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Time Passages

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227806620
  • Catalog Number: 78066
  • Sales rank: 13,680

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al 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
Al 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
Al Stewart Composer
Peter White Composer
Andrew Powell Arranger, String Arrangements
Chris Blair Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Chris Desmond Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Allen Zentz Mastering
Pat Stapley Engineer
Alan Parsons Producer
Nancy L. Hopkins Art Direction
Hipgnosis Cover Design
Luke O'Reilly Producer, Executive Producer
Thane Tierney Liner Notes
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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