The Very Best of Cat Stevens


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4.00 star(s) Rating: 4.00/5 1 Vote
Title: The Very Best of Cat Stevens
Artist: Cat Stevens
Genre: Folk
Released: 2000

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 & Son - 2:44
9 - Sitting - 3:14
10 - Hard Headed Woman - 3:49
11 - I Love My Dog - 2:19
12 - Rubylove - 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
17 - (Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard - 2:43
18 - Where Do the Children Play? - 3:52
19 - How Can I Tell You - 4:28
20 - Another Saturday Night - 2:28
21 - Sad Lisa - 3:42
22 - Just Another Night - 3:51
23 - Peace Train - 4:12
24 - If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out - 2:46

It is impossible to compile a single-disc greatest-hits compilation for Cat Stevens that will come close to satisfying all of his admirers. The Very Best of Cat Stevens is the fifth major attempt to do so and, like its predecessors, it is challenged by its subject's success. Remember Cat Stevens: The Ultimate Collection is the longest of the five (24 tracks) and may be the most comprehensive. But The Very Best of Cat Stevens, released just a year later, has several advantages that make it more appealing. To begin with, it is the only compilation to sequence chronologically songs from every one of Stevens' albums, including the experimental Foreigner. It also contains the delightful folk creed "The Wind," which was a glaring omission from the so-called Ultimate Collection. Most significantly, it contains the previously unreleased "I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old." Stevens recorded a demo of the song during the Mona Bone Jakon sessions in 1970, but it never saw the light of day until it was remixed for this collection. Perhaps this was because it was considered too eccentric for public consumption, straddling the line between the hook-rich pop of Stevens' '60s records and the groundbreaking folk-rock of his '70s efforts. If so, the public was vastly underestimated. The song is a buried treasure that fits in perfectly in the company of Stevens' best work.
Out of all his music I thin Father and Son must be one of the best he has done
It was a real shame that he decided to leave the entertainment industry (and changed his name to Yusuf Islam) for the length of time he did. He could have had an astounding career.

A lot of people don't know that the piano in Morning Has Broken was played by Rick Wakeman from Yes.
It was a shame that he did move on the way he did and now some people feel they cannot support him because of it.

I did not know that it was Rick Wakeman playing here
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