Recorded in the early months of 1976 at Abbey Road studios (with some sessions and mixing taking place at Davlen Studios in Los Angeles), Year of the Cat was the seventh album by Stewart and was the second album on which he collaborated with the celebrated producer Alan Parsons.
The record was an album of immense musical inventiveness and creativity and was a triumph both in terms of Al Stewart’s song writing and the stunning and sophisticated production by Alan Parsons. Featuring such classic songs as On the Border, Lord Grenville, Midas Shadow, If It Doesn’t Come Naturally, Leave It, One Stage Before and the classic title track.
Year of The Cat was a major commercial and critical success on its release, reaching the US Billboard Top Five and was a European hit, eventually earning platinum disc status in the USA by March 1977. The single Year of the Cat was also a Top Ten hit in the States and was a Top 40 hit single in the UK, establishing Al Stewart as a major artist.
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