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Well worth the 11 year wait,
This review is from: Orange/Past, Present And Future/Modern Times (Audio CD)
Eleven years ago, someone had the excellent idea of issuing Al's first three albums, plus his very first single, on one neat and very playable two CD set, entitled 'To Whom It May Concern'. I bought it the week it came out, and felt sure that it would not be too long before Al's next three albums would be released in a similar package. I was wrong of course, because this sequel has taken a further eleven years to materialise. Well worth the wait it is too.
The issue of 'Orange', 'Past, Present & Future' and 'Modern Times' brings the Al Stewart story up to the end of his 10 year association with CBS (Columbia); after that he made 'Year Of The Cat' for RCA and became a big star. These three albums contain some enduring Al Stewart classics, including 'Roads to Moscow', 'Terminal Eyes', 'Songs out of clay' and 'Sirens of Titan'; there are also some lesser known ones that have long been favourites of mine, notably 'Carol', 'Not the one' and his only Dylan cover, 'I don't believe you'. The package also includes the non-album 'B' side 'Swallow wind'.
Add plenty of tasty guitar playing from the great Tim Renwick, and what better way is there of spending your money ?