24 Carrots

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24 Carrots
Studio album by Al Stewart
Released 20 August 1980
Recorded May 1980 at Davlen Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 41:14
Label Europe: RCA
US: Arista(original release)
Razor & Tie (1994 reissue)
Collectors' Choice Music (2007 reissue)
Producer Chris Desmond, Al Stewart
Al Stewart chronology
Time Passages
(1978)
24 Carrots
(1980)
Live/Indian Summer
(1981)

24 Carrots is the ninth studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1980. This is Stewart's first album with his new band Shot in the Dark. Tracks 1-4 are co-written with Peter White. The single "Midnight Rocks" reached the top 30 on the Billboard charts in 1980, reaching #24. Two other singles were released from the album (Mondo Sinistro and Paint By Numbers). The album has been re-released in 2007 with bonus tracks.

Three music videos were created for the singles, with them featuring Stewart and backing band Shot in the Dark playing in a typical band set-up, although the Mondo Sinistro video also featured Stewart in some quirky scenes on a restaurant location.

Track listing[edit]

1980 Original LP edition[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Running Man"   5:12
2. "Midnight Rocks"   3:57
3. "Constantinople"   4:44
4. "Merlin's Time"   2:43
5. "Mondo Sinistro"   3:07
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Murmansk Run/Ellis Island"   7:18
2. "Rocks in the Ocean"   5:15
3. "Paint by Numbers"   5:29
4. "Optical Illusion"   3:24

1994 Razor & Tie edition bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Here in Angola"   4:39
2. "Pandora"   4:37
3. "Indian Summer"   3:33

2007 Collector's Choice Music edition bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Candy Came Back"   3:44
2. "The Ringing of Bells"   4:15
3. "Tonton Macoute"   4:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Al Stewart - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Peter White - Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Adam Yurman - Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Robin Lamble - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
  • Krysia Kristianne - Backing Vocals
  • Bryan Savage - Alto Sax, Flute
  • Harry Stinson - Backing Vocals
  • Ken Nicol - Backing Vocals
  • Robert Marlette - Keyboards, Synthesizer
  • Russell Kunkel - Drums
  • Mark Sanders - Drums
  • Jeff Porcaro - Drums
  • Steve Chapman - Drums
  • Beau Segal - Drums
  • Lenny Castro - Congas
  • Robin Williamson - Mandocello
  • Sylvia Woods - Celtic Harp
  • Jerry Mcmillan - Violin

Charts[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Albums 37

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Midnight Rocks" Singles 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. 24 Carrots reviewallmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.