“They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again” from 1988 Kansas’ Ghosts

Ghosts – Kansas (1988) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ghosts” was released in October 1988 on Kansas’ 11th studio album, In The Spirit Of Things. This is such a wonderful tune but it remains in relative obscurity along with most of the band’s output from the mid-80’s onward. Maybe not quite as great as “Dust in the Wind” but it’s a really beautiful tune that I’ve always loved…then again, maybe it’s even better! 😉 Though I wanted to finish my BOC Mirrors string with my update for my ancient video for “The Vigil”, I didn’t get it finished yet, so we’ll detour into a couple/few other thing in the meantime. Thanks to everyone for watching and thanks for sticking around..I hope you enjoy the vid!

This album was Kansas’s last studio effort for a major label. It didn’t receive much promotion, as MCA dropped a slew of “older” artists shortly after its release and famously switched its attention to current younger acts such as Tiffany. Kansas got caught in that decision and the album was a commercial failure. The label did produce several promotional materials for the record, including a glossy video for “Stand Beside Me”. The song was played regularly on MTV and allowed the single to hit the album rock charts, the last Kansas single to chart in any format. Other songs were released in odd formats, such as a 12″ promotional single of “I Counted on Love,” an import edited CD single of “House on Fire,” and a small-sized CD single of “Stand Beside Me.” The album would also be the last Kansas release to appear in vinyl format until the release of The Prelude Implicit in 2016.

A tour in support of this album included a broadcast by the King Biscuit Flower Hour, which many years later released the show as a CD.

[Lyrics]
There’s tombstone in a snowy field
Close by an old ghost town
The epitaph’s been weather-blown away
There’s a belltower where petitions peeled
It’s been half torn down
But it must have softened every soul that came to pray

There’s a schoolhouse full of broken glass
And wounded walls
The rusty swings like derelicts sleeping in the weeds
There’s a picture-graduation class
Staring down deserted halls
“The hope of 44” is what it reads

It’s just as if some restless wind blew their dreams away far away
It’s just as if those dreams had never been but oh-
I feel their ghosts around me now- I hear them say
They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again

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Two from Blue Öyster Cult’s 1979 album Mirrors.

In Thee – Blue Oyster Cult (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“In Thee” was released in June 1979 on the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, Mirrors. This is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album was not highly regarded by many BOC fans upon release, but I’ve always loved it and back in the day it probably got more than it’s fair share of time on my turntable and in the car cassette player. I think it still sounds great today!

Allen Lanier was an excellent musician and his contributions (especially that signature keyboard sound) were a big part of what made BOC special. He wrote some very good songs as well, including this one.

I’ve been thinking about updating my ancient video for great track from Mirrors “The Vigil” https://youtu.be/l55NbooeUVY and it seemed a good excuse to upload a couple/few other favorites from the album. Hope you enjoy!

The album is notable for a collaboration with British fantasy/science-fiction author Michael Moorcock, who co-wrote a song based on his novel The Fireclown. “The Great Sun Jester” is the first of several Moorcock co-writing credits with the band.

After the success of 1976’s Platinum Agents of Fortune, 1977’s Gold Spectres and 1978’s Platinum live effort Some Enchanted Evening, the fact that Mirrors struggled to reach Gold status was disappointing to band and label alike. According to interviews with the band and the production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high charting record with glossy production; however the backlash felt from this attempt was a reason for their future pairing with Martin Birch, and their attempt to return to a darker sound.

“In Thee” was written by Allen Lanier. It went into the charts at No. 74. A live version is featured on their 1998 album Heaven Forbid, it features two acoustic guitars and was a popular “in concert” moment from this era. The line “Jim says some destinies should not be delivered” references the Jim Carroll Band song “Day and Night.”

