Time Passages

Last updated

Time Passages
Time passages.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1978 (US), November 1978 (UK)
RecordedJune 1978
StudioDavlen 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)
Producer Alan Parsons
Al Stewart chronology
Year of the Cat
Time Passages
24 Carrots
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]

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.


A digitally remastered version of the album was released in 2004.


The album's front and back cover were designed by Hipgnosis. As Storm Thorgerson stated 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".[ citation needed ] The front cover photograph was taken at Indian Route 42, Monument Valley, Arizona. [2]

Track listing

Songs written by Al Stewart unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Time Passages" (Al Stewart; Peter White) – 6:41
  2. "Valentina Way" – 4:04
  3. "Life in Dark Water" – 5:49
  4. "A Man for All Seasons" – 5:50
  5. "Almost Lucy" – 3:43
  6. "The Palace of Versailles" – 5:20
  7. "Timeless Skies" – 3:34
  8. "Song on the Radio" – 6:22
  9. "End of the Day" (Al Stewart; Peter White) – 3:11

Historical references



Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [11] Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA) [12] Platinum1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Related Research Articles

<i>No Heavy Petting</i> 1976 studio album by UFO

No Heavy Petting is the fifth studio album by English rock band UFO, released in 1976. It is the first UFO album to feature a full-time keyboard player as a member of the band, making this their first record as a five-piece band. While keyboardist Danny Peyronel only stayed in the band for this one album, he did co-write several tracks on the record.

<i>Tales of Mystery and Imagination</i> (Alan Parsons Project album) 1976 studio album by The Alan Parsons Project

Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe) is the debut studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released on 25 June 1976 in the United Kingdom by Charisma Records. The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe's macabre stories of the same name.

<i>Atlantic Crossing</i> 1975 studio album by Rod Stewart

Atlantic Crossing is the sixth studio album by English singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, released on 15 August 1975. It peaked at number one in the UK, and number nine on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Al Stewart</span> Scottish musician (born 1945)

Alastair Ian Stewart is a Scottish-born singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of characters and events from history.

<i>4</i> (Foreigner album) 1981 studio album by Foreigner

4, also known as Foreigner 4, is the fourth studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on July 3, 1981, on Atlantic Records. Several singles from the album were hits, including "Urgent", "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "Juke Box Hero".

<i>Greatest Hits</i> (Tom Petty album) 1993 greatest hits album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1993. It is Petty's best-selling album to date and was certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on April 28, 2015. The single "Mary Jane's Last Dance" became one of Petty's most popular songs, reaching No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The other new song on the album is a cover of the Thunderclap Newman hit "Something in the Air". The album contains no songs from 1987's Let Me Up . However, three songs from Petty's 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever were included.

<i>Be Yourself Tonight</i> 1985 studio album by Eurythmics

Be Yourself Tonight is the fourth studio album by British pop duo Eurythmics, released on 29 April 1985 by RCA Records.

<i>Peter Gabriel</i> (1977 album) Debut solo album by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel is the debut studio album by the English singer-songwriter and producer Peter Gabriel, released on 25 February 1977 by Charisma Records. After his departure from the progressive rock band Genesis was made public in 1975, Gabriel took a break to concentrate on his family life. In 1976, he began writing material for a solo album and met producer Bob Ezrin, who agreed to produce it. Gabriel hired several additional musicians to play on the album, including guitarist Robert Fripp and bassist Tony Levin. The album was later known as Peter Gabriel I or Car, referring to the album's artwork produced by Hipgnosis. Some music streaming services refer to it as Peter Gabriel 1: Car.

<i>Peter Gabriel</i> (1978 album) Second solo album by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released on 3 June 1978 by Charisma Records. Gabriel started recording the album in November 1977, the same month that he had completed touring in support of his debut solo release. He employed former King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, who was part of Gabriel's early touring band, to produce the album and incorporated his use of Frippertronics effects on the co-written "Exposure".

<i>Eve</i> (Alan Parsons Project album) 1979 studio album by The Alan Parsons Project

Eve is the fourth studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released on 27 August 1979 by Arista Records. The album's focus is on the strength and characteristics of women, and the problems they face in the world of men. It had originally been intended to focus on "great women in history", but evolved into a wider concept. The album name was the same as Eric Woolfson's mother in law.

