R.I.P. Paul Martin Raymond (16 November 1945 – 13 April 2019) UFO keyboardist/guitarist. Thanks for all the memories, Paul!

Love To Love – U.F.O. from Lights Out album (1977)

Been picking on an update for this old video, but doubting the effort will be worth it because updating a very popular video means the new one isn’t ever really seen.  Anyway, posting it in all it’s faded glory (the video that is…the beauty of this song will never fade)….for a musician I’ve listened to for 45 long years.  Thank you for the joy your music brought so many, Paul. R.I.P.

The rock epic “Love To Love” was released on U.F.O.’s sixth studio album, Lights Out, in the spring of 1977.

This 7+ minute song was just one of the great things about U.F.O.’s classic and critically acclaimed Lights Out album. It’s just a seriously epic rock ballad, with some absolutely brilliant guitar work from Michael Schenker and Paul Raymond (rhythm).

I wanted to create videos for some of my favorite U.F.O. songs, and although I was already pretty far along with videos for two other U.F.O. tracks, I just couldn’t get “Love To Love” out of my mind…..so I halted the other two and began work on it.

I wanted to work a couple of clips of the band performing into the song. Actually, there is only about 3 very brief clips used over and over. A few more clips would have helped, there were obvious spots that called for them, but I never got around to plugging them in.

I’ve worked as hard, or maybe even harder, on this song as on any of my previous videos…..and it never really cooperated and worked the way i had hoped. I struggled to make it find any cohesiveness. I achieved some eventually, but this was surely one of the most difficult videos I’ve ever attempted.

If you don’t like it…….just close your eyes……and enjoy the tune…….cause that’s one thing that is perfect! LOL!

Love To Love – U.F.O. (1977)

Oh it’s been too many times and I can’t go back
Night bars, guitars, rundown motels like shacks
What it mounts up to I don’t want it at all
Lost you and I want you today
(1) Misty green and blue
Love to love to love you
Misty green and blue
Love to love to love you
To be something, to be near you
Don’t say that you’ll never know
Love to love to love you
[INSTRUMENTAL]
Half the time it could seem funny
The other half is just too sad
This west bound moon’s only rise and fall
Lost you and I want you today
(1) Repeat
To be something, to be near you
I don’t know where I’m goin’ to
I’ve tried and I need you to stay
[INSTRUMENTAL] vinnie moore msg ufo band

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Just another classic late period Graham Parker tune….there are many.

Bullet of Redemption – Graham Parker (2007) FLAC Audio HD Video

“Bullet of Redemption” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus. This is my second vid for a track from this album, after “The Other Side Of The Reservoir” https://youtu.be/9UzN7jT3YfI

Not much time for vid stuff, but Graham Parker released a new album (which is unsurprisingly simply another strong and excellent effort!) and I’ve been listening to it quite a bit as I do with each of his releases….(buy it now!! Cloud Symbols is the album, here’s a great review typical of the album: https://www.allmusic.com/album/cloud-symbols-mw0003206845) …..and it made me think about finishing up one of the numerous unfinished vids I have sitting around for his songs. I found this old short, processed it with effects and re-purposed a portion of it to the vid with a new edit. I love this track! Listen to it at least 4-5 times and deal with the ear worm later! 😉 Hope you enjoy it as well! Thanks for checking it out!

Graham Parker remains one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until his newest one this year (Cloud Symbols from October 2018).

Buy Cloud Symbols: https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Symbols-Graham-Parker/dp/B07FT6DTVX/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1541260725&sr=1-1&keywords=cloud+symbols

OR

Don’t Tell Columbus: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Tell-Columbus-Graham-Parker/dp/B000MR9C1Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1541260795&sr=1-1&keywords=don%27t+tell+columbus

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
That bullet of redemption
Didn’t strike me well
Others are left bleeding
Other people fell
That little sphere of metal
Keeps barreling along
Spinning round the chamber
And triggering this song

You know it never quite got rid of you
I keep seeing you around
No one ever disappears
Not even when they’re in the ground
That bullet of redemption
Didn’t quite redeem
It doesn’t really work that way
If you know what i mean

You know it moved at some velocity
Faster than the speed of sound
But just like buckshot
It scattered all around
We have to follow its trajectory
Like a poison dart
And it never stops moving
And now it’s stuck inside my heart

Well i wish i’d known better
Instead of turning you away
I wish i’d said something
But there was nothing i could say
That bullet of redemption
You know it missed the mark
It might kill a person
But it can’t kill their spark

Cos that’s like an angel
Hovering around
Hanging on my shoulder
With a whispering sound
Weighing down my conscience
Like a piece of lead
Ripping through my cortex
And talking in my head
That bullet of redemption
Well you can hear the ricochet
Cos it never really vanishes
Just keeps blowin’ me away

Walk it down. Talk it down.

