Al Stewart at The Great American Music Hall, Page 4

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AS: [About Between the Wars:] This is such an uncommercial thing. I mean, I have no idea how to sell this. ... But this is probably more like me than most of the other ones that I've done. [Somebody asks whether the songs that play on the radio aren't his favorites. He doesn't want to say. But he says that The Dark and the Rolling Sea is also like him, and he does play that on tours.]

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AS: [Talking with Asya about a song I didn't catch the name of. Al doesn't play it in concert because his favorite part is when the instruments go "baam baam" ...] I don't have anything to do that with, on the acoustic guitar, so it would sound lame. If I ever come across 5 trumpet players while I'm doing anything, who know the song, ...

Fan: Hire out the Empire Brass ...

AS: Tower of Power, something like that.

We're doing this thing for Christmas, which is all the outtakes, which is bloody awful, but you guys will get it. It's everything that wasn't good enough to go on my record, so trust me, it's pretty bad.

Fan: Bear Farmer's Song?

AS: Yes, Bear Farmer's Song is on it. It's the kind of stuff that you... Trust me, you don't want to hear it. I have a good title for it, it's going to be called "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time."

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[A fan hands Al a Blue Album to sign.]

AS: I do have some more virgin copies of the Blue Album. I have three or four stuck in a box at home.

Dan: Are you a port drinker? [He's angling to exchange more wine for a Blue Album.]

AS: Not in my right mind, but occasionally. Maybe at Christmas. But actually, after this [referring to the wine gift], if there's a way of getting one to you, I'll get it to you. Write me down an address on something. [To Asya:] I should send you one too; do you want a Blue Album?

Asya: I've got one! They got me one. Every year for my birthday I get something new of yours.

AS: I mean, I don't have many, but I've got a few. I'm always happy to swap a Blue Album for one of those! [Referring to the wine.]

[Al is handed something to sign, and he pretends to read it:] "Al Stewart, it's about time you shaped up and spent more time listening to the Incredible String Band."

Asya?: Can I ask you something? This is something that's been bugging me. Do you remember, at the Golden Gate Theater show, where you opened for The Band? You did a song, I think you said it was by the Incredible String Band...

AS: Yeah, Maybe Someday. It is Track One, Side One, of the very very first Incredible String Band album. And I played it because, I thought it was one of the most wonderful songs I'd ever heard. And the audience were like ...

Asya: They were there for The Band: they were all stoned by then.

AS: They were like, "Hey! Boogie!"

[I myself saw Al open for The Band at the Circle Star theater in Redwood City, California. Dave Nachmanoff was there too; that's where I first met him. It's also the first time I talked to Al: I left the concert after his set, went outside and found a back door, and he was there getting ready to leave.]

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