Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & AT Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat catapulted this English prog-rock legend into gold and platinum territory upon its hit release in 1976. While previously achieving cult-like status in the states with his unique brand of folk/rock melodies and brilliant musicianship, Al Stewart finally received his well earned due with possibly one of the finest albums ever recorded in the classic rock era.
Produced and recorded at Abbey Road by rock icon Alan Parsons (Alan Parson Project/The Beatles/Pink Floyd) Year of the Cat was a stellar venture for both the artist and producer as its nine champion tunes have all truly stood the test of time. Aside from the massive top charting smash single "Year of the Cat," there were more classics contained like the brilliantly haunting "One Stage Before," the rocking fare of "If It Doesn’t Come Naturally," "Leave It" and the follow-up smashes "On The Border" and "Broadway Hotel."
Album cover art creators Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd) also designed the rare gatefold album cover, truly making this one of the more recognizable releases of its era, and it continues to be a much heralded item in Al Stewart’s arsenal of masterworks.
Friday Music is no stranger to the important musical catalogs of legendary recording artists. Therefore, it is with much honor to announce the Al Stewart Original Master Series with the 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release Year of the Cat. Impeccably mastered from the original Janus Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple/Yes/Traffic) this long out of print LP masterpiece is now finally available in the audiophile vinyl domain!