[Lyrics]
Maybe I’ll see you again,
Maybe
And maybe I won’t
Maybe you bought your ticket going back to Detroit
Air-o-plains make strangers of us all
Give us distance
Much to easily
Jim says some destines should not be delivered
But you and I see now
Baby
That still they are
Winning it makes losers of us all
Gives us distance
Much to easily
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Tonight it’s hot
Without you tomorrow be cold
Winter will come along
Driven by snow
Love it makes strangers of us all
When we fall
Oh so thoughtlessly
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Once we breathe the breath
Of sweet surrender
Pure, pure air of air
Filled our atmosphere
But night it makes stars of us all
until we fall
For everyone to see
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in strangers arms
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee
Well I wrap myself in cities I’ve traveled
I wrap myself in dreams
I wrap myself in solitude
But I wish I could wrap myself in thee

You’re Not the One (I Was Looking For) – Blue Oyster Cult (1979) HD FLAC

“You’re Not the One (I Was Looking For)” was released in June 1979 on the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, Mirrors. This is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album was not highly regarded by many BOC fans upon release, but I’ve always loved it and back in the day it probably got more than it’s fair share of time on my turntable and in the car cassette player. I think it still sounds great today!

This song was written by Albert Bouchard (and Caryn Bouchard) one of BOC’s pimary songwriters (though all the band members wrote and contributed songs on the group’s albums).

I’ve been thinking about updating my ancient video for great track from Mirrors “The Vigil” https://youtu.be/l55NbooeUVY and it seemed a good excuse to upload a couple/few other favorites from the album. This is the second after “In Thee” https://youtu.be/IDM-X047emk Was experimenting with effects over some video clips and found some interesting ones I liked. Hope you enjoy!

The album is notable for a collaboration with British fantasy/science-fiction author Michael Moorcock, who co-wrote a song based on his novel The Fireclown. “The Great Sun Jester” is the first of several Moorcock co-writing credits with the band.

After the success of 1976’s Platinum Agents of Fortune, 1977’s Gold Spectres and 1978’s Platinum live effort Some Enchanted Evening, the fact that Mirrors struggled to reach Gold status was disappointing to band and label alike. According to interviews with the band and the production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high charting record with glossy production; however the backlash felt from this attempt was a reason for their future pairing with Martin Birch, and their attempt to return to a darker sound.

 

[Lyrics]
I used to lie in my bed
Sleep wouldn’t come
Thinkin’ ’bout things that they said
They led me on
All of the fancy ladies
Oh they could talk and talk
I shot for the highest star
But I aimed too high
You wanted a rich rock star
But he made you cry
Now that we have each other
We can laugh about it
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re the one for me (you’re the one)
I’m not the one you were lookin’ for but
You can’t go wrong with me
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re oh so good for me
Now I can’t make it without
I can’t go on
We can make beautiful music
And prove them wrong
We’ve been put down by the best
And now we laugh about it, ya
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re the one for me (you’re the one)
I’m not the one you were lookin’ for but
You can’t go wrong with me
You’re not the one I was lookin’ for but
You’re oh so good for me
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)
You’re oh so good for me (You’re so good)

Every night that day is through…Ooh ooh oh oh

Every Night – Paul McCartney (1970) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Every Night” was released on Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, titled simply McCartney, in the spring of 1970. My last video (The J. Geils Band’s “Teresa” was blocked in the U.S. and other countries…hopefully we can all still enjoy Paul’s stuff….THANKS PAUL!

The album featured a very loose, laid-back recording style of the nature that was always intended for The Beatles’s Let It Be album. The record is entirely Paul…he plays all instruments and the only other person featured in any way was his wife Linda, who sang back up vocals.

Audio sourced from Archive Collection Remaster FLAC!

It seems odd, to me at least, that this record doesn’t seem to fall prey to the “dated” sound that affects some of Paul’s other records….I guess that’s in large part due to the fact that it’s homespun, patchwork nature was so basic that it resists and remains. I love the record and give in totally to it’s charms each time I listen to it.

From Wiki:
McCartney shot to #1 in the US for three weeks, eventually going 2x platinum. This was despite the fact that it had neither an accompanying single released nor a tour to promote it, and that critical reaction was far from positive. In the UK, it was only denied the top spot by the best-selling album of 1970, Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, which stayed at #1 for 33 (non-consecutive) weeks. There, McCartney debuted straight at #2, where it remained for three weeks.

