Cat Stevens- where to begin?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Keith V, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I’ve been a casual fan of Cat/Yusuf since I was little in the 70s. I bought the Greatest Hits CD at some point. I found a USB with all his albums. I’m listening to Tea and Teaser but where should I go from there?
     
  2. jmobrien68

    jmobrien68 Forum Resident

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    I've always liked "Buddha and The Chocolate Box"
     
  3. 'Catch Bull At Four' would be a safe bet. Good songs coupled with good sound. Maybe his best album.

    'Foreigner' is interesting. It includes the side-,long ' Foreigner Suite' which I initially thought was meandering and somewhat dull until I came to my senses and saw it for the brilliant composition it clearly is.
     
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  4. crp207

    crp207 Forum Resident

    Teaser
    Tea
    Buddha
    Mona
    Foreigner
    Catch Bull
    At least that’s my order
     
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  5. folkfreak

    folkfreak The cold blooded penguin

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    My first album was Tea for the Tillerman, that I had already as a child and I still love it.
    I know that I am in the minority but I also absolutely adore the run Numbers to Back to earth...
     
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  6. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

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    Tea is a great start, Teaser and the Firecat is also at this level, the rest??? not as good as those two, in my most humble opinion....

    two killer albums is a heck of an accomplishment :D
     
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  7. Keith todaro

    Keith todaro Forum Resident

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    I recently added (again) Mona Bone Jakon to the collection…it is better than I remembered and, to me, better than any recent releases from the artist.
     
  8. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

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    and always open to a recommendation to give another listen to something i already own :D

    thanks be to this board and those that dwell therein...
     
  9. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

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    Great to see some love for the Foreigner Suite.
     
  10. That's actually a great album.
    I have a pet theory that it would have been a much bigger hit if it had:
    1) a better album title
    2) a better album cover
     
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  11. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

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    I think there are two perfectly correct answers to this:

    Original “Greatest Hits” and “Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Vol. 2”

    or

    Mona Bone Jakon ->
    Tea For The Tillerman ->
    Teaser And The Firecat
     
  12. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

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    Cambridge, MA
    Mona
    Tea
    Teaser
    Catch Bull

    Those are far and away his best four albums. Start with these.
     
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  13. Seabass

    Seabass Old Git

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    Devon, England
    ….and then it’s downhill :)
     
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  14. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

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    I can recommend The Laughing Apple, released in 2017. It has a mixture of new songs and reworkings of some songs from very early in his career when signed to the Decca label.
     
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  15. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

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    I'd swop Mona Bone Jakon for Tea For The Tillerman, the album that he's most famous for.
     
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  16. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

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    Yeah, duh. Brain fart. I should have included Tea on the list as well. But I agree with you.
     
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  17. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

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    I think Catch Bull is where he hit the sweet spot.
     
  18. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. A bird that can't fly.

    You've already began.
    You have more than me, I have a Best Of and Teaser and the Firecat.
     
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  19. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

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    Cat Stevens is possibly my favorite folk artist based on what he did from 1970 to 1971, especially the 3 albums. His addition of the Gold 2 CD series places all those songs on Disc 1 and then later stuff on Disk 2. There isn't a single song I would switch out from Disk 1 that is on Disk 2. I have to say though that my gateway was Footsteps in the Dark and I still feel it is the superior and more affecting collection than the first greatest hits, although I still find it odd they repeated Father and Son on both but nowhere is Lady D'Arbanville.
     
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  20. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

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    Since the OP has said he’s already got GH, Tea and Tiller, I’d say that while it’s a bit more of a departure from his famous style, I’d actually go backwards and check out his early stuff from his first 2 album and thereabouts (pre-Mona Bone Jakon which I’ve already mentioned and is great but which I group with his classic period) before going farther to later material (excepting “Footsteps in the Dark” which is essential).
     
  21. Spy Car

    Spy Car Forum Resident

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    I need to work on my reading
    comprehension

    Bill
     
  22. Emil Zatopek

    Emil Zatopek Forum Resident

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    The main sequence is Mona - Buddha.

    Then you listen to the old Decca material.

    Then you proceed to the 3 boring albums from the late 70s.

    And then move on the modern albums. No way in hell they're as good as his best, but they're ok. Some very good tracks scattered along.
     
  23. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

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    Although I'm biased (my avatar is a giveaway :D) I wouldn't describe Numbers, Izitso? and Back To Earth as boring.

    After the rather sombre sound of side one, side two of Numbers runs very well thematically.

    Izitso? is a very keyboard driven album and has two uncharacteristic instrumentals in Kypros and Was Dog A Doughnut? The album closes with Child For A Day, which I find increasingly poignant as I enter my 60s.

    Although Back To Earth was a contractual obligation album written after Cat had decided to leave the music business and embrace Islam, it still has some fine songs on it.
     
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  24. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

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    “Teaser”.

    Second may be “Tea”.

    Now you have two versions of “Tea” to immerse in!
     
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  25. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

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    Isn't that Tea For The Tillerman and the reworked TFTT²?
     
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