"Year of the Cat" is the seventh studio album by Al Stewart, released in July 1976, and was produced and engineered by Alan Parsons; it is considered his masterpiece, its sales helped by the hit single "Year of the Cat", one of those 'mysterious woman' songs, co-written by Peter Wood. The other single from the album was "On the Border". Stewart wrote "Lord Grenville" about the Elizabethen sailor and explorer Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591).
Stewart had all of the music and orchestration written and completely recorded before he even had a title of any of the songs. In a Canadian radio interview he stated that he has sone this for six of his albums, and he often writes four different sets of lyrics for each song. The title track derives from a song Stewart wrote in 1966 called "Foot of the Stage" with prescient lyrics about Tony Hancock, one of Britain's favourite comedians who tragically committed suicide two years later. When Stewart discovered that Hancock was not well known in the United states, he went back to his original title "Year of the Cat"
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
U.S. Janus JXS 7022 stereo (1976)
Album manufactured in the United States of America.
Album produced by Alan Parsons.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The albums gatefold cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of ring wear.
The album cover has a strong hinge and spine.