The album was widely criticised for its “homespun” approach and “half-written” songs, the UK’s rock bible Melody Maker declaring that “With this record, his debt to [Beatles producer] George Martin becomes increasingly clear”; the reviewer found “sheer banality” in all the tracks save for “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Shortly after the album’s release, George Harrison described the same song and “That Would Be Something” as “great”, but the rest, he said, “just don’t do anything for me”. Harrison added that, unlike himself, John Lennon and Starr, McCartney was probably too “isolated” from other musicians: “The only person he’s got to tell him if the song’s good or bad is Linda.” Lennon stated in his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner that, given McCartney’s penchant for demanding perfectionism in the studio from his fellow Beatles, he was surprised at the lack of quality in the album; Lennon also made several remarks comparing McCartney negatively to his own solo album debut, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

When the new remastered version was released in 2011 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, the album re-entered the charts in the UK, Netherlands, France and Japan.

It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

*Note for the video:
My second video from the classic McCartney debut! Check out the thing I did for “Junk”/”Singalong Junk” if you are so inclined: https://youtu.be/X1jARPv-t-I THANKS!

 

[Lyrics]
Every night I just want to go out,
Get out of my head
Every day I don’t want to get up,
Get out of my bed
Every night I want to play out
And every day I want to do ooh ooh oh oh
But tonight I just want to stay in
And be with you,
And be with you.
Ooh…
Ooh…
Believe me mama
Every day I lean on a lamp post,
I’m wasting my time
Every day I lay on a pillow,
I’m resting my mind
Every morning brings a new day
Every night that day is through
Ooh ooh oh oh
But tonight I just want to stay in
And be with you,
And be with you.
Ooh…
Ooh…
Believe me mama ooh…
Ooh…

From The Kinks’ State of Confusion album (1983)…”Property”

Property – The Kinks (1983) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Property” was released on The Kinks’ 19th studio album, State of Confusion, in June 1983. This is my second fav tune on the album, and one of my very favorite late period tracks by the band. I’ve always loved the song. The video features a 192/24bit FLAC sourced from the SACD. This is by far the best this album has ever sounded. I may do a couple other tracks from the record if this video doesn’t sink like a stone?! 😉 Thanks to all for sticking around with me!

The record featured the single “Come Dancing”, which hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the band’s biggest hit singles in the United States, equaling the 1965 peak of “Tired of Waiting for You”. The album itself was a major success, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Album charts.

[Lyrics]
My bags are packed, I guess it’s time for me to go.
I can’t say where I’m headed, ’cause I just don’t know.
When I think of what I’ll be losing,
It’s hard to move along,
But it’s harder just to stay here,
Knowing that I don’t belong.
I’ll be in touch, don’t worry, I’ll be calling you.
I’ve got no plans, I’m not sure where I’m going to.
It’s hard to keep from crying,
After all that we’ve been through.
I’ve taken everything I need,
Now all that’s left belongs to you.
You take the photographs, the ones of you and me,
When we both posed and laughed to please the family.
Nobody noticed then we wanted to be free,
And now there’s no more love,
It’s just the property.
It’s hard to keep from crying,
After all that we’ve been through.
Now that it’s all over, now that you and I are free,
Now there’s nothing left except the bit of property.
Started off with nothing, started off just you and me,
Now that it’s all over you can keep the property.
And all the little gifts we thought we’d throw away,
The useless souvenirs bought on a holiday.
We put them on a shelf, now they’re collecting dust.
We never needed them, but they outlasted us.

 

Daylight is good at arriving at the right time

All Things Must Pass – George Harrison (1970) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“All Things Must Pass” was the title track on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass album, which was released in late November of 1970.

I”ve long been chipping away at videos for both “All Things Must Pass” and “Isn’t It A Pity” (among others from the album). I’ve done a couple other vids for songs from this album, but I can never quite finish the other ones I’ve started because some of my favorite songs are so closely related thematically that I can never decide which video I’m working on. I wanted The Beatles imagery for “Isn’t It A Pity” and liked the clocks and foggy forests for “All Things Must Pass”. (The blackbird effect is from my long blocked video of “Blackbird”) Though his song wasn’t written specifically about The Beatles’ breakup (as was George’s sad reflective “Isn’t It A Pity), but many people hear it as such (the cover image of the four gnomes laying around solo George sitting in a chair!)….and it definitely fits! Anyway the imagery I’d found working on the different songs looked too cool together to pass up, so I mashed ’em together and here is “All Things Must Pass” via “Isn’t It A Pity” version! Stand by for “Isn’t It A Pity” (both versions!)….soon, maybe?! 😉