Walk It Down – Talking Heads (1985) 96kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video

“Walk It Down” was released in June 1985 on Talking Heads’ sixth studio album, Little Creatures. I love every track from this album (it’s tied with Fear Of Music as my favorite by the band)….and I’ve been wanting to make some vids using the 96/24 DVD-A source tracks. I’d found this video short awhile back and after working it up to look better full screen HD, I’d been experimenting with it for a few tunes…..I liked it best with this track. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for watching!

I haven’t yet been able to source the clip I worked up as there was no title, and very little information in the short credits. After processing the whole video, I edited out a couple sections to use with this song and then edited a mix to fit this video. I’ll post title information on the video short film if I can find it. It was wonderful and I’d love to credit it to the original creator. If it’s familiar to anyone, please let me know! Thnx!

The album examines themes of Americana and incorporates elements of country music, with many of the songs featuring steel guitar. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and is the band’s biggest-selling studio album, with over two million copies sold in the US.

The cover art was created by outsider artist Howard Finster, and was selected as album cover of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2005, it was remastered and re-released by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with three bonus tracks on the CD side (early versions of “Road To Nowhere” and “And She Was” and an extended mix of “Television Man”). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and the videos of “And She Was” and “Road to Nowhere.” In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

[Lyrics]
I…I am just a number
I…hang on to what I got
You…say what you want to
I…I…I…I just try to stay alive
I…put myself together
People say, get away, somebody will turn you in
Life, life without surrender
Togetherness…ecstasy is what I need
I can laugh, but I should cry
When love and understanding are the ultimate crimes
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there.
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there.
She…says she remembers.
Time…long time ago.
We…belong together.
I…I…I…I turn up the radio
Lies, lies and propaganda
I…gonna tell you what I need
Life, life, without surrender
Togetherness…ecstasy is what I need
I got yours and you got mine
And I can swim, but I should fly
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there.
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there.
Ain’t no crime to believe
I took my money, I bet my life
What you see is what you get
But it sure ain’t what we need.
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there.
Walk it down. Talk it down.
(oh, oh, oh) Sympathy. Luxury.
Somebody will take you there. 1080p video flac

 

“And we talked about the strength of dreams”

“Song of Seven” was the title track from Jon Anderson’s 2nd solo album, released in November 1980 on Atlantic Records.

This album was was very special for me back in my college days. I used to play it very frequently in-store at Record Town back when it was released in 1980. This song in particular is has always been a favorite for me. As a huge Yes fan, I still think the song as a whole stands with some of their best work…..and I’d go even further by stating the section beginning at 3:50 stands equal to anything the band ever did…it’s extraordinarily beautiful. I used to play this section over and over and I still think it’s one of the most gorgeous pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

I came across a short video maybe a year ago from 2004 called “Demon” from director Irina Evteeva and knew immediately I’d want to use it in a video. But first the video resolution was pretty poor and wouldn’t look too good even in it’s original resolution (not to mention trying to spread it out to 1080p)….and second, exactly which song should I use it in? I worked out the first by processing the video through After Effects with various tools and effects. I was very surprised that I was actually able to achieve such great results….I think it was the style of the original video that allowed me to improve it so much, but it definitely looks great now! (Seems a waste not to use the effort to show the film in it’s full edit…there is no dialog and the soundtrack is basically some piano and classical arrangements….not nearly as impressive as the video. I may end up sharing it later.) Choosing which song to edit it to took me even more time; I wanted to use it on a big popular tune as it had such a stylish and special look and I wanted it to be seen. I tried it to several epic songs (one in particular it worked pretty well with, I’ll maybe drop that edit later)….I kept coming back to “Song of Seven” because i liked how it worked….knowing that such an obscure tune wouldn’t get the views, but who knows, maybe the video edit will give both the song and the film more exposure and appreciation? Enjoy. Thanks!

Song of Seven was released during Anderson’s first hiatus from Yes and supported by his first solo tour. “Some Are Born”, “Days”, “Everybody Loves You” and “Hear It” were originally written and demoed during the Tormato sessions. The “Some Are Born” and “Days” demo versions from these sessions were included as bonus tracks on the 2004 CD reissue of Tormato.

