|Previously released material|
(Track 6 produced by Cat Stevens)
|Released on June 20, 1975|
|US CHART POSITION #6 . . . GOLD RECORD (8/15/75), 3x PLATINUM (11/19/92), 4x PLATINUM (4/26/01) . . . UK CHART POSITION #2|
|Find it at GEMM|
T he cat’s pajamas. These are the songs that made Cat Stevens a star: “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow,” “Hard Headed Woman,” “Wild World,” “Morning Has Broken.” Stevens released some fine music after those recordings, but it’s the achievements of Teaser and Tillerman that he’ll be remembered for at the end of the day. The remaining tracks are the hits that sustained interest afterward, many of them magical in their own right: “Sitting,” “Oh Very Young,” “Can’t Keep It In.” Greatest Hits is also notable for a new track, “Two Fine People,” which followed in the restless footsteps of “Ready.” As “Another Saturday Night” confirmed, Cat was falling into the same trap of indulgence that Marc Bolan set for himself with self production, adding female backing singers and bruising his delicate muse in the move to a more contemporary sound. Paul Simon made the transition better and CS&N wasn’t around to worry about it, but for many artists the mid ‘70s saw the loss of an innocence that defined their earlier work. In the minor complaint department, Greatest Hits doesn’t function as a useful compass through Cat’s catalog. Catch Bull At Four isn’t nearly as catchy as “Sitting” and “Can’t Keep It In” would indicate, Foreigner is excluded entirely (would it have hurt to add “The Hurt?”) and Mona Bone Jakon is tossed out (“Lady D’Arbanville” holds a higher rank among hits than “Father & Son”). And, perhaps more alarming, the charming “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” from Harold & Maude is forgotten. That one omission is the difference between a very good compilation and a great one. As compensation, the record originally came with a lyric sheet/poster mapped out to the twelve months. It took less than two months for this to sell 500,000 copies as the Cat Stevens juggernaut kept a rollin. That it’s still popular today speaks to the timeless quality of his music.
|SP-4519 back cover||SP-4519 lyric poster|
David McMacken -- cover illustration
Roland Young -- tiger
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/CAN||June 20, 1975||A&M||LP/8T||SP-4519||lyric poster|
|UK||June 20, 1975||A&M||LP/CS||ILPS 9310||lyric poster|
|US||July 2000||A&M||CD||546 889||digital remaster|
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