Al Stewart - Year of The Cat...C/D?

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Call me crazy, but I love this song. I think it has to do with the fact that I was jumped by a girl in college to it. Don't bother asking for explanation, she'll tell you that she came.....in the year of the cat.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic, for inexplicable reasons. I just like it.

hstencil, Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic, as is MODERN TIMES. Both really good listens.

matt riedl (veal), Thursday, 16 January 2003 19:10 (eighteen years ago) link

hey you should have listened to AL!
The first three records = CLASSIC!
Bedsitter images!

Jens (brighter), Thursday, 16 January 2003 20:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Take Jens' advice.

Bedsitter Images
Zero She Flies
Love Chronicles

is a superb trilogy... Love Chronicles is a masterpiece... with some great guitar work from Jimmy Page..

Al Stewarts early work is seriously under-rated.. probably tainted by a whole heap of bearly listening records in the 80's and 90's...

Jack Battery-Pack (Jack Battery-Pack), Thursday, 16 January 2003 20:47 (eighteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
Can anyone tell me what this song is about, exactly?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 14 November 2003 23:41 (seventeen years ago) link

A cat. With a perm.


Actually I love this song. When the sax become a guitar... OH YEAH!
But, yeah, a cat. With a perm. And a shoe box.

Speedy Gonzalas (Speedy Gonzalas), Saturday, 15 November 2003 09:01 (seventeen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
No, REALLY.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:25 (seventeen years ago) link

too twee for words. blech.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Every time I hear "On the Border" or "Year of the Cat" I like it more than I care to admit.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Is it twee, though? Isn't there something more than a little...odd about it?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:32 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember thinking Al Stewart was very edgy when I was in 6th or 7th grade or something.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes there is something more than a little odd.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah it's cool. C from me.

Jole, Monday, 15 December 2003 06:59 (seventeen years ago) link


One day in about 1990 I was listening to Momus when a friend remarked 'Is that, like, Al fucking Stewart or something?' I went and bought one of his greatest hits things and quite liked it. When by chance Al Stewart played at Norwich a few weeks later, I asked him if he'd ever heard of Momus, but he didn't have a clue what I was talking about.

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Monday, 15 December 2003 15:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I love this song. WHen I was small, my dad had the LP of it and I was quite entertained by the cover art.

Blood and sparkles (bloodandsparkles), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:29 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

Great strings.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 3 August 2008 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

It is a good song, with great strings, but Time Passages towers over it in every possible way.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 3 August 2008 13:35 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not sure I've heard it. As long as it's got no lyrics like, "The drum beats strains of the night remain/In the rhythm of the new-born day."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 3 August 2008 13:37 (twelve years ago) link

No, this song's lyrics namecheck Peter Lorre.

Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 3 August 2008 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

was this in a soundtrack recently (like last 3-5yrs)? maybe something indie-ish. wes anderson-ish. or like squid and whale?

jaxon, Thursday, 12 November 2009 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

uh, apparently this was in running w/scissors. but i don't remember that movie. nor do i remember liking it.

jaxon, Thursday, 12 November 2009 20:41 (eleven years ago) link

This live version doesn't quite do the song justice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcgxw0mSkoU&feature=related

Alfred, you've never heard this? O.M.G.!

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 12 November 2009 20:47 (eleven years ago) link

Always thought "You know sometime you're bound to leave her" was "Innocent Tanya..." Lyrics to YotK are pretty oblique.

Great production; that Alan Parsons sure know how to make a record.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:16 (eleven years ago) link

I found my parents' copy of the album, Daniel. Thanks. The song's okay.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:30 (eleven years ago) link

Funny timing. I was just searching ILX for a good Al Stewart thread yesterday after listening to Modern Times.

Durian Durian (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:32 (eleven years ago) link

The song's okay.

The warm glow of nostalgia enhances the song for me.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:57 (eleven years ago) link

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, your parents version of the album.