<i>Greatest Hits</i> (1988 Fleetwood Mac album) 1988 greatest hits album by Fleetwood Mac

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 15 November 1988 by Warner Bros. Records. It covers the period of the band's greatest commercial success, from the mid-1970s to the late-1980s.

<i>Secret World Live</i> 1994 live album by Peter Gabriel

Secret World Live is the second live album and tenth album overall by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, released on 30 August 1994 in the UK. The album documents the concert experience of the Secret World Tour. A concert film of the same name was released simultaneously. Its track listing omits "Red Rain" and adds "San Jacinto" after "Blood of Eden".

<i>Year of the Cat</i> (album) 1976 studio album by Al Stewart

Year of the Cat is the seventh studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1976. It was produced and engineered by Alan Parsons. Its sales helped by the hit single "Year of the Cat", co-written by Peter Wood and described by AllMusic as "one of those 'mysterious woman' songs", the album was a top five hit in the United States. The other single from the album was "On the Border". Stewart wrote "Lord Grenville" about the Elizabethan sailor and explorer Sir Richard Grenville (1542–1591).

<i>Paid Vacation</i> (album) 1994 studio album by Richard Marx

Paid Vacation is the fourth studio album by American singer/songwriter Richard Marx, released in 1994.

<i>As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II</i> 2003 studio album by Rod Stewart

As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook, Volume II is Rod Stewart's second album of pop standards, and his 21st album overall. It was released on 14 October 2003 by J Records.

<i>Bloody Tourists</i> 1978 studio album by 10cc

Bloody Tourists is the sixth studio album by the English rock band 10cc, released worldwide by Mercury Records and in North America by Polydor Records in September 1978. Recorded at Strawberry Studios South in Dorking, the album was produced by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman.

<i>Live/Indian Summer</i> 1981 live album by Al Stewart

Live/Indian Summer is the first live album by Al Stewart, released in 1981. It was originally released as a double LP, with sides 2, 3 & 4 featuring live material while side 1 featured five new studio recordings. The side 1 tracks were recorded at Evergreen Studios, Los Angeles between June–August 1981, while the three live sides were recorded at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles in April 1981.

<i>Every Beat of My Heart</i> (Rod Stewart album) 1986 studio album by Rod Stewart

Every Beat of My Heart is the fourteenth studio album by Rod Stewart released in 1986 by Warner Bros. Records. The tracks were recorded at One on One Studios, Can Am Recorders, Cherokee Studios, The Village Recorder, The Record Plant, and Artisan Sound Recorders. The album produced four singles: "Love Touch", "Another Heartache", "In My Life", and "Every Beat of My Heart." In the United States, the album was released under the eponymous title of Rod Stewart.

<i>Soulbook</i> 2009 studio album by Rod Stewart

Soulbook is the 25th studio album by Rod Stewart. Like his previous five albums, Soulbook features Stewart singing old material; for this album he sings classic material from Motown and the soul genre. It was released on 17 October 2009 and was produced by Steve Tyrell, Steven Jordan and Chuck Kentis.

<i>Time</i> (Rod Stewart album) 2013 studio album by Rod Stewart

Time is the twenty-eighth studio album by Rod Stewart, it was released on 3 May 2013 in the UK, on 7 May in the US and Canada, and on 8 May in Japan under the title "Time: Toki no Tabibito" (タイム~時の旅人~). The album entered the top 10 in the US and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist, as his last studio album to reach the top spot was A Night on the Town in 1976. The album was certified platinum in the UK on 16 August 2013 and double-platinum on 29 December 2017. Overall, the album was the No. 7 best-selling album of 2013 in the UK. In the United States, the album has sold 141,000 copies as of September 2015.


  1. Allmusic review
  2. "Musical Maps".
  3. 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.
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 294. ISBN   0-646-11917-6.
  5. "Dutchcharts.nl – Al Stewart – Time Passages" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  6. "Offiziellecharts.de – Al Stewart – Time Passages" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  7. "Charts.nz – Al Stewart – Time Passages". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  8. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  9. "Al Stewart Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  10. "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. 1979. Archived from the original on 8 November 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  11. "British album certifications – Al Stewart – Time Passages". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  12. "American album certifications – Al Stewart – Time Passages". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved 2 April 2022.