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The Very Best Of Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens

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It is impossible to compile a single-disc greatest-hits compilation for Cat Stevens that will come close to satisfying all of his admirers. The Very Best of Cat Stevens is the fifth major attempt to do so and, like its predecessors, it is challenged by its subject's success. Remember Cat Stevens: The Ultimate Collection is the longest of the five (24 tracks) and may be the most comprehensive. But The Very Best of Cat Stevens, released just a year later, has several advantages that make it more appealing. To begin with, it is the only compilation to sequence chronologically songs from every one of Stevens' albums, including the experimental Foreigner. It also contains the delightful folk creed "The Wind," which was a glaring omission from the so-called Ultimate Collection. Most significantly, it contains the previously unreleased "I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old." Stevens recorded a demo of the song during the Mona Bone Jakon sessions in 1970, but it never saw the light of day until it was remixed for this collection. Perhaps this was because it was considered too eccentric for public consumption, straddling the line between the hook-rich pop of Stevens' '60s records and the groundbreaking folk-rock of his '70s efforts. If so, the public was vastly underestimated. The song is a buried treasure that fits in perfectly in the company of Stevens' best work.
© Evan Cater /TiVo

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1
Matthew & Son (Stereo Version)
00:02:42

Cat Stevens, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alan Tew, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hurst, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

2
The First Cut Is The Deepest (Stereo Version)
00:03:00

Cat Stevens, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Phil Dennys, Musical Director - Mike Hurst, Producer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Lady D'Arbanville
00:03:42

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

℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I've Got A Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old (Alternate Mix)
00:02:41

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Hicks, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

5
Wild World
00:03:20

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Where Do The Children Play?
00:03:51

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

℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Hard Headed Woman
00:03:47

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

℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Father And Son
00:03:40

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

℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
The Wind
00:01:42

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

℗ 1971 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Morning Has Broken
00:03:20

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Eleanor Farjeon, ComposerLyricist - Cat Stevens, Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Moonshadow
00:02:50

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

℗ 1971 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Peace Train
00:04:11

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

℗ 1971 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Sitting
00:03:13

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Mandolin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gerry Conway, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alan James, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Can't Keep It In
00:03:01

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

℗ 1972 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Foreigner Suite (Excerpt 2000)
00:07:19

Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mike Bobak, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

16
Oh Very Young
00:02:35

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

℗ 1974 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

17
Another Saturday Night
00:02:29

Sam Cooke, ComposerLyricist - Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

18
Majik Of Majiks
00:04:31

Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1975 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

19
(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard
00:02:44

Cat Stevens, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer

℗ 1977 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

20
Just Another Night
00:03:50

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

℗ 1978 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

It is impossible to compile a single-disc greatest-hits compilation for Cat Stevens that will come close to satisfying all of his admirers. The Very Best of Cat Stevens is the fifth major attempt to do so and, like its predecessors, it is challenged by its subject's success. Remember Cat Stevens: The Ultimate Collection is the longest of the five (24 tracks) and may be the most comprehensive. But The Very Best of Cat Stevens, released just a year later, has several advantages that make it more appealing. To begin with, it is the only compilation to sequence chronologically songs from every one of Stevens' albums, including the experimental Foreigner. It also contains the delightful folk creed "The Wind," which was a glaring omission from the so-called Ultimate Collection. Most significantly, it contains the previously unreleased "I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old." Stevens recorded a demo of the song during the Mona Bone Jakon sessions in 1970, but it never saw the light of day until it was remixed for this collection. Perhaps this was because it was considered too eccentric for public consumption, straddling the line between the hook-rich pop of Stevens' '60s records and the groundbreaking folk-rock of his '70s efforts. If so, the public was vastly underestimated. The song is a buried treasure that fits in perfectly in the company of Stevens' best work.
© Evan Cater /TiVo

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