From Wiki:
The subject matter deals with the transient nature of human existence, and in Harrison’s All Things Must Pass reading, words and music combine to reflect impressions of optimism against fatalism. On release, together with Barry Feinstein’s album cover image, commentators viewed the song as a statement on the Beatles’ break-up. Widely regarded as one of Harrison’s finest compositions, its rejection by his former band has provoked comment from biographers and reviewers. Music critic Ian MacDonald described “All Things Must Pass” as “the wisest song never recorded by The Beatles”, while author Simon Leng considers it “perhaps the greatest solo Beatle composition”.

The Catskill Mountains in upstate New York – surroundings that inspired the music of the Band, and Harrison’s song “All Things Must Pass” For his lyrics, Harrison drew inspiration from “All Things Pass”, a poem published in Timothy Leary’s 1966 book Psychedelic Prayers after the Tao Te Ching. In his 1980 autobiography, I Me Mine, Harrison refers to the idea for the song originating from “all kinds of mystics and ex-mystics”, including Leary. Like later Harrison compositions such as “Here Comes the Sun”, “So Sad” and “Blow Away”, the lyrical and emotional content is based around metaphors involving the weather and the cycle of nature. Harrison states in the opening lines of verse one: “Sunrise doesn’t last all morning / A cloudburst doesn’t last all day”.

According to Harrison biographer Simon Leng, the lyrics reflect “life’s ephemeral character” and the “transitory” nature of love. Inglis suggests that the song is “[o]stensibly” about “the end of a love affair”. He and theologian Dale Allison note the optimism offered in Harrison’s words, since, as Leng puts it, “a new day always dawns.” Although “All Things Must Pass” avoids religiosity, Allison writes that its statement on the “all-inclusive” transience of things in the material world explains why so much of its 1970 parent album, All Things Must Pass, “finds hope and meaning only in God, who does not pass away”. The song’s main message is offered in its middle eight:

All things must pass
None of life’s strings can last
So I must be on my way
And face another day.

Ultimately, the cycle of nature offers “consolation”, Leng writes, as further evidenced in the verse-three lines “Now the darkness only stays at night time” and “Daylight is good at arriving at the right time”.

This record has a tendency to sound thin and shrill. If you wish to hear All Things Must Pass the way it should sound (and who doesn’t!) head over to HDtracks http://www.hdtracks.com/all-things-must-pass-215198 and buy the Audiophile 96kHz/24bit version of the 2014 remaster….amazing! 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.

[Lyrics]
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away

Sunset doesn’t last all evening
A mind can blow those clouds away
After all this, my love is up and must be leaving
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of life’s strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day

Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
All things must pass away

3 From Graham Parker’s 1976 classic Heat Treatment album

Black Honey – Graham Parker (1976) FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Black Honey”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976. Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them.

Since I first bought this record this song always made me think about Pam Grier (you’d need to have grown up in the seventies to understand, if you didn’t grow up in the seventies and know who she was….I’m sorry for ya! 😉 so I honor her with the first image!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
Oh black honey’s in my soul, oh black honey’s in my soul
Never been no poor man never been too rich
Since black honey went bone dry my feet begin to itch
And I wish we never parted I wish we had a choice
Cause now I roam these bitter lands
A face without a voice

Oh black honey’s in my soul
Oh black honey’s in my soul

I just don’t know who did this thing
Don’t know who tied the rope
But since black honey’s watered down
The future holds no hope

And I wish we never parted I wish we had a choice
Cause now I roam these bitter lands
A face without a voice Yeah, a face without a voice

And it’s like this baby, I feel I’ve missed baby
And it’s like this baby with me
I need you, oh

Oh black honey’s in my soul, oh black honey’s in my soul
Oh black honey’s in my … deep inside my soul
Oh black honey’s in my so oh oh oh oh oh soul

