Time Passages is the eighth studio album by Al Stewart, released in September 1978. It is the follow-up to his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The album, like 1975's Modern Times and 1976's Year of the Cat, was once again produced by Alan Parsons. The album's title track (which, when edited, reached #7 on the Billboard charts) and "End of the Day" were both co-written by Peter White. The title track also reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for 10 weeks.
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 1978 (US), November 1978 (UK)|
|Studio||Davlen Studios, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Rock, soft rock, folk rock|
|Label||UK: RCA (original release)|
EMI (1991 reissue)
US: Arista (original release)
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (audiophile release)
Rhino (2004 remaster)
|Al Stewart chronology|
A digitally remastered version of the album was released in 2004.
- "A Man For All Seasons" refers to Sir Thomas More, statesman under Henry VIII of England (misidentified by Stewart as "Henry Plantagenet") and a Catholic martyr.
- "The Palace of Versailles", the former residence of the French Kings and a key site in early days of the French Revolution. The lyrics contain specific allusions to many events and figures of the revolution.
- "Life in Dark Water" - references the Mary Celeste, questioning the usage of the inaccurate term "Marie Celeste". (Also see J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement)
Album – Billboard (North America)
Singles – Billboard (North America)
|1979||"Time Passages"||Pop singles||7|
|1979||"Time Passages"||Adult contemporary||1|
|1979||"Song on the Radio"||Pop singles||29|
- Al Stewart - guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Peter White - guitars, lead guitar (Tracks 1, 2 and 9), keyboards, accordion
- J. Peter Robinson - piano and organ on Track 2
- Peter Solley - synthesizer on Track 6
- Peter Wood - keyboards, organ, piano
- Tim Renwick - electric guitar, lead guitar(Tracks 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Robin Lamble - bass guitar
- Mark Goldenberg - rhythm guitar on Track 2
- Phil Kenzie - alto saxophone on Tracks 1 and 8
- Stuart Elliott - drums (except Track 2)
- Jeff Porcaro - drums on Track 2
- Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar
- Bill Linnane - guitar
- Art Tripp lll, Lindsey Elliott - percussion
- Brian Huddy, Joe Puerta, David Pack, James R. West, Krysia Kristianne, Jeff Borgeson - background vocals
- Andrew Powell - orchestration
- Alan Parsons - producer
The album's front and back cover were designed by Hipgnosis. As Storm Thorgerson explained in For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis, "For Al's Time Passages we showed a radio being tuned on the shelf of a kitchen window but at the same time "tuning" the view of the landscape outside the window".
- Allmusic review
- Nichols, Thomas M. (Spring 2001). "Soldiers and War: A Top Ten List". International Journal. Canadian International Council. 56 (2): 312–323, 317 n.1. doi:10.2307/40203558. JSTOR 40203558.
In a 1980 interview, Stewart lamented his reference in the song about More to Henry Plantagenet when he meant Henry Tudor. How many of his fans caught the error is unknown.
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