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Gold Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 29 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000B66PDO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Matthew & Son
2. Here Comes My Baby
3. The First Cut Is The Deepest
4. Lady D'Arbanville
5. Trouble
6. Where Do The Children Play?
7. Hard Headed Woman
8. Wild World
9. Sad Lisa
10. Father And Son
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sitting
2. Silent Sunlight
3. Angelsea
4. Can't Keep It In
5. 18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)
6. The Hurt
7. Foreigner Suite
8. Oh Very Young
9. King Of Trees
10. Another Saturday Night
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

For nearly four decades Cat Stevens' music has touched millions of people worldwide. His heartfelt accounts of longing, lost innocence and the search for purpose helped make him one of a handful of artists to maintain a long-running presence on the radio and on the pop and the album charts. His songs, including 'The First Cut Is The Deepest', 'Here Comes My Baby', 'Wild World', 'Father & Son' and 'Peace Train' have been successfully covered by artists throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Cat Stevens Gold collects together 31 exquisite Cat Stevens classics, including the newly recorded Cat Stevens song 'Green Fields & Golden Sands', his first new pop recording in over 25 years. Universal. 2005.

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So privileged to be part of the 60-80's and all the musicians that could put our thoughts into beautiful music! Dylan , Cohen , Neil Young , Led Zeppilin , Pink Floyd etc........
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For anyone who enjoys the acoustic sound of Cat Stevens (or anyone else like him), I personally suggest picking up your own copy of Gold, a 2 disc set of all Cat Steven's Greatest Hits and probably a few you have not heard yet. The inclusion of Cat's "Indian Ocean" re-instills any fan's belief that Cat has and always will be able to write good music.
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Excellent product, shipped quick Thank You Very Much :D
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9991df3c) out of 5 stars 57 reviews
88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a0ac18) out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...A Comprehensive Overview of a Magical Artist Nov. 21 2005
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cat Stevens' GOLD fills the gap nicely for those fans who felt that 2000's THE VERY BEST OF was too brief, but didn't want to spring for 2001's exhaustive 79-track box set ON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT. However, before you rush out and purchase GOLD, here are some things to consider.


Four of Cat Stevens' early UK hits are not here, including his 1966 debut "I Love My Dog" (#28). Also missing is his final Top 50 U.S. hit "Banapple Gas" (#41, 1976). [All five of these tracks are on the box set.] In fact, Stevens' first three albums are represented by only five tracks.

Also missing are Stevens' final Top 40 hits, "Ready" and "Two Fine People." [Inexplicably, they are also missing from THE VERY BEST OF as well as the box set.]

Bottom line, this two-disc set could have been more complete, considering disc 1 runs 54:32 and disc 2 runs 71:05. There was easily room for another 30 minutes of music.


Nearly half of the tracks (15 altogether) are taken from his three best albums: TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN, TEASER AND THE FIRECAT and CATCH BULL AT FOUR. [On a personal note, I regret the omission of "The Boy With the Moon And Star on His Head."]

In addition, GOLD includes two wonderful tracks from the HAROLD AND MAUDE SOUNDTRACK: "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want To Sing Out Sing Out."

While THE VERY BEST OF included only an edit of "Foreigner Suite," GOLD includes the entire 18-minute original.

Finally, the inclusion of "Indian Ocean" alone makes this a required purchase. This song was recorded earlier this year with royalties going to Yusuf Islam's charity "Small Kindness" to benefit victims of last December's devastating tsunami. Without being preachy, the song juxtaposes Western opulence with Third World poverty. [Favorite lyric: "But just look at those eyes/She must be Paradise."] More than twenty-five years after his last commercial album, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens shows he is still an artist to be reckoned with. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a14750) out of 5 stars (Most Of) The Best Of Cat July 16 2006
By Alan Caylow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The main thing that strikes me about Cat Stevens (or Yusuf Islam as he calls himself now) is that, during his Cat Stevens phase from 1966 to 1978, he made really, really *nice* music. The melodies, the words, and of course, the man's distinctive voice and guitar-picking....just really good, spiritual, uplifting songs. He is an incredibly talented troubadour, and this 2-CD set,"Gold," collects a healthy dose of classic Cat Stevens music. Although, as other reviewers have pointed out, "Gold" is a bit incomplete, most of the big hit songs are here, such as "Matthew And Son," "Morning Has Broken," "Wild World," "Moonshadow," etc., but "Gold" also features tracks from Stevens' later albums that aren't as well known. These songs are just as wonderful as the hits, including "Angelsea," "Last Love Song," and the very impressive, 18-minute "Foreigner Suite." And, for the grand finale, "Gold" features the brand-new song, "Indian Ocean," which Stevens/Islam recorded for charity. It is a *beautiful* song, and worth the price of admission alone. There are several Cat Stevens compilations already on the market, but "Gold" is an excellent one, and a great introduction to the magical music of Cat Stevens.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9986ba68) out of 5 stars Superb, right-sized two-disc retrospective Nov. 20 2005
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though many radio stations dropped Stevens in response to his (out-of-context, according to the artist) comments on Salman Rushdie, there's no denying that beyond this shadow his recordings retain all of their well-crafted, 1970s singer-songwriter effervescence. With his original albums remastered and reissued, and several other greatest hits collections on the market, one might wonder if there's a need for this 2-disc set. The answer is a definite yes, as it serves the audience interested in hearing more tracks, but insufficiently rabid to snap up original LP reissues or the 2001 rarities-filled box set "The Cat Stevens Box Set." These two discs go beyond the canonical oldies-radio playlists to draw a fuller picture of Stevens' career with excellent lower-charting hits and album tracks.

