Saturday, March 7, 2015


Although I would be okay if he skipped the hits in favor of the rarities, there are two songs Al pretty much has to play. One is "Year Of The Cat."

On Tuesday night, when Al played the other, "Time Passages," he remarked that he was surprised that song caught on.

I remember buying that album the day it was released, dropping the needle, and hearing the song, and thinking...."HIT."

Let me refresh your memory.

The song has it all-great arrangement and production by Alan Parsons, Similar to YOTC, it features solos on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and saxophone. Al's voice suits the arrangement perfectly, and that last line of the chorus is killer.

Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

I understand why it caught on. 

Time Passages was the perfect FM radio song in 1978, and it still holds up today.

The picture is changing now, you're part of a crowd
You're laughing at something and the music's loud
A girl comes towards you, you once used to know
You reach out you hand but you're all alone
In those time passages


  1. Years later I got to listen to that great lp and fell in love with Palace Of Versailles... the imagery fascinates me.

  2. The arrangement on that song is awesome, too...that was a solid album, not a bad song on it.

    "Life In Dark Water" and "Palace" both capture the mood of the lyrics.

    "Timeless Skies" makes you all homesick and nostalgic.

    "End Of The Day" is just a beautiful piece of guitar playing.

    1. Agree on all points. Life in Dark Water and timeless skies both on my shuffle.

  3. Stewart's 2 signature songs are worthy enough to give him a legacy in rock music. But he did a lot of other great stuff as well.