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The Very Best Of Cat Stevens [Original recording remastered]

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Audio CD
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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 (30 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0000DKKY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set surveys all of Stevens's stages, from the orchestrated late-1960s sides through his early-'70s peak to his more eclectic late-1970s experiments. Following the progression makes for an interesting endeavor as Stevens learns to harness his ambitious ideas with arrangements that don't obscure his rhapsodic messages. Few artists of his generation were more gifted when it came to plucking timeless melodies out of thin air, and his sumptuous voice was always able to movingly convey his bittersweet lyrics. As a career overview this set achieves its goal, hitting all of the chart successes along the way and basically defining his role as a sensitive '70s singer-songwriter, but some fans may opt for the classic early-'70s studio records, which find Stevens at his most consistently touching. --Marc Greilsamer

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A great compilation, especially if looking for your first CAT album - over 70 minutes on a CD that does live up to its title and represents money well spent, in my opinion.

Opening with the incredible 'Moonshadow', followed by the excellent 'Father and Son' then the haunting 'Morning has Broken' - you soon realise that this is not an average 'Best Of' album.

Along with:

'Wild World', 'The First Cut is the Deepest', 'Matthew and Son', 'Hard-Headed Woman', 'Can't Keep It In', '(Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard', 'Where do the Children Play?', 'Peace Train' and 'Another Saturday Night', this CD pack is exactly what the title says it is, for a change - simply the very best!

Presented in a cardboard cover, included with the CD is a 14-page pamphlet simply entitled 'Cat', detailing his life, the various albums and ending in a list of the 24 tracks on this CD.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Cat's pop music 2 Mar 2005
By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Born Steven Georgiou, he adopted the name Cat Stevens for his musical career but subsequently became a Muslim, quitting his musical career and changing his name again, this time to Yusuf Islam. This compilation of his music as Cat Stevens is as good as any you are likely to find.
Cat had a minor UK hit in 1966 (I love my dog) but established himself as a songwriter by providing the Tremeloes with their first hit since Brian Poole left them (Here comes my baby) and by providing P P Arnold with her first hit (First cut is the deepest). Those hits were both in 1967, the year in which Cat had his first major hit as a singer, when Matthew and son peaked at number two in the UK. It was the biggest hit he ever had. He had another top ten UK hit (I'm gonna get me a gun) and two minor hits (A bad night, Kitty) in 1967 but none of those hits are included here. Actually, despite their hit status, they aren't really important.
Cat left his original label (Deram) and signed to Island, after which he recorded a series of albums that won him international acclaim. Although he placed six singles on the UK charts, all included here, his reputation ultimately rests with his albums. This explains why so many of his fans do not like compilations of his music, preferring the original albums.
Nevertheless, there is a market for compilations and there are plenty of people who don't want (or can't afford) to collect Cat's original albums. So here you get those hits (Lady D'Arbanville, Moon shadow, Morning has broken, Can't keep it in, Another Saturday night, Remember the days of the old school yard) as well as other classic tracks such as Peace train, Father and son, Wild world and Cat's own versions of Here comes my baby and First cut is the deepest.
If you want just one Cat Stevens collection, make it this one - but if you decide to collect his original albums instead, start with Tea for the tillerman or Teaser and the firecat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! 26 July 2014
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a very decent collection of Cat's songwriting abilities, spanning 60's-80's Almost all of his best known, or hit material is here, and the sound quality is very good, cut at quite a high level, so very immediate. There's also a booklet giving some helpful background to some of the price he had to pay for fame, and an update on where his life/career is now.
Sadly, although his album 'Foreigner' is give a short paragraph, none of the tracks on it appear in this collection. I think 'Later' from that album much better than some of the weaker tracks on here. In fact, I still enjoy the album as a whole, particularly 'Foreigner Suite', but that's probably just me...

Still a very good collection & recommended.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent value compilation, extending to 24 songs over 77 minutes, which pretty much lives up to its title. Four pop hits from 1967-68 are included for the sake of completeness, but their overblown arrangements are grating and only serve to emphasise the appealing simplicity and restraint of much of Cat Stevens' Island Records work from 1970-78. The weakest tracks in the collection are 'Don't be shy' and 'If you want to sing out', which although rarities not available on other albums certainly do not rank among Stevens' best work. Their place would have been better taken by the tracks 'Ready' and 'Two fine people' (which both appeared on his 1975 Greatest Hits album, the latter not being available anywhere else), or 'The hurt'. This CD has the same tracks as the earlier collection 'Remember Cat Stevens', with the exception of two substituted songs, both of which are improvements over the selection on 'Remember'. Altogether a collection well worth having, although for the committed Cat Stevens fan there is no substitute for all his original Island albums, which are now available in superb sounding remastered editions with all the original artwork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Stevens at his best 12 Oct 2014
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When I heard Cat Stevens in the late 1960's, his hits were 'I Love My Dog' and ' Matthew and Son'. Commercially successful but it took me a while to appreciate this man's enormous talents. From 'Wild World' to the emotional, 'First Cut is The Deepest' and then the poignant, 'Sitting', 'Hard Headed Woman', 'Ruby Love', 'Into White', it goes on and on. This is one man of talent. We know of his religious choice that is to be respected. What he has left is a legacy of expertise. He never seemed to receive the same appreciation as some of the the contempories of his time. It may be said that his recognition came too late. He has since recorded as Yusuf Islam but this 'Very Best' compilation is sheer brilliance. Chase down the original albums if these attract you. Cat Stevens has an immense talent. This is just a sample of his expertise. A man of musical skill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat is great
bought to replace damaged copy and just as good as the previous one - no surprises!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
Takes me back to my youth, not as good as I remembered Cat Stevens to be then. All the good stuff is on this disc.
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Very enjoyable. Very good value for money with interesting notes on Cat Stevens and what he has done since his name change and religious ethics.
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Published 13 days ago by Brian.m .johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars best of cat stevens
one of the best artists of the sixties and seventies great lyrics from a very talented man
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