R.E.M. tracks…been wanting to vid it forever, this isn’t really the video I wanted, but it’s a tricky one to get the right images for, isn’t it? Hope you enjoy the effort!

Fables of the Reconstruction, a concept album of Southern Gothic themes and characters, was the only album recorded by the group outside of the United States.

Despite the growing audience and critical acclaim experienced by the band after its first two albums, Murmur and Reckoning, R.E.M. decided to make noticeable changes to its style of music and recording habits, including a change in producer to Joe Boyd and in recording location to London, England. Boyd was best known for his work with modern English folk musicians, including such acts such as Fairport Convention and Nick Drake.

It was still a conceptual record by R.E.M. standards: lyrically, the album explores the mythology and landscape of the South, and the title and chorus of “Cant Get There from Here”, the album’s first single (intentionally misspelled, like most contractions and possessives in R.E.M. titles), is a rural American colloquialism sometimes used in response to a request by travelers for difficult directions (the video for the song received airplay on MTV).

Upon release, Fables of the Reconstruction reached #28 in the United States (going gold in 1991) and was the band’s best showing yet in the UK, peaking at #35. Recorded during a period of internal strife—largely due to the R.E.M. members’ homesickness and an unpleasant London winter—the band’s unenthusiastic view of the album has been public for years, and is often reflected among fans and the press. Drummer Bill Berry was quoted in the early 1990s as saying that Fables of the Reconstruction “sucked”; frontman Michael Stipe once shared the opinion but lately has said he considers it home to some of their more notable songs, telling producer Joe Boyd that he had grown to love the album.

Peter Buck, in the liner notes of the 25th Anniversary Deluxe edition, said, “Over the years, a certain misapprehension about Fables of the Reconstruction has built up. For some reason, people have the impression that the members of R.E.M. don’t like the record. Nothing could be further from the truth. […] It’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is. Nobody but R.E.M. could have made that record.”

Fables was often characterized by a slow tempo and an intentionally murky sound, in contrast with the more upbeat and jangly (if equally abstract) sound of earlier R.E.M. material. Nevertheless, the focus on American folk instruments such as the banjo in “Wendell Gee” and a few additional orchestrations (string instruments in “Feeling Gravitys Pull” and honking brass in “Cant Get There from Here”) began the band’s route toward the layered, acoustic-based sound they adopted for their popular breakthrough in the late ’80s and early ’90s with albums such as Green, Out of Time, and Automatic for the People.

My previous R.E.M. video: Cuyahoga – R.E.M. (1986) Remastered FLAC HD 1080p ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
That’s when Wendell Gee
Takes a tug upon the string
That held the line of trees
Behind the house he lived in
He was reared to give respect
But somewhere down the line he chose
To whistle as the wind blows
And listen as the wind blows through the leaves

He had a dream one night
That the tree had lost its middle
So he built a trunk of chicken wire
To try and hold it up
But the wire, the wire turned to lizard skin
And when he climbed it sagged
There wasn’t even time to say
Goodbye to Wendell Gee
So whistle as the wind blows
And listen as the wind blows through the leaves

There wasn’t even time to say
Goodbye to Wendell Gee
So whistle as the wind blows
And listen as the wind blows through the leaves
If the wind were colors
And if the air could speak
Then whistle as the wind blows
And whistle as the wind blows through the leaves

“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

“So their minds are soft and lazy …Well who do, who do you wanna blame?”

Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs (1992) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Candy Everybody Wants” was released in September 1992 on 10,000 Maniacs’ fifth (and the last to feature original singer Natalie Merchant) album, Our Time in Eden.

