Time Passages

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Time Passages
Time passages.jpg
Studio album by Al Stewart
Released September 1978 (US), November 1978 (UK)
Recorded June 1978 at Davlen Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, soft rock, folk
Length 44:38
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Time Passages" – 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" – 3:11

Historical references[edit]

  • "A Man For All Seasons" refers to Sir Thomas More, statesman under Henry VIII of England (misidentified by Stewart as "Henry Plantagenet"[2]) and a Catholic martyr.
  • "The Palace of Versailles", the former residence of the French Kings and a key site in early days of the French Revolution. The lyrics contain specific allusions to many events and figures of the revolution.
  • "Life in Dark Water" - references the Mary Celeste, questioning the usage of the inaccurate term "Marie Celeste".


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Albums 10

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Time Passages" Pop singles 7
1979 "Time Passages" Adult contemporary 1
1979 "Song on the Radio" Pop singles 29



The album's front and back cover were designed by Hipgnosis. As Storm Thorgerson explained 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]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ 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.