AM-1785 Banapple Gas
Produced by Cat Stevens
Released on January 1976
US CHART POSITION #41 (charted Feb. 7, 1976 for 6 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
AM-1785 wo. picture sleeve  

P erhaps fueled by several themes familiar to the ‘70s -- gasoline shortages, drugs, environmental concerns, health foods -- Cat Stevens concocted the playful “Banapple Gas.” Unfortunately, like “Two Fine People” before it, Stevens really has trouble reigning in the arrangement. Like a hybrid of George Harrison and Jimmy Buffett, you’ll hear banjo, female voices, marimba, saxophone and acoustic guitars all vie for the listener’s attention. The result is pretty jumbled and confusing; it may take me a while before I can sort this song out in my mind and actually start humming it. The B side is “Ghost Town” from Buddha, which better shows what Stevens can do with his idiosyncratic, uneven rhythms when he doesn’t try to throw too much into the mix.

TRACK LISTING

  1. BANAPPLE GAS    (Cat Stevens)    3:07
  2. GHOST TOWN

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1976 Island 7" WIP6276  
US January 1976 A&M 7" 1785  
US 1975/6? A&M 7PRO 1785 feat. A mono in flip
CAN 1976 A&M 7" AM-1785  
CAN 1975/6? A&M 7PRO AM-1785 feat. A mono on flip
GER 1976 Island 7" 16 703 AT  
NZ 1976 Island 7" K6220  
YUG 1976 Jugoton/Island 7" SI88896  

 

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