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Catch Bull At Four (Digi Pak-Reissue Remastered)

Cat Stevens

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Album Review

Catch Bull at Four began with a statement of purpose, "Sitting," in which Cat Stevens tried to talk himself into believing that he hadn't stalled, beginning to worry that he might be falling behind schedule or even going in circles. It may be that Stevens' recent experiences had contributed to his sense that he was running out of time. Though he was never a directly confessional writer, one got the sense that his disaffection with the life of a pop star was reasserting itself. And while he was touring unhappily around the world, the world was still going to hell in a handbasket. Yet Stevens was still motivated by his urge to help mankind mend its ways. Love provided some comfort, but for the most part, the singer who had seemed so excited on his last album now sounded apprehensive. Stevens set his reflections to a mixture of musical styles that included traces of old English folk songs, madrigals, and Greek folk music along with more typical rock stylings, all performed with the stop-and-start rhythms that added drama to his performances. Nevertheless, Catch Bull at Four was a more difficult listen than its three predecessors. Coming off the momentum of Teaser and the Firecat, it roared up the charts to number one, but stayed in the Top Ten fewer weeks than its predecessor. Fans who had been stirred by Stevens' rhythmic tunes and charmed by his thoughtful lyrics were starting to lose interest in his quasi-religious yearnings, busy arrangements, and self-absorbed, melodramatic singing. His career still had a ways to go, but as of Catch Bull at Four, he had passed his peak.

Customer Reviews

Catch Bull at Four

This album is so much more interesting than Cat's earlier stuff. It's literate, lyrical, dark, deep, mystical, and still rocks (e.g. Freezing Steel). Hey, the guy sounds cool even in Latin, who else can you say that about. This is not past his peak, it IS his peak.

corporate misunderstandings

Catch Bull at Four is Mr.Stevens most brilliant album. Though obscure (to even some dedicated fans) the songs on Catch Bull beautifully illustrate a man struggling to free himself from the everpresent yo-yoing between the physical