Past, Present and Future

Past, Present and Future

by Al Stewart
     
 

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As good as portions of it were, Orange was essentially a transitional effort, the necessary bridge to Past, Present & Future, the record where Al Stewart truly begins to discover his voice. This is largely through his decision to indulge his fascination with history and construct a concept album that begins with "Old Admirals" and ends with "Nostradamus"…  See more details below

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As good as portions of it were, Orange was essentially a transitional effort, the necessary bridge to Past, Present & Future, the record where Al Stewart truly begins to discover his voice. This is largely through his decision to indulge his fascination with history and construct a concept album that begins with "Old Admirals" and ends with "Nostradamus" and his predictions for the future. A concept like this undoubtedly will strike prog warning bells in the minds of most listeners but, ironically, he has stripped back most of the prog trappings from Orange, settling into a haunting folk bed for these long, winding tales. If anything, this results in an album that is a bit too subdued, but even so, it's apparent that Stewart has finally found his muse, focusing his songwriting and intent to a greater extent than ever before. Now, the key was to find the same sense of purpose in record-making -- he didn't quite get it here, but he would the next time around.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/1992
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227104528
catalogNumber:
71045
Rank:
66930

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stewart   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Alistair Anderson   Concertina,Conductor
Dave Swarbrick   Mandolin
Rick Wakeman   Keyboards
Isaac Guillory   Acoustic Guitar
Krysia Kocjan   Background Vocals
Francis Monkman   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer
Tim Renwick   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Sargeant   Keyboards
Roger Taylor   Percussion
Bob Andrews   Keyboards
Peter Berryman   Acoustic Guitar
Luciano Bravo   Percussion
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
John Donnelly   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Hewson   Strings
Tim Hinkley   Keyboards
Lennox James   Percussion
Brian Odgers   Bass
Michael Oliver   Percussion
Kevin Powers   Vocals,Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Haim Romano   Mandolin
Bruce Thomas   Bass
Mick Welton   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Wilson   Drums
Peter Wood   Keyboards
Peter Woods   Accordion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Krysia Kocjan   Contributor
John Anthony   Producer
Luciano Bravo   Contributor
Richard Hewson   Arranger
Lennox James   Contributor
Michael Oliver   Contributor
Mike "Clay" Stone   Engineer
Hipgnosis   Cover Design

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