1980 Al Stewart – 24 Carrots

24 Carrots is the ninth studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1980. This was 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 restaurant scenes hitting on a young waitress (played by Cassandra Peterson, prior to her fame as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).


1  Running Man (Al Stewart, Peter White) 5:11
2  Midnight Rocks (Al Stewart, Peter White) 3:56
3  Constantinople (Al Stewart, Peter White) 4:41
4  Merlin’s Time (Al Stewart, Peter White) 2:45
5  Mondo Sinistro (Al Stewart) 3:07
6  Murmansk Run/Ellis Island (Al Stewart) 7:15
7  Rocks In The Ocean (Al Stewart) 5:13
8  Paint By Numbers (Al Stewart) 5:31
9  Optical Illusion (Al Stewart) 3:28
10  Candy Came Back (Al Stewart) 3:45
11  The Ringing Of Bells (Al Stewart) 4:15
12  Tonton Macoute (Al Stewart) 4:11



BassRobin Lamble
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsSteve Chapman
DrumsMark Sanders
DrumsRuss Kunkel
DrumsBeau Segal
GuitarAl Stewart
GuitarPeter White
GuitarAdam Yurman
Acoustic GuitarAl Stewart
Acoustic GuitarPeter White
Acoustic GuitarRobin Lamble
KeyboardsBob Marlette
SynthesizerAl Stewart
SynthesizerPeter White
SynthesizerBob Marlette
FluteBryan Savage
SaxBryan Savage
HarpSylvia Woods
MandocelloRobin Williamson
ViolinJerry McMillan
Background VocalsKrysia Kristianne
Background VocalsAdam Yurman
Background VocalsRobin Lamble
PercussionRobin Lamble
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsAl Stewart

Liner Notes

Producer – Al Stewart, Chris Desmond
Producer (Executive) – Luke O’Reilly
Engineer (Assistant) – Brad Gilderman, Ernie Sheesley, Jeff Borgeson, Steve Grimmel
Mastered By – Jack Adams, Mike Reese

Art Direction, Design – Ria Lewerke
Artwork – Lanning Stern, Sue Reilly
Photography By – Gary Regester

Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Ltd.
Copyright (c) – RCA Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Frabjous Music
Copyright (c) – Approximate Music
Copyright (c) – Lobster Music
Manufactured By – RCA Ltd.
Produced For – Kinetic Productions Ltd.
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab