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Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits 2 [Original recording remastered]

Yusuf/Cat StevensAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both ... Read more in Amazon's Yusuf/Cat Stevens Store

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00009V7TP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wind
2. (I Never Wanted) To Be A Star
3. Katmandu
4. I Want To Live In A Wigwam
5. Trouble
6. On The Road To Find Out
7. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
8. Where Do The Children Play?
9. Daytime
10. Don't Be Shy
11. How Can I Tell You
12. Father And Son
13. The Hurt
14. Silent Sunlight

Editorial Reviews

This 1984 collection of odds 'n' ends is back with new remastering, lyrics and such collector musts as two songs from the Harold and Maude soundtrack, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out and Don't Be Shy , and the B-side to Morning Has Broken, I Want to Live in a Wigwam . Plus other tracks that didn't show up on the Greatest Hits album, like Katmandu; (I Never Wanted) to Be a Star; Trouble; The Hurt , and more. 14 tracks.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hits and the gems July 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collection of Cat Stevens music that contains the unreleased song "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" from the cult film "Harold and Maude". For that song alone, this cd is a must have! But for beginners to Cat's music, this diverse collection also includes such well-known classics as "The Wind", "Trouble", and "Where Do the Children Play".
Footsteps in the Dark serves as both a good start to a new Cat Stevens fan and a welcome addition for the collector.
And if you haven't seen "Harold and Maude", what are you waiting for??
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
FINALLY, fans of the film Harold and Maude can have all the songs! With this release, if you're a Harold and Maude fan, you get the songs from the soundtrack that was never released in the U.S.

Aside from that....this is a great selection of some of his tunes that include a few that were not released anywhere else but here at the time of this release and a couple of hits that didn't make his original Greatest Hits LP.

"I Want To Live In A Wigwam" was released in the U.S. as a single at the time the CD was released to promote it...they'd have been better off and more successful releasing one of the lesser known tracks from the Harold and Maude soundtrack, even though Wigwam did recieve a quite a bit of radio play, despite his change in religion stirring up controversy this collection did still fare well with diehard fans. Wigwam did little on the charts after it's release.

But, on this LP, included are his classic "Father and Son" which, still to this day, is one of his cuts favored by fans and probably one of his best known songs that did okay as a single but, since then has grown to cult status as probably his best work ever released. This disc also features the hits: "Trouble", "On The Road To Find Out", "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" and "Where Do The Children Play" all having been featured in the film "Harold and Maude" that also have achieved cult classic status.

While this release is a little uneven (probably because Cat Stevens had little to do with it's production) and the intent on A&M to cash in on what was left of his popularity and his catalog, it is still a great LP and paired with his "Greatest Hits" CD, would make a good cross section of his best work from this period in his life/career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like rediscovering an old friend December 26, 2005
By Adrian
Format:Audio CD
Envision, for a second, if you will, finding your high school yearbook somewhere completely unexpected. You open it up, assuming you'll find the old familiar faces, only to discover the black & whites are now full color audio and video. The sounds are so fresh, each note is so clear, each syllable so precise, you begin to wonder whether you'd ever heard these songs to their fullest extent.

I know no selection will ever be complete. That's inevitable, natural, and expectable: that's precisely why they're called selections. But each of the tracks -from "Katmandu" to "Daytime", even the self-deprecating "(I never wanted) To be a star", and the classic "Father and Son"- shares a renewed vitality, an unexpected spark, an intimacy that makes you wonder what it was you'd been listening to all these years.

For the absolutist and obsesive collector (i.e. those who've got to have ALL the recording and versions of their favorite artists), "Footsteps" may be a little overkill.

But for the rest of us, who enjoy a good afternoon with Cat -and that have earned out way to a more than decent sound equipment not to be shared or touched by anybody else- this is an album worth re-purchasing, if only for the joy of hearing Cat Stevens they way it was meant to be heard.

And I can assure you, without a doubt, that you'll be singing along, at the top of your lungs, before you even realize it. If that's not what a reissue is for, then I've been buying them under the wrong pretences.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs from "Harold and Maude" September 6, 2003
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Sometimes it's fun just to listen to "happy" songs--Victoria Williams, Tom Jones, The Monkees, and others. Cat Stevens also ranks as an artist who makes happy music. One of the top tracks of this variety is "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out", certainly the highlight anthem of the dark comedy "Harold and Maude", but it also features another selection from the film, "Where Do the Children Play?". Fans of Cat Stevens, happy music, and "Harold and Maude" will enjoy this CD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The better of the two volumes. June 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Volume 1 definetly has its share of memorable tracks like "Moonshadow" and "Oh Very Young" to boast about, but this disc includes songs from the motion picture "Harold and Maude" as well as other tunes like "The Wind" that made its way onto the Rushmore soundtrack a number of years back.

The reason to make this album your preferred choice is that it does not shimmer with the same pop varnishings that Steven's better known hits are remembered for. Rather here you have a more idiosyncratic and personal set of songs that capture a mood that only Cat Steven's seemed to have written about. Lyrics such as "if you want to sing out/ sing out/ if you want to be free/ be free/ because there's a million things to be/ you know that there are" could be mistaken for a Peter, Paul and Mary song. . . but that voice! Who sings like Cat Stevens? Whose tunes have that same baroque/pop/revivalist amplifier reaching out to you and making even the most upbeat, danceable song remain private, even intensely personal?

These songs are for the more devoted fans, the listeners attracted to songs like "Morning Is Broken," (Steven's adaptation of a traditional Koranic tale), as opposed to a top-forty selection.

Five stars. Unique
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
They just don't make music like this any more.Cat Stevens should have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a long time ago.
Published 3 months ago by emerson bigguns
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this in a thrift sote
I remember seeing this back in '84 and thought it had some great tracks that did not get proper coverage. Ever since his conversion to Islam, Cat has had his detractors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William J. Thibault
4.0 out of 5 stars Two greatest hits?
As I began listening to this, it occurred to me that very few artist really warrant two greatest hits albums. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ME H.
5.0 out of 5 stars For Harold & Maude fans
This is the only CD I could find with the two songs he wrote especially for Harold & Maude - Don't Be Shy and If You Want To Sing Out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kathleen Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of His Best Music
It's quite simple: if you are a fan of the movie Harold and Maude, then you will love this cd.
Published 19 months ago by David H. Mattingly
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it very much
This is a present for my son for his birthday. He loves Cat Stevens and all his songs. He will want more songs later.
Published 20 months ago by Merv Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew my Daughter loved Cat Stevens?
This was a Christmas gift for my daughter, who is 20 years old. She asked for this CD. Came well packaged and very fast delivery. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lizstang
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD-Great seller-thanks
Received quickly - great price- exc condition. The music is very relaxing and nice to listen to in the car. |One of Cat Stevens finest. Thanks.
Published 23 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great music from a great artist. Recommend it for everybody who likes Cat Stevens. Good variety of his music for the time.
Published on August 21, 2012 by G. Bennington
4.0 out of 5 stars something old, something new
If you are wondering about the music you hear in commercials or movies, this may lead you to discover that something old has reappeared as something new. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Marilu Silivanch
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