Al Stewart
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Scottish folksinger Al Stewart began his career as an introverted minstrel of love songs on Bedsitter Images (CBS, 1967), particularly gifted in Swiss Cottage Manoeuvers and Clifton In The Rain.

Love Chronicles (CBS, 1969), backed by the Fairport Convention, delivered the 18-minute autobiographic epic Love Chronicles that stands as his masterpiece. Zero She Flies (1970) was perhaps a stronger set of songs, thanks to the electrical Electric Los Angeles Sunset, the soulful Small Fruit Song and the historical narrative Manuscript.

Orange (1972) completed his "romantic" phase and transitioned to the "historical" phase of Past Present And Future (Janus, 1974), a concept devoted to historical themes (Roads To Moscow, the 10-miute Nostradamus) and Modern Times (1975), that includes the title-track.

Stewart's newly-found mass appeal peaked with Year Of The Cat, the chart hit from the album Janus (Janus, 1976), produced by Alan Parsons. Time Passages (Arista, 1978) continued to mine the AOR genre with its title-track.

24 Carrots (Razor & Tie, 1980) returned to his passion for history coupling it with thick, almost symphonic arrangements. Russians And Americans (Passport, 1984) dealt with contemporary politics and Last Days Of The Century (Virgin, 1988) is a sci-fi concept album. Famous Last Words (Mesa, 1993) and Between The Wars (Mesa, 1995) were collections of persoal and historical odes arranged for small chamber ensembles.

To Whom It May Concern (EMI, 1993) is an anthology of the period between 1966 and 1970. Chronicles (CBS, 1991) is a career anthology.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Massimo Mascia)

Cantante folk scozzese, Al Stewart cominciò la sua carriera come introverso menestrello di canzoni d’amore in Bedsitter Images (CBS, 1967), di notevoli doti nei pezzi Swiss Cottage Manoeuvers e Clifton In The Rain.

Love Chronicles (CBS, 1969), con i Fairport Convention come band di supporto, consegnò i 18 minuti di epica autobiografica Love Chronicles che rimane il suo capolavoro. Zero She Flies (1970) è un insieme di canzoni forse ancora più convincente, grazie alla elettrica Electric Los Angeles Sunset, la profonda Small Fruit Song e la narrazione storica di Manuscript.

Orange (1972) fu il punto d’arrivo della sua fase "romantica" ed allo stesso tempo anello di raccordo alla fase "storica" di Past Present And Future (Janus, 1974), un album a tema dedito a temi storici (Roads To Moscow, i 10 minuti di Nostradamus) e di Modern Times (1975), su cui spicca la title-track.

Stewart cominciava a suscitare un interesse di massa, interesse che culminò con Year Of The Cat, il singolo di successo dall’album Janus (Janus, 1976), prodotto da Alan Parsons. Time Passages (Arista, 1978) continuò a minare il suo genere di rock da album con l’eponimo singolo.

In 24 Carrots (Razor & Tie, 1980) Stewart ritornò alla sua passione per la storia accoppiandola per l’occasione a ricchi arrangiamenti, quasi sinfonici. Russians And Americans (Passport, 1984) trattava di politica contemporanea mentre Last Days Of The Century (Virgin, 1988) era un concept album ispirato alla fantascienza. Gli album Famous Last Words (Mesa, 1993) e Between The Wars (Mesa, 1995) sono raccolte di odi personali e storiche arrangiate per piccoli complessi di musica da camera.

To Whom It May Concern (EMI, 1993) è un’antologia del periodo tra il 1966 e il 1970. Chronicles (CBS, 1991) è una raccolta che copre la sua intera carriera.

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