Another track from the Song of Seven Album:
“Days” https://youtu.be/qSQHTFxY7Eo

[Lyrics]
In the meeting place I sit beside, betwixt the points of heaven
I befell a friendly atmosphere revolving around seven
Oh, that number mystified my soul and captured within feelings
Those of doubt and understanding, hand in hand they set me reeling

Met me a stranger, he came here to town
Bearing gifts full of promises, discoveries of light
Said me many reasons why my merry tale
Could be justified and just both together entwined

I tell you a reason, he said, “Bless you, you fool, you fool”
You want “so belief,” yet you want so much more,” you seeker
Now I see you’re baffled, yet again you administer fear
Of the unexpected, you don’t know the score

Everywhere you look you release parts of your senses
And everywhere there’s purpose in answer to all your dreams
I can hear you saying what a dreamer, what a fool to life
Isn’t it a pity that he won’t come back to earth

Haven’t you imagination, and is it not available
How you can be sooner or later than your thinking
Haven’t you imagination and is it so impossible
That you ask of everything so your eyes can see clearly

So in an instant your story bound
A desert, the underground, on mountains high
A glacier, the heat of the day

City jungle, the sky at night
In space on a starry night
An atmosphere impossible
So you never really care

So we talk about the strength of dreams
And we talked at length of every dream
And we talked about the strength of dreams
And we talked about the strength of dreaming

In the meeting place I sit beside, betwixt the points of heaven
I befell a friendly atmosphere revolving around seven
Oh, that number mystified my soul and captured within feelings
Those of doubt and understanding, hand to hand they set me reeling

In the seventh dream to stand alone
But not without the strength of love
To guide our way, everyday

Oh, the seventh dream, your smile can bring
Love on and on and time will flow forever clear
The seventh dream standing so near
And very soon we’ll walk with love
Love that I can sing to you, you, you

Is it this time of day that makes me realise
The sun is coming out to shine again tomorrow, tomorrow
Is it this time of day that gives you hope

Is it this time of times that comes between the light
Are there so many dreamers in this life between a moment’s time
And the stairways of love, the starlight, the starlight
Telling me that there’s something else to cling on to, cling on to

Conquistador a vulture sits, upon your silver sheath

Conquistador – Procol Harum (1967) *Stereo Version FLAC Remaster HD Video

Conquistador” was released in September 1967 on Procol Harum’s self-titled debut studio album.

Though the album was recorded on multitrack, it was issued as mono-only in the UK, and in mono and rechannelled stereo in the US. Despite extensive searching, the original multitrack tapes have not been located and thus a stereo mix of the original ten tracks may never be possible. Several alternate takes, however, have been mixed into stereo and are available on CD.

This is the stereo version of the song from Cherry Red’s excellent (and not heavily compressed!) 2CD. I love how the organ sounds on the stereo mix version….much more aggressive. I had the original video looking pretty clean, but then lost it a bit when I added all the effects….have to lose a bit of definition for the effects, but I like experimenting and making the videos look different….still refining my technique. 😉

I have been listening to a lot of Procol Harum lately….nearly exclusively Procol Harum, up and down the catalog for maybe three weeks! This was always a band I loved, but I hadn’t really ever done such a comprehensive and focused listen to their entire catalog. I knew the individual periods, but never really put it all together. I was so surprised to find so many great things that I’d forgotten (or never really knew). After this long period of re-evaluation Procol Harum has definitely clicked up several notches on my list of favorite progressive bands….from maybe just out of the top ten into the Top Five! 🙂 🙂 If you like PH and enjoy my videos, stay tuned! If you’re not a huge PH fan already, then I suggest you give their catalog a fresh listen (or three…..so much of their stuff really benefits from repeated listening to really open it up)….they have released a dozen albums in the past 50 years, from their first astonishing album in 1967 through last year’s seriously excellent album, Novum. I’m happy I’m deep into this band now and regret that I didn’t undertake a reevaluation of their work earlier.

All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except “Repent Walpurgis” written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid stated “Conquistador” was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as “99 out of 100” of the Procol Harum songs, back then, “were written the words first, and then were set to music.”

The original North American release included a poster of the album cover.

