Al Stewart

To Whom It May Concern: 1966-1970

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EMI's 1993 double-disc collection To Whom It May Concern: 1966-1970 contains the entirety of Al Stewart's early recordings for Epic Records, including all of his first three albums, Bedsitter Images, Love Chronicles, and Zero She Flies. Stewart took some time to find his voice, and it's possible to hear him struggle here, alternately hitting on British folk-rock à la Donovan, Tolkien-spirited fantasy, and lite psychedelia before he started to embark on his trademark historical obsessions and winding narratives. This makes it sound like it's only of interest to hardcore fans, which it is to a certain extent, but for fetishists of late-'60s folk-rock and psychedelic pop, there are some really intriguing things to be heard here, even if part of the reason that they're intriguing is because they don't quite work.

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