Year of the Cat (6:41)

Cover of The Best of Al Stewart

From The Best of Al Stewart and 172 other releases

Year Of The Cat, of the album Year Of The Cat, opens with a quietly-played piano piece - and builds into a stunning and beautiful song, with lyrics that are hard to fathom, yet somehow gel together perfectly. Obviously they mean something to the author, Al Stewart, though much has been said on what exactly. Halfway through is a superb acoustic guitar solo which leads into a electric lead guitar piece, which itself is followed by a saxophone. That really says it all about the production. This wonderful and relaxing song is, in some opinions, the best ever written! That’s a tall order, but the song really is that good. Lay in the dark and put the headphones on!

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in January 1976 by engineer Alan Parsons, It remains one of Stewart’s most popular songs and receives regular airplay on both classic rock and folk rock stations. The song was co-written by Peter White who performed with Stewart for almost 20 years. This song was also Stewart’s first Top 10 US single, peaking at #8 on the US singles chart.

Parsons had Phil Kenzie add the saxophone part of the song - and by doing so transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Al Stewart onto the charts.

The track was used in the film version of Running with Scissors in 2006.


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On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

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  • memoryoftrees

    I haven't heard this in years. Hearing this is like seeing old friend I haven't seen in a long time.

    27 Jul 12:56am Reply
  • Monade2010

    ♪ ♫ ( ◕ ‿ ◕) ALWAYS a welcome guest (◠‿◠) (◕ ‿ -) ♥ •♫ ♪

    27 Jun 11:47am Reply
  • odinsacolyte

    Some folks are great craftsmen with words.

    22 Jun 8:59pm Reply
  • Monade2010

    ♪ ♫ ( ◕ ‿ ◕) ♫ ♪ (◠‿◠) FAN.tastic (◕ ‿ -) ♥ •♫ ♪

    26 May 10:18am Reply
  • ggdimis

    Supper Memories with this all time classic great sax and guitar solo too !

    7 Apr 4:31am Reply
  • BAMintheface

    Perfect song to listen to when summer arrives...

    27 Mar 9:20am Reply
  • TantoTempo

    I remember taping this from the Capital Radio :-)

    23 Mar 8:47am Reply
  • SUPpro

    Still such a great song - always forget the great Sax until I hear it again!

    4 Mar 9:48pm Reply
  • sharv11

    Awesome old school one, Vinny...what a happy surprise...Love & miss you everyday dear son...

    31 Jan 10:41pm Reply
  • Wesley-VA

    "updated North African love song" - - go Al!

    5 Jan 2:33pm Reply
  • robinbee

    jr hi school memories...thx asalaam alaikum too

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • hollyheer

    Great song :)

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • corky64


    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    What Chinese new year

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    This particular version has the missing verse (incense and patchouli) and the extended intro.

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Don't bother with explanations...

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • southmaui

    have not listened to this in" years of the cat" still sounds great

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • testinarotonda

    Brano stupendo! Mi ha riportato indietro nel tempo.

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • nick_honest

    excellent song

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • crash_sublime

    On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turn back time, you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime ..." OMG this song! So beautiful, and who doesn't wish they could be pulled away from all you know, just for love ...

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
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