The album has been repackaged and reissued many times. Two of the significant reissues are Procol Harum…Plus!, a 1998 CD compilation on the Westside label including all the songs from both the Deram and Regal Zonophone release, plus “Homburg” (the group’s second single) and nine additional tracks from the period; and a monaural audiophile vinyl LP edition released in 2003 by Classic Records, with yet a different track order, including “Homburg” as the opening track and without “A Whiter Shade of Pale” or “Good Captain Clack”. The set includes bonus singles of the original monaural and alternate stereo versions of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. A 2009 remaster by Salvo Records, using the original mono masters, was released, with bonus tracks including the singles “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, “Homburg”, B-sides and alternate stereo takes. However, many of the tracks are played at a higher speed. A 2015 remaster by Cherry Red Records expands the album into a 2-CD set.

A live version of the track “Conquistador”, from the album Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, was released as a single in 1972 and charted to #16 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 after 10 weeks on the chart.

[Lyrics]
Conquistador your stallion stands in need of company
And like some angel’s haloed brow
You reek of purity
I see your armor plated breast
Has long since lost its sheen
And in your death masked face
There are no signs which can be seen
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind
Conquistador a vulture sits, upon your silver sheath
And in your rusty scabbard now, the sand has taken seed
And though your jewel-encrusted blade
Has not been plundered still
The sea has washed across your face
And taken of its fill
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind
Conquistador there is no time, I must pay my respect
And though I came to jeer at you
I leave now with regret
And as the gloom begins to fall
I see there is no, only all
And though you came with sword held high
You did not conquer, only die
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind
And though I hoped for something to find
I could see no maze to unwind

In days gone by there was a queen

A Fool For Love – Bryan Ferry (2002) 96 KHz/24 bit FLAC 4K Video

“A Fool For Love” was released on Bryan Ferry’s eleventh studio album Frantic, on Virgin Records in April 2002. The majority of tracks were produced by the team of Rhett Davies, Colin Good, and Bryan Ferry; David A. Stewart and Robin Trower also co-produced several tracks.

This is an update for another of my really ancient original videos. The plan was for a quick n easy update for a video that wasn’t too awful (as the early ones go) to begin with, mainly as an excuse to use a really great 96 KHz/24 bit FLAC from a vinyl needle drop….the most gloriously sounding version of this glorious track that I could find (I also have the album on the hard to find DVD-Audio) but this one sourced from vinyl really does bring the warmth and depth of the vinyl recording.

As with my updates, the goal was to try and update the original image, video and audio elements with higher quality/higher resolution files….and as usual, I ended up going a bit overboard on the thing. Definitely this is an epic tune that deserves an epic video….maybe just not quite THIS epic? LOL! All I really need is a good editor to help me dial it down, because while my brain is telling me “less is more” my heart is saying “forget that,….MORE IS MORE!” 😉 😉 Whatevs…if you know the tune I hope you enjoy the presentation…..and if you don’t know the tune, I hope the presentation opens it up and helps it become one of your new favorites! Thanks to my old friends for sticking around with me….and thanks to any newbies that might find and watch the vid.

Reviewing for AllMusic critic, Tim DiGravina wrote of the album “Some listeners might suggest that an album this varied has an identity crisis, but with [these] standout tracks as glorious as the Dylan covers and the Eno closer, Frantic is a fascinating addition to Bryan Ferry’s accomplished discography.” And reviewing for PopMatters critic, David Medsker wrote of the album “Frantic may play like a greatest hits album, with bits here recalling Boys and Girls and songs there echoing late Roxy, and it may rank in the middle to upper of the pack of his overall body of work. But it’s the most cohesive album he’s done in ages. Given how down and out he appeared to be, the fact that Frantic is more than half good is cause for joy.”

Frantic manages to touch upon virtually every musical style of Bryan Ferry’s career. Ferry has proved to be as interested in covering other artists’ material as penning original songs, and he straddles a smart mix of originals and covers here. Two brilliant Bob Dylan songs appear among the opening tracks: “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” sees a return to the eclectic, energetic experimentation of Ferry’s early albums with Roxy Music as a lush modern swirl of instruments mingles with the singer’s stylized vocals and throwback harmonica; “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” completes the Dylan pair, as Ferry intones with confidence and again takes up harmonica over Colin Good’s rolling piano. The reverent Leadbelly cover “Goodnight Irene” reimagines Ferry as a kind of blues troubadour. “One Way Love” sees the Drifters’ song reworked as a squall of distorted guitars and keyboards. Almost half of Frantic’s songs originated from late-’90s sessions with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, and Stewart is given a co-writer credit for these songs. Though the Stewart songs tend to favor edginess over songwriting, a few of them manage to break through the bombast. “Goddess of Love” is probably the best song about Marilyn Monroe since Kitchens of Distinction’s “When in Heaven,” and there’s a passing musical resemblance to that great song. “Hiroshima” works like an ominous take on Roxy Music’s synth-heavy Avalon period, with raging guitar dynamics contributed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Roxy Music fans will find more reasons to rejoice with the superb album closer, “I Thought,” which was co-written with Brian Eno, who sings backing vocals and plays keyboards. Some listeners might suggest that an album this varied has an identity crisis, but with standout tracks as glorious as the Dylan covers and the Eno closer, Frantic is a fascinating addition to Bryan Ferry’s accomplished discography.

