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Cat Stevens - Majikat (Earth Tour 1976) (2001)

Cat Stevens , Yusuf Islam  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DIJN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Tracks: The Doves (Majikat Tour Theme), The Wind, Moonshadow, Where Do the Children Play, Another Saturday Night, Hard Headed Woman, Miles from Nowhere, King of Trees, C79, Lady D'Arbanville, Banapple Gas, Majik of Majiks, Tuesday's Dead, Oh Very Young, The Hurt, Sad Lisa, Two Fine People, Fill My Eyes, Father & Son, Ruins, Peace Train
  • "If I Laugh" from BBC Old Grey Whistle Test 1971
  • "Maybe You're Right" from BBC In Concert 1971
  • "Tuesday's Dead" from Grenada 'Out Front" 1971
  • "Teaser & the Firecat" animation
  • "Father & Son" Island promo film
  • "Wild World" (encore) - Majikat 1976 Outtake
  • New 35-minute interview with Yusuf Islam
  • Discography and lyrics
  • Earth Tour official program

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Track Listing: 1.The Doves (Majikat Tour Theme) 2.The Wind 3.Moonshadow 4.Where Do The Children Play 5.Another Saturday Night 6.Hard Headed Woman 7. Miles From Nowhere 8.King Of Trees 9.Sun/C79 10.Lady D'Arbanville 11.Banapple Gas 12.Majik Of Majiks 13.Tuesday's Dead 14.Oh Very Young 15.The Hurt 16.Sad Lisa 17.Two Fine People 18.Fill My Eyes 19.Father & Son 20.Ruins 21.Peace Train Bonus Features: Brand new 35 minute interview with Yusuf Islam, Discography, Lyrics, "If I Laugh" from BBC Old Grey Whistle Test, "Maybe You're Right" from BBC In Concert 1971, "Tuesday's Dead" from Grenada 'Out Front" 1971, Teaser & The Firecat/Father & Son (Island promos), "Wild World" - Majikat 1976 Outtake

Recorded just past his commercial zenith and about a year and a half before he quit the music business for good, this concert recording from Cat Stevens's mid-'70s Majikat tour (filmed in Williamsburg, Virginia) lay unused in the vaults for the better part of three decades, and its 2004 release is a reminder of just how successful and talented he was. Playing acoustic guitar and piano and performing solo, with minimal backing, and with a full band (not to mention a trio of magicians and an impressive stage set), Stevens runs through some 20 songs, drawing from his entire catalog, with particular emphasis on Tea for the Tillerman. The remastered digital sound is excellent, and there are plenty of extra features, including a lengthy and informative contemporary interview with Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), six additional songs from the archives (one of which, "Moonshadow," is presented in animation), and a reproduction of the original tour program. Even if this weren't the only available visual evidence from Stevens's career, Majikat (Earth Tour 1976) would be a worthy and valuable record of one of the most popular artists of his time. --Sam Graham

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better than this December 23, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is really a two-fer. A superb concert video and also a personal message from Yusuf (Cat) explaining his conversion to Islam.

The concert footage is beautiful and the sound is superb. The set list is pulled largely from his best early 70's albums. The band is tight and Cat is in fine voice. And the crowd shots are a gas, with our goofy Chachi and Afro haircuts and the silly clothes we wore back then.

