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Sparks of Ancient Light

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Released  15 September 2008
Artist  Al Stewart
Producer  Laurence Juber
Genre  Folk music
Sparks of Ancient Light (2008)  Uncorked (2009)
Release date  15 September 2008
Label  EMI Electrola
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Sparks of Ancient Light is the sixteenth studio album by Al Stewart, released on 15 September 2008. Like many of Stewart's works, the album's songs deal with historical figures, including British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. According to Stewart, the songs all deal with the themes of "certainty and uncertainty." A music video for "Elvis at the Wheel," shot in Arizona, was released in December 2013.


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Critical reception

Allmusic reviewer Richie Unterberger praised the production on the album. He wrote: "Stewart's principal strengths – pleasant haunting melodies, mellifluous vocals, accomplished folk guitar work, and literate, historical-minded lyrics – stand at the forefront, undiminished by extraneous arrangements."

Track listing

  1. "Lord Salisbury" - 3:26
  2. "(A Child's View Of) The Eisenhower Years" - 3:11
  3. "The Ear of the Night" - 3:06
  4. "Hanno the Navigator" - 4:17
  5. "Shah of Shahs" - 5:03
  6. "Angry Bird" - 2:42
  7. "The Loneliest Place on the Map" - 3:31
  8. "Sleepwalking" - 4:31
  9. "Football Hero" - 5:38
  10. "Elvis at the Wheel" - 3:10
  11. "Silver Kettle" - 3:56
  12. "Like William McKinley" - 4:15


  • Laurence Juber: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
  • Jim Cox: Organ, Piano
  • John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro: Percussion, Drums
  • Eric Gorfain: Violin
  • Daphne Chen: Violin
  • Leah Katz: Viola
  • Richard Dodd: Cello
  • Rick Baptist: Trumpet
  • Production

  • Laurence Juber: Arranger, Producer, Engineer
  • Greg Townley: Engineer, Mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt: Mastering
  • Buzz Person: Photography
  • Aaron Walk: Assistant
  • Steve Chapman: Management
  • Songs

    1Lord Salisbury3:26
    2(A Child's View of) the Eisenhower Years3:11
    3The Ear of the Night3:06


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