Al Stewart’s sixth studio album, Past, Present & Future, is a concept album that explores the themes of history, time, and fate. The album is divided into three sections: “Past”, “Present”, and “Future”, and each section contains songs that explore a different aspect of the theme.
The “Past” section includes songs such as “Old Admirals”, “The Year of the Cat”, and “Roads to Moscow”. These songs tell stories of historical figures and events, and they often reflect on the passage of time and the inevitability of change.
The “Present” section includes songs such as “Soho (Needless to Say)” and “Time Passages”. These songs are more personal in nature, and they explore the themes of love, loss, and uncertainty.
The “Future” section includes songs such as “Nostradamus” and “The Way of the World”. These songs are more speculative in nature, and they explore the possibilities of the future and the role of human beings in shaping it.
Past, Present & Future is a beautifully crafted album that is both musically and lyrically impressive. Stewart’s songs are full of rich imagery and symbolism, and they offer a unique perspective on the human experience. The album is a must-listen for fans of folk rock, concept albums, and thoughtful songwriting.