Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
Perhaps my #1 top 40 playlist from among those I’ve assembled is that of January 29, 1977. There is a boatload of classic hits and nice obscurities in it. (It’s also the case that reinforcements were on the way, as “Rich Girl” and “Carry On Wayward Son” would hit the following week.) Today we’re hearing one of two songs from this countdown that are part of my series.
For quite a long time I claimed that “Year of the Cat” was my very favorite song. It tells a good story with vivid descriptions and the music has texture and memorable riffs. After almost 40 years I think it still sounds great. I listen to both of Al Stewart’s late 70s albums (Year of the Cat, Time Passages) with some frequency even now.