AM-1700-S Two Fine People
Produced by Cat Stevens
Released on July 1975
US CHART POSITION #33 (charted July 19, 1975 for 9 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
AM-1700-S wo. picture sleeve  

R ecord companies began baiting their greatest hits compilations with new tracks, some of which (“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”) went on to earn that esteemed company while others (“Two Fine People,” “Annie Get Your Gun”) fell by the wayside. The rationale seemed to be that greatest hits albums deserved their own radio promotion, and a new track could be trotted out as a single to keep the artist in the public eye (or ear). “Two Fine People” features an interesting melody at its fore and aft, but the bulk of its body suggests a weak copy of “Wild World.” As with the latter-day work of Marc Bolan, Cat Stevens seems to have been torn between trying new things and haunting the hits of the past, so “Two Fine People” has a certain restless undercurrent. It works better in the context of Greatest Hits, standing next to the quiet “Moonshadow” and seeming more energized for the comparison, than it does on its lonesome. The A side is identical to the version included on Greatest Hits and “A Bad Penny” comes from Buddha, so this couldn’t be deemed a collectible.

TRACK LISTING

  1. TWO FINE PEOPLE    (Cat Stevens)    3:32
  2. A BAD PENNY

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1975 A&M 7" WIP6238 picture sleeve
US July 1975 A&M 7" 1700  
US/CAN 1975 A&M 7PRO AM-1700-S feat. A mono on flip
FRA 1975 Island 7" 6138 070  
GER 1975 Island 7" 16168  

 

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