Favorite 70's Rock Tunes #2 - "Year of the Cat"

@teamfreak16 (40875)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 24, 2017 8:05am CST
We are at the silver medal spot in my Favorite 70's Rock Songs series, inspired by a similar countdown done by @TRBRocks420 not too long ago. #2 belongs to "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart. Considered a folk rocker by trade, Glasgow, Scotland's Al Stewart entered the music business in 1966 and is still going strong. The vocalist is a multi instrumentalist, and has released 16 studio albums. A prolific songwriter, Stewart often writes four different sets of lyrics for each song, and refuses to use "words other people use." He has been known to use a world atlas for inspiration, and his 18-minute tune, "Love Chronicles," was the first known mainstream recording to use the "F" word. The title track from his 1976 Alan Parsons-produced album (#5 US,) "Year of the Cat" was an international hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Top 10 in six other countries (although it initially failed to chart in the UK, the song peaked at #31 a year later. It is Stewart's only chart single in that country.) "Year of the Cat" represents the laid back side of 70's rock. It is, frankly, a masterpiece, a perfect song with brilliant lyrics ("you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre, contemplating a crime" is one of my all-time favorite lyrics,) and musical backing to match (Peter Wood's piano is such an integral part of the tune that he was given a co-writer credit. And while Stewart didn't care much for the saxophone solos at first, try to imagine "Year of the Cat" without them.) Soft rock? Nope. Just classic, mellow rock. Like I said, a perfect song. Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Year Of The Cat · Al Stewart Year Of The Cat ? 1976 Rhino Entertainment Co. Composer: Al Stewart Composer: Peter Wo...
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@JohnRoberts (54263)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Apr 17
I had this tune on 45.
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
Really? A good one to have. I have a friend that has the album on vinyl. We listen to it everytime I go over there.
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@FourWalls (13310)
• United States
24 Apr 17
I totally approve (if you remember my "cats and dogs" countdown). I got to meet Al Stewart when I saw him in 2014. Very sweet man!
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
I wouldn't mind seeing him. I have no idea if he ever comes to Colorado Springs or not. I knew you'd approve!
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
24 Apr 17
That is a great lyric. Thanks for sharing!
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
Oh, you're quite welcome.
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@spiderdust (5993)
• San Jose, California
25 Apr 17
I love this song, and that's a great lyric. Have you ever seen the movie "M"? I think that line is referencing it.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search M Theatrical release poster Directed by Fritz Lang Produced by Seymour Nebenzal Written by Fritz Lang Thea von Harbou Paul Falkenberg (film editor) (de) Adolf Jansen Karl Vash Based on A new
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Apr 17
No, I've never seen it, but that entry makes it sound really good.
• San Jose, California
25 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 I think I first saw it for a film theory class in college.
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr 17
@spiderdust - I wonder if it's on DVD.
• United States
24 Apr 17
He was a good old dude Al Stewart..I wasn't crazy about this song for some reason Scott.
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
No worries. That's why music is so cool, there's something for everyone.
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• United States
24 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 Yeah unusual for me I usually cotton to everything, like I don't hate it, I just am not fond of it.
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
@TiarasOceanView - I understand. Not everyone is going to share my enthusiasm.
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@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
25 Apr 17
An excellent choice!
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Apr 17
Thank you. I was hoping you'd like it.
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• Preston, England
25 Apr 17
always one of my favourites too
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Apr 17
It's a great song. Like I said, perfect. To me, anyway.
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@TRBRocks420 (75462)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Apr 17
Pretty good song, will be interesting to see who comes in at # 1.
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@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 17
For once, nobody is going to see it coming.
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