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Al Stewart's fifth studio album was released in the Autumn of 1973 and showed a different side to the singer/songwriter, who had up to that point demonstrated a much more folk oriented feel. Gone were the furry coats and Kaftans that adorned the covers of Stewart's previous LPs, replaced by a rather dapper three piece tweed suit on this LP, coming over all Lord of the Manor suddenly. Each of the songs is said to represent each of the decades of the twentieth century and as it was recorded in the early 1970s, there are but eight songs on the record. Possibly the most notable song on the LP is the epic Nostradamus, the doctor and seer who allegedly prophesised many of the notable events during the century.