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Reflector #43: Al Stewart – “King Of Portugal”

The Scottish-born Al Stewart started his career as far as the late ‘sixties’60s and released 15 studio albums since. What leaps out from his extensive folk-rock repertoire is how the songs are often loaded with geographical and historical references.

Stewart is also known for his oenophilia. 

The track “King of Portugal” — a single extracted off the Last Days Of The Century in 1988 – is a pretty good example of that. Not just because of his imagination of the historically extinct job in the title, but also about how he describes the granite hills of Dão / With a vineyard spread in front of me.

He seems to be a connoisseur, in spite of the Spanish guitar added to the song and the phony Miss Portugal in the video…

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