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Al Stewart

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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1965 – present)

Al Stewart (born in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 September 1945) is a British songwriter and musician. He is best known for his 1976 single Year of the Cat and its 1978 follow-up Time Passages (both produced by Alan Parsons). Stewart’s inspiration for his songs primarily comes from the past; indeed, he is credited with creating his own genre, “historical folk rock”. At one time in his life, Stewart took guitar lessons from King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp.

Stewart grew up in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth, Dorset. According to Songfacts, in days of youthful folly Stewart played in a beat group with later BBC DJ Tony Blackburn before moving to the capital to seek fortune and fame.

Having bought his first guitar from future Police guitarist Andy Summers, Stewart traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic guitar when he was offered a weekly slot at Bunjies Coffee House in London’s Soho in 1965. From there, he went on to compete at the Les Cousins folk club on Greek Street, where he played alongside Cat Stevens, Bert Jansch, Van Morrison, Roy Harper and Ralph McTell

Although he had his share of the breaks, including a tenure at Bunjees coffee house and a record deal with CBS, life wasn’t always easy for the young troubadour; his first serious love affair ended in disaster, and he experienced all the usual insecurities of the stranger in the big city trying to find his way.

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  • i_folk

    the year of the cat - самая прекрасная песня на свете

    30 Mar 3:43pm Reply
  • radioacrata

    Gran artista, su obra resiste dignamente el paso del tiempo. Tiene temas realmente extraordinarios en sus primeros álbumes. Su música lleva acompañándome toda la vida, desde los ya lejanos días de los 70, cuando descubrí la limpidez del sonido de su guitarra en un mítico disco recopilatorio de artistas de CBS, "Fill Your Head With Rock" (1970). En este álbum aparecía un tema en el que se puede escuchar una magistral interpretación de Al Stewart, el tema titulado "Small Fruit Song". Es fabuloso.

    27 Feb 12:03pm Reply
  • mdavis9956

    The Ballad Of Mary Foster, where can I find a r ecording of this tune?

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dnigelgriffiths

    Anyone know where I can down load Love Chronicles?

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Walwynwalwyn

    In 1974 I sat on the floor in front of the stage at the Warwick University Arts festival and ligyht up a spliff. I was hooked from then on in.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tomatao

    "Year of the Cat" probably one of the best songs I've ever heard!!!

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kareemowski

    Dude, come to Istanbul :-)

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • donato_roque

    I know Year of the Cat and Time Passages before. I never listened to his whole albums before. Regret that now. OMG how could I have missed this SOB?

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • estravagaria

    On a morning from a Bogart movie In a country where they turn back time...

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • waldojeffers1

    saw Al a couple days ago, his voice still sounds great live. Nice guy too.

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Luffbucket

    @ClydeConkey: lol, great stuff :-)

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • morleron

    Smoked a lot of Columbian weed in the mid-'70s listening to Al's music,. I originally heard "Roads to Moscow" on KISW an AOR FM station out of Seattle, WA. while i was living there in 1975-76. I went out and ordered "Past, Present, and Future" about a month before "Year of the Cat" came out. And he's still making great music as "Shards of Ancient Light" shows.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ProdigalPriest

    I was in in a playpen discovering the joys of finger-painting with my own excreta but I can still remember listening to Year of the Cat. loved it then and still do now 35 years later.

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ClydeConkey

    Cleaned my first bag of pot on this album cover in 1976 - THAT'S THE SPIRIT! (For you youngsters, that is when pot had seeds in it and album covers were bigger than one square foot.)

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Erhard47

    Hat jemand den Text von "Year Of The Cat" wirklich kapiert? Did anyone understand the lyrics of "Year Of The Cat" really?

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • grendelis

    I learnt so much history and poetry from his songs.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kriegsturmer

    Love his stuff... but I bet he could pull off a convincing version of West End Girls... It's a joke. Relax. Time Passages is one of my all time favorites. That sax is incredible.

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • joriiik

    apple cider!

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • p38lightning7

    A very unique sound he has I must say.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • revolutionen

    Adore his earlier material!

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
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