Though you couldn’t tell from the number of videos I’ve made for her stuff (I did a fun one for her “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” several years ago that didn’t end well for me! 😉 and this is my first return to one of her tracks since then), Natalie Merchant is probably my favorite female vocalist of them all. I listen to her albums quite often and I would love to try something for some songs from her solo albums one day…..until then, I took the original “Candy Everybody Wants” video and stretched it out to widescreen, stylized it a bit with some light paint effects, hue adjustments and noise reduction…then synced it to a FLAC source track from the Our Time In Eden album….hope you find it tastes sweet!? Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com: Pushing through the jinx that gave Blind Man’s Zoo its preachy feel, 10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker’s dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of In My Tribe, their major-label debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a few tribulations wiser, and a few shakes looser, although that’s not to say she doesn’t have a point (or 13) to make. Whether with old-school R&B horns ablaze or the simple elegance of a piano and strings, she glorifies, condemns, and cherishes the world she witnesses, not excusing herself or anyone else from the part they play. The rest of the band, Rob Buck, Dennis Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Jerome Augustyniak, gives her the superb musical roots and wings from which to grow and soar. The subject matter of the songs is sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, but always graceful. For instance, “These Are Days” is left open to interpretation, though the upbeat tone is unmistakable, while “I’m Not the Man” is a very pointed and poignant story of a jailed man falsely accused and awaiting his death. Merchant’s poetry shimmers and tugs at your heart and head. The prophetically titled Our Time in Eden spawned modest hits with “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants,” but turned out to be the final chapter for this maniacal five-some, as Merchant departed the band shortly after touring in support of the album. A finer swan song has seldom been heard.

[Lyrics]
Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy, well

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do, who do you wanna blame?

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do you wanna blame?

From Bob Seger’s classic 1976 Night Moves album…”Ship of Fools”

Ship of Fools – Bob Seger (1976) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ship Of Fools” was released on the album Night Moves in October of 1976. The album was the ninth by Bob Seger, and his first with The Silver Bullet Band.

Although the front cover only credits backing by the Silver Bullet Band, four of the nine songs on the album feature backing by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section…which i doubt anyone would doubt didn’t have the effect of taking an already great album up a notch or two.

I remember buying this album and listening to it back when it was released and it was such a stand-out then because I was listening to mostly prog and hard rock during that period…and it was just such a beautiful sounding, soulful record…it was one of the records that pretty much stayed standing up next to my turntable (I waxed way poetic on that turntable in the description for my “Night Moves” video already! LOL!) for many months, because I played it so frequently. It’s a very special record to me and I love it still.

This is my second video for a track from the album (the first being something I tried for “Night Moves”…which i think is pretty awful now….I really need to remake that one! Yikes!!!!) I actually made the main effect (couple of variations of the ship lights over the album cover) around the time I made the “Night Moves” video, but I stopped working on the video for “Ship of Fools” because I found that is was blocked pretty much everywhere, so those clips sat around without a video to fill them out until I was thrilled to find out a couple months back that it was being allowed to play, so I set about finishing this video. Night Moves is one of those albums that I could easily be inspired to make a video for every single song. I hope you enjoy this one and thanks for watching!

Popular music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the riffs on Night Moves are classic rock and roll riffs, like those performed by Chuck Berry or the Rolling Stones, and that the album is about rock and roll for those who are no longer in their teens, like the song “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”.

The Rolling Stone review of the album by Kit Rachlis stated that the album is one of the best to come out of 1976-77, that Seger sounds like Rod Stewart and writes lyrics like Bruce Springsteen, and that album is classic rock and roll. The only problem that Rachlis had with the album was the production not being strong enough. A later review of the album by Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic says that the album was very similar to Beautiful Loser, but Night Moves is harder than Beautiful Loser. Erlewine also feels that the album has a wide range of styles and has not lost any of its influence years later.

The album was well received by critics and gave Bob Seger nationwide success. Three singles were released from the album, with two of them making the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Seger’s second to become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was his first to be certified platinum by the same association. It later achieved a certification of sextuple platinum.

[Lyrics]
“Tell me quick” said Old McFee
“What’s this all have to do with me?”
“I’ve spent all my time at sea a loner.”

“Is there something else I should know?”
“Something hidden down below the level of your conversation?”
Well he turned away before the answer
Though I yelled aloud he refused to hear
It became to clear
So it went as we put out
I was left in constant doubt
Everything I asked about seemed private

The captain strolled the bridge one night
I stopped him in the evening light
To ask him would it be all right to join him

But he stood there like some idol
And he listened like some temple
And then he turned away

All along the fateful coast
We moved silent like a ghost
The timeless sea of tireless host possessed us
The wind came building from the cold northwest
And soon the waves began to crest
Crashing cross the forward deck
All hands lost

I alone survived the sinking
I alone possessed the tools
On that ship of fools