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First Cuts

Cat Stevens

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Album Review

First Cuts presents 20 tracks culled form Cat Stevens' first and second albums, 1967's Matthew & Son and New Masters. Released on London's whimsical Decca (Deram) label, Stevens' early work was light and amiable with plenty of psychedelic pop orchestration and catchy melodies. These early successes included "Here Comes My Baby," "First Cut Is the Deepest," and "Matthew & Son," all of which can be found on this fun, but hardly representative collection of folk-pop songs.

Biography

Born: 21 July 1948 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cat Stevens, born Steven Demetre Georgiou, was the son of a Swedish mother and a Greek father who ran a restaurant in London. He became interested in folk music and rock & roll in his teens while attending Hammersmith College and in 1965 began performing under the name Steve Adams. Mike Hurst, a former member of the folk-pop group the Springfields, who had become a record producer, heard him and took him into a recording studio to cut his composition "I Love My Dog." This demo caused Decca Records...
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