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Majikat

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release of Cat Stevens' legendary Majikat North American tour in 1976 on CD. An ambitious tour involving live magicians, synchronized film projection and a large innovative stage set, it was to prove to be his last as Cat Stevens.

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Recorded just past Cat Stevens's commercial zenith and about a year and a half before he quit the music business for good, Majikat, the concert film from his Earth Tour 1976 (made in Williamsburg, Virginia) lay unused in the vaults for the better part of three decades, and its 2004 DVD release was a reminder of just how successful and talented he was. Playing acoustic guitar and piano and performing solo, with minimal backing, as well as 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. This CD is a worthy and valuable record of one of the most popular artists of his time. --Sam Graham

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wild World
  2. The Wind
  3. Moonshadow
  4. Where Do The Children Play
  5. Another Saturday Night
  6. Hard Headed Women
  7. King of Trees
  8. C79
  9. Lady D'Arbanville
  10. Banapple Gas
  11. Majik of Majiks
  12. Tuesday's Dead
  13. Oh VeryYoung
  14. How Can I Tell You
  15. The Hurt
  16. Sad Lisa
  17. Two Fine People
  18. Fill My Eyes
  19. Father & Son
  20. Peace Train


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B0002VJW9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cat Stevens, now Yosuf Islam, is slowly making it back into the public eye - carefully. One way he is testing a new phase of life is to release this life CD (previously released as a DVD). No wonder he is willing to risk an entrance back into a more public life - this work stands the test of time. Back in the 70's Cat Stevens' music was thought of as either highly charismatic and musically tight (Teaser and the Firecat, Buddha and the Chocolate Box) or a bit shallow and sentimental (Numbers and Izitso). This collection shows his work to be charismatic, melodically rich, and performed with something close to studio precision. The strongest songs - King of Trees, The Hurt, The Wind, Moonshadow, have no trouble standing on their own as excellent pop songs. The songs that aren't quite as melodic are performed so well that they contribute to a sense of a coherent body of work captured with grace on this live album. How did they get this thing to sound so good given that it is almost 30 years old?
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This CD is taken from the very same concert shown in the previously-released Majikat DVD, also released by Eagle. Although I am not usually a fan of concert films (my only other favorite at this time is Pink Floyd at Pompeii, original version), I remained absolutely riveted while testing out the DVD (ending up viewing the whole concert). Early favorites have not lost their sparkle, and (at the time) recent cuts were made even better! (Listen to Banapple Gas, which has transformed itself live into a joyful tune to which one can easily dance!)
My sole gripe is that this concert cannot be heard in complete on one CD alone. They've removed "The Hurt" (originally from my favorite CS album, "Foreigner") as well as "Ruins" (originally from "Catch Bull at Four", as well as the theme song "The Doves", co-written by Cat and keyboardist Jean Roussel (although you can get these last two, as performed during this same concert, within the "On the Road to Find Out" box set). One interesting observation, however: to place "Wild World" (the actual concert encore) at the very beginning of the CD speaks volumes about that song's popularity in the Cat Stevens canon.
The only anomaly one can register from the actual concert is the tempo fluctuations within songs to suit Cat's whim. This is far from a setback, however, as new life breathes into songs that suddenly seem too static in studio LP performances.
If you have a DVD player, do yourself a favour and buy the DVD instead. It's barely a dollar's difference in price if you look around, and there are so many bonuses on the DVD (rare clips and animation, as well as a three-part interview with Yusuf Islam), not to mention seeing Cat Stevens as he was in 1976, buoyant, nervous, enthralled, emotional, the relunctant entertainer caught up in ecstacy.
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Having seen the actual tour in 1976, it was a real treat for me to get this vinyl treat. Nice package and the record pressing is good. No need to comment on the performance because that speaks for itself.
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What kind of a live album has skips between each track? This album is supposed to be the greatest live Cat Stevens recording but at the end of every track theres a skip that takes you right out of the whole live experience. If I had wanted the greatest hit record I would have bought that instead of the $50.00 live record I thought I was getting. Whoever put this record together is a lunatic or so out of touch with the concept of a live album that he thinks everything should sound like a gas station CD compilation or some coffee house set list.
However the mix and the sound of this album and the music it contains is great so I give it three stars.
Seriously I want to punch something every time a song is over.
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This is an incredible live set. The cd and dvd together makes this the perfect combination for EVERY Cat Stevens fan! There are a wealth of songs, hits and lesser-hits, and it's great for the price! The band was tight, the recording is solid, and it's worth every penny. It's packaged just like a normal 2-disc cd case. The video is really great quality too but the special feature for the encore is a noticeable drop in video quality when it could've been up-res'd like the entire concert was.
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I was very lucky to have seen Cat Stevens during the Majikat tour in 1976. Since then I have always wanted to have a way to recapture the memories of that great concert. The DVD and this CD of the Majikat tour are perfect! Outstanding sound quality, great songs passionately performed. For those who have Cat's CDs, this is a wonderful addition to your collection. For those just getting into Cat's music, a great way to see and hear the "majik" of his music. Outstanding!!!
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I learned to play guitar by imitating early Cat Stevens music. This recording fills me with both joy and sorrow. Joy that this wonderfully lyrical and tightly arranged music stands up well to the test of time. Sadness that such a considerable musical talent has been silent all these years. We are impoverished.

This is a terrific live recording, played with studio precision and energy. Some songs seem a bit rushed compared to their studio versions (especially "Oh Very Young"), but this was typical of Cat Stevens in live performance. The DVD is equally impressive. If you want one, definitive Cat Stevens album, this would be the one.
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