Year of the Cat [Bonus Tracks]

Year of the Cat [Bonus Tracks]

by Al Stewart

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Overview

Al Stewart found his voice on Past, Present and 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 globetrotting 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. [This digitally remastered reissue of the album includes three bonus tracks: "Belsize Blues," "Story of the Songs," and a live version of "On the Border."]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2001
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724353545628
catalogNumber: 5354562
Rank: 1388

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stewart   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Peter White   Guitar
Tim Renwick   Guitar
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Marion Driscoll   Triangle
Stuart Elliot   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
George Ford   Bass
Phil Kenzie   Alto Saxophone
Don Lobster   Keyboards
David Pack   Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Keyboards
Tony Rivers & the Castaways   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stewart   Composer
Peter Wood   Composer
Alan Parsons   Producer
Colin Elgie   Cover Design
Luke O'Reilly   Direction
Neville Judd   Sleeve Notes

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