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Majikat


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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 (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B0002VJW9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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

Recommended Cat Stevens Discography


Teaser and the Firecat

Tea for the Tillerman

Mona Bone Jakon

Catch Bull at Four

The Very Best of Cat Stevens

Matthew & Son

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Nice package and the record pressing is good.
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If you want one, definitive Cat Stevens album, this would be the one.
WMC
Outstanding sound quality, great songs passionately performed.
Catfan

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tshap on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Glen Burg on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Catfan on March 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WMC on August 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on March 23, 2005
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In the DVD release of this positively riveting concert, Yusuf notes that he was a self-absorbed jerk by this point in his pop-star trajectory, focusing his disdain on the moment in the film when Cat rebukes someone for something they did with the mic stand. Having seen Cat on the tour before this, it was clear to me that he had had it with the adulation. The whole experience was profoundly unsatisfying and the trappings of commercial success were suffocating him. A friend of mine had tossed onstage a toy his girlfriend had given him and Cat ridiculed it. It had a nasty edge to it that showed a guy clearly fed up with his life and what it meant.

Inspite of that, the music had such an incredible power that you, he and everyone else could remove themselves from the existential annoyances and disruptions and find something only Music itself could deliver.

Those same essentials are delivered here in spades. While at times, Cat seems to be rushing through some of it, at other times he acknowledges the reverence for his muse and delivers performances almost any artist would give their eye-teeth to be worthy of. This is, for its warts and pimples, one of the greatest performers in music delivering the goods. To the hip-hop pop crowd of today, the message in the songs would be clearly lost. Heaven knows , the message is clearly lost on W and the fascist Chriztian right who had Yusuf falsely arrested and deported back in the summer of 2004. (Orwell warned of this, Yanks, you are not paying attention). Here is a man bringing forth is song the questions that Socrates asked, and as the dangerous Greek once said, an unexamined life is not worth living. Hmmmm, when you consider W doesn't examine, he just believes.....
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Have a listen: Wild World on YouTube
thanks for the link.
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