Al Stewart (UK folk singer/songwriter)

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Legal name: Alastair Ian Stewart


Alastair Ian "Al" Stewart (born 5 September 1945) is a Glasgow-born singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of characters and events from history.

Stewart is best known for his 1976 hit single "Year of the Cat", the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Though Year of the Cat and its 1978 platinum follow-up Time Passages brought Stewart his biggest worldwide commercial successes, earlier albums such as Past, Present and Future from 1973 are often seen as better examples of his intimate brand of historical folk-rock – a style to which he has returned in recent albums.

Stewart was a key figure in British music and he appears throughout the musical folklore of the revivalist era. He played at the first-ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, shared a London flat with a young Paul Simon, and hosted at the Les Cousins folk club in London in the 1960s.

Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album Bedsitter Images in 1967, and continues to tour extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK. His latest release is Uncorked, which was released on his independent label, Wallaby Trails Recordings.

Stewart has worked with Peter White, Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Francis Monkman, Tori Amos, and Tim Renwick, and more recently has played with Dave Nachmanoff and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1967 Bedsitter Images 3
1969 Love Chronicles 2
1970 Zero She Flies 4
1972 Orange 4
1973 Past, Present and Future 4
1975 Modern Times 4
1976 Year of the Cat 3.5 14
1978 The Live Radio Concert Album 5 1
1978 Time Passages 4
1980 24 Carrots 8
1984 Russians & Americans 4
1988 Last Days of the Century 3 6
1992 The Best of Al Stewart: Songs From the Radio 1
1993 Famous Last Words 3 3
1995 Between the Wars 3
2000 Dark Side 1
2000 Down in the Cellar 2
2005 A Beach Full of Shells 2
2005 A Beach Full of Shells 1
2008 Sparks of Ancient Light 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Early Years 1
1981 The Early Years 1
1986 The Best of Al Stewart 1
1991 Chronicles… The Best of Al Stewart 2
1993 To Whom It May Concern: 1966–1970 3 1
1996 Premium Gold Collection 1
1996 Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 1
1998 On the Border 2
2000 Orange / Past, Present & Future / Modern Times 1
2001 Singer Songwriter 1
2003 Introducing... Al Stewart 1
2004 Greatest Hits 2
2005 Just Yesterday 1
2006 A Piece of Yesterday: The Anthology 1
2006 The Definitive Pop Collection 1
2014 Original Album Series 1
2015 Year of the Cat / Modern Times 1
Centenary Collection: The Best of Al Stewart 1
The Very Best Al Stewart Album Ever 0

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Indian Summer 4
1992 Rhymes in Rooms 2
1997 LIVE - At The Roxy Los Angeles 1981 2
1998 An Acoustic Evening With Al Stewart 1
2002 Time Passages Live 1
2009 Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff 5 1
Live at the Roxy LA 1981 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Year of the Cat / Broadway Hotel 2

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