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Harold And Maude (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Deluxe)

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

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One of the keys to the success of Hal Ashby's quixotic black comedy masterpiece, Harold and Maude, was the music of Cat Stevens. As with so many things with Stevens, the story of his contributions has a twist. Concerned at the time about the soundtrack sounding like a greatest hits collection, Stevens refused to let Director Hal Ashby and Paramount Pictures release it as an album. Along with seven previously released Stevens tunes—"On The Road To Find Out," "I Wish, I Wish," "Miles From Nowhere," "Tea for the Tillerman," "I Think I See The Light," "Trouble," and "Where Do The Children Play?"—two new songs, "Don't Be Shy" and the film's theme song, "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" (both unreleased until 1984’s Footsteps in the Dark compilation) and snippets of Tchaikovsky and Strauss were added; the full soundtrack was not released until 2007. New on this first-time digital release are six dialogue interludes, including the first meeting between teenaged Harold and septuagenarian Maude as she is in the process of stealing a car, which give a hint of how the music was integrated with the film, particularly lyrically. "Where Do the Children Play?" intuitively grasps the film's central meanings: "Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry? Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?" When "Trouble" plays behind the scenes of Harold grieving after Maude's death, the lyrics—hitched to one of the melodies that seemingly came so easily to Stevens then—exquisitely express what the film's remaining character is clearly feeling: "Oh trouble can't you see/ You have made me a wreck/ Now won't you leave me in my misery?" Like much in life, the soundtrack to Harold and Maude succeeds by virtue of great timing; Stevens was at the height of his powers and also the right person intellectually and emotionally to appreciate the film's message of living life to its fullest. Rarely has a soundtrack been this integral to a film's success. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Don't Be Shy
Cat Stevens
00:02:49

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1984 Cat-O-Log Records

2
Dialogue 1 (I Go To Funerals) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:00:23

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

3
On The Road To Find Out (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:05:06

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I Wish, I Wish (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:03:45

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 in B (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Harold And Maude Studio Orchestra
00:01:26

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Harold And Maude Studio Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

6
Dialogue 2 (How Many Suicides) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:00:29

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

7
Marching Band / Dialogue 3 (Harold Meets Maude) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:01:12

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

8
Miles From Nowhere (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:03:34

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Tea For The Tillerman (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:01:00

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
I Think I See The Light (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:03:54

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Dialogue 4 (Sunflower) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:00:52

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

12
Where Do The Children Play? (Edit / From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:03:19

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Ruth Gordon & Bud Cort Vocal Version / From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:01:44

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ruth Gordon, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bud Cort, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

14
Strauss' Blue Danube (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Harold And Maude Studio Orchestra
00:00:36

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Johann Strauss II, ComposerLyricist - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Harold And Maude Studio Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

15
Dialogue 5 (Somersaults) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:00:16

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

16
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Cat Stevens
00:02:43

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1984 Cat-O-Log Records

17
Dialogue 6 (Harold Loves Maude) (From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:00:55

Cat Stevens, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

18
Trouble (Remastered 2020)
Cat Stevens
00:02:43

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

19
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Ending / From 'Harold And Maude' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cat Stevens
00:02:04

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Paramount Pictures LLC

20
Don't Be Shy (Demo)
Cat Stevens
00:02:41

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

21
I Wish, I Wish (Studio Demo)
Cat Stevens
00:03:23

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

22
Miles From Nowhere (Demo Version)
Cat Stevens
00:03:14

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Cat-O-Log Records

23
I Think I See The Light (Studio Demo)
Cat Stevens
00:03:49

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

24
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Demo)
Cat Stevens
00:02:59

Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

25
Trouble (Studio Demo)
Cat Stevens
00:02:41

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

26
You Can Do (Whatever)!
Cat Stevens
00:03:10

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Hefti, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mazen Murad, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maartin Allcock, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kwame Yeboah, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Cat-O-Log Records

27
Don't Be Shy (No Piano / Alternate Take)
Cat Stevens
00:02:55

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Cat-O-Log Records

Album review

One of the keys to the success of Hal Ashby's quixotic black comedy masterpiece, Harold and Maude, was the music of Cat Stevens. As with so many things with Stevens, the story of his contributions has a twist. Concerned at the time about the soundtrack sounding like a greatest hits collection, Stevens refused to let Director Hal Ashby and Paramount Pictures release it as an album. Along with seven previously released Stevens tunes—"On The Road To Find Out," "I Wish, I Wish," "Miles From Nowhere," "Tea for the Tillerman," "I Think I See The Light," "Trouble," and "Where Do The Children Play?"—two new songs, "Don't Be Shy" and the film's theme song, "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" (both unreleased until 1984’s Footsteps in the Dark compilation) and snippets of Tchaikovsky and Strauss were added; the full soundtrack was not released until 2007. New on this first-time digital release are six dialogue interludes, including the first meeting between teenaged Harold and septuagenarian Maude as she is in the process of stealing a car, which give a hint of how the music was integrated with the film, particularly lyrically. "Where Do the Children Play?" intuitively grasps the film's central meanings: "Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry? Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?" When "Trouble" plays behind the scenes of Harold grieving after Maude's death, the lyrics—hitched to one of the melodies that seemingly came so easily to Stevens then—exquisitely express what the film's remaining character is clearly feeling: "Oh trouble can't you see/ You have made me a wreck/ Now won't you leave me in my misery?" Like much in life, the soundtrack to Harold and Maude succeeds by virtue of great timing; Stevens was at the height of his powers and also the right person intellectually and emotionally to appreciate the film's message of living life to its fullest. Rarely has a soundtrack been this integral to a film's success. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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