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Famous Last Words

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EVRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
After some years of relative obscurity Al came back with this wonderful work. I think 'Trains' is the best song in the album, but don't miss 'Charlotte Corday', 'Trespasser', 'Peter on the white sea' and the more cheerful 'Feel like' and 'Genie on a table top' Definitely a great album, which was followed in 1995 by the absolutely wonderful 'Between the wars'. Unfortunately, neither of the two had a great commercial success, and he continues as a 'cult singer/songwriter' In a few weeks he'll be releasing 'Down in the cellar' which I hope will be just as wonderful. I'm a hardcore Al fan. Did you notice?
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By Just me on January 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Famous Last Words is a welcome addition to my Al Stewart collection. He has depth of meaning and humor. My teenagers really enjoyed the Hippopotamus Song even though this is not their usual style of music. Trains begins with a meloncholy sound reminiscent of his early work and ends with deep sadness. If you like this, you probably will also like Songs from the Cellar. Enjoy.
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By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With this CD, Al Stewart starts to turn away from some of the harder-edged production styles that had marked his two prior CDs ("Russians and Americans", "Last Days of the Century" -- though one will never mistake Mr. Stewart for a heavy metal practitioner) and back to a folk-rock mix characterized by his well-known 70s classics "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages." "Famous Last Words" features the usually excellent musicianship (just check out the guitar-work on "Trespasser") we've come to expect of Al Stewart albums, as well as historically-oriented subject matters ("Peter on the White Sea" (Russian czar Peter the Great), "Charlotte Corday" (about the murderer of France's Marat), "Necromancer" (the resurging neo-Nazi movement in Germany) and an epic and sure-to-be-classic "Trains" that fits in the mode of "Roads to Moscow"). Somewhat unexpected are some lighter-themed, mood-lifting songs that should have been radio hits -- "Feel Like" (which opens the CD) and "Genie on a Table Top" (which manages to work in references to such things as a "marathon runner rolling in a field of snow"). "Hipposong" is a humorous take on the life of the average hippo and how misunderstood he is (find someone else to write about that!). The CD's only less-than-outstanding efforts are a couple of acceptable but somewhat forgettable pop-style offerings, "Don't Forget Me" and "Night Rolls In" (which closes out the CD). Fans of Al Stewart will embrace this one; non-fans will probably find take to it to the extent they took to (or didn't take to) the albums "Year of the Cat" or "Time Passages."
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By A Customer on March 23, 2002
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Al Stewart just never misses! There is a very upbeat feel to this entire CD; it's refreshingly energizing (in contrast to Al's more thought-provoking productions, even when the topic is more serious than silly. The charmingly effusive "Feel Like" is a sets the cheery mood for the album. "Don't Forget Me" is a lovely, unexpectedly romantic tune, compelling me to remember my own partings, inevitably wiping away a tear as the song fades. "Genie on a Table Top" never fails to make me laugh with its sometimes outrageous similes (a simulated what????). "Trains" is evocative and haunting. And it's impossible not to play "Charlotte Corday" over and over again, a gentle little gem, beautifully performed.
As always, an excellent offering from Mr. Stewart.
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I've only recently -- admittedly, very belatedly --- heard this 1993 album by Al Stewart and I'm very pleased with it. I can't believe that one reviewer called this "Uneven and Inconsistent". To my ears that's far from the case. This is a consistently good album, with several excellent songs that that would qualify for another "Best Of" collection. Al Stewart has released many fine albums over the course of his career and "Famous Last Words" is yet another winner.

If you're already an Al Stewart fan, you pretty much know what to expect and he doesn't deviate much from his usual musical template on this album. Those distinctive vocals and well-crafted songs with intelligent lyrics, all backed by Al's impeccable guitar playing and a host of other skilled musicians (including album co-producer Peter White on guitar and keyboards). The end result is a very satisfying and comforting listening experience. Other reviewers have proclaimed the 8-minute "Trains" as one of the album's best songs, and I can only agree. A fine tune that sounds even better with each listen. Other favorites include "Peter On the White Sea", "Charlotte Corday" (co-written with Tori Amos"), and "Don't Forget Me". The CD's booklet includes lyrics to all of the songs.

Don't be concerned that there weren't any "hits" from this album. Even back in the '90s when this was first released, radio had become a non-factor. The core concern is always the quality of the music, and on that note Al Stewart delivered another strong album. Al Stewart fans, don't sleep on "Famous Last Words"; this one is a keeper!
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