Lady Starlight – Scorpions (1980)

Lady Starlight – Scorpions (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Lady Starlight” was released on the Scorpion’s seventh studio album, Animal Magnetism, in late winter 1980. This has always been one of my very favorite rock ballads and it was one of the first videos I made a video for…(#20) uploaded nearly 6 years ago! The song takes me to back to times, places and people that I loved way back when. Hope you enjoy the effort…thanks for watching!

Since I started out with some of my very favorite tunes when I started making the fan vids, consequently some of my favorite songs have very clunky videos….always happy to find the energy and time to get one updated! Made a couple of choices with this video that I may regret soon (I’d worked up higher resolution album art to use in the art concept that I used in my original “The Zoo” video, but I decided to plug it in here as well…it actually works better with “The Zoo”). Rudolf Schenker usually played rhythm guitar but occasionally he’d step up with a solo, this is a great example of what he was capable of. I wanted to feature a clip of him playing the guitar solo but couldn’t find anything…so we honor him with a pic instead!) of course, but you get the idea, until then…here we go. Presented with FLAC audio sourced from very rare Import Scorpion’s No.1’s compilation….which I still believe to be the best remaster ever released of this song (and others)….better even than the recent Animal Magnetism: 50th Band Anniversary Import which sounds pretty awesome (and has lots of extra tracks!).

I was a huge fan of both UFO and Scorpions, in part but certainly not totally, due to Micheal Schenker’s guitar work with both bands. The year before on their previous album (Lovedrive), it was both disappointing and exciting to hear Michael back with Scorpions….his work with UFO was just out of this world, but nevertheless Lovedrive was such an amazing guitar album, due in huge part to the work of the three lead guitarists (also Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs), and I remember anticipating the Scorpions next album so we could hear more of Micheal’s tasty, blistering guitar work. Of course, it didn’t quite turn out that way, as Micheal didn’t return for Animal Magnetism. However, luckily both his brother Rudolph and Matthias Jabs remained on board and while it may not be quite the masterpiece of guitar rock that Lovedrive was, it’s still an amazing album.

[Lyrics]
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
I dream about the summer days
Love in the Sun
And lonely bays

I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
On one of these lonely winter nights
Dreaming through a winter night
Memories of you are passing by
It seems to me like yesterday
I think you knew I couldn’t stay
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
Snow dances with the wind
I wish I could be with you again
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love

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

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

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

This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 https://youtu.be/XnYgUf2qqB8 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but I really love this tune. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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A dream of mad man moon.

Mad Man Moon – Genesis (1976) SACD Remaster FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Mad Man Moon” was released on Genesis’ seventh studio album, A Trick of the Tail, in February 1976. Hadn’t done any Genesis in a while, but happy to get around to finishing another old project from one of the albums from my favorite Genesis era. To my longtime friends; thanks for sticking around…and to new viewers of my channel…thanks for watching! 🙂

A Trick of the Tail was the first album to feature drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist, following Peter Gabriel’s departure.

The album was recorded at Relight Studios and mixed at Trident Studios in October/November 1975. It also marked the first album that the band would co-produce with David Hentschel. They would work with Hentschel for the n

A Trick of the Tail reached No.3 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 39 weeks, and No.31 in the US. Additionally, the album was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA in March 1990. Also according to Tony Banks in the essay that comes with Platinum Collection, the album doubled the band’s previous albums sales. This success was also financially crucial for Genesis who were $400,000 in debt by the time Peter Gabriel left.

This is the eighth video I’ve made for a Genesis song (and the third for a track from A Trick of the Tail..see “Ripples” https://youtu.be/iS6jt0ATanE & “Entangled” https://youtu.be/bqxEoPVEOOE. This video also features FLAC audio sourced from the 2007 SACD, absolutely the best way to hear this album …..other video links below lyrics.

Hope you enjoy the effort!

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

[Lyrics]
Was it summer when the river ran dry,
Or was it just another dam.
When the evil of a snowflake in June
Could still be a source of relief.
O how I love you, I once cried long ago,
But I was the one who decided to go.
To search beyond the final crest,
Though I’d heard it said just birds could dwell so high.