I am old.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

How come none of you lot took part in this poll when I ran it a few months ago?

anagram, Thursday, 12 November 2009 23:06 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1FS7VdrEQQ

wax tadpole, Monday, 16 November 2009 18:38 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

I can't seem to google this: are there any songs that use Time Passages for a sample? It seems like there must be...

dlp9001, Tuesday, 13 July 2010 20:56 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Daniel is right.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 April 2012 22:09 (nine years ago) link

What a great enunciator Al Stewart is!

henry s, Saturday, 14 April 2012 22:26 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMZdshwej-o

the hairy office thing (Eazy), Saturday, 14 April 2012 22:38 (nine years ago) link

These make me want to learn the piano part.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AazEMt0eoFg

the hairy office thing (Eazy), Saturday, 14 April 2012 22:44 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

sometimes, in the right mood, this feels like the best song ever written.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 16 November 2012 21:19 (eight years ago) link

is it wrong to prefer "Time Passages"?

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 November 2012 21:20 (eight years ago) link

that's cool, i won't beef if we can all agree Al Stewart is one underrated magical motherfucker

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 16 November 2012 21:31 (eight years ago) link

Yeah "Time Passages" rules. I love the sound of those records he made with Alan Parsons. Everything after that is hit or miss; everything up to Time Passages is pretty great, though.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Friday, 16 November 2012 21:32 (eight years ago) link

i went on a huge binge of these 2 records earlier this year (year of the cat and time passages) and i'm still not tired of them. still in disbelief that this guy's essentially been lost to time popularity-wise, i didn't even know who he was a year or 2 ago.

ciderpress, Friday, 16 November 2012 21:52 (eight years ago) link

I would figure he's part of the same aging boomer generation on the cusp of thirty that made Gerry Rafferty a hit too.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 November 2012 21:53 (eight years ago) link

Gerry / Al / Boz / Dan / Prefab

basically all you need in life.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 16 November 2012 22:00 (eight years ago) link

xxpost Yeah, it's ridiculous that pretty much no one knows him anymore. If you can get your hands on a copy of the box set To Whom It May Concern, I would strongly recommend it. That's got his first three albums plus some early singles, all as good as Year of the Cat and Time Passages, if not better.

Also, he tours non-stop, and is worth seeing at least once.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Friday, 16 November 2012 22:01 (eight years ago) link

Year of the Cat is great, Time Passages rather overrated. His best albums are the mid-period ones, Modern Times and Past Present & Future.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Friday, 16 November 2012 22:40 (eight years ago) link

Yeah Modern Times is great, it has the same FM production vibe and awesome stuff like 'Sirens Of Titan' and 'Apple Cider Reconstitution'.

multiple decades of jazz (Jon Lewis), Friday, 16 November 2012 23:07 (eight years ago) link

"People would rather hear the music they grew up listening to because that is the sound of being young and, of course, if you listen to that music, you get to be young forever."

well said...

henry s, Saturday, 17 November 2012 14:29 (eight years ago) link

His best albums are the mid-period ones, Modern Times and Past Present & Future.

Yeah, that's my impression as well.

Also, the Dark Side bootleg has an unreleased track, "Sailing Into The Future", that sounds exactly like something Grant McLennan might've written.

doug watson, Saturday, 17 November 2012 19:12 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

had never heard of this dude until being mentioned on the destroyer thread but I'm listening to Modern Times and its pretty dece imo

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Friday, 21 December 2012 23:14 (eight years ago) link

i put "year of the cat" on the spotify version of mackro's apocalypse mix.

gimme some reggae! (get bent), Friday, 21 December 2012 23:24 (eight years ago) link

If someone wants to cherry pick the best tracks, I'd love a list!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 August 2017 19:06 (three years ago) link

I'd say the strongest albums that followed Time Passages were 24 Carrots and Last Days of the Century. The latter has a late-80s sheen but the songs are great, esp the title cut, Fields of France, Where Are They Now and Antarctica. Russians & Americans was disappointing to me after 24C.

doug watson, Friday, 4 August 2017 19:38 (three years ago) link

My father-in-law is a hardcore Al Stewart fan. Has seen him live dozens of times, brings him up in conversation regularly, and would not hesitate to say he never made a less-than-great album. I will try to hit him up for a post-Time Passages playlist.

cwkiii, Saturday, 5 August 2017 01:29 (three years ago) link

Or, you know, you could just ask me, what with me also being a hardcore Al Stewart fan who has seen him live dozens of times.

