Al Stewart’s place in musical history is assured, principally due to the worldwide success of "Year Of The Cat", a US # 8 hit and UK # 31 in 1977. But Stewart had been recording albums since 1967, his confessional ‘bedsitter tales’ gaining more followers with every release.
These three albums (made for CBS in 1972, 1973 and 1975) immediately preceded "Year Of The Cat" – indeed "Modern Times" was produced by "…Cat"’s Alan Parsons (producer of many Pink Floyd albums, as well his own ‘Project’ albums).
To record these highly literate songs, both personal and historical tales, Stewart utilized the cream of the UK session world: Rick Wakeman (moonlighting from Yes), Queen’s Roger Taylor, members of Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention, and Quiver (including future Attraction Bruce Thomas), steel guitar legend B.J. Cole, and Francis Monkman (Curved Air and Sky).
The entirety of all three albums (plus a bonus non-album single b-side) are presented here on a 2 CD mid-price set. Beautifully packaged, the booklet includes full annotation along with all the lyrics and full instrumental credits.