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Paul And Al [Jul. 24th, 2015|02:54 pm]
Tony Grist
We're listening to Al Stewart's Love Chronicles (1969)

I say, "How come Paul Simon's very famous and Al's only a little bit famous? They've both got great melodies and intelligent bittersweet lyrics, where's the difference?"

And Ailz says, "The difference is Art Garfunkel."
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2015-07-24 02:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2015-07-24 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'd have said that Al Stewart is too specialised. It's the difference between writing about universal themes and writing about little-known historic events.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 02:15 pm (UTC)
You see, I love the historical songs.

But Al isn't all about history. Love Chronicles is mostly about love and disillusionment- about lives fulfilled and unfulfilled....
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2015-07-24 02:58 pm (UTC)
I haven't listened to that one! I love the historics, too; 'Fields of France' really gets to me, predictably enough.
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From: cmcmck
2015-07-24 02:23 pm (UTC)
Ah! The Prince of student bedsit folklore! :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's true.

I was nervous about listening to his stuff again because I thought I'd have outgrown it- but it seems I haven't.
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From: cmcmck
2015-07-24 02:44 pm (UTC)
This still sits in the memory:

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 04:38 pm (UTC)
Great song!

I like Peter Bellamy's version- which is just him and his little squeeze-box.
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From: cmcmck
2015-07-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
I read a serious academic historiographical study of de Nostredame just recently, so it brought this song back to mind.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
Right, that sounds interesting. What's the name of the book?
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From: cmcmck
2015-07-24 04:57 pm (UTC)
Stéphane Gerson

'Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom'
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-07-24 03:11 pm (UTC)
They were around the same scene at the same time, too.

Paul Simon worked quite hard at being famous, didn't he? Not that Al Stewart didn't, I suppose. Actually, I'm always surptised that he is that 'little bit' famous - when I heard Year of the Cat on the radio in the greengrocers' - not because he doesn't deserve it, but because I don't think of him in that category...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
I understand Al and Paul were room-mates for a time.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2015-07-24 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well, at one time it was, anyway.

I always liked Al, though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-24 04:42 pm (UTC)
I reckon Paul wouldn't have made it as big on his own. His later career rests on him having once been part of that fabulously successful double act.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2015-07-25 01:47 am (UTC)
Al Stewart can certainly turn a phrase. Over here we knew him best for "The Year of the Cat," which among its top-forty pop contemporaries had an amazing lyric.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-07-25 08:04 am (UTC)
That was his biggest hit.

Also he had a couple of albums go platinum.
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