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Cat Stevens Box Set [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1: THE CITY:
    1. Back to the Good Old Times
    2. I Love My Dog
    3. Portobello Road
    4. Here Comes My Baby
    5. Matthew & Son
    6. Temp, The
    7. I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun
    8. School Is Out
    9. Bad Night, A
    10. Laughing Apple, The
    11. Kitty
    12. Blackness of the Night
    13. First Cut Is the Deepest, The
    14. Northern Wind
    15. Moonstone
    16. Come on Baby (Shift That Log)
    17. Lovely Cry (When Do I Laugh?)
    18. Here Comes My Wife
    19. View From the Top, The
    20. Where Are You
    21. If Only Mother Could See Me Now
    22. Honey Man
    23. Joke, The
    0. DISC 2: THE SEARCH:
    1. Time / Fill My Eyes
    2. Lady D'Arbanville
    3. Trouble
    4. Pop Star
    5. Katmandu
    6. Lilywhite
    7. I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old
    8. Where Do the Children Play?
    9. Wild World
    10. Sad Lisa
    11. On the Road to Find Out
    12. Father and Son
    13. Love Lives in the Sky
    14. Don't Be Shy
    15. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
    16. Day They Make Me Tsar, The
    17. Wind, The
    18. Moonshadow
    19. Morning Has Broken
    20. How Can I Tell You
    21. Peace Train
    22. I Want to Live in a Wigwam
    0. DISC 3: THE HURT:
    1. Crab Dance
    2. Sitting
    3. Silent Sunlight
    4. Angelsea
    5. Can't Keep It In
    6. 18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)
    7. Hurt, The
    8. Foreigner Suite
    9. Oh Very Young
    10. Music
    11. Sun/C79
    12. King of Trees
    13. Bad Penny
    14. Lady D'Arbanville
    15. Another Saturday Night
    0. DISC 4: THE LAST:
    1. Whistlestar
    2. Novim's Nightmare
    3. Majik of Majiks
    4. Banapple Gas
    5. Blue Monday
    6. Doves - (Majikat Earth Tour Theme Song)
    7. Hard Headed Woman
    8. Tuesday's Dead
    9. Ruins
    10. (Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard
    11. Life
    12. (I Never Wanted) To Be a Star
    13. Child For a Day
    14. Just Another Night
    15. Daytime
    16. Last Love Song
    17. Never
    18. Father and Son
    19. God Is the Light
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 983 932

  • Credits
    EngineerMichael Bobak

    This deluxe 4-CD box includes a 96-page booklet with photo collages and lyrics as well as an autobiogaphical essay and song-by-song commentary by
    Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam).
    Personnel includes: Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Elton John, Raihan (vocals); Larry Steele (guitar, bass, congas, percussion); Alun Davies; Phil Upchurch, Jim Ryan, Mark Warner, Simon Nichol (guitar); Roland Harker (banjo); John Rostein (violin): Andreas, Toumazis, Angelos Hatzipavli (bouzouki); Peter Gabriel (flute); Gordie Fleming (accordion); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Rick Wakeman, Chick Corea (piano); Jean Roussel, Barry Beckett (keyboards); John Ryan, Alan James, Paul Martinez, Herbie Flowers, Bruce Lynch (bass); Harvey Burns, Gerry Conway (drums, percussion); Bernard Purdie, Andy Newmark (drums); Chico Batera (percussion); Linda Lewis, Patti Austin, Lewis Furey, Tasha Thomas, Art Garfunkel, Luther Vandross (background vocals).
    Producers: Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Mike Hurst, Paul Samwell-Smith,
    David Kershenbaum, Farihin Abdul Fattah.
    Compilation producers: Bill Levenson, Daniel Gordon.
    Recorded between 1965 and 1997. Includes liner notes and song commentary by Bill DeYoung and Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam).
    Digitally remastered by Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound, New York, New York) & Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
    Personnel: Cat Stevens (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Alun Davies (guitar); John Rostein (violin); Peter Gabriel (flute); Jean Roussel, Rick Wakeman (keyboards); John Ryan (bass instrument); Gerry Conway, Harvey Burns (drums).
    Cat Stevens was a cultural force in the 1970s, and anybody growing up around that time was fed a steady diet of Stevens hits. This box set--Stevens's first--aspires to be the definitive Cat Stevens collection, and for the most part it is, covering his career highlights ("Peace Train," "Moonshadow," "Wild World," and "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out," among many others) over four discs.
    While Stevens's simplistic imagery, tailor made for sing-alongs around a camp fire, may not have aged particularly well, his knack for a catchy melody and indelible lyrical conceit are hard to deny. There is a restless longing and pained soul-searching at the heart of even his most popular work, and the collection's sequencing and the titles of each disc-- "The Search," "The Hurt"--reflect this intensity, as does his Stevens's eventual conversion to Islam.
    Note: The one glaring oversight here is the omission of "Trouble," one of the Cat man's best songs and the aural centerpiece of his stellar soundtrack for the 1972 movie HAROLD AND MAUDE. It's an essential tune for Stevens fans both old and new.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.130) - "...His best moments have grown in stately beauty and clarity..." - Rating: B-
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