The main attraction of Cat Stevens's first album, enhanced by bonuses of course, is the presence of four major hits. The music, largely orchestra-backed pop, is very dated and not what Stevens is renowned for, but it is entertaining. The unforgettable title track suggested that Stevens wanted to write more than just love songs, though there are several of those on this disc. The other two hits, 'I Love My Dog' and 'I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun' show two other sides of the singer, one gentle, but determined, the other belligerent. 'Here Comes My Baby' is the other hit, though it was The Tremeloes, not Stevens, who scored with it.
So what about the rest? It's a mixture of solid groove ('Baby Get Your Head Screwed On'), painterly observation ('Portobello Road') and throwaway pop/love songs ('Lady' and 'Come On And Dance'). Most of the tracks are fairly memorable, making this an ideal buy for lovers of mid-1960s pop.