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A page booklet accompanies this first full-size Cat Stevens collection! The set surveys all of Stevens's stages, from the orchestrated lates sides through his early-'70s peak to his more eclectic lates experiments. Following the progression makes for an interesting endeavor as Stevens learns to harness his ambitious ideas with arrangements that don't obscure his rhapsodic messages. Few artists of his generation were more gifted when it came to plucking timeless melodies out of thin air, and his sumptuous voice was always able to movingly convey his bittersweet lyrics. As a career overview including one previously unreleased cut this set achieves its goal, hitting all of the chart successes along the way and basically defining his role as a sensitive '70s singer-songwriter, but some fans may opt for the classic early-'70s studio records, which find Stevens at his most consistently touching. Skip to main content. Buy new:.
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And the British singer-songwriter made the most of his short time under that name, recording a series of increasingly mature records from the late '60s through the mid '70s. He started out as a songwriter for hire whose own records were adorned with super-busy arrangements enforced by record-company execs. After a brush with death, he emerged as a folksinger with a world-humanitarian streak. He he converted to Islam and changed his name, pretty much ending his career at that point. A dozen years later he resurfaced when he made some comments that seemed to support a fatwa against writer Salman Rushdie. He later clarified his statements, saying he was misinterpreted. Our list of the Top 10 Cat Stevens Songs focuses on the positive moments. Stevens' only No. But it remains one of his most popular works, an album rich in musical arrangements and spiritual enlightenment. Its best song, "Can't Keep It In," is one of Stevens' most playful songs, an acoustic guitar-guided pop symphony featuring one of his all-time best vocal performances.
Religious awakenings and conversions are nothing new. From Martin Luther to Mohammad Ali, in one sense or another they have helped create and define our nation. As happens, with the passing of time fiction become fact, myth becomes legend. A backlash ensued.