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.