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Foreigner [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine music 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious effort of variable quality 8 Nov 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Alien 8 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
With 1973's 'Foreigner,' Cat Stevens probed the opposite extreme of his most popular work, the short, sparsely-arranged, guitar-dominated songs of three years before. By now, he was using a standard band arrangement, preferring to use keyboards for his main texture, and the title track saw him exploring the 'suite' format beloved of many of his contemporaries. Far from being overloaded with bombast, however, 'Foreigner Suite' is light on its feet. Like all of the tracks here, it is unremarkable on the first listen, but grows on you with successive plays.

The subject matter is fairly limited, freedom, love and our environment being the main themes. Stevens's impassioned delivery makes up for some generally ordinary lyrics, while the dramatic feel of 'Later' makes it the most distinctive track. 'Foreigner' needs a little patience but is ultimately rewarding.
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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 21 days ago by Toggan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat/Yusuf at his best
I top rate this work of art because I think that it is the best album by this particular artist. It is different to his better known works, not so folksy, and is perhaps more... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bronstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusal one for Cat Stevens
Old school Cat. Always loved this one. I have the vinyl original but nothing to play it on. Had to get it again.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. W. Whitman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my collection
Some of the earliest records (vinyl LP's) I bought were by Cat Stevens. This is one I missed for some reason but really glad I've got it now. As always a great listen
Published 10 months ago by Mr Richard Gunstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Title track stands the test of time
The music just sweeps over you, the heartfelt lyrics, excellent musical arrangements, wonderful melodies all linked perfectly. Love it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Murray Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars best singer/songwriter ever
brilliant cd,get it in your collection.Foreigner suite is superb, brings back happy memories from the seventies will stand the test of time.
Published 18 months ago by Malcolm smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and experimental
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. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by D. J. Mortimer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition, fast delivery
I was very impressed with the condition of the item and the little time I had to wait to recieve it.
Thank you!
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Lucy Dale
2.0 out of 5 stars below par cat
cat stevens has always been a very frustrating artist for me. at his best, he is for sure one of the best, and he has turned out some truly beautiful songs over the years. Read more
Published on 2 July 2008 by The lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars There Are No Words
As a Cat Stevens fan I was drawn into the Foriegner and the pain and the suffering and anguish. 'I couldn't stand to face a day without you' pouring from every one of Cat Steven's... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2004 by "thegameman"
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