Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
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Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

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Guitar – Al Stewart, Peter White, Tim Renwick

Keyboards – Al Stewart, Don Lobster, Peter Wood

Alto Saxophone – Phil Kenzie

Backing Vocals – David Pack, John Perry, Stuart, Tony Rivers

Bass – George Ford

Drums, Percussion – Stuart Elliot

Harmonica – Graham Smith

Keyboards – Al Stewart, Don Lobster, Peter Wood

 

Triangle – Marion Driscoll

Violin – Bobby Bruce

Written by Al Stewart

Arranged by [Strings] Andrew Powell

1 LP, gatefold sleeve 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : RCA Victor

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios

Produced by Alan Parsons

Remastered by Joe Reagoso

Originally released in 1976

Reissued in 2012

Tracks:

Side A :

1 Lord Grenville
2 On The Border
3 Midas Shadow
4 Sand In Your Shoes
5 If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It

 

Side B:

1 Flying Sorcery
2 Broadway Hotel
3 One Stage Before
4 Year Of The Cat

 

Reviews :

"Al Stewart had found his voice on Past, Present & Future and found his sound on Modern Times. He then perfected it all on 1976's Year of the Cat, arguably his masterpiece. There is no overarching theme here, as there was on its two immediate predecessors, but the impossible lushness of Alan Parsons' production and Stewart's evocative Continental narratives give the record a welcome feeling of cohesion that keeps the record enchanting as it moves from "Lord Grenville" to "Midas Shadow" to "Broadway Hotel," before it ends with the haunting title track. Along the way, Stewart doesn't dwell too deeply in any area, preferring to trace out mysteries with his evocative lyrical imagery and a spinning array of self-consciously sophisticated music, songs that evoke American and European folk and pop with a deliberate grace. This could be unbearably precious if it didn't work so well. Stewart is detached from his music, but only in the sense that he gives this album a stylish elegance, and Parsons is his perfect foil, giving the music a rich, panoramic sweep that mimics Stewart's globe-trotting songs. The result is a tremendous example of how good self-conscious progressive pop can be, given the right producer and songwriter -- and if you're a fan of either prog or pop and haven't given Al Stewart much thought, prepare to be enchanted." AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,01 / 5

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