Showing posts with label Al Stewart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Al Stewart. Show all posts

Monday, 12 April 2010

Year of the cat - Al Stewart

Al Stewart and Peter Wood wrote 'Year of the cat', the title track of Stewart's 1976 album. The lyric tells the story of a tourist who meets a hippie girl in an exotic market, stays the night with her, and thus misses his tour bus. The album version of the track includes many instrumental passages and clocks in at 6 minutes and 37 seconds. This single version is edited down to 3 minutes and 25 seconds, which is way too short in my opinion.

The single reached number 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 31 in the UK singles chart and number 6 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4818
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Year of the cat' / 'Broadway Hotel'

Sunday, 8 February 2009

On the border - Al Stewart

Everyone remembers Al Stewart's hit 'Year of the cat', and rightfully so, because it's a classic track. It was also his only hit in the UK. But in the Netherlands it's a different story: 'Year of the cat' reached number 6 in the Dutch Top 40, but the next single, 'On the border', did even better, reaching number 5.

I bought this single, with a slightly tattered sleeve, in 1995. When I saw the man live on February 16, 1996, I took the sleeve with me. And I was lucky: I actually met the man after the concert and got this sleeve signed, as well as the cd I bought there. I consider this quite a collector's item, although I don't know how much people would give for an Al Stewart signature these days...

My collection: 7" single no. 2566
Found: All that music, Leiden, November 19, 1995
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'On the border' / 'Flying sorcery'
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