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Just Yesterday [5 CD Career Retrospective Box Set] [Box set]

Al Stewart Audio CD
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Al Stewart was born on September 5, 1945, in Glasgow, Scotland. At an early age he moved to Bournemouth where he bought his first guitar from Andy Summers (The Police) and learned his first guitar licks from Robert Fripp (King Crimson). Escaping the harsh confines of public school at the age of 16, Al began his musical career playing guitar in various bands (one with disc jockey Tony ... Read more in Amazon's Al Stewart Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000AYYTA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Elf
2. Bedsitter Images (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. Samuel Oh How You've Changed! (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. You Should Have Listened To Al (2005 Digital Remaster)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Carol
2. Apple Cider Re-Constitution
3. The Dark & The Rolling Sea
4. Modern Times
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Running Man (2005 Digital Remaster)
2. Merlin's Time (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. Optical Illusion (2005 Digital Remaster)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Night Train To Munich (2005 Digital Remaster)
2. A League Of Notions (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. Marion The Chatelaine (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. Joe The Georgian (2005 Digital Remaster)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. On The Border (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster)
2. Sirens Of Titan (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. Time Passages (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. Roads To Moscow (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster)
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This 5CD set beautifully packaged in a long box with a 70 page booklet is a comprehensive set documenting Al's prolific career from his first album Bedsitter Images in 1967 to the 2005 release A Beach Full Of Shells. Al Stewart's music explores his fascination with historical tales using a blend of sophisticated whimsical lyrics and melodies. Discs 1 - 4 cover his studio albums and the 5th disc is a concert recorded live in Chicago, October 1978.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect place to start. 21 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
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!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long over due Al Stewart Boxset 31 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Al is the master of lyrics, and this Boxset is a great collection of his work along with a chronology of his work over 4 decades. Though Al Stewart became famous due to his platinum records Year of the Cat and Time Passeges, he already had behind him a long list of songs, and a well established style where the emphasis of his music is more on the Lyrics.
Listening to his latest release A Beach Full Of Shells you come to realize how much more Al has to offer and his music is as fresh as the first album released by him 38 years ago.
The sombre tone of Turn into earth from his first release in 1967 to Gina in the Kings road in 2005 shows how Al has matured like great red wine. There are still a lot of unrealesed music available through Neville Judd website who runs the Al Stewart merchandise store.
This latest boxset and ABeach full of shells is a musthave for any Al Stewart fan and anyone who has heard Year of the Cat. A very satisfying experience, I give 5 stars to this latest Boxset released by EMI.Thankyou very much Al. When is your next album due ? It seems you've only just begun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation by a stellar artist 23 Feb 2013
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'Year of the Cat' is arguably one of the most beautiful songs ever written, with the perfect marriage of music and lyrics, but Al had so many other great songs, with such a wide range of expression and styles. His music is at once intelligent and accessible. This 5 CD set is extremely enjoyable, especially the 5th 'Live CD' which sounds amazing. If you were to tell someone it was a recording from 2013 (with today's technology) no one would question. Whoever engineered it was brilliant, and it captures Al at his 'full band' finest. It seems like Al Stewart is a name that you don't hear much anymore when discussing great music, at least in the USA. But listening to "Time Passages' I get the feeling that Al would simply smile and muse about the ephemeral nature of art, and life itself. What a great legacy.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good retrospective but ...... 18 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been an Al Stewart fan for over thirty years and althought this is a long overdue retrospective there is simply not enough here to satisfy the long term fans. Four of the five CDs are made up of previously released studio recordings which most fans probably already own. When it comes to retrospectives EMI should take a leaf out of Free Reed's book. The new Richard Thompson release contains almost entirely previously unreleased material and is really worth the investment. I'm sorry, I love Al Stewart's work and if you are a newcomer it is certainly worth the asking price, but for us older fans it's asking too much for too little new material.
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