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Marriage of Magnificent Melody & Silky Voice
on February 21, 2017
Alan Parsons engineered and produced this masterpiece and Al Stewart released the album on 1976. When you hear the name Alan Parsons, it clicks legendary albums by Pink Floyd, Beatles and Alan Parsons Project. Right then and there you will recognize that Alan Parsons only produces the best of the best. He must have known that this album would hit gold!
Al Stewart wrote all the music and orchestrations but he had help with the lyrics. This album is Al Stewart’s best studio album. The album is loaded with hit songs. This is the 2001 remastered release of the original album plus some new tracks added.
Al Stewart’s style is Folk Rock and Soft Rock. His music is pretty spaced out, and has a dreamy, relaxing tune to it. It sweeps you away to a relaxing beach in tropics!
When this album came out on 1976, I would constantly play the cassette in my father’s 1965 classic red T Bird Convertible while driving it without permission right next to the water front Caspian Sea Shores with my cousins and friends during the summer vacation in Imperial Iran!
We had a great summer of cruising at the shores, biking at the boulevard, dancing in the night clubs and raising hell with girls in our early teen years! This album has so many memories. The best way to listen to this album is to play it while riding a bike (preferably Harley), a convertible or an auto with moon roof open, blasting it in the wind of the highway. This album takes you away to another time and place.
I owned this album in cassette (in Iran), in LP (in Philly) and now in CD (in San Diego). What an album indeed!
This album is one of the greatest works of contemporary Rock music. Loaded with beautiful hit songs and great arrangements, it is one of the all time favorites in Folk Rock and Soft Rock. If you never heard it, then you best buy it and collect it but if you have heard it before, then that shows your age and you know what a jewel this album is! It is a must to own collectible. Al Stewart’s voice is once in a million and his music is simply marvelous.