My post-Time Passages playlist would be:

From 24 P/Carrots:

Murmansk Run/Ellis Island
Running Man
Merlin's Time
Rocks in the Ocean

From Russians & Americans:

Accident on 3rd Street
Russians & Americans

From Last Days of the Century:

Fields of France
Antarctica

From Famous Last Words:

Trains
Feel Like

From Between the Wars:

Three Mules
League of Notions

From Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:

Coldest Winter in Memory (one of his greatest songs ever, yet it languishes on an outtakes compilation)

heaven parker (anagram), Saturday, 5 August 2017 07:34 (three years ago) link

From Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:

Coldest Winter in Memory (one of his greatest songs ever, yet it languishes on an outtakes compilation)

No arguments here. This one is fantastic.

doug watson, Saturday, 5 August 2017 14:33 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR4-CvASpkI

I already recommended this song upthread but with the recent requests for suggestions, it bears repeating.

doug watson, Saturday, 5 August 2017 14:40 (three years ago) link

Or, you know, you could just ask me, what with me also being a hardcore Al Stewart fan who has seen him live dozens of times.

Cool! I think there will be a lot of overlap between his playlist and yours (asked him about it tonight before I saw your post), but I'll post it anyway when he gets it to me.

I remember really enjoying A Beach Full of Shells when it first came out but haven't listened to it in years.

cwkiii, Sunday, 6 August 2017 02:57 (three years ago) link

1) I have heard "Year of the Cat" on my favorite radio station (87.7 MeTV radio!) and have enjoyed it but never knew who was singing because they rarely say (I know you can check the website but I don't look at the internet in the shower or while I am driving and I always forget to look it up)
2) Thanks to this thread I knew it is Al Stewart
3) The radio also tells me that Al Stewart is touring with the band America

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:19 (three years ago) link

here's what i don't know -- is there some connection between Al Stewart and the band America?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:20 (three years ago) link

Al Stewart is English, which wouldn't necessarily preclude him from being somehow associate with America, but, no, I don't think they have any sort of history with each other.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 6 August 2017 17:24 (three years ago) link

Oof, my bad. He's actually a Scotsman.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 6 August 2017 17:34 (three years ago) link

he sounds kinda like robyn hitchcock

even if i watched this on mute i would have bet for sure he was from somewhere in the UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckthyI3UQbI

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 6 August 2017 19:28 (three years ago) link

here he is in 2014 -- he still sounds good imo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMZ9gEPgI9o

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 6 August 2017 19:32 (three years ago) link

I know what you mean, niels i.e. Lennon's voice. It's the aspect that makes you want to stick out your chin a little if you try an impersonation.
hehe, exactly

America and Al Stewart have the soft rock FM radio thing in common?

he's also playing the... Moody Blues Cruise aka Moodies Cruise http://moodiescruise.com/

niels, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:22 (three years ago) link

had no idea how deep this dude's catalog is. been listening on spotify all afternoon.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:43 (three years ago) link

i saw al stewart live last year, he's wonderful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:27 (three years ago) link

Every time I've seen him he has been great, but it's almost always in a duo with this dude Dave Nachmanoff who probably Googles himself so I won't say anything else about him. He's been sporadically getting together with a backing band called The Empty Pockets and playing Year of the Cat in its entirety. I just found out last night that they're finally coming within driving distance in October, so I'm extremely excited for that.

cwkiii, Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:31 (three years ago) link

this dude Dave Nachmanoff

that dude is extremely endearingly lame

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:41 (three years ago) link

oh wait lol i am definitely thinking of someone else

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:41 (three years ago) link

(sorry dave if you googled yourself)

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:42 (three years ago) link

xp are you sure? endearingly lame is super otm.

cwkiii, Monday, 7 August 2017 00:03 (three years ago) link

(also sorry dave)

cwkiii, Monday, 7 August 2017 00:04 (three years ago) link

someone praised him in the comments to the 2014 video! called him "fabulous"

America and Al Stewart have the soft rock FM radio thing in common?
i already know this, wondered if there was something else i was missing

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 August 2017 01:36 (three years ago) link

Uh, who are musicians from the UK who later relocated to California?

doug watson, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:44 (three years ago) link

Artists with animals in the title of their biggest hit?

pplains, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:46 (three years ago) link

Artists filed under "A" by record store clerks of less than average intelligence?

doug watson, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:52 (three years ago) link

An Al Stewart listening thread might be esoteric but could also be fun someday.

