Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat - Original Master Recording Mobile Fidelity Pop Rock LP

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Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Cat#: MFSL 1-009
Series: Original Master Recording –
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered
Record: VG++
Cover: VG+ VG++ (minor cornerwear)
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock


A1 Lord Grenville 5:00
A2 On The Border 3:22
A3 Midas Shadow 3:08
A4 Sand In Your Shoes 3:02
A5 If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It 4:28

B1 Flying Sorcery 4:20
B2 Broadway Hotel 3:55
B3 One Stage Before 4:39
B4 Year Of The Cat 6:40

Manufactured By – Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Distributed By – Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Licensed From – KINETIK Productions Ltd.


Alto Saxophone – Phil Kenzie
Arranged By [Strings] – Andrew Powell
Backing Vocals – Al Stewart, David Pack, John Perry, Tony Rivers
Bass – George Ford
Design [Sleeve] – Colin Edge, Hipgnosis
Drums, Percussion – Stuart Elliot
Guitar – Al Stewart, Peter White, Tim Renwick
Harmonica – Graham Smith
Keyboards – Al Stewart, Don Lobster, Peter Wood
Producer – Alan Parsons
Triangle – Marion Driscoll
Violin – Bobby Bruce
Written-By – Al Stewart

Manufactured and distributed by special license from KINETIK Productions, Ltd. by the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Pressed in Japan.
Original Master Recording Series. Source: the Original Master Tape

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (also referred to MoFi) has been the undisputed pioneer and leader in audiophile recordings since the company's inception in 1977. Established and operated by dedicated audiophiles, Mobile Fidelity's first and foremost goal is to offer faithfully reproduced high fidelity recordings that would compliment the numerous advances occurring in audio delivery systems. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab vinyl records are highly prized by audiophiles the world over.

Amazingly, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has had only four mastering engineers over the years. Currently, Shawn R. Britton is mastering all MFSL titles (as he has been since 1996), and at the time of this writing is coming up to speed with LP cutting. Engineers Stan Ricker (denoted by "SR/2" in the deadwax) and Jack Hunt ("JH") mastered all of MoFi's half-speed vinyl releases in the 1970s and 1980s.

All Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab vinyl is mastered directly from the original master tape as opposed to production copies often used for mass reproduction. This will ensure a more complete and exacting transfer of the original musical data. In the case of the Original Master Recording™ (OMR) LP, the use of the master tape is combined with a unique procedure known as "half-speed" mastering, which literally slows down the cutting system involved in mastering vinyl so that musical data can be transferred from the source tape to the lacquer with greater precision. To this advanced mastering technique, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab adds substantial refinements in the vinyl compound itself and improves methods of plating the lacquer.

The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing up as a cat for a costume party, and all of the items on her dresser have feline motifs.

This, Stewart's first platinum album, was the one that cemented Stewart in the annals of pop-music history (the album hit Billboard's Top 5) and made him a huge international star. Producer Alan Parsons' formula from Modern Times, mixing Stewart's historically themed folk-rock pieces with jazz conventions (like the unforgettable Phil Kenzie saxophone break in the title song) and absolute gorgeousness (Peter Wood's heartstoppingly lovely "YOTC" piano intro), worked like the proverbial charm when it came to electrifying music.

"Year of the Cat" has nine songs, and I think seven of them rate five stars, and the other two a mere four stars. I won't tell you which ones, because every listener will have a different preference. This is a stronger record overall than "Time Passages".

If you like your initial dose of Mr. Stewart, then you are ready for songs such as "Road to Moscow" and "Nostradmus" and "Ryiad." Look them up and give them a chance. Al was filling a need in the '70's and '80's, combining a folk feel, with rock underpinnings, but writing lengthy sagas about obscure historical moments which had intellectual appeal. It's probably a love him or hate him kind of encounter, but a friend introduced me to his work around 1985 and it was love at first listen.

"Year Of The Cat" was Al Stewart's breakthrough hit in America. The album was produced by Alan Parsons, who also produced Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" to much acclaim. The remastering job done on this import LP is outstanding.

Peter White's acoustic guitar playing, featured in the song "On The Border," especially sounds vibrant.

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

This song is very special to my top 5 of all time. The songwriting, Al's vocals, the guitar work is outstanding (Peter White plays the acoustic solo and Tim Renwick follows with the electric solo), Peter Wood's piano was so important that he received a co-writing credit.....yeah it's all top-notch work, but I think the thing that really made the song shine and made it such a stand-out classic was that gorgeous, melodic Phil Kenzie sax solo.

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Al Stewart - On The Border

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