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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, for inexplicable reasons. I just like it.

hstencil, Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

matt riedl (veal), Thursday, 16 January 2003 19:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Jens (brighter), Thursday, 16 January 2003 20:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
No, REALLY.

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

too twee for words. blech.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes there is something more than a little odd.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's cool. C from me.

Jole, Monday, 15 December 2003 06:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Great strings.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 3 August 2008 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

No, this song's lyrics namecheck Peter Lorre.

Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 3 August 2008 17:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

The song's okay.

The warm glow of nostalgia enhances the song for me.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, your parents version of the album.

I am old.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 12 November 2009 21:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

wax tadpole, Monday, 16 November 2009 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Daniel is right.

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

What a great enunciator Al Stewart is!

henry s, Saturday, 14 April 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

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

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 16 November 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

is it wrong to prefer "Time Passages"?

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Gerry / Al / Boz / Dan / Prefab

basically all you need in life.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 16 November 2012 22:00 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

He's great, such a delicious fm rock sound and that voiiice

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 3 August 2017 22:33 (three months ago) Permalink

"Terminal Eyes" off of PP&F is very reminiscent of "I Am The Walrus", but other than that I can't say I detect any similarities between Al and Lennon. But Al is great nonetheless, so literate and wistful.

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 4 August 2017 07:37 (three months ago) Permalink

there's a great moment in the Beatles Anthology doc where George Martin goes through the A Day in the Life tracks, and after some studio talk where iirc it's all pretty advanced and more about the conceptual side of things, he gets to John's vocal track and can't say much more than: and then there's that voice

Lennon's voice is indeed beautifully unique, and I'd never mistake him for Al Stewart - but all the same there's something in the phrasing (I'd do an imitation if this were not a msg board), kinda like he's singing from the bottom of his mouth with slightly pursed lips, and also the guitar work reminds me of Harrison or early solo Lennon - have not done extensive listening, but that's what comes to mind in the first 60 seconds of opener:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu_z0xK6qYY

also sounds informed by Bowie, and other parts of the record channel Dylan for me

I saw it recommended on the Kaputt thread so that was my way into it

niels, Friday, 4 August 2017 09:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Year of the Cat is a nice record and all, but as Gerald says Past Present & Future is his masterpiece, closely followed by the follow-up Modern Times. After that he got signed to RCA, put out YotC and it was soft rock FM-land from then on, a few later killer tracks notwithstanding.

A few years ago I ran an Al Stewart albums poll here which garnered all of one vote, my own.

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 4 August 2017 09:24 (three months ago) Permalink

listening to PP&F now does indeed sound great

do love that FM land of soft rock though...

I considered posting to your poll thread but ultimately found it too sad

niels, Friday, 4 August 2017 11:01 (three months ago) Permalink

past present & future, modern times, year of the cat, time passages are all underappreciated classics imo. haven't really ventured further forward than that in his catalog though

ciderpress, Friday, 4 August 2017 14:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Russians & Americans is probably the strongest one after that, but they all have a mixture of killer and filler on them. There's a v strong compilation to be made from those later records.

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 4 August 2017 14:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Go backwards!

cwkiii, Friday, 4 August 2017 15:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Seriously, all of the albums before Past, Present & Future are so good.

cwkiii, Friday, 4 August 2017 15:08 (three months ago) Permalink

i've heard all the early ones already they're good too

ciderpress, Friday, 4 August 2017 15:09 (three months ago) Permalink

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.

pplains, Friday, 4 August 2017 18:17 (three months ago) Permalink

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

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

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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

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

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:27 (three months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

this dude Dave Nachmanoff

that dude is extremely endearingly lame

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:41 (three months ago) Permalink

oh wait lol i am definitely thinking of someone else

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:41 (three months ago) Permalink

(sorry dave if you googled yourself)

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:42 (three months ago) Permalink

xp are you sure? endearingly lame is super otm.

cwkiii, Monday, 7 August 2017 00:03 (three months ago) Permalink

(also sorry dave)

cwkiii, Monday, 7 August 2017 00:04 (three months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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

doug watson, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Artists with animals in the title of their biggest hit?

pplains, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:46 (three months ago) Permalink

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

doug watson, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:52 (three months ago) Permalink

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

Eazy, Monday, 7 August 2017 03:02 (three months ago) Permalink

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

ciderpress, Monday, 7 August 2017 03:18 (three months ago) Permalink

I love that song

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

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

I might go for "In Brooklyn"

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

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink


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