Time Passages

Time Passages

by Al Stewart
     
 

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Year of the Cat brought Al Stewart a genuine worldwide smash with its title track, and for its successor, he did make a few concessions. These, however, were slight -- just a slight increase of soft rock productions, an enhancement of the lushness that marked not only Year of the Cat but also Modern Times. These happened to be welcome adjustments

Overview

Year of the Cat brought Al Stewart a genuine worldwide smash with its title track, and for its successor, he did make a few concessions. These, however, were slight -- just a slight increase of soft rock productions, an enhancement of the lushness that marked not only Year of the Cat but also Modern Times. These happened to be welcome adjustments to Stewart's sound, since they increased the dreamy continental elegance at the core of his work. And that's why Time Passages is the equal of Year of the Cat -- it may be more streamlined, but the adjustments to his sound and the concessions to the mainstream just increase the soft grace of his eloquent historical pop epics. It's possible to view this as too precious, because it is pitched at an audience who believes the common-day concerns of pop are piffle, but this is exceptionally well-crafted, from Stewart's songs, where even three-minute songs seem like epics, to Alan Parsons' cinematic arrangements and productions. This added concentration on the texture of the recording, ensuring that it was clean, spacious, and gentle, with a welcoming surface. Of course, this means that Time Passages can work very well as background music, but it also reveals much upon concentrated listening -- enough to make it stand proudly next to Modern Times and Year of the Cat as one of Al Stewart's very best albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2004
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0077779776528
catalogNumber:
983182

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stewart   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Peter Manning Robinson   Organ,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Peter White   Guitar,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Renwick   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Powell   Strings
Jeff Borgeson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lindsey Elliott   Conga
Stuart Elliot   Drums
Stuart Elliott   Drums
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Brian Huddy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Kenzie   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Krysia Kristianne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robin Lamble   Bass,Vocals
David Pack   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Perkins   Steel Guitar
Joe Puerta   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Robinson   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Peter Robinson   Keyboards
Peter Solley   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Art Tripp   Percussion
James West   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Keyboards
James Robert West   Background Vocals
Lindsey Elliot   Conga
Arthur III Tripp   Percussion

Technical Credits

Stewart   Composer
Peter White   Composer
Andrew Powell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Chris Blair   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Chris Desmond   Engineer
Pat Stapley   Engineer
Alan Parsons   Producer
Nancy L. Hopkins   Art Direction
Hipgnosis   Cover Design
Luke O'Reilly   Producer,Executive Producer
Thane Tierney   Liner Notes

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