So I pretended to have wings for my arms
And took off in the air.
I flew to places which the clouds never see,
Too close to the deserts of sand,
Where a thousand mirages, the shepherds of lies
Forced me to land and take a disguise.
I would welcome a horse’s kick to send me back
If I could find a horse not made of sand.

If this desert’s all there’ll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.

Hey man,
I’m the sand man.
And boy have I news for you;
They’re gonna throw you in gaol
And you know they can’t fail
’cause sand is thicker than blood.
But a prison in sand
Is a haven in hell,
For a gaol can give you a goal
[and a] goal can find you a role
On a muddy pitch in Newcastle,
Where it rains so much
You can’t wait for a touch
Of sun and sand, sun and sand…

Within the valley of shadowless death
They pray for thunderclouds and rain,
But to the multitude who stand in the rain
Heaven is where the sun shines.
The grass will be greener till the stems turn to brown
And thoughts will fly higher till the earth brings them down.
Forever caught in desert lands one has to learn
To disbelieve the sea.

If this desert’s all there’ll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.
Your Own Special Way – Genesis (1976) 2007 SACD FLAC Remaster HD 1080p

Heathaze – Genesis (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p

Many Too Many – Genesis (1978) 2007 SACD FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video

Snowbound – Genesis (1978) 2007 SACD FLAC Audio Remaster HD 1080p Video

Entangled – Genesis (1976) 2007 SACD Remastered FLAC HD 1080p

 

4 tracks from Eric Clapton’s No Reason To Cry album (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC

4 of my favorite tracks from Eric Clapton’s fourth solo studio album, No Reason To Cry, which was released in August of 1976. This is my second favorite Eric Clapton album (after 1978’s Backless).

These videos will represent my very first in a new style series that I’ll be uploading (similar to the few other visual equalizer tracks I’ve done in past)….still working towards an interesting way for me to make quick uploads for the best audio sources of my favorite tracks from select albums using simple video templates…in-between my other video projects. I’ll try and cluster at least two from each album…maybe 3? Hope you enjoy the selections! Thanks for watching!

The album was recorded at The Band’s Shangri-la Studios in March 1976, and included involvement from all five members; Rick Danko shared vocals with Clapton on “All Our Past Times,” which he co-wrote with Clapton. The album also includes a duet with Bob Dylan on his otherwise unreleased song “Sign Language.” The booklet in Bob Dylan’s box set The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 describes his involvement in this album: “Dylan dropped by and was just hanging out, living in a tent at the bottom of the garden. He would sneak into the studio to see what was going on. Dylan offered his new, unrecorded song “Seven Days” to Clapton. Clapton passed on it, but Ron Wood took him up on the offer and released it on his third solo album Gimme Some Neck”.The song “Innocent Times” is sung by Marcy Levy, who also shared vocals with Clapton on “Hungry.” Female vocals are also on many of the other songs. Yvonne Elliman, who is thanked on the back cover, sang on some of the songs too.

Hello Old Friend – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
As I am strolling down the garden path,
I saw a flower glowing in the dark.
It looked so pretty and it was unique;
I had to bend down just to have a peek.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

I saw you walking underneath the stars;
I couldn’t stop ’cause I was in a car.
I’m sure the distance wouldn’t be too far
If I got out and walked to where you are.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

An old man passed me on the street today;
I thought I knew him but I couldn’t say.
I stopped to think if I could place his frame.
When he tipped his hat I knew his name.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

All Our Past Times – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
I don’t want to be the one to say I’m sorry.
I don’t want to be the one to take the blame.
I don’t want to be the one to throw it over.
I don’t want to be the one to feel ashamed.

I don’t want to be the one who thinks of nothing.
I don’t want to be the one to tell you what you have seen.
After all this time, well I thought that you were mine.
I just want to be the one who would share this dream.

All our past times should be forgotten.
All our past times should be erased.
I don’t care how much it costs;
Cause I don’t count the loss
As long as I can see your face again.

You don’t have to tell me when you’re leaving,
If it’s half past one, if it’s maybe four.
It makes no difference where you think you’re going,
But please remember not to slam the door.

