Cat Stevens - Majikat (Earth Tour 1976)
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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.
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.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He was the background music of my college days, Since I never got to see Cat Stevens live in concert back in the 70's this is the next best thing. Read morePublished 9 days ago by annszone
This is a wonderful DVD of Cat Stevens at the height of his career.Published 7 months ago by mdilling
If you like Cat Stevens, you should own this DVD. Great video and audio.Published 7 months ago by Smokin' Joe
He was great then and sounds just as good to me now. Timeless enjoyable music from a timeless serious artist.Published 22 months ago by Placid Lane Farmer
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Myriah A. Strivelli
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 morePublished on February 8, 2014 by jrb
This was a gift to a friend. He really enjoy this DVD. It is a very nice concert with excellent music.Published on January 24, 2014 by Javi1r
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 on January 15, 2014 by RJR
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