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The Very Best Of Cat Stevens

The Very Best Of Cat Stevens

4 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 1:17:04
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  • ASIN: B001KF0W5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,347 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 8 Dec 2004
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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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 Mar 2005
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 By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2014
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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 By A Customer on 23 Oct 2004
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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 By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2014
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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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