Stevens' found success on both the singles and album charts throughout the latter part of the '60s and into the late-70s, and A&M samples from throughout this fertile period. The classic material opens with Stevens' first major UK hit, "Matthew and Son," and closes with the emotional "Last Love Song" from 1978's "Back to Earth." The entire set ends with Stevens' most recent release, the spellbinding "Indian Ocean," recorded in support of tsunami relief in early 2005. In between the collection pulls together the familiar U.S. hits and augments them with tracks that made a bigger splash in the UK (e.g., "Matthew & Son" "Can't Keep it in" "Lady D'Arbanville"). Many of the UK hits became favorite FM album tracks in the US, and several original songs were brought to prominence in cover versions (including "Here Comes My Baby" by The Tremeloes, "Wild World" by Jimmy Cliff, and "The First Cut is the Deepest" by P.P. Arnold, later by Rod Stewart, and yet again by Sheryl Crow). Also included is Stevens' 1974 cover of Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night."

A few chart items are missing, including early UK hits "I Love My Dog," "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun," and "A Bad Night," as well as minor US top-40s, "Ready" and "Two Fine People" (the latter originally tacked onto Stevens' 1975 greatest hits release), but these are made up for by a generous helping of fine album cuts, including 1970's "Trouble" and "Sad Lisa" (both from the classic "Tea for the Tillerman" LP and covered in later years by Marianne Faithful, Bruce Robison, and Kristen Hersh, among others), "Don't Be Shy" (from the soundtrack to "Harold & Maude"), 1972's "Bitterblue," the ambitious 18-minute side-long "Foreigner Suite" from 1973's "Foreigner," and many more. Despite their lack of release as singles, many of these non-charting tracks will be familiar from then-dominant album-oriented radio formats.

This is an excellent set, representing all of Stevens' original albums with hits and finely selected album tracks. All 31 vintage pieces were remastered from the original stereo analog tapes and sound fresh and crisp. Unless you're in for the original albums (which you may well be after this sampling), this is the place to start appreciating Stevens' classic works. [©2005 hyperbolium dot com]
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9986bc78) out of 5 stars Nice addition to the "Gold" series...with a bonus new song. Dec 11 2005
By dvdtrkr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've liked Universal's 2 CD "Gold" series because it's more than just another repackage of a hits package and more of an overview of album and top 40 hits.

The mid 70s "Greatest Hits" is still a favorite of mine, and a couple of the tracks on there aren't on here. There are a few of his "groovy 60s" hits left off as well, but a lot of songs that are here like "Trouble", "Sad Lisa", "Foreigner Suite", "Bitterblue", "Angelsea", and so on. I would have liked to have heard the quirky "Was Dog a Doughnut" on here and a few more early songs to have given the collection a more balanced overview, but the box set does that far better.

Biggest reason to get this is Yusef's "Indian Ocean", a song that

he has finally relented after 25 years to singing with a band again. But I had also hoped he would have put his remake of "Peace Train" that he had done a few years ago (it was with drums and backup singers that sounds great) that I like a lot.

It's unfortunate that since he converted that he became the "bad guy" in some people's eyes, long before the Dixie Chicks had radio stations steamrolling over his albums, the plane flight incident that most likely will never have him come back to the US, politics and the current state of affairs have overshadowed his music.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9986b81c) out of 5 stars Real Solid Overview of Unfairly Maligned Artist Nov. 16 2005
By smarkarrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The double CD set covers every era of his career. For the price you could not do any better. Every CD is represented fairly. The sound is crisp and clear. The emphasis on Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and Catch Bull at Four is fair. The inclusion of the 18 minute Foreigner Suite is a nice touch. The singles from the Harold and Maude soundtrack as well as one of his most recent songs make this as complete as you could wish.

The man is unfairly maligned for his sincere religious beliefs. To condemn Yusuf Islam (his chosen name), for what he has found in life is ignorant. (See the remarks of Scott Kupitz below.)Cat Stevens is no more brainwashed that a sports fan that thinks his home team is better than another city's professional assemblage. Stevens/Islam walked away from money, adoration, women and luxury for his God. So did Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and dozens of others in Rock.

This is a great assortment at a great price and A & M is to be commended for putting over 100 minutes of great music on the market for an almost reasonable price. (All CDs are over priced, but the Gold series is a comparative bargain).