Al Stewart

Year of the Cat

Song Review by

Rivaling Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" in creating a supremely laid-back mood of complete existential anguish -- a combination that pretty much sums up the late '70s -- Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" is if anything an even prettier song with an even more depressing lyric. One of Alan Parsons' most remarkable productions, "Year of the Cat" is a truly amazing listening experience, just the sort of thing that '70s dudes played for their dates on their wildly expensive new stereo systems just before they broke out the Quaaludes. In all seriousness, the extended solo section, when a succession of different instruments fade twinkling into each other before the final verse, is a marvel of '70s soft rock. "Baker Street" has a much better sax solo, though.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Year of the Cat 1976 Arista 6:40
The Best of Al Stewart 1986 Arista 6:42
Highs of the 70's, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:32
Singers & Songwriters: 40 Hits, All Orignal Recordings [Time-Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:36
Baby Boomer Classics: Easy Seventies 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:32
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:06
Every Song Tells a Story 1995
Various Artists
Shock Media 4:30
Rock On 1977 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:38
1977: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 6:38
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:38
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 2: The '70s 1997
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 4:37
AM Gold: 1977 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:39
Time in a Bottle 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:36
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 5: Kickin' Back 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 4:38
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Time in a Bottle: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:36
The Best of Musikladen [DVD] 1999 Pioneer
On the Border 1999 Disky
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 6:35
Radio's Greatest Hits: The '70s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 4:38
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 6:38
Totally Celtic Rock 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 6:35
Instant Party: 70's Rockadelic 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:38
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 6:33
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands)
A Year in Your Life: 1977, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 6:35
70's Pop Generation: Dancing in the City 2002
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 6:32
The Very Best Al Stewart Album Ever 2002 EMI Music Distribution 6:31
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Singer/Songwriters 2002
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:36
Twogether Love 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:01
Twogether Pop 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 6:11
Singer Songwriter 2002 MI Plus (Netherlands) 6:38
70-Tals Klassiker 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Introducing...Al Stewart 2003 EMI 6:35
The Essential 2003 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 6:35
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:37
Greatest Hits 2004 Rhino 6:40
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:52
A Piece of Yesterday: The Anthology 2006 EMI Music Distribution 6:41
Top of the Pops 1977 2007
Various Artists
EMI 6:31
This Is 1977 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 6:31
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 6:34
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 4:56
Las 50 Grandes Canciones de Universal 92.1 FM Stereo 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:39
Year of the Cat/Modern Times 2013 Friday Music 6:40
An Introduction To 2017 Rhino 6:34
Acoustic '70s [Warner] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music
Chilled Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 6:34
Easy Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 6:34
Hits Of The 70s [2019]
Various Artists
Rhino 6:34
Original Album Series Parlophone
No Image
Various Artists
Capitol 6:38