“Year Of The Cat” by Al Stewart - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1976Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Seventh album from the 30-year-old Glaswegian singer-songwriter recorded at Abbey Road, and notable for the lush orchestration of Alan Parsons' production. A shortened version of title-track - about a tourist who experiences a lost 24 hrs in a romantic adventure with a mysterious stranger - gave him his only UK hit, which came as a bit of a relief for the man himself: “When I finished Year of the Cat, I thought: ‘If this isn't a hit, then I can't make a hit.' We finally got the formula exactly right.” The album gave him biggest hit in both the UK (#38) and the US (#5). It's all very accomplished musically and comes complete with well written lyrics, but not one track breaks me out of my unrelenting boredom.

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A1 [05:02] 2.6.png Al Stewart - Lord Grenville (Al Stewart) Pop Ballad
A2 [03:23] 3.6.png Al Stewart - On The Border (Al Stewart) Songwriter
A3 [03:16] 3.5.png Al Stewart - Midas Shadow (Al Stewart) Songwriter
A4 [03:04] 4.9.png Al Stewart - Sand In Your Shoes (Al Stewart) Folk Rock / Americana
A5 [04:30] 3.3.png Al Stewart - If It Doesn’t Come Naturally, Leave It (Al Stewart) Cerebral Pop
B1 [04:22] 3.0.png Al Stewart - Flying Sorcery (Al Stewart) Songwriter
B2 [03:58] 3.7.png Al Stewart - Broadway Hotel (Al Stewart) Songwriter
B3 [04:41] 4.2.png Al Stewart - One Stage Before (Al Stewart) Songwriter
B4 [06:37] 3.4.png Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat (Al Stewart, Peter Wood) Songwriter

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