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A Golden Age of singer/songwriters
on 11 March 2017
This album was one of a trio of albums, with Teaser and the Firecat and Mona Bone Jakon, that, after some success as a mainstream pop star, signalled the arrival of Cat Stevens as a major songwriting talent. For a period in the early seventies, these albums were continually on my turntable. His songs of love and peace resonated with those that were suffering the hangover from the counter-culture of the sixties before the cynicism and anger of punk exploded in the mid-seventies. For a teenager at that time, they were a great source of comfort and solace during such a hormonally-charged stage of life. Playing this album now, after all this time, you would expect to find it dated, but it isn't. The songs still sound fresh and full of hope. Cat Stevens was part of an extraordinary triumvirate of singer/songwriters signed to the Island label along with John Martyn and Nick Drake that now, looking back, can be seen as a golden age for the genre.