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  • Audio CD (30 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0000DKKY4
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Lista utworów: 1. MOONSHADOW 2. FATHER AND SON 3. MORNING HAS BROKEN 4. WILD WORLD 5. THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST (STEREO VERSION) 6. LADY D'ARBANVILLE 7. OH VERY YOUNG 8. MATTHEW & SON 9. SITTING 10. HARD HEADED WOMAN 11. I LOVE MY DOG 12. RUBYLOVE 13. DON'T BE SHY 14. CAN'T KEEP IT IN 15. HERE COMES MY BABY 16. INTO WHITE 17. (REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE) OLD SCHOOLYARD 18. WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY? 19. HOW CAN I TELL YOU 20. ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT 21. SAD LISA 22. JUST ANOTHER NIGHT 23. PEACE TRAIN

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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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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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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.

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'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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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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This is a great album of music - featuring 24 songs by Cat Stevens. It covers the period of his career from 1967 (with the release of the LP "Matthew and Son") through to 1978 (and his "Back to Earth" album). As such, it draws on Cat's material from his first 11 studio albums. This body of work presents an amazing and varied songbook - and Cat Steven's represented one the defining contributors to 1970's folk-rock and pop music. His work during this period was both critically and commercially successful - and, at times, artistically inspirational (especially the tracks on "Tea for the Tillerman" and "Teaser and the Firecat"). With so many wonderful songs to select from, compiling this 'very best of' Cat Stevens must have been a challenge.

This album presents both hit singles and lessor well known tracks from albums. The majority of the songs featured here are great - and the remainder are still good. This particular collection has been re-issued several times, and on each occasion the track listing has altered somewhat. I received the 2003 UK edition. It consists of the following songs:

1."Moonshadow" – 2:50
2."Father and Son" – 3:41
3."Morning Has Broken" – 3:20
4."Wild World" – 3:21
5."The First Cut Is the Deepest" – 3:01
6."Lady D'Arbanville" – 3:45
7."Oh Very Young" – 2:36
8."Matthew and Son" – 2:44
9."Sitting" – 3:14
10."Hard Headed Woman" – 3:49
11."I Love My Dog" – 2:19
12."Ruby Love" – 2:38
13."Don't Be Shy" – 2:51
14."Can't Keep It In" – 3:00
15."Here Comes My Baby" – 2:55
16."Into White" – 3:25
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