My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.

Summer ’68 – Pink Floyd (1970) MFSL / 24KT Gold Ultra II Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Summer ’68” was released on Pink Floyd’s fifth studio album, Atom Heart Mother, in the fall of 1970. Excited to see that some long blocked Floyd tunes are back! Standby for the resurrection of my long my blocked epic “Atom Heart Mother” video, soon as I can find time for a few minor updates and edits of the video and sound….the cows shall moo again shortly! 😉

The video is Jan Švankmajer’s The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)….a visionary filmmaker that I have several videos started that feature his work, this is the first one to get finished….not much editing on my part, it’s basically the short film set to the tune (although I did work some work on the film to make it look better in HD)…I could have edited it a bit more for a better sync, but you know?! 😉

Stalin’s bust is opened on an operating table, and this leads into an animated sequence which depicts Czech history from 1948, when it was taken over by Communists, to 1989, when the Velvet Revolution took place. Background knowledge of the historical context is required for one to fully understand and appreciate the entirely visual film.

The website Mubi gives the film a rating of four stars. [1]
Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes the film as being a “wonderfully apt short”, and describes the plot of “rush[ing] a statue of Stalin through drastic surgery, cranks out clay workers on an assembly line only to grind them back into clay” is “droll, breakneck satire”.

This album to me is an absolute one of a kind masterpiece, I like it much more than the more critically acclaimed earlier Floyd records. It seems that, according to a wiki article on the record, that both Roger and David have not thought as highly of it both recently making statements to the effect that it wasn’t up to par with the best Floyd efforts. This is a unique record, even from a band that specialized in unique records! It has always had a very otherworldly vibe going. I’ve heard it argued that it now sounds dated, but listening to it even today it sounds brilliant. I think that “dated” sound was intact when it was released in 1970, it’s just always sounded like something recorded from another time.
[Lyrics]
Would you like to say something before you leave?
Perhaps you’d care to state exactly how you feel.
We say goodbye before we’ve said hello.
I hardly even like you.
I shouldn’t care at all.
We met just six hours ago.
The music was too loud.
From your bed I gained a day and lost a bloody year.
And I would like to know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Not a single word was said.
Delights still without fears.
Occasionally you showed a smile, but what was the need?
I felt the cold far too soon – the wind of ninetyfive.
My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.
Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you.
Have you time before you leave to greet another man
Just to let me know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Goodbye to you.
Charlotte Kringles too.
I’ve had enough for one day.

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“I’m creeping back to life…. My nervous system all awry”

Wearing The Inside Out – Pink Floyd (1994) 24bit High Res Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Wearing The Inside Out” was released on Pink Floyd’s 14th and last album, The Division Bell, in the spring of 1994. This video is an update from my earlier version (over 4 years ago!): https://youtu.be/5HmfwLvJZIg This update features high resolution 24/96 audio from 2014 remaster.

This video has been done for a couple of weeks but I’m not very happy with it so I’ve made numerous adjustments trying to make it work better, most of which have only succeeded in making things worse! lol! When I’m updating the old ones I try and keep most of the old stuff intact just find better quality sources, add a few variations, correct some issues, etc. which I did, but in this case the result is debatable (maybe a marginal improvement video-wise, but the HD lossless audio remaster from 2014 is a hands-down major improvement!). I thought about starting over with only a few of the things that are packed in here because there is a way better visual for this track, but in the end I’m tired of messing with it for now & decided to wait until update number 3 in 4 years or so! 😉

This song has always been one of my very favorite late Floyd efforts, just an extremely beautiful and haunting melody made even more special with Richard Wright’s wonderful vocals (he hadn’t sung lead on a Pink Floyd track since “Time” from Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973!), and David Gilmour’s incredible guitar. It was also so amazingly cool to hear Dick Parry’s familiar saxophone come through the speakers once again as his contributions on the instrument are so prominent on both Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here albums. All these things make “Wearing The Inside Out” a standout track.

