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The Very Best Of Cat Stevens [Original recording remastered]

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Audio CD
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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 (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Hard Headed Woman 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Love My Dog 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Don't Be Shy 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Can't Keep It In 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen24. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out 2:460.99  Buy MP3 

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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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602498112090 -UNIVERSAL TVCD-24 TRACKS

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Cat's pop music 2 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 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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8 of 8 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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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 Brilliant Album! 26 Aug 2009
By Jacqui
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best album I have bought in a long time. Very refreshing and uplifting. I listen to it all the time in the car. It is fair to say that there isn't a bad track on it but my personal favourites are "Wild World" and "I Love My Dog". This CD is a must, everyone should have one!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 7 Jan 2005
By rona
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed CS's music in the seventies, but was to young to really appreciate his talent as a writer. I would sum up this album as unbeatable. Having had listened to this over and over again since Christmas, I love it even more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great memories, great tunes, never dates!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Surprise. 28 Dec 2003
By Mr. P. Tanner VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've never been a big fan of Mr Stevens but was surprised how many tunes I knew from the advertisement of this CD. On the strength of this I bought it, and Loved it! There isn't one bad song on the album. This is the easiest of easy listening. I found it relaxing and meaningful, some of his lyrics really do describe elements of everyday life.
I bought it and wasn't a fan, maybe you may be the same - Just try it and see.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 14 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful songs, wonderful singer! Timeless quality!
A beautiful compilation of Cat's greatest songs.
If you like this man's music you won't be disappointed.
Must be one of the most memorable singers of the 20th Century for the lyrics and melody of his music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... much I lkie listening to him and how many great songs he has...
Had forgotten how much I lkie listening to him and how many great songs he has written.I think even if you are not familiart with his work this will win you around.
Published 9 days ago by yorkie kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product does what is meant to do
Published 19 days ago by Richard Mainprice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fab Cd,,brings back many memories
Published 22 days ago by Mary
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Published 24 days ago by George Orfali
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
really happy with this contained more tracks than I thought. My children have been singing some of the songs in the car.
Published 1 month ago by motherof2boys
4.0 out of 5 stars For the fans
When I was young, Cat Setevens was young. I like his songs - a lot. These are the best of those songs.
Published 2 months ago by JLR
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wide world.
What a singer songwriter. This is the album to drive to - if you want a lift from the monotony of life, stick this on and your outlook will become positive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BookMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely singer
I love Cat Stevens music and this CD doesn't disappoint. Most of my favourites were included. He is one of the best easy listening singers about.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Mary E. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars good
If you like Cat Stephens, this is a good selection of his great songs. I bought this as a present and the recipient was very happy
Published 2 months ago by Colin P.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been blown away by how much i love this
I've been blown away by how much i love this gorgeous Cat Stevens album. It is musically rich - a true singer/songwriter treasure that takes the listener through a whole spectrum... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Romantic Reader
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