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Foreigner Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both ... Read more in Amazon's Yusuf/Cat Stevens Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Aug. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00004VW0V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Foreigner Suite (Full Version)18:21Album Only
  2. The Hurt 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. How Many Times 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Later 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. 100 I Dream 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1. Foreigner Suite
2. The Hurt
3. How Many Times
4. Later
5. 100 I Dream

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Torode on 4 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
I give this album four stars because of the title track - "Foreigner Suite". This track is worth the price of the album alone and in my opinion is amongst the finest work that Cat Stevens has done. This track is pure feel good, warm, sunshine music - some 20 minutes or more!. This is the type of music you want to listen to on a winter's night, lock the door, turn up the heating and relax this track will soon transport you to the Carribean - and that's from a guy whose never been there!
The Hurt and How Many Times aren't too bad but the album slips away after that. But as I said before it is worth it for the title track alone. I played it to death when it first came out on Vinyl and still love it all this years later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jiri Schwarz on 7 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This gem, issued 1973, well belongs to Cat's most fruitful period - the early 70's - his creativity then culminated. The music, the lyrics, the rhythms (speaking of the Cyprian roots) were extremely straightforward, spontaneous, without any shadow of intelectualism. Many reviewers here put this album quite inappropriately as a then trendy prog rock attempt. In my opinion, this is a sad misunderstanding of what Cat actually did. It may be that only because the word "suite" appears in the title of the first track ("Foreigner Suite" - 18 min, i.e. half of the LP/reissued CD), some listeners may deem this to be something very experimental or overcomplicated. However, by no means can this record be compared to what the prog rock groups, such as Yes, Jethro Tull or ELP (as stated in the editorial Amazon.com review), produced by that time. Musically, this has nothing to do with the somewhat experimental music of that kind. The Foreigner Suite is, in fact, just a medley of altogether some 6 tunes, which are now and then connected by several tacts of full-blood music with typical Cat Stevens rhythms, usually produced by Cat's syncopating piano or by woodwinds. These tiny interludes naturally fit to the songs themselvelves; occasionally, one song simply turns to the other one even without this connecting material. Nevertheless, this is still the genuine, typical music of Cat Stevens of that time, full of positive energy and emotion. Only big masters with huge creativity can afford to only gently indicate a catchy motif, and without numerous repetitions and refrains, simply go further (after all, this applies to classical music as well). A lot of pop stars would make a 2-LP of these songs. Cat has made sketches of great melodies, and skilfully connected them into one functional composition.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Mortimer on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The first track here is wonderful, especially the last 5 minutes, with delightful music backing cat's emotional singing. Classic cat no doubt about that. More than I can say for the rest. I think Cat Stevens is perhaps too ambitious here. Nothing wrong with ambition, but that's if you can pull it off.

Cat should perhaps be congratulated for a change in style, where it really works in the first track, but the tracks next up feel fairly uninspired and aren't very exciting. The Hurt and How many times are a bit painful, and later and 100 I dream are only alright, making this below par cat. No matter how many times I listen I can't get into this album. I just listen to the first track, which doesn't make for much of an album. The album lacks cohesion, and there is too much musical confusion, compared to the winning simplicity of his other works. I don't really get what he is singing about either most of the time.

However, I don't think the drop in quality isn't as large as many make out. I'd give it 5 stars for effort. Cat was obviously feeling restless. Despite featuring some great vocals and instrumentation this album is slightly flawed. I give it 3 stars purely on the merit of the first track. I think there's too much weaker material. Not the first album to buy. You might want to buy the whole album to complete your collection. If you are new to Cat, you might want to buy teaser and the firecat instead, or his next album Buddha and the chocolate box, where he returns to his winning formula.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
For his fifth Island Records album after reinventing himself as a more poetic and philosophical singer-songwriter, Cat Stevens made some significant changes in his recording methods. Dispensing with Paul Samwell-Smith, who had produced his highly successful albums of recent years, he took on production duties himself, and went to Jamaica to record with a new group of seasoned session musicians (several from the USA) replacing most of the players from his previous albums. Perhaps Stevens considered that this new direction would give him a more 'serious', less overtly commercial identity than his preceding albums, and if so the experiment probably achieved its objectives. However, it is notable that for his next album after 'Foreigner', Samwell-Smith was back on board and the recording again largely returned to the more concise and accessible style of albums such as 'Tea for the tillerman' and 'Teaser and the firecat'. And although the new remastering compensates to some extent, the overall production sound of 'Foreigner' lacks something of the polish and cohesiveness of the Samwell-Smith productions.
The first half of the album (the original LP side 1) is occupied by the 18 minute 'Foreigner suite', which is one continuous musical piece essentially comprising variations on three undistinguished songs, with short musical interludes. The title 'Foreigner' seems to have no relevance to the lyrical content of the suite, and the whole concept is in reality much more lightweight than its title and length suggest.
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