Offered for sale is a limited edition U.S. half speed mastered pressing of Year of the Cat, the seventh album by Al Stewart, released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
About this copy: This copy of Year of the Cat is a 1981 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label.
While this is technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
The cover is VG++ with slight general wear. The posterboard stiffener and generic inserts are missing.
The disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a scarce Mobile Fidelity LP.
Background: Released in 1976, Year of the Cat was the seventh album by Al Stewart.
The album reached #5 on the U.S. album chart and #38 on the UK chart.
Allmusic.com gave Year of the Cat a 4 1/2 star review:
Al Stewart had found his voice on Past, Present & Future and found his sound on Modern Times. He then perfected it all on 1976’s Year of the Cat, arguably his masterpiece. There is no overarching theme here, as there was on its two immediate predecessors, but the impossible lushness of Alan Parsons’ production and Stewart’s evocative Continental narratives give the record a welcome feeling of cohesion that keeps the record enchanting as it moves from “Lord Grenville” to “Midas Shadow” to “Broadway Hotel,” before it ends with the haunting title track. … The result is a tremendous example of how good self-conscious progressive pop can be, given the right producer and songwriter — and if you’re a fan of either prog or pop and haven’t given Al Stewart much thought, prepare to be enchanted.
|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Mobile Fidelity|
|Year of Release:||1981|