Year of the Cat Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, September 17, 2001
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Personally, my ears aren't finely tuned enough to feel major benefit from this re-release, and my ancient sound system made no comment, so I have had to concentrate on the 'bonus tracks'
On the Border (live) is taken from the Chicago Radio sessions; it's a fine version, but technically hardly an advertisement for digital remastering. More seriously, those sessions included a ten-minute Year of the Cat, with a four minute keyboard intro, and marvellous sax solo - why isn't that one here?
Belsize Blues owes its presence here to its absence from other 'official' releases, though this version was first released on the unofficial Coldest Winter in Memory collection. The date suggests it could have been a rejected track from the original YOTC - though the flavour is five years earlier. The sleeve notes leave us none the wiser.
Story of the Songs is a commentary on the YOTC album by Al stewart; interesting, but hardly the sort of thing you'd listen to daily on your in-car stereo. Many of the concert albums include highly original and amusing intros, especially to YOTC itself; wouldn't the fictional explanations have been a better addition than a recorded sleeve note?
This remastered album will have nothing to say to new listeners, so it is clearly intended to persuade existing fans to part with their money. The die-hards will - as I did - and I don't regret it. But, by gum, I'd have been much, much happier spending a few dollars more on a proper job.
Picture it - a twin-cd set with the remastered YOTC on one disc, and the other featuring these bonus tracks, plus a selection of other live versions, complete with intro, guest artists - one YOTC even featured a guest singer - and a sleeve note that truly informed us about the collection, not just looked back to 1976.
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I have loved this album for years. Probably my third copy. AL Stewart has a true poet's heart.Published 2 days ago by Jeanice Davis
Item exactly as advertised, well packed, and quickly delivered. Thanks,Published 3 months ago by Richard M. Cole
Love my CD...missed these songs since my cassette was no longer working. Thrilled to purchase it as a CD and the quality is great.Published 5 months ago by Ann Santilli
To my mind this is Al Stewart's greatest album, although Time Passages is not very far behind.
Suffice to say at present it's in my top 10 recordings of all time. Read more
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