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|Al Stewart||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Laurence Juber||Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar|
|Jim Cox||Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3|
|Steve Forman||Percussion, Bodhran|
|Michael Jochum||Percussion, Drums|
|Steve Lively||Background Vocals|
|Dave Nachmanoff||Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals|
|Domenic Genova||Bass Guitar|
|Laurence Juber||Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production|
Posted October 1, 2010
I've listened to the music of Al Stewart since his first album, and it's clear: he's second to none as a songwriter, singer, and musician, including Mr. Dylan, Morrison, McCartney, Brown, and Carol King. And what a voice!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
I have been an Al Stewart fan since Year of the Cat, and own all of his albums. For many years I considered Time Passages his best, and thought he could never match it. But Famous Last Words came close--I have considered those his two best ever since. Well, they are still one-two (or two-one, I'm not sure which I like better), but A Beach Full of Shells is #3, yes even ahead of the outstanding Year of the Cat. The melodies catch you quickly--you won't have to listen 10 times, not even 3, before you can sing along. The subject matter is his typical history/politics/geography, and his sense of humor is as good as ever. Lyrically, maybe he is not as deep here as in much of his earlier work, but he is perhaps more clever--you would expect some of these double entendres and subtle plays from Elvis Costello. It is amazing to hear such commercial pop from an artist 27 years after his heyday, and if this had been released after his megahits Time Passages and Song on the Radio, he might have continued his chart success with "Class of '58" or "Mr. Lear" or "Rain Barrel" or "Mona Lisa Talking" ("The Immelman Turn" is a great pop tune, but can you imagine radio execs putting THAT on their playlists?). But nearly 3 decades after he has faded from the charts, his fans make up a tiny percentage of the music-buying masses, so this will not get significant airplay and only long-time fans are likely to hear it. For any Al Stewart fans who buy only some of his releases, I enthusiastically recommend this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.