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Year of the Cat [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

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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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005NMVP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lord Grenville (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. On The Border (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Midas Shadow (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sand In Your Shoes (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flying Sorcery (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Broadway Hotel (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. One Stage Before (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Year Of The Cat (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On The Border (Live; 2001 Digital Remaster) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Belsize Blues (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Story Of The Song (2001 Digital Remaster) 9:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

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AL STEWART Year Of The Cat (2001 issue UK 12-track CD album featuring the singles On The Border and the classic title track aswell as being expanded with 3 Bonus Recordings including On The Border [Live] Belsize Blues and Story Of TheSongs [Dialogue] complete with picture booklet inlay containing lyrics and extensive liner notes by Neville Judd [written in 2001])

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 23 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's increasingly fashionable to 'remaster' CDs; with some justification, as the technology has advanced in the years since albums like YOTC were first released digitally.
Personally, my ears aren't finely tuned enough to feel major benefit from this re-release, and my ancient sound system made no comment, so I have had to concentrate on the 'bonus tracks'
On the Border (live) is taken from the Chicago Radio sessions; it's a fine version, but technically hardly an advertisement for digital remastering. More seriously, those sessions included a ten-minute Year of the Cat, with a four minute keyboard intro, and marvellous sax solo. Why wasn't that included?
Belsize Blues owes its presence here to its absence from other 'official' releases, though this version was first released on the unofficial "Coldest Winter in Memory" collection. The date suggests it could have been a rejected track from the original YOTC - though the flavour is five years earlier. The sleeve notes leave us none the wiser.
Story of the Songs is a commentary on the YOTC album by Al stewart; interesting, but hardly the sort of thing you'd listen to daily on your in-car stereo. Many of the concert albums included highly original and amusing intros, especially to YOTC itself; wouldn't the fictional explanations have been a better addition than a recorded sleeve note?
This remastered album will have nothing to say to new listeners, so it is clearly intended to persuade existing fans to part with their money. The die-hards will - as I did - and I don't regret it. But, by gum, I'd have been much, much happier spending a few pounds more on a proper job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless music with a magic unmatched since 31 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is the most inspiring work of modern music I have heard and ranks highest among my collection. Al Stewart's unique brand of folk-rock gives his music an incredible quality, coming from a time when lyrics were as important as the music. The acoustic virtuosity and breathtakingly moving score wraps itself around lyrics which tell enthralling stories of history, of love (in a refreshingly different way) and about the life of a musician. The title track, Year Of The Cat, tells a touchingly simple story, and has an indefinable magic to inspire the guitarist, the saxophonist, the pianist, the writer or just the dreamer. This album is a work of genius and transports the listener into the fascinating world of this folk-rock troubadour... You will love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Best opening line in a pop song? The first couplet of Year of The Cat - "On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turn back time" has to be up there alongside "Pretty woman out walking with gorillas down my street". And as the rest of the song - what a superb paean to a fragile, passionate love affair that both parties know to be doomed from the outset, but which is carried on for the pleasure of the moment, despite the inevitability of its end. Neat sax solo too. As for the rest of the album, you'll find a consistently high standard of lyrical and musical virtuosity. True, Stewart's voice can be wearing at times, but that's a minor quibble about one of my favourite albums (and a great in-car CD).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, Moody, Wonderful 10 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have always felt that Al Stewart’s song “Year of the Cat” is the most visually rich song ever written. The combination of the brilliantly engineered score, Al’s poetic lines “she comes out of the sun in a silk dress, running like a watercolor in the rain”, and his unobtrusive Casablanca references paint vivid market scenes of whitewashed walls, Moorish tiles and a love affair between a tourist and a local girl. Like the lights in an old movie, the lyrics fade away as a night of passion is vividly described by an instrumental interlude which starts with a Spanish guitar and climaxes with a steamy saxophone. While the rest of this timeless album is excellent, it is the title cut that gives me chills - always has.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, moody album that is timeless 7 Dec 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Al Stewart is not just a singer/songwriter, he is a balladaire of the old troubadour fashion!! He offers us tales of smuggling on the border, Lord Grenville, yet also gives us whimsical Sand in Your shoes and If it Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave it.
There is his signature Year of the Cat which is mysterious and intriquing, and with highly visual images and lines such as "you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a Crime.." But also balances this with the haunting, near sad Midas Shadow, Broadway Hotel and maybe (?) autobiographical On Stage Before.
This is a feast for someone hungry for more than bebop!!
One of my favourites!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mesmerising 16 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Music for the dead of night with the lights off, perhaps a little rain... the final track, Year of the Cat itself is quite possible the best song ever written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 11 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just buy it with no delay.After some dodgy remasters this Rhino version is very good indeed and most of the annoying tape hiss has gone and it sounds more dynamic.It's a classic album and thank God it's preseved forever!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 2 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album in the summer of 1977 while on holiday on the island of Jersey and this does bring back some very fond memories, however the quality of this recording is fantastic and the melodies are now constantly running through my head again.
The bonus track, the story of the songs, gives you some background to the quality of the line up. This really has stood the test of time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Al at his most famous
Al Stewarts', quite rightly, best known work. Some fantastc musicianship and musicians played in the recording of this album. Not a single duff song in my opinion. Read more
Published 7 days ago by mcm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !!
This is a totally superb album.The remastering has made the album sound very crisp.This is worth picking up and the bonus tracks are interesting too.
Published 3 months ago by Reverbworship
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might expect
While truly Al Stewart in name and sound, the title is misleading, and should read more something like "Al Stewart Over The Years". Read more
Published 6 months ago by DVV
5.0 out of 5 stars Year of the Cat
This was a present for my husband and he is delighted with it. It is as he expected it to be.
Published 8 months ago by Trinibob
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album
And still sounds superb all these years afterwards. Wonderful to hear Stewart's intelligent lrics and superb ear for melody and the playing is, of course, superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
At long last Year of the Cat is back with me!!! I can not fault it. Sound quality is very good and I like the interview at the end.
Published 13 months ago by Yvonne Raby
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds great
One of the best albums by Al Stewart, very good songs ecellently performed. The explaination of the songs on the album narrated by him at the end of it helps the listener fully... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sb
4.0 out of 5 stars Time goes by.
It`s not always the old favourites sound like they used to do. Or should I say I`m not what I used to be either. That said, I still this is a classic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Harald Bjerk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time!
I played it to death in my car, when I first bought it on cassette all those years ago, before it faded into my musical past. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it great buy
Loved it great buy music good brought back good times five star would recommend it to a friend liked the album
Published 16 months ago by George Inch
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