The personal message from Yusuf was also very satisfying to me. I was a huge Cat fan in the 70's and have puzzled over his withdrawal from the limelight. The mainstream media (which feeds on negativity), has given us a distorted image of Yusuf as a fundamental Islamic radical. The interview showed nothing of the sort. Yusuf is a man who, after a near death experience, had a spiritual awakening. His newfound religious conviction gave him inner peace, something which happens to many of us when we mature and take measure of our life. The only "problem" is, he chose a religion which is unpopular and misunderstood by most westerners.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Majikal June 23, 2004
By J. Moss
I had just turned 16 when I went to my very first live concert - Cat Stevens at Madison Square Garden in NY on 3/5/76. The Williamsburg, VA show on this DVD, with virtually the same set list, was filmed exactly two weeks before that date, and now, 28 years later, I have a permanent souvenir of that cherished memory. But I must admit I had forgotten just HOW GREAT that show really was. I agree with all the praise everyone else has given this disc, and I'll add that after watching/listening to it over a dozen times already, it really does affirm what a unique, gifted performer Cat/Yusuf is.
Few performers today deliver such beautiful poetry with such passion and energy. His music is timeless, it is spiritual, spirited, intense, insightful and optimistic. Sadly, many teens have grown up on the "life sucks - woe is me" perspective of the spoiled kids who made rock and roll in the 90's. Cat Stevens' music is a wonderful reminder of a time when more artists saw the glass as half full.
The sound on this DVD is stunning, and the DTS-Surround Audio is unbelievable. It really IS just like being there, and yes, I agree this is the best music DVD I've ever seen. So simple and unpretentious, because the music is the star and it is truly stellar. And notice how the guitars were mic'ed with actual microphones! What a concept!
To think that this man could put on one show today, singing this material for one night, and probably end world hunger with the proceeds, while giving a whole new generation a lesson in what real songwriting and performing is about. And if he doesn't, at least we have this DVD to turn up and remember a time when music was made more for the heart than the wallet.
Please search those vaults for more!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Stevens on DVD - It's About Time! June 21, 2004
I have been waiting for years to get Cat Stevens on video in concert and finally his 1976 "Majikat Earth Tour" is available on DVD. The concert is excellent with Cat doing songs from his albums Mona Bone Jakon, Tea For The Tillerman, Teaser & The Firecat, Catch Bull At Four, Foreigner, Buddah & The Chocolate Box and Numbers. The song list is impressive: "The Wind", "Moonshadow", "Where Do The Children Play", "Another Saturday Night", "Hard Headed Woman", "Miles From Nowhere", "Lady D'Arbanville", "Banapple Gas", "Tuesday's Dead", "Oh Very Young" and "The Hurt" plus more. Stevens puts on a great show, often switching from his acoustic guitar to playing piano, and enough can't be said of his backup band. There's also a recent thirty minute interview with Cat Stevens (now Yussuf Islam) who talks about his growing up in Soho, London, his rise to fame, near death experience, religion, etc. Also included are archive material such as "Wild World" (encore) - Majikat 1976 outtake, "If I Laugh" (BBC 'Old Grey Whistle Test - 1971), "Maybe You're Right" (BBC-In Concert 1971), "Tuesday's Dead" (Granada 'Outfront'- 1971) and more. This is an absolute must have for Cat Stevens fans and/or fans of seventies rock.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Cat Stevens is Important ... July 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
... And this CD is one of the greatest archeological folk music discoveries of all time.
I never saw Cat Stevens live, but have always loved his music. His conversion to Islam seemed to slam the door shut on his contribution. The media picture we were given was that a bifurcation of the artist had occurred: Good Cat and Bad Cat. But this CD fuses the two into one, as it should be. The music performances are stunning -- Stevens was a VERY dynamic performer, giving everything to his performance. He could be touchy and perfectionistic, something he addresses in the CD's excellent Bonus Material.
The audio and video quality are superb. I actually found myself loving some of his later material I hadn't previously cared for. The performance is eloquently framed from the start with a succinct overview of where Cat and world were in 1976. Then he comes out and just BRINGS IT, people.
The Bonus Material performances are fantastic. Gorgeous packaging. The release of this CD is wonderfully-timed with respect to the currently divisive world situation. We need to build bridges, not destroy them. And MAJIKAT is built to last.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great memory prompter
He was great then and sounds just as good to me now. Timeless enjoyable music from a timeless serious artist.
Published 6 months ago by Placid Lane Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to my ears
Cat Stevens is an amazing musician, but I think that this is not his best performance. It seems that he rushed through each song and doesn't put the full energy into it that it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Myriah A. Strivelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Stevens at his best!
For a 1976 filmed concert the picture and sound are excellant. All of his hits are on here except Morning Has Broken. He was a great entertainer who walked away from his fame. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jrb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Concert
This was a gift to a friend. He really enjoy this DVD. It is a very nice concert with excellent music.
Published 9 months ago by Javi1r
5.0 out of 5 stars Great To Have
This is wonderful for those of us who were original fans of Cat Stevens all those years ago. Makes you really long for the old days, before we lost him.
Published 9 months ago by RJRighthouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Cat
Cat Steven's last tour is quintessential Cat. The magical staging and artful scenery is inspired. The fact that this was recorded in Williamsburg, VA (my favorite place to go) only... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Cat is a master of words and seeing his interview recently showing him relaxing away from the stage gives us hope that he will be an ambassador for peace
Published 15 months ago by BBB
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange concert
I rated "three stars" only because I was dissapointed with Cat Stevens singing, with his eyes closed most of the time.
You would think he was blind!
Published 20 months ago by gman
Published 22 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Concert ever
I'm so glad I've purchased this DVD... it's absolutely brilliant!
Cat Stevens totally blows the roof off the venue with the best vocals and perfect sound arrangements... Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Evelyn
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