Yes, I don’t care how much it costs;
You know I don’t count the loss
As long as I can see your face again.

Sign Language – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
You speak to me in sign language
As I’m eating a sandwich in a small cafe
At a quarter to three

But I can’t respond to your sign language
You’re taking advantage, bringing me down
Can’t you make any sound?

It was there by the bakery, surrounded by fakery
This is my story, still I’m still there
Does she know I still care?

Link Wray was playing on a jukebox, I was paying
For the words I was saying, so misunderstood
He didn’t do me no good

You speak to me in sign language
As I’m eating a sandwich in a small cafe
At a quarter to three

But I can’t respond to your sign language
You’re taking advantage, bringing me down
Can’t you make any sound?

Black Summer Rain – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
Where is the sun,
The sun that used to shine on me?
Where has it gone
Or is it just a memory?

I looked through the window,
Staring at the sky,
Waiting for a moment
That always passed me by.

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

Where is the love,
The love I need to set me free?
And how can I escape
This gloom that is swallowing me?

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

 

Every leaf must fall, Annie

Annie – Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane (1977) FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Annie” was released in September 1977 on the collaborative album Rough Mix, by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend and former Small Faces and Faces bassist Ronnie Lane. This is just a seriously beautiful song. It features clips from Terence Davies’ 2008 “Of Time and the City”….one of the most beautiful (and depressing) documentary films I’ve ever seen. (If you find the footage as compelling as I do, you might enjoy the video I made for The Waterboys’ “Old England” https://youtu.be/j7_3bIM_K94 )

I’ll admit I was never a huge fan of The Who (I do love Tommy and Who Are You), and though I can clearly remember the Rough Mix album being very critically acclaimed at the time it was released, I never bought it because I just never really connected to much of Pete Townshend’s work (here’s “And I Moved” https://youtu.be/4j_ozDnIaHc -:) Maybe 10 years after it was released (and after reading about it being rated one of the best of the 70’s in some magazine….after all those years it would still be mentioned now and again in these best of lists!), I broke down and bought the album. I maybe listened to it maybe 3 times and put it away. A few weeks ago, a Youtube friend mentioned the record in his comments for one of my other videos (The Strangler’s “Always The Sun” https://youtu.be/0mdzwUxjQBI )…and I was decided it was time I gave this record another chance. It’s so strange, but this time the first time I listened to it the record clicked and I understood why it was so highly regarded! I now consider myself a fan of this album and I have been listening to it quite a bit lately….I might video a couple more tracks later. It took 40 years, but I’m thankful a fan’s suggestion intrigued and allowed me to finally find this record’s charms! This video is dedicated to my fellow Youtube music fan Johmathan B. Swift: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC99hFR1JyEinBhsLrQLG6Qw

On 21 October 1976, The Who closed a brief North American tour in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, a show that would be the last with Keith Moon before a paying audience.

The Who’s band members then took a hiatus to pursue various individual interests.

Pete Townshend had been initially contacted by Ronnie Lane to produce his next album, the project instead turning into a full-blown collaboration between the pair. Lane expressed an interest in a songwriting collaboration but Townshend, who has very rarely co-written songs, was unwilling. The instrumental title track is credited to both musicians, however.

During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane’s multiple sclerosis was diagnosed (in one instance, Lane had an emotional issue related to his MS that caused an argument between him and an unknowing Townshend). Nonetheless Lane toured, wrote and recorded (with Eric Clapton among others) and in 1979 released another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton. Around this time Lane traveled the highways and byways of England and lived a ‘passing show’ modern nomadic life in full Gypsy traveler costume and accommodation.

The album featured songs written by both principals in a vein less like that of The Who or The Faces but instead close to the folk-rock vogue of the early 1970’s among various English bands.

A number of famous colleagues appeared on the recording, among them Eric Clapton, fellow member of The Who, John Entwistle, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts. Orchestral arrangements for the track “Street in the City” were provided by Townshend’s father-in-law, noted British film and television theme composer Edwin Astley.

Rough Mix was remastered in 2006 and released by Hip-O Records, the reissue label for the Universal Music Group, in both 5.1 surround sound format on Dual-disc and standard stereo compact disc. The reissue featured three outtakes as bonus tracks.

