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Al Stewart Live In London

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Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London

British folk revivalist wows at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 1973, Al Stewart suggested that his four previous albums had been his apprenticeship, and that his new one was his thesis. Not very ‘rock’, but then Stewart is the most literary of songwriters, covering topics from history to philosophy, and singing with such fey precision that he might be Keats considering the aesthetic beauty of Hampstead’s flora. If that ‘thesis’ – Past, Present And Future – saw him begin a shift from folk to soft rock, then 1976’s Year Of The Cat was his ‘crossover’ magnum opus.

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