The music is written mostly by David Gilmour and Richard Wright; lyrically, the album deals mostly with themes of communication. Recording took place in a number of locations, including the band’s Britannia Row Studios, and Gilmour’s houseboat, Astoria. Some incredible talent was involved in the production of this record including Bob Ezrin (production), Michael Kamen (arrangements) and Chris Thomas (mixing)…all of whom’s work I continue to admire.

I’d also love to return to The Division Bell once more and try something for my other favorite from this album, “High Hopes”.

Anyway, as usual….hope you enjoy the video!

[Lyrics]
From morning to night I stayed out of sight
Didn’t recognise I’d become
No more than alive I’d barely survive
In a word…overrun

Won’t hear a sound
He’s curled into the corner
From my mouth
But still the screen is flickering
I’ve spent too long
With an endless stream of garbage to
On the inside out
…curse the place
My skin is cold
In a sea of random images
To the human touch
The self-destructing animal
This bleeding heart’s
Waiting for the waves to break
Not beating much

I murmured a vow of silence and now
I don’t even hear when I think aloud
Extinguished by light I turn on the night
Wear its darkness with an empty smile

I’m creeping back to life
My nervous system all awry
I’m wearing the inside out

Look at him now
He’s paler somehow
But he’s coming around
He’s starting to choke
It’s been so long since he spoke
Well he can have the words right from my mouth

And with these words I can see
Clear through the clouds that covered me
Just give it time then speak my name
Now we can hear ourselves again

I’m holding out
He’s standing on the threshold
For the day
Caught in fiery anger
When all the clouds
And hurled into the furnace
Have blown away
…to curse the place
I’m with you now
He’s torn in all directions
Can speak your name
And still the screen is flickering
Now we can hear
Waiting for the flames to break
Ourselves again

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How I wish, how I wish you were here

 

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975) Immersion Box FLAC 1080p Video

Good news is that I’ve finally finished another Floyd video!….bad news it’s one I’ve done before! 😉 My upgrade project continues….

“Wish You Were Here” was the title track from Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, which was released in the fall of 1975. The record explores themes of absence, the music business and former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline. The album was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Although some of these sessions were problematic, it was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split the centrepiece track “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” in two and join each half with three new compositions. “Shine On” was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded.

The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve which hid the album artwork. Wish You Were Here was an instant success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each declared Wish You Were Here their favourite Pink Floyd album.

It’s been almost 2 years since I made my original video for this song, but although I liked some of the effects (they’re baaaaaack! LOL!) I was never really very happy with it….too cluttered, and art from all the Pink Floyd albums (I was thinking of the band “wishing Syd was there” during all the albums they made subsequent to his departure from the band) was really too much. This one started out with about a third less effects as I was determined to keep it simple, but just like when I was making the first one and my first “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” epic video….I found myself working on upgrades for both songs at the same time (the songs are so close conceptually that it’s very easy to mix them up).

I’m so excited about finishing up my long delayed vids for other Pink Floyd tracks and I didn’t really plan on going back to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” before finishing those but it looks like that might happen after all since I ended up with so many extra effects from this video. Till the new ones come….take these updates for a spin! 🙂

Thanks as always for watching!

Special thanks!:

Chevvy’s amazing Syd drawings/paintings!
http://inwardscream.deviantart.com/

And of course, to everyone else who’s contribution of art made it possible to create new art! THANKS!

[Lyrics]

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in a war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.

Remastered & Lossless Audio and HD 1080p Video for your pleasure!

“Have A Cigar” was released on Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, in the fall of 1975. I’ve discussed how special this album is to me (and the night I first experienced it) in the description for my video for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”…

…so I won’t repeat….suffice it to say it’s my favorite album of all time.

This is my third video for one of the four tracks from the album, leaving only “Welcome To The Machine” (in progress)….(also thinking seriously of a do-over for “Wish You Were Here” as I was never really very happy with that one and know how I’d like to edit it to work better). This was a cool track to work with and it was a nice break to work on between my last Yes video and a couple of Floyd epics that I have in the pipe. I hope you enjoy the cigar….and as always THANKS FOR WATCHING!

Special Thanks!:
Greg Chan for the very cool cigar clip!
https://www.youtube.com/user/greggysees/videos

…and of course, EVERYONE ELSE WHO’S ART
CREATED NEW ART! THANKS!

