Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat (live)

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Live Performance From 1976 

"Year of the Cat" is the title track of the 1976 album Year of the Cat by singer-songwriter Al Stewart, which album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in January 1976 by engineer Alan Parsons and released in July 1976. The "Year of the Cat" single reached #8 on the Hot 100 in Billboard in March 1977. Although technically Stewart's 1978 single "Time Passages" is his career record with a #7 peak, "Year of the Cat" has remained Stewart's signature recording receiving regular airplay on both classic rock and folk rock stations. The track is noted for its lengthy instrumental sections - in fact, from the 6:40 album version, over four minutes of the song is spent on instrumentals, including a long solo that encompasses cello, violin, piano, acoustic guitar, distorted electric guitar, Synthesizer, and saxophone. The transition from acoustic guitar to electric to saxophone was initiated by Tim Renwick. Parsons had Phil Kenzie add the saxophone part of the song — and by doing so transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Al Stewart onto the charts.


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