Year Of The Cat (2Cd/Remastered & Expanded Edition)
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- Product Dimensions : 12.5 x 14.2 x 1.91 cm; 147.98 Grams
- Manufacturer : ESOTERIC
- Original Release Date : 2021
- Label : ESOTERIC
- ASIN : B08QC3SL63
- Number of discs : 2
- Customer Reviews:
|1. Lord Grenville|
|2. On the Border|
|3. Midas Shadow|
|4. Sand in Your Shoes|
|5. If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It|
|6. Flying Sorcery|
|7. Broadway Hotel|
|8. One Stage Before|
|9. Year of the Cat|
|10. Belsize Blues|
|1. Apple Cider Re-Constitution (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|2. The Dark and the Rolling Sea (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|3. One Stage Before (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|4. On the Border (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|5. Broadway Hotel (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|6. Roads to Moscow (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|7. Year of the Cat (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|8. Sand in Your Shoes (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
|9. If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It (Live 1976) (Previously Unreleased)|
Two CD edition includes nine live tracks recorded at the Paramount Theater, Seattle in October 1976 on the Year Of The Cat tour and a new mix of the track 'Belsize Blues', recorded at Abbey Road Studios in September 1975. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of Year Of The Cat, the legendary 1976 album by Al Stewart. Recorded in the early months of 1976 at Abbey Road studios, Year Of The Cat was the seventh album by Stewart and was the second album on which he collaborated with the celebrated producer Alan Parsons. The record was an album of immense musical inventiveness and creativity and was a triumph both in terms of Al Stewart's songwriting and the stunning and sophisticated production by Alan Parsons. Featuring such classic songs as 'On the Border', 'Lord Grenville', 'Midas Shadow', 'If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It', 'One Stage Before' and the classic title track. Year Of The Cat was a major commercial and critical success on it's release, reaching the US Billboard Top Five and was a European hit, eventually earning platinum disc status in the USA by March 1977. The single "Year of the Cat" was also a Top Ten hit in the States and was a Top 40 hit single in the UK, establishing Al Stewart as a major artist.
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1. Lord Grenville
2. On The Border
3. Midas Shadow
4. Sand In Your Shoes
5. If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It
6. Flying Sorcery
7. Broadway Hotel
8. One Stage Before
9. Year Of The Cat
"Lord Grenville" is a mysterious song. It sounds by the title as if it should be a Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention song. As it is, it is a mid-pace soft rock ballad, with crystal clear percussion and a plaintive, "serious and thoughtful" vocal delivery. It features some excellent guitar. "On The Border" begins with Elton John-esque "Funeral For A Friend"-style piano before the song moves into a Spanish guitar-driven, lively, melodic and quite captivating song. As with all Stewart's songs, they are lyrically fascinating and perplexing, full of imagery and mystique. This is a very "adult" album, ideal for student bedsits, loaded with sensitivity and occasional arty, educated references. "Midas Shadow" very much falls into the latter category. It is a lovely song, though, with a delicious bass line. This track is sort of CSNY/America's proggy cousin.
"Sand In Your Shoes" is catchy and sightly more poppy and lively in its tempo, with a lovely sad hook. Despite the pop sensibilities, the old intelligent, observant feel is still there, as it always is throughout the album. Everything on this album is very sophisticated and graceful. I have always felt Stewart's voice was a little too weak, however, and would have preferred a stronger tone on these songs. The instrumentation on all of them is outstanding. There is an enchantment to all the tracks though, despite my reservations about the voice. In many ways, the voice has a quiet, laid-back quality that suits much of the material.
"If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It" is one of the album's rockier numbers with a big, riffy backing. Again, Stewart's voice doesn't quite match up to the punch of the backing. The track has some superb guitar/piano.drum interplay at the end. "Flying Sorcery" features some fetching harmonica, sumptuous bass and a winning melody. It has airs of David Bowie's "Hunky Dory" in tiny places on the vocal. "Broadway Hotel" continues the enigmatic style of song, and it features some captivating electric violin, similar to used by Cockney Rebel on their "Human Menagerie" album three years earlier.
"One Stage Before" is another beguiling number, with more sublime bass. Then there is the iconic title track, known now by many. A copper-bottomed Radio 2 favourite. It is full of the trademark atmosphere and cinematic imagery once more. A great track from an album which, actually, after all these years, is still growing on me. That has to be a good thing.
Five-out-of-five isn't really high enough a rating for it. Even more than say Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, this is one of those really rare albums that doesn't just not have a weak track, it has a showstopper with each one (ok, maybe not 'Broadway Hotel').
And it just never grows old. Probably because Alan Parsons production simply can't be beaten in our modern times, chock-full of supposedly fabulous tech.
From the cover to the inside gateway fold of a transformed Stewart shedding his 'folkie' image, to the music itself, everything oozes sophistication and perseverance.
Stewart's songwriting, particularly the lyrics, have never-been-beaten. Even the track-listing is perfect. I couldn't tell you what my favourite is - but it would have to be one from the opener, Lord Grenville, If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It, On The Border, Flying Sorcery or the epic title track. That's five tracks from nine! And the others ain't fillers.
Sit down, on your own and while-away forty-five minutes-or-so in a musical journey through Al's melodies.
I think it was Radio Caroline , top 500 albums 2003? not sure. Voted it number 10 ! :) So i thought it must be good.
"Year of the Cat" is a great song, but the others sadly not so.
Everything is of course "SUBJECTIVE"On this chart I'm looking at the top 3 Albums are,Dark side of the moon, Sgt pepper & Abbey rd. Cat Stevens in at 289 for "Tea for the tillerman"....Great album...Every single person reading this will have a different opinion....Thats all folks (In hibernation)Due to this pesky virus! "SARS-CoV-2 ...