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Last Days Of The Century [CD]

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 (29 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000246VQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Prelude 1:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Last Days Of The Century 6:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Real And Unreal 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. King Of Portugal 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Red Toupee 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Where Are They Now 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bad Reputation 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Josephine Baker 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. License To Steal 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fields Of France 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Antarctica 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ghostly Horses Of The Plain 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Helen And Cassandra 4:440.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

AL STEWART-1997 EMI UK CD ( 1988 RECORDING)-EAN 724382161622

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Days......But Not Great days 21 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
This, as has been noted in the other reviews, is very much a product of the 80s. Not necessarily a bad product but it does stand out from his other offerings that had been released up until this time.

A lot of collaboration was made with Peter White on this album, which may explain some of the new influences, at the time, on Al's approach.

I personally like this CD, not as a classic, which it isn't, but as a whole, I listen to it from start to finish and whilst it doesn't excite me as other releases have, I have to say it doesn't disappoint me either. Perhaps I'm damning it by feint praise by saying that but that isn't the intention.

There are certainly enough high points to welcome it into your collection. It also offers a refreshing acceptance by Al to explore other avenues, something that in later productions served him well.

Last days of the Century: Great opening track which I rate highly. Tremendous tempo which grabs you from the start. My only criticism is that he doesn't know how to end it. He drags it on for too long when he should have closed it with a bang

Real & Unreal: Surreal jazz infused bluesy feel which is mediocre. Unfortunately I keep thinking of the Pink Panther creeping about whenever I hear it!

King of Portugal: This is a really pretty and melodic track with a great understated groove that carries it along.

Red Toupee: Some seem to like this but I find it nothing more than a fun "toe tapper". A bit lightweight.

Where are They Now: Excellent song, typically mature offering from Al in his well established thought provoking way.

Bad Reputation: This has one of those infectious grooves that sucks you in and seeps into your brain. It also has a wonderful breezy middle eight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best 17 July 2002
By Mitch
Format:Audio CD
This album by my favourite singer/songwriter is one you have to listen to a few times before you'll like it.
Some songs are good whatever- the title track, Fields of france and License to steal. However some take some time, such as the final track an instrumental, Ghostly horses of the plain, which is now one of my favourites. There are a few I don't like still, or at least are not as good. Overall despite its electronic sounds that doesn't always work with Als music, this is one for 80s fans and serios fans of Al. If you don't like 80s , and prefer the more sedate Al in Year of the cat, time passages etc then you may not like this, but you may like both as I do.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Al 18 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Although this album is quite different from Al's other works, this one is brilliant and a real treat to listen to time and time again. It has more of an "80's" feel to it, with lots of electronics, keyboards, synths, which some may not like, but Al's lyrics, singing and melodies shine through. The title track is a great, fast, driving song - very punchy and upbeat. This is a must have for Al fans, and for those that like 80s music in general - you will like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Days Of The Century - Al Stewart 23 Dec 2010
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Going by the cover you'd expect a different tone of music to Al's normal run of the mill music but nothing has changed. The music might be a little bit more funkier but retains Al's excellent writing skills. A supurb album. This album may seem a bit premature going by the cover but the music makes you come down to earth.
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