Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
Label: A&M Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Cover: VG++ In Shrink, includes sticker (see our pic)
Includes original Poster which is a calender and has lyrics for each month of the year ( see pic)
Style: Classic Rock
A1 Wild World 3:19
A2 Oh Very Young 2:35
A3 Can't Keep It In 2:59
A4 Hard Headed Woman 3:47
A5 Moonshadow 2:48
A6 Two Fine People 3:32
B1 Peace Train 3:44
B2 Ready 3:13
B3 Father & Son 3:38
B4 Sitting 3:11
B5 Morning Has Broken 3:17
B6 Another Saturday Night 2:27
Written-By - Sam Cooke
Producer - Cat Stevens (tracks: A2, A6, B2, B6) , Paul Samwell-Smith
Written-By - Cat Stevens (tracks: A1 to B4)
Manufactured and distributed by A&M Records Canada, Ltd.
During the seventies, a young man with a deft knack for beautiful melody and a questing for spiritual focus wrote songs like "Peace Train," "Moon Shadow," "Wild World" and one of the most uplifting songs of all time, "Morning Has Broken." Cat Stevens had the voice, the musicianship and the earnestness to capture the hearts of listeners for the better part of a decade. His message was so universal that his biggest hits crossed radio boundaries and international borders. All Stevens' best known American hits are collected here. Main selling points here, the songs "Two Fine People" was done specifically for this album, and "Ready," a non-hit from "Buddha and The Chocolate Box."
It was a bout with TB that brought Stevens into focus and transformed his style. As a teenage pop singer, he was coming across as a Mccartney clone or even like a Bee Gee. But once he recovered from his illness, the music became based more on guitar and piano melodies and the lyrics tried to convey more spiritual messages. "Teaser and The Firecat" and "Tea For The Tillerman" were the American breakthroughs; with the unforgettable "Peace Train" and "Wild World," and Stevens' had become a star.
That star life began to nag him with doubts, which led to more introspection. "Oh Very Young," asks how you would feel about your life if you knew you would be gone tomorrow. It led to such songs as a remake of "Another Saturday Night" and (though not included here) "Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard." Finally, in 1977 and his discovery of the Muslim faith, he pulled the plug.
This "Greatest Hits" captures not only the innocence of Stevens' quest, but also his transformation. If you have followed his post Cat life as Yusef Islam deeper than the headlines, you know that he has tithed is earnings to charities (primarily to children and orphans' groups, including UNICEF). He's also spoken out and written editorials condemning fanatical terrorist actions, writing after 9/11 "No right-thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action. The Quran equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity." (He also donates a portion of his box-set royalties to 9/11 family charity groups.) But as recent events have proven again, people of peace are considered dangerous if powerful men don't like the words. Stevens joins such men as John Lennon, Bruce Cockburn and The Clash as musicians who found themselves on the wrong side of policy makers and Visa Checkers.
I pulled my old album out not just because I remember this music with a lot of fondness, but because it sends a message (albeit as small one): we're not all idiots.
Cat Stevens - Wild World
Cat Stevens is amazing.
Cat Stevens - Father & Son
such a poignant song...one of my favourites. just beautiful
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
Cat Stevens - Moonshadow
We love this wonderful song...
Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken - Live 1973
this man is a legend
Cat Stevens - Peace Train (live)
Feel the passion!