Well I did, actually I listened to the answers Al Stewart had to my questions. The title of the article actually comes from a track from his second album Love Chronicles which was released in 1969. Yes Al Stewart has been around for quite a while. Many people think of this performer as "The Year of the Cat" guy and are hard pressed to remember any other songs. Yes, ‘Year of the Cat’ was his biggest hit, but there is a whole lot more to this fine musician than this one Billboard hit.
Over his 40+ years of entertaining he has released 17 albums. That may not make him the most prolific artist, but quantity does not always equal quality. Al found himself in the awkward situation where many of his albums were out of print. For a constantly ‘On Tour’ musician this is not a position that is attractive. As he said, “It is hard to tell fans that I have no idea where you can get them”. The solution to the problem was supplied by Collectors Choice, who have released new digitally re-mastered versions of the 13 albums that were out of print.
Al Stewart is a very candid guy, and when I asked him about his favorite album he said “I like 8, I dislike 8, and there is one that I can’t make my mind up about”. This was hardly the response I was expecting. I did discover that his first four albums were included on the dislike list, and his first album Bedsitter Images got the most abuse, “Oh, it was special all right, none of us knew anything about making a record, the sound quality was awful, it was done on a 4 track. It has some horrible drumming, and the orchestra was out of tune. So yes, it was memorable, but not for the right reasons.”
Al Stewart left England in 1976 and as a fan that had seen him perform several times, I was disappointed. I thought his departure was yet another example of the Brain Talent Drain. The real story is much better, and I have to quote Al here: