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Producers include: Mike Hurst, Paul Samwell-Smith, Cat Stevens. Compilation producer: Bill Levinson. Digitally remastered by Ted Jensen. Personnel: Cat Stevens (vocals). Audio Mixer: Paul Hicks. Liner Note Author: Malu Halasa. Photographers: G. Hanekroot; Michael Putland; David Redfern. Before converting to Islam in 1978, the British-born Cat Stevens blazed the trail for the sensitive singer-songwriter movement that got its start in the earlier part of the decade. Containing both early and late representations of Stevens' impressive canon, VERY BEST OF surpasses the wildly popular GREATEST HITS collection that preceded it. Starting with the more lushly orchestrated material of the late 60s ("Matthew & Son," "The First Cut Is The Deepest" which Rod Stewart turned into a mid-70s hit), this collection captures Stevens' transformation into an introspective artisan who succeeded with a unique brand of folk-pop. Moving from a rumored ode to actress Patti D'Arbanville ("Lady D'Arbanville" featuring flutist Pete...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Matthew and Son
2. First Cut Is the Deepest
3. Lady d'Arbanville
4. I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old (previously unreleased)
5. Wild World
6. Where Do the Children Play?
7. Hard Headed Woman
8. Father and Son
9. Wind
10. Morning Has Broken
11. Moonshadow
12. Peace Train
13. Sitting
14. Can't Keep It In
15. Foreigner Suite (excerpt)
16. Oh Very Young
17. Another Saturday Night
18. Majik of Majiks
19. (Remember the Days of The) Old Schoolyard
20. Just Another Night
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Label:  A&M (USA)
ArtistCat Stevens
Release Date:  March 28, 2000
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review by . June 14, 2003
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Great introduction to Stevens' music; songs which speak on many levels     Cons: Takes some getting used to     The Bottom Line: Support Muslim Aid!      My interest in Cat Stevens’ music stemmed directly from my reversion to Islam, and anyone who reads this can probably guess why. Anytime someone asks about famous Muslims, the first name to pop out of their mouths is most likely going to be Yusuf Islam. Cat Stevens. Even before …
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