[Lyrics]
In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

A crowded street
An empty train
A fool for love
You cry in vain

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a queen
A fool for love
And all it means

Red ruby lips
Don’t touch me eyes
A fool for love
And love is blind

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

Like flowers in the rain
I’m twisted up inside
I’ll never be the same

I hear the same old lines
You played me for a fool
You really hurt my pride

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

As life goes drifting by Like a breeze she’ll gently sigh

For My Lady – The Moody Blues (1972) 192khz/24bit FLAC 4K Video

“For My Lady” was the third track on the 1st side of The Moody Blues’ eighth studio album, Seventh Sojourn, which was released in October 1972. This is one of my favorite tracks from the fantastic Seventh Sojourn album.

This video was one of those start and finish in one setting efforts. Although I had a video version started years ago, so long ago that I couldn’t remember what was going on it , so I just grabbed a few of the first images and video clips that I thought might fit….some of the choices would be easy to marginally improve, but I was determined to make what I had work. I hope you enjoy the deelio! Thanks for checking it out!

The opening track, Mike Pinder’s “Lost in a Lost World” laments the brutality of revolution and references racial tension. Several songs contain overt political references. “You and Me,” like “Question” from two years earlier, alludes to ongoing wars and conflicts, including Vietnam. However, although the album showcases political concerns, in the 1990 documentary The Moody Blues: Legend of a Band, bassist John Lodge described “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” as a response to fans who mistakenly read guru-like wisdom into the Moodies’ lyrics. Instrumentally, singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder, in addition to the Mellotron, used a similar keyboard device called the Chamberlin.

eventh Sojourn reached #5 in the United Kingdom, and became the band’s first American chart topper, spending five weeks at #1 to close out 1972.

Two hit singles came from this album: “Isn’t Life Strange” (#13 UK, #29 US) and “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” (#36 UK, #12 US). However, both songs were overshadowed by the re-release of “Nights in White Satin,” which had been first released in 1967. Whereas both singles from Seventh Sojourn made the top 40, “Nights In White Satin” bested both, hitting #9 in the UK and #2 in the United States and gaining the highest American chart position for a Moody Blues single.

As this album proved difficult to record, with a 1973 follow-up quickly shelved after inception, the group decided to go on hiatus after their tour of Asia in 1974 (Mike Pinder’s last tour with the group), before reuniting in 1977 for Octave (1978) and its subsequent tour, albeit without Pinder.

In April 2007 the album was remastered into SACD format and repackaged with four extra tracks. “Island”, the fourth bonus track, was recorded in 1973 and is an incomplete recording of one of the songs that were intended to be released on the aforementioned follow-up record.

In 2008 a remaster for standard audio CD was issued with the same bonus tracks.

[Lyrics]
My boat sails stormy seas
Battles oceans filled with tears
At last my port’s in view
Now that I’ve discovered you
Oh I’d give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady
As life goes drifting by
Like a breeze she’ll gently sigh
And slowly bow her head
Then you’ll hear her softly cry.
Oh I’d give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady
Words that you say when we’re alone
Though actions speak louder than words
But all I can say is I love you so
To drive away all my hurt
Oh I’d give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady
Set sail before the sun
Feel the warmth that’s just begun
Share each and every dream
They belong to everyone.
Oh I’d give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady

Like a mountain river bleeding

Here Again – Rush (1974) 24-bit/192 kHz HD FLAC 4k Video

“Here Again” was released on Rush’s eponymous debut studio album that was released on March 1, 1974. The album has been since been remastered, first in 1997, and again in 2011. This video features a 24-bit/192 kHz HD FLAC that was sourced when the album was remastered for vinyl in 2015 as a part of the official “12 Months of Rush” promotion. The high definition master prepared for this release was also made available for purchase in 24-bit/96 kHz and 24-bit/192 kHz formats, at several high-resolution audio online music stores. These masters have significantly less dynamic range compression than the 1997 remasters and the “Sector” remasters.