Back Door Love – Graham Parker (1976) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Back Door Love”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976. Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them. “Back Door Love” is probably my favorite track from this album…though there are many other fine songs on it!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
I’ve waited all night jumped all the red lights
Dodged all the turnpikes took all the wrong rights
I pulled up outside made the cat run down the street
Washing line hung with sheets
The night was dark and sweet oh oh oh oh

It’s just a back door love, It’s just a back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out No-one shut it out

Hey when you touch me baby my treble sounds a little louder
My bass booms a lot brighter my rhythm rocks a little tighter
Oh and I may be wrong to keep the back door love this way
The only reason I’m hanging on
To keep the front door folks away oh oh oh oh

It’s just a back door love, It’s just a back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out No-one shut it out

She give me back door love She give me back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out
I’m going to knock knock on her back door
Oh And I don’t even know if it’s right Oh yeah
But I just feel real nice when you say you’ll hold me tight
Oh yeah La la la la la la …… Hey hey yeah

Oh oh oh oh yeah

She give me back door love Got to give me back door love Hey hey yeah
Back door loving let nobody shut it
Back door loving let nobody shut it
Back door loving let nobody shut it out
Don’t shut it out Don’t shut it out baby
Don’t shut it out lordie lordie lordie lordie
Don’t shut it out lordie lordie lordie lordie ………

Fool’s Gold – Graham Parker (1976) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Fool’s Gold”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976.

Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them. “Fool’s Gold” is a great song from the record!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
I been doing my homework now for a long long time
And everything that I look for I know I will one day find
I’m a fool so I’m told I get left in the cold
‘Cause I will search the world for that fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Oh, the world may be full of girls with their charms on show
But the one that I seek will have much more than any I know
People say heaven knows see what comes I suppose
But I will search the world for that fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Huh, I, I, I, I, I, I, I
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, oh yeah
Then oh, people say heaven knows

Heaven knows heaven knows see what comes I suppose
But I will search the world for that fool’s gold
Oh yeah, fool’s gold, oh, ho, yeah fool’s gold
Fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold
Keep searching in the mountains in the valleys in the deep blue sea
I will search, I will search, I will search for fool’s gold
Go oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I will search for fool’s gold, I will search for fool’s gold
I will search, I will search, I will search
I will search for fool’s gold, I will search for fool’s gold
I’m a fool, I will search, I will search, I will search for fool’s gold

I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, ain’t got no records to play

Life During Wartime – Talking Heads (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Life During Wartime” was released on Talking Heads third studio album, Fear Of Music, in the summer of 1979. This was the second of the string of three albums that Brian Eno produced for the band….and to me at least it’s one of the all-time absolute perfect matches of producer and artist.

This is the second video I’ve made for a Talking Heads song (see “Heaven” https://youtu.be/H506K66A3xo )…..hope to get some more finished later. The video features my FLAC rip from my original Talking Heads DVD-A’s….which remain the absolute greatest way to hear this band. Hope you enjoy.

From Wiki:
Fear of Music is the third studio album by American new wave band Talking Heads, released on 3 August 1979 on Sire Records. It was recorded at locations in New York City between April and May 1979 and was produced by the quartet and Brian Eno. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and peaked at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. Three songs were released as singles between 1979 and 1980: “Life During Wartime”, “I Zimbra”, and “Cities”. The record was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1985.

Fear of Music received favorable reviews from critics. Praise centered on its unconventional rhythms and frontman David Byrne’s lyrical performances. The record is often considered one of the best Talking Heads releases. It has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. Britain’s Channel 4 named the record at number 76 in its 2005 countdown of The 100 Greatest Albums.

In 1985, NME named Fear of Music at number 68 in its writers’ list of the All Time 100 Albums. In 1987, Rolling Stone placed it at number 94 in its list of the best albums of the previous 20 years. In 1999, it was included at number 33 in The Guardian’s list of the Top 100 Albums That Don’t Appear In All The Other Top 100 Albums Of All Time. In 2004, Pitchfork Media featured the record at number 31 in its Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s list while, in 2005, Channel 4 ranked it at number 76 during The 100 Greatest Albums countdown.