[Lyrics]
Come in here, Dear boy, have a cigar.
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it, if you try;
They’re gonna love you.
Well I’ve always had a deep respect,
And I mean that most sincerely.
The band is just fantastic,
that is really what I think.
Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

We’re just knocked out.
We heard about the sell-out.
You gotta get an album out.

You owe it to the people.
We’re so happy we can hardly count.
Everybody else is just green,
Have you seen the chart?
It’s a hell of a start,
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team.

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

Some alt art:

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“In the corner of some foreign field the gunner sleeps tonight”

The Gunner’s Dream – Pink Floyd (1983) (Remastered Audio 1080p Video)

The Final Cut (occasionally subtitled The Final Cut: A Requiem For The Post-War Dream by Roger Waters) is the twelfth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released on 21 March 1983 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom, and several weeks later by Columbia Records in the United States. A concept album, The Final Cut is the last of the band’s studio releases to include founding member and long-time lyricist Roger Waters. It is the only Pink Floyd album on which Waters alone is credited for the writing and composition of every song. Most of the lyrics are sung by Waters; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides vocals on only one of the album’s tracks.

Real world obligations have kept me very busy for the last 6 or 7 weeks and I’ve not had the chance to upload any videos. I have however found some time in-between to work on some videos, including this dust off of a track I started way back. I had hoped to have this video uploaded on the D-day anniversary (June 6th), but wanted to make a couple of adjustments….which never happened anyway….so here it is.

This album is a serious downer, but I’ve always loved it and there are a few truly great songs (including “The Gunner’s Dream”) on it.

Huge thanks as usual to anyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Floating down, through the clouds
Memories come rushing up to meet me now
But in the space between the Heavens
And the corner of some foreign field
I had a dream, I had a dream
Goodbye Max, goodbye Ma
After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
You hear the tolling bell
And touch the silk in your lapel
And as the teardrops rise to meet the comfort of the band
You take her frail hand
And hold on to the dream

{Move it}
A place to stay
{A real one}
Enough to eat
{Gonna have to make stock}
Somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street
Where you can speak out loud
About your doubts and fears and what’s more
No one ever disappears you never hear their standard issue
Kicking in your door
You can relax on both sides of the tracks and maniacs
Don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control
And everyone has recourse to the law
And no one kills the children anymore
No one kills the children anymore

Night after night goin’ round and round my brain
This dream is driving me insane

In the corner of some foreign field the gunner sleeps tonight
What’s done is done
We cannot just write off this final scene
Take heed of the dream, take heed

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“Look mummy, there’s an aeroplane, uh…pig up in the sky”.

Song: Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 &2)_Album: Animals_Artist: Pink Floyd_Year: 1977
This video features the 8-track version of the track with Snowy White’s guitar solo! To me at least, this is the definitive version of the song.

***Update***Two years after I uploaded my original video for this track, I noticed the video has finally become available for play. When I uploaded that video and realized that it would not be seen, I edited it for a live version of the song. Since the video is basically the same as featured on the currently available live version, I wanted to update it with something different, new, better….and wanted to use the version featuring Snowy White’s guitar solo. Animals is probably my favorite album cover of all time (the composition, lighting and colors….especially of the sky and clouds!) and I wanted to try and light it up and bring it to life. I’m thrilled that I might finally be able to continue with some Pink Floyd vid concepts…especially the three monster tracks from Animals (and my long stalled “Echoes”).

Original vid description w/Wiki information:
“Pigs on the Wing” is a two-part song by the progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1977 concept album, Animals, starting and wrapping up the album.

Animals ties Wish You Were Here as my favorite Pink Floyd album. It’s a extremely dark album, but it captures the band at the height of their considerable musical prowess.

The song is divided into two parts, which are the first and last tracks of the album. Both are in stark contrast to the album’s middle three misanthropic songs, and suggest that companionship can help us overcome our flaws. The casual listener may ignore them for the most part; however they are keys to the album, summing up the album in its entirety in their short 1:25 time spans. Roger Waters apparently refers to himself as a “dog” in Part 2: “Now that I’ve found somewhere safe to bury my bone/And any fool knows, a dog needs a home/A shelter, from pigs on the wing.” Another allusion is found in the line “So I don’t feel alone, or the weight of the stone,” which refers back to the dogs being “dragged down by the stone”.