[Lyrics]
Oh, look stand tall, Annie
See the world grow small, Annie
But when will it fall, Annie, when will it be

Winter has come, Annie
No friend in the sun, Annie
And when it’s gone, Annie
Where shall we be?

All those colors have faded
When ol’ Jack comes to call
Don’t tell him no, tell him maybe
Oh now, Annie, may God bless us all
Oh yes Annie, God bless us all

Did the children they call, Annie?
Every leaf must fall, Annie
God bless us all, Annie
Where ever will be

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 gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town

I’m Gonna Follow You – Pat Benatar (1980) 192k/24 FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I’m Gonna Follow You” was released on Pat Benatar’s second studio album, Crimes of Passion, on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records.

I tried to do something to brighten up the old promo video, but it was very dark and when you add in the low resolution that I was working with, it was difficult to light it up much. Anyway, this is mainly all about the ability to offer a 24bit / 192kHz FLAC audio source of the track to a video. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks to all my friends for their continued support!

The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late-1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon’s Double Fantasy. It contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (US No. 9), “You Better Run” (US No. 42), “Treat Me Right” (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”.

Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone.

The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth (1983) was released as the B-side of her “Love Is a Battlefield” single three years later. The song was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop, as well as on the soundtrack.

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion.

The music video for the song “You Better Run” was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.

Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

[Lyrics]
I’m gonna follow you, ’til I wear you down
I’m gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)
Ooo, ooo…

I’m gonna follow you, ’til I know your timing
You’ll turn some corner soon, and find you can’t get by me
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)

You see yourself as some kind of lily of the valley
You come around here in your ballet slippers padding on my alley
And you know that you can’t dance
‘Cause you know you never had the chance
I’m gonna dance for you!

Ooo, ooo…

I’m gonna follow you, ’til I wear you down
I’m gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)

You see yourself as some kind of lily of the valley
You come around here in your ballet slippers padding on my alley
And you know that you can’t dance
‘Cause you know you never had the chance
I’m gonna dance for you!

Ooo, ooo…

“Are you there…Do you have a thought for me that you can share?”

Flying Sorcery – Al Stewart (1976) MFSL FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Flying Sorcery” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite!

I have quite a few new videos nearly finished (one thing or another not quite ready), but wanted to get something new out this morning…since I hadn’t done anything for Al since my summer update for my original “Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA ….I jumped into “Flying Sorcery” last night and finished it up in about 3 hours work. This is my 3rd video from the Year of the Cat album (check “Broadway Hotel” https://youtu.be/9kclYecZPs0 and “Year of the Cat” https://youtu.be/ACAK1Ck2ZM0 )…and my 9th Al Stewart video overall. My Year of the Cat videos all feature FLAC audio sourced from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remaster….easily the best sounding release of the album!

Hope you enjoy the effort for another wonderful, beautiful Al Stewart song….thanks for checking out the video!

[Lyrics]
With your photographs of Kitty Hawk
And the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson
From the time that you were small
No schoolroom kept you grounded
While your thoughts could get away
You were taking off in Tiger Moths
Your wings against the brush-strokes of the day
Are you there
On the tarmac with the winter in your hair
By the empty hangar doors you stop and stare
Leave the oil-drums behind you, they won’t care
Oh, are you there

Oh, you wrapped me up in a leather coat
And you took me for a ride
We were drifting with the tail-wind
When the runway came in sight
The clouds came up to gather us
And the cockpit turned to white
When I looked the sky was empty
I suppose you never saw the landing-lights
Are you there
In your jacket with the grease-stain and the tear
Caught up in the slipstream of dare
The compass roads will guide you anywhere
Oh, are you there

The sun comes up on Icarus as the night-birds sail away
And lights the maps and diagrams
That Leonardo makes
You can see Faith, Hope and Charity
As they bank above the fields
You can join the flying circus
You can touch the morning air against your wheels
Are you there
Do you have a thought for me that you can share
Oh I never thought you’d take me unawares
Just call me if you ever need repairs
Oh, are you there