The album was released on the band’s own label Moon Records in Canada and by Mercury Records in the United States and internationally. Their first release shows much of the hard rock sound typical of many of the popular rock bands emerging earlier in the decade. Rush were fans of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Cream, and these influences can be heard in most of the songs on the album.

Original drummer John Rutsey performed all drum parts on the album, but was unable to go on extended tours because of complications with his diabetes and so he retired from the band after the album was released. Rutsey contributed to the album’s lyrics, but never submitted the work to the other members of the band. The lyrics were instead entirely composed by Lee and Lifeson. Rutsey was soon replaced by Neil Peart, who remained the band’s drummer as well as their primary lyricist.

This video is an update of an older one I made for “Here Again” is not only my favorite song on the debut, but also one of my all-time Rush favorites as well. I turned the tunnel effect up to 11 (from only a 10 on the old video)….when you think 10 is enough, it’s great to be able to crank it 1 more and get more effect! 😉 I haven’t been able to get into vids much lately so I find myself mostly drawn to tinkering with upgrades for the ancients. Thanks as always for checking ’em out….hope you enjoy!

[Lyrics]
I said i played this song
So many times before
That the melody keeps repeating
Growing new ideas
Flowing chords and notes
Like a mountain river bleeding

Well, i say as i look back
And all the thoughts i’ve had
They reflect just what i’m learning
Yes, you know that the hardest part
Yes, i say it is to stay on top
On top of a world forever churning

Well, you say you can laugh
But i can see that your eyes are glass
Well, do you see, can’t you see, what i’m feeling?
Yes, i’ve seen your face before
Why, i’ve seen it everywhere
Showing up to me without a scent revealing

Well, i said will it ever change?
Will it stay the same?
I’d surely like to know before it’s over
Well, i said i played some
I said it won’t be long
Won’t be long before i stop and play it over

Oh, oh i’ve, i’ve seen your face before
Is it ever gonna, ever gonna change again?
Oh, oh i’ve, i’ve been in one place too long
Is it ever gonna, ever gonna change again?

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

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The signs and the planets are lining up like before….Rumours of War.

Rumours of War – Al Stewart (1984) FLAC HD Video

“Rumours of War” was released in May 1984 on the the album Russians & Americans, which was the tenth studio album by Al Stewart. Haven’t uploaded any Al Stewart in awhile, so wanted to do a quickie for this wonderful track from the Russians & Americans album. I wanted to make a video focusing of lives in the times before WWI or II, ended up with mostly footage from the periods after rumours had long ago turned into war itself? Lots of marching! Anyway….it’s a great song and most any footage works! 🙂 Enjoy! …and thanks as always for watching, liking and commenting!

It was released on LP and then CD in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The US version deleted two tracks found on the UK version of the album, and substituted two new tracks in their stead. In 1993, EMI (UK) release a compilation with tracks from both versions and three live tracks from “The Blue Album”. The album was re-released on the Collector’s Choice label in 2007, with all tracks from both issues.

The track “1-2-3” is a cover of the Len Barry hit from 1965. However, instead of the romantic lyrics put forth with the original, Stewart has altered them using the context of political overreach and how such victimizes other nations and indigenous peoples. In fact, very few of the song’s lines escape change excepting: “One, two, three, that’s how elementary it’s gonna be” and “…Like taking candy from a baby.”

Known for his songs that use historical events as inspiration, Stewart instead focused on the very real tensions between the two superpowers of 1983.

[Lyrics]
We met on the beach amid rumours of war
Your head in your hand, what you saw you won’t say
As the newspapers blew in the wind
I can see you’re one of that kind
Who carry round a time bomb in their mind, no one knows
When you’ll slip the pin
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
I see that your dress is torn at the edge
You were lost, intense, like a man on a ledge, waiting to jump
As the waves break over the shore
You say there’s a storm that can’t be delayed
And lately it seems to be comin’ this way, you can hear it break
Like the slam of a door
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
You tell me, just look all around
At the past and the present, the cross and the crescent,
The signs and the planets are lining up like before
There are souls on fire in the day and the night
On the left and the right, in the black and the white
You can see it burn in the eyes of the rich and the poor
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
Rumours of war

 

‘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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