Anyone who has ever been entangled in the graceful arms of a woman from another country is enamored of this wistful anthem to the darkly sweet fragrance of mambo and that soft caress touched with danger not easily left behind. Perhaps Al Stewart's most accessible work, it captures the beauty of a woman in a poetry you can feel like a rain shower. The Year of the Cat is so fraught with images described with an elegant lyricism it is almost as hypnotic and enticing as a rain soaked dress clinging to fluid beauty only seen through the eyes of love. The listener is simply carried along a perfumed scented river until finding themselves back where they started, longing to begin the journey again. If the words are the vessel, then the music is the river it floats on, a piano and saxophone like currents rushing the listener towards a story of feminine intoxications. Stewart fills the tale with a wistfulness and understanding only time and distance from the heart's affair can afford. It turns the love story into a beautiful one only touched with melancholy rather than filled with sadness. It is for this reason the song is just as wonderful on a spring day or a winter's night. There are only a handful of songs recorded during the modern rock era which so transcend their origins they become a universal refrain that will remain fresh and germane decades from the moment they debuted on radio. Al Stewart's Year of the Cat is such a song, and belongs on everyone's playlist. Original Master tape and cutting lathe run at 16.666 rpm to allow better transfer of information (especially frequecy extremes). JVC Super Vinyl formulation. Can be played consecutively without damaging it which makes the first series of Mofi albums ideal for us audiophiles who love to change things and listen for differences. Hold it up to a light source and you'll find it is translucent. Has original stiff insert. Vinyl is in very good condition with some surface noise. I've played this a lot but it still sounds great. The cover has some serious edge wear (bottom is completely split). Price includes shipping media rate in the 48 states.