Al Stewart

Release Date: September 29, 2009
Produced by: Dave Nachmanoff
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


On Al Stewart's latest album, a live set featuring an assortment of 12 tracks from Stewart's past releases, there is a serene air of satisfaction in play.  Interestingly, you won't find a "Year of the Cat," or "Song On the Radio" performance, I assume because those would only distract the listener from drinking in the fullness of an Al Stewart show.

The absence of higher profile tracks actually bring a stronger cohesion to Uncorked, sub-titled Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff.  Al Stewart fans will recognize these tracks.  They scatter throughout Stewart's very fruitful career over many of his albums including the pinnacle album, Year of the Cat, here represented by "Midas Shadow". While I miss songs like "On the Border," "One Stage Before," (Year of the Cat), and the title track from Modern Times, I really appreciate the comforting "Carol," also from Modern Times. 

The album begins with a medley of tracks from various albums: "Last Days of the Century," "Constantinople," and "Last Days.".  There's "Old Admirals," which closes the album, and "Warren Harding" from his pre-Year of the Cat classics, this one being Past, Present & Future from 1974.  There's also songs from the well-represented Time Passages album ("Life in Dark Water," "Palace of Versailles"), and early Stewart from 1967 ("Bedsitter Images") from his album of the same name.

Uncorked is an intimate setting played in front of a small, but appreciative audience.  It's music is rich and classic Al Stewart, music you can fall in love with.  If you are an Al Stewart fan, spanning beyond his peak years, than this set is a must for you.  The sound is wonderful and unhampered providing for undiluted Al Stewart.  I believe you're going to love this Live set.









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