Al is one of those persons that you cannot put a label on. From the small folk clubs to a powerful stadium stage act with electric guitars, keyboards, saxaphones etc. Al has been there, done it - all in his own inimitable style. This boxed selection covers the full story of Al's development from his early love songs through to his historical epics and ditties regarding fine wines, trains and clocks!! As a lyricist, Al is second to none. In an age when the rock musicians were writing "Love you baby", Al was producing epics about the prophesies of Nostadamus, the German WW2 approach to Moscow, the developing effects of trains throughout history (Might not sound like much, but it's a classic)The groundbreaking platinum selling 'Year Of The Cat'album was the one that made all those hard years of graft in the folk clubs bear fruit. The title track is a classic with 'On The Border' another singles release bringing that distinctive accoustic quality (provided by a virtuoso input from Peter White)together with the soft rock backing and the unmistakable vocal style of Al. Tracks like the upbeat 'Song on the Radio' 'Running Man' 'King of Portugal' and the amusing 'Red Toupee' mixed with the softer songs such as 'Almost Lucy' will give the listener the urge to look further into the work of this musical genius. This boxed set is a launch pad into a magical world of quality and enjoyment. The followers of Al Stewart's music are a very fortunate and astute group. In a world of very ordinary and limited talents, they have found the very best. When they listen to an Al Stewart song, they listen to a literary classic, the quality is always there - buy this boxed set and join the enlightened ones!!