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Excellent value remastered compilation of Cat Stevens,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Very Best Of Cat Stevens (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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Initial post: 1 Jul 2009 13:08:38 BDT
Horace Wimp says:
Sorry but i love 'Don't be shy' and 'If you want to sing out'....simple, beautiful songs and better than some on the cd. Each to his own.
Posted on 2 Apr 2016 23:05:01 BDT
John Lamb says:
How could a Cat Stevens best of miss Time/fill my eyes .
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