About 6 good songs here, the rest can be discarded. If these 20 songs are the "very best" I guess he wasn't nearly as good as I thought!
*Lyrics excerpt* - "Oh, very young.... What will you leave us this time?.... You're only dancing on this earth for a short time.... Oh, very young.... What will you leave us this time?"
Back in the days when Cat Stevens was still "Cat Stevens" (before his name change to Yusuf Islam, etc., etc.), I really liked a number of the songs that he wrote and performed.
To me, Stevens' easy-listening, folk-rock sound and his thoughtful lyrics were certainly a much-welcome change of pace from the usual heavy-metal rock'n'roll tunes that often dominated the airwaves in those somewhat turbulent years between 1968-1976.
This CD contains 20 of Cat Stevens' most memorable songs from a yesterday that has long since faded away into pop music history.
Putting aside any remarks about Cat Stevens changing his name to Yusuf Islam in 1977, along with his religious conversion to Islamic doctrines - I certainly have to say that (when it comes to his music) his overall output of memorable, high-quality tunes (between 1967-1977) was really quite impressive.
Born in London, England (1948) to a Greek father and a Swedish mother, Cat Stevens was initially christened at birth with the name of Steven Georgiou.
At the age of 19 Cat became determined to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter of popular music. After 3 years of struggling to have his songs recognized by the public, Stevens finally received worldwide attention and praise for his Tea For The Tillerman lp. which was triumphantly released in 1970.
This "Best Of" CD contains 20 tracks in all, which were recorded by Cat Stevens (along with accompanying musicians) between 1967-1977. Three of my favourite tunes in this compilation are - Moonshadow, Oh Very Young, and Wild World (*watch video*)
The old songs were great tunes as I remembered. The newer ones, those after he became Yusuf Islam in 1977, are less catchy in mho. Also, disappointed that he didn't incorporate more of the unique Mid-Eastern beat, such as "Majik of Majik" 2009 and "I've Got A Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old" 1990.
love his music, he might be a weirdo, but his music lives on !
i am soooooooo happy for yusuf islam a.k.a cat stevens aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh
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