Eazy, Monday, 7 August 2017 03:02 (three years ago) link

i recommend just listening to 'apple cider reconstitution' 1000 times like i have

ciderpress, Monday, 7 August 2017 03:18 (three years ago) link

I love that song

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 7 August 2017 11:30 (three years ago) link

Artists with animals in the title of their biggest hit?

― pplains, Sunday, August 6, 2017 8:46 PM (yesterday) Bookmark

i think we have a winner

there are a surprising number of these oldies tours in 2017

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 August 2017 12:41 (three years ago) link

Btw LL I never thought about a voice timbre kinship between Stewart and robyn but there is something there. They are both double reeds but RH has more croak; if Al is an oboe robyn is a cor anglais

The big resemblance for me is al stewart/singer from pet shop boys. When west end girls first came out I was like wait what is happening?

Also I had completely forgotten about the al Stewart single Midnight Rocks even though, as a denizen of the K-Tel album Full Tilt, I must have listened to it a hundred times. Great verse melody.

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 7 August 2017 13:28 (three years ago) link

The big resemblance for me is al stewart/singer from pet shop boys. When west end girls first came out I was like wait what is happening?

Ha! Totally hear that.

pplains, Monday, 7 August 2017 13:36 (three years ago) link

for some reason he also reminded me of this guy and this song (tom newman- sad sing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYMWPD51XKE

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 August 2017 13:59 (three years ago) link

Tennant got many Al Stewart comparisons in 1986, not always flatteringly.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 August 2017 16:39 (three years ago) link

i recommend just listening to 'apple cider reconstitution' 1000 times like i have

― ciderpress, Sunday, August 6, 2017 11:18 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I love that song

― harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, August 7, 2017 7:30 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes, if you could only save on Al Stewart song in a fire, that's the one.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 7 August 2017 21:21 (three years ago) link

I might go for "In Brooklyn"

by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:46 (three years ago) link

heard this song this morning while getting my coffee in London, always a good way to begin a morning.

akm, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 11:19 (three years ago) link

Oof, my bad. He's actually a Scotsman.

Grew up in England, hence the accent.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 11:52 (three years ago) link

But, yes, Bert Jansch, Donovan, John Martyn, Al Stewart, there was a lot of them bumping around in Soho coffee houses at the same time.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 11:59 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Just found this, feel like I've been looking for this album for years without knowing it. I just walked into an apartment in North Beach in 1982 with a bunch of hanging plants, a Ganesha on the end table, smoking a gentle spliff and laughing about our plans to start a cult focused on good sushi and regular naps.

lukas, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:30 (one month ago) link

Thought the revive would be about the reissue box set that has just come out, remastered by Alan Parsons, 5.1 mix etc.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:31 (one month ago) link

They're not gonna release a remastered vinyl, really?

lukas, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 22:59 (one month ago) link

There must be millions of copies of this LP lying about neglected, do consumers really care that much about remastering?

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

also the original sounds perfect tbh

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:19 (one month ago) link

This may not be the thread in which to pose this question, but am I the only one who loves the songs "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages", but finds his albums full of well-crafted banality?

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:24 (one month ago) link

Does anyone else mainly remember Time Passages from when HBO used to play the video to fill up time between movies?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:27 (one month ago) link

xxp I love those songs too, and "Song On The Radio", but can't stand it when he gets all Lord Grenville

xp I do recall those Video Jukebox interludes. Chaz Jankel's "Questionnaire" was in pretty heavy rotation. (Didn't Showtime fill the movie segues with Aerobicise, aka soft-core porn masquerading as "exercise" clips?)

henry s, Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:45 (one month ago) link

no it's CD only xposts

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 1 April 2021 05:09 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Love this song. Neil Tennant should cover it.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 2 May 2021 20:46 (one week ago) link

Just watched the Old Grey Whistle Test video of this, and was struck by how the guitar solo (clean) segues into a different guitar solo (distorted).
And then that segues into a sax solo.

Classic.

enochroot, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 01:14 (one week ago) link


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