According to Nick Mason, and confirmed by Waters, it is a love song directed towards Waters’ new wife at the time, Carolyn. She was really the only one Roger’s friends had ever met who could hold her own in an argument with him; according to Mason you had to be very good with semantics to win an argument against him. Waters wrote the song because that’s all he had been looking for all along: someone who could stand up to him, an equal.

The songs are constructed simply and feature no instrumentation besides a strummed acoustic guitar played by Waters.

On the 8-track cartridge release, the song order was changed, and Parts 1 and 2 were played back-to-back at the beginning of the album. They were linked by a guitar bridge performed by Snowy White. Snowy would play the guitar solo in live performances on the 1977 Animals tour. On the last US leg of the performances, David Gilmour would play bass guitar instead of the electric rhythm guitar he played on the European and first US legs of the Animals tour.

The complete version of the song, including the instrumental bridge, was re-released on Snowy White’s Goldtop compilation album in 1995.

I hope this video is (finally!) the start of several I hope to do by Pink Floyd….I won’t rest until I’ve completed a video every track on both Wish You Were Here and Animals…..course it might take a while?! LOL!

Anyway….it’s a start….hope you enjoy it.

[Lyrics]

If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain
Wondering which of the buggers to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.

You know that I care what happens to you
And I know that you care for me too
So I don’t feel alone
Of the weight of the stone
Now that I’ve found somewhere safe
To bury my bone
And any fool knows a dog needs a home
A shelter from pigs on the wing

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Check out some of my other Pink Floyd vids:
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond, 1-9 (1975) (Remaster) [1080p HD]

Pink Floyd – Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 and 2) 8-track Version

Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (1970) (MFSL UltraDisc II) [1080p HD]

 

 

“Time” is Dead…..LONG LIVE “Time”

Well, since EMI saw fit to mute the audio on my Pink Floyd “Time” video…still cannot fathom why certain labels think this type action is preferable to allowing videos of their catalog so they could make some $$$ AND keep these artists popular for new generation of fans?…but of course, it ain’t my call! 😉

ANYWAY……went ahead and plugged in a cover of this classic track, this one from A Collection Of Delicate Diamonds: A Tribute To Pink Floyd.  It features:

Backing Vocals — Billy Sherwood
Bass — Colin Moulding
Drums — Jay Schellen
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] — David Sancious
Organ — Billy Sherwood
Rototoms — Alan White
Sitar — Robby Krieger
Vocals, Guitar — Gary Green

Hope you enjoy it…just plug yer own audio behind it if you simply MUST have that classic Floyd….and really who wouldn’t?

 

Storm Thorgerson Has Died Yesterday

His art was a huge part of my life. Storm and his partner,Aubrey Powell founded Hipgnosis and created many of the greatest most iconic album covers of all time!  I think his art played a huge part in developing my deep love for rock music….in the days long before music videos were popular, it was the album art that represented the albums and the music within.

Besides all the great covers Hipgnosis did for Pink Floyd, they created amazing covers for: Scorpions (Lovedrive & Animal Magnetism), all Catherine Wheel albums, Peter Gabriel (I “Car”, II “Scratch”, & III “Melt”), Genesis (…And Then There Were Three), Led Zeppelin (Houses Of The Holy, Presence, In Through The Out Door), Wishbone Ash, Yes, ELO, UFO, Strawbs, Styx, 10cc, Al Stewart, Alan Parsons Project, Paul McCartney & Wings….the list just goes on and on.

These album covers were always in my life and the work of Storm and Hipgnosis is a huge influence on my art. It’s these covers that inspire and challenge me….and being able to morph them into something hopefully interesting and worthwhile is the greatest joy I have with making the music videos.

Some captures from my Atom Heart Mother video…I hope Storm might have enjoyed seeing his cows create new art:

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