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"A fantastic collection of his best."
5 stars"
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A great album very easy to listen to I love it

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"A must buy."
5 stars"

This definitive collection contains some of the best songs ever written. Second only to Elton John in terms of solo performers, Cat Stevens is an absolute musical genius, and this album should not be missed by anyone.

If you or someone you know likes Cat Stevens, this CD is perfect. If you only know a few Cat Stevens songs, then I promise this CD is full of equally good hits.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Easy listening"
5 stars"
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Great song collection


Producers include: Mike Hurst, Paul Samwell-Smith, Cat Stevens.

Compilation producer: Bill Levinson.

Digitally remastered by Ted Jensen.

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 Peter Gabriel), Stevens quickly moved into weightier matters of introspection and spirituality ranging from the global ("Wild World," "Peace Train") to the familial ("Father And Son").

In addition to writing about the plight of the younger set ("Where Do The Children Play?") and looking to religious hymns for inspiration ("Morning Has Broken"), Stevens' joyful love of pop emerged on a smash cover of Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night." One major highlight is 1970's previously unreleased "I've Got A Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old," a twangy nugget saturated in joy and hope.

What the critics say…

Q (12/03, p.159) - 4 stars out of 5 - "…Among these 24 tracks are some of the best-loved songs of the past four decades…"

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Matthew And Son
  2. First Cut Is The Deepest, The
  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, The
  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 Majik's
  19. Old Schoolyard, (Remember The Days Of The)
  20. Just Another Night
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2007
A&M Records (USA)
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