Al Stewart – Orange / Past, Present & Future / Modern Times [2CD] (2004)

Artist: Al Stewart
Title Of Album: Orange / Past, Present & Future / Modern Times
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Edsel Records
Genre: Folk Rock
Quality: Lossless
Bitrate: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 02:01:49
Total Size: 878 Mb

CD 1:
01. You Don’t Even Know Me 3:57
02. Amsterdam 2:53
03. Songs Out Of Clay 4:14
04. The News From Spain 6:32
05. I Don’t Believe You 3:34
06. Once An Orange, Always An Orange 4:16
07. I’m Falling 4:27
08. Night Of The 4th Of May 6:25
Past, Present & Future
09. Old Admirals 5:55
10. Warren Harding 2:39
11. Soho (Needless To Say 3:54
12. The Last Day Of June 1934 4:45
13. Post World War Two Blues 4:16
14. Roads To Moscow 8:00
15. Terminal Eyes 3:21
16. Nostradamus 9:43

CD 2:
01. Swallow Wind (Bonus Track) 3:19
Modern Times
02. Carol 4:22
03. Sirens Of Titan 2:46
04. What’s Going On 3:31
05. Not The One 4:32
06. Next Time 4:16
07. Apple Cider Re-Constitution 5:16
08. The Dark And The Rolling Sea 5:15
09. Modern Times 8:26

This nicely priced box rounds up the three albums that immediately preceded Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat-shaped breakthrough — that is, his fourth, fifth, and sixth albums from 1972 (Orange), 1973 (Past, Present and Future), and 1975 (Modern Times). They are not necessarily comfortable bedmates. Orange, in particular, finds Stewart still very much in the arms of his early precocious folkiness but, even at the time, paled in comparison with the three albums that preceded it. Past, Present and Future, on the other hand, represents a considerable vault into new territory, as Stewart’s storywriting skills join forces with his punchiest band sound yet to begin scheming the cat’s ascendancy. By the time listeners reach Modern Times, then, the future is already in sight and, if that album has one major flaw, it’s that Stewart would do the whole thing a lot better next time around. Still, each of these albums packs its share of Stewart classics, from the semi-frenzied «Carol» to the moody «Soho (Needless to Say)» and on to the epic «Nostradamus,» all of which remind listeners just how desperately the world needs an all-encompassing Al Stewart box set.

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