― electric sound of jim (and why not) (electricsound), Sunday, 25 June 2006 06:41 (sixteen years ago) link
― Rich Smörgasbord, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 02:17 (fifteen years ago) link
― novaheat, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 02:30 (fifteen years ago) link
"Boy With A Moon & Star On His Head" = one of the subtler realizations of the singer-songwriter urge of the 70s
― J0hn D., Monday, 23 June 2008 01:38 (fourteen years ago) link
"Tea for the Tillerman" and "Here Comes My Baby" = CLASSIC
― Tape Store, Monday, 23 June 2008 01:50 (fourteen years ago) link
Ray >>>>> Cat
― velko, Monday, 23 June 2008 01:56 (fourteen years ago) link
Huge classic. He's got a few kooky moments, especially toward the end of his output, but overall he is total classic. I love the purity of his songs - the quest so many of his songs are about. I guess some might hear cheesiness but I think it's nearly all really beautiful.
― pgwp, Monday, 23 June 2008 16:55 (fourteen years ago) link
"The Streak" is surely dud. What's the point about a comedy song that isn't funny?
― Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 June 2008 21:51 (fourteen years ago) link
Hmmm.. I must have read the title as Ray Stevens.
Cat Stevens released one great and one almost great album in the early 70s. Don't know the rest of his output too well.
― Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 June 2008 21:52 (fourteen years ago) link
this guy was a singles artist and total pop to the bone until his conversion. albums are pretty patchy.
― Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 23 June 2008 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link
agree, but boy, whoever was designing those album sleeves didn't get the memo, because those are some of the most Here Is A Proper Album sleeve presetnations of their day
― J0hn D., Monday, 23 June 2008 22:12 (fourteen years ago) link
Woke up this morning with "Mona Bone Jakon" in my head & thought of starting this thread. Then heard some other song on the radio this afternoon and was, "Well, this is Cat Stevens C/D day, isn't it?"
― staggerlee, Thursday, 29 January 2009 01:51 (thirteen years ago) link
KLASSIC. best song --> "gonna get myself a gun"
― Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:34 (thirteen years ago) link
Great singer, I think.
― thirdalternative, Thursday, 29 January 2009 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link
he seems to exist independent of any particular scene (for ex. I don't recognize a single musician in any of his bands or anybody who worked on his records) and he doesn't quite fit any particular tag too well (he does stuff that's obviously too rock for folk, and is sorta too hippie-dippy to fit in with slicker singer-songwriters). He kinda fits in with Jim Croce I guess, except Croce is American and had quite a different approach, much more humorous... still can't make it through an entire album tho.
― hoth as fuck (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 12 November 2009 23:47 (twelve years ago) link
Hard for me to imagine someone hating this:
― Mark, Friday, 13 November 2009 01:18 (twelve years ago) link
love this guy so much. Teaser + the Firecat is all time classic.
― Mordy, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:32 (twelve years ago) link
It varies. Early pop stuff: so-soTeaser thru Buddah & the Chocolate Box: classicForeigner: OK-ishThe stuff after that: DudIzitso is among the most heinous Dudclumps I can think of.
― ImprovSpirit, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:47 (twelve years ago) link
― Brio, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 19:00 (twelve years ago) link
wow that's a pretty shitty MoTown ripoff
― the sound of a norwegian guy being wrong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 23:08 (twelve years ago) link
ha - that's pretty inarguable, but it has a certain craptacular charm I think. the Cat version on Matthew and Son is a bit more polished. "When I Speak To The Flowers" is the real gem off that.
― Brio, Thursday, 6 May 2010 13:49 (twelve years ago) link
really feeling the keyboard player here
― NUDE. MAYNE. (s1ocki), Monday, 7 June 2010 19:51 (twelve years ago) link
Surprised at the amount of duds here. I just assumed everyone was okay with Cat Stevens. I second the 'he seems to exist independent of any particular scene'. Is that the block? That parents generally like Cat Stevens and he doesn't really have a narrative? But hating the songs? Not sure I get that.
He gets a classic from me, because while I might not actively listen to the guy, I can recall at least half a dozen of his melodies. And if I were drunk, and someone put on a Cat Stevens record, I'd happily sing along.
― Popture, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 00:37 (twelve years ago) link
i'd say neither c nor d. i'm "okay with him", but am real fine w/out
― If you can believe your eyes and ears (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 01:42 (twelve years ago) link
classic. he makes me sad and nostalgic in a way that I don't think any other singer consistently does.
― Poliopolice, Monday, 21 January 2013 00:32 (nine years ago) link
just turn up the cat stevens and long for the days before bill gates put so many good polio policemen out of work
― Rihanna Tootysalsafroyo (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 January 2013 01:05 (nine years ago) link
The first cut is the deepest is a great song, could've been a motown single.
― Moka, Saturday, 9 February 2013 20:49 (nine years ago) link
A letter from him was published in the Toronto Star the other day. Didn't read the piece that prompted it.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:44 (seven years ago) link
'Matthew & Son' is one of the most unheralded influences on British new wave, I think. The piano lick/chorus (lyrics aside) is something that Gary Numan could have come up with in the late '70s/early '80s. The middle-eight recalls the pre-chorus in Tears For Fears' 'Mad World'!
― You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Thursday, 8 January 2015 04:12 (seven years ago) link
BABY I KNOW
― brimstead, Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:43 (nine months ago) link
“Sitting” is such an odd song, it almost reaches the intensity of those John Cale songs where he loses his shit a couple minutes in. And yet he ends a bunch of lines with this vague, half-hearted “or so”/“or something.” Weird songwriting choice!
― JoeStork, Thursday, 9 September 2021 23:11 (nine months ago) link