YEAR OF THE CAT

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YEAR OF THE CAT – 2008 Eddy McManus’ sensuous retelling of Al Stewart’s romantic vision.

‘Year of the Cat’ is the seventh studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1976 and was produced and engineered by Alan Parsons. it is considered his masterpiece.   The song is the title track of his 1976 album Year of the Cat, and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in January 1976 by engineer Alan Parsons. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1977. Although Stewart’s highest charting single on that chart was 1978’s “Time Passages”, “Year of the Cat” has remained Stewart’s signature recording, receiving regular airplay on both classic rock and folk rock stations.

“Year of the Cat” is a narrative song written in the second person whose protagonist, a tourist, is visiting an exotic market when a mysterious silk-clad woman appears and takes him away for a gauzy romantic adventure.  On wakening the next day beside her, the tourist realizes, with equanimity, that his tour bus has left without him and he has lost his ticket.