I loved Talking Heads previous album, More Songs About Buildings And Food and was looking forward to their third release. Fear Of Music was an absolutely brilliant album, one of the most memorable albums during a period when numerous brilliant albums were being produced. I played it constantly that summer and fall and it is one of my two favorite Talking Heads albums (tied with 1985’s Little Creatures)….as well as one of my very favorite albums of the late 70’s- early 80’s…..and wow! how vividly

[Lyrics]
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway
A place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance
I’m getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto
I’ve lived all over this town

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey
I ain’t got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver
Hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas
You don’t even know my real name
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading
Everything’s ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime
I might not ever get home

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.
I ain’t got time for that now

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
Somebody see you up there
I got some groceries, some peanut butter
To last a couple of days
But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones
Ain’t got no records to play

Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Gonna be different this time
Can’t write a letter, can’t send a postcard,
I can’t write nothing at all
This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
This ain’t no fooling around
I’d like to kiss you, I’d love you hold you
I ain’t got no time for that now

Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock
we blended with the crowd
We got computer, we’re tapping phone lines
I know that ain’t allowed
We dress like students, we dress like housewives
or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle, so many times now
I don’t know what I look like!
You make me shiver, I feel so tender
We make a pretty good team
Don’t get exhausted, I’ll do some driving
you ought to get some sleep
Get you instructions, follow directions
Then you should change your address
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
whatever you think is best
Burned all my notebooks, what good are
Notebooks? They won’t help me survive
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace
The burning keeps me alive
Try to stay healthy, physical fitness
Don’t want to catch no disease
Try to be careful, don’t take no chances
You better watch what you say

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?

 

And you know I wish you well these days

Going To The Top – John Waite (1982) FLAC Remaster 1080p HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Going To The Top” was released on John Waite’s solo debut album Ignition, in June of 1982. John Waite was the lead singer for one of my favorite bands of the late 70’s (The Babys) and though his solo stuff never matched the music The Baby’s produced (it lacked the hard rocking elegance and glam of that band), there are quite a few wonderful songs scattered through his string of solo albums….I think “Going To The Top” is one of his best.

I’m in the process of digging up some of the unfinished sequences for videos I’ve started for some of my favorite songs by The Babys (I did finish a video for “A Piece of the Action”)

and plugging some of the them into the equalizer format video to see what happens. I’ve been falling back on that style video more frequently since it allows me to just lay some effects over the foundation video. Several months back I’d edited and applied gradient color to a few clips from That’s Entertainment….just looking for a good video fit, the seemed to work best with this tune. I hope you enjoy the video! Thanks for watching!

Ignition was released on Chrysalis Records and produced by Neil Giraldo (producer/guitarist for Pat Benatar, who was on the same label).

Two singles were lifted from the record: the Holly Knight-penned “Change” which initially failed to make a significant dent on any chart except for the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, where it scored the #16 position. It was, however, one of MTV’s most popular early videos. Upon the 1985 release of the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest, the single was re-issued and broke into the Top 50 on the Pop charts. Its follow-up single was “Going to the Top”.

A few famous musicians guested on the album as well. Singer Patty Smyth (then in the band Scandal) handled vocal backing, and drummer Frankie LaRocka (also from Scandal) and bassist Don Nossov (who also played with Benatar) guest here.

[Lyrics]
Saw you standing in the darkness
With your back against the wall
And your eyes looked kind of distant
Then I knew you’d seen it all
It was then that you betrayed me
Cause I could see right through your gaze
I guess you and I have seen much better days
You used to be so taken
With the lifestyle of the king
Now you find love’s everything
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well
You could of been somebody a contender
I guess that chance just passed you by
Now you can’t remember who to trust
But I sure wish that you’d try
And nothing gets you nothing
And you get back what you give
You can’t hold out much longer
It’s time for you to live
You used to be so taken
With the lifestyle of the king
Now you find love’s everything
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well yeah
You’re going to the top
You’re falling up to heaven
And now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well yeah
Good things are gonna find you
Though somebody’s got to pay
You could always turn your back and walk
But I sure wish that you’d stay
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
Now your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
You’re falling up to heaven
And your heart ain’t gonna stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
You found somebody special
And your heart will never stop
And you know I wish you well these days
You’re going to the top
And now you’re someone special
And I still think of you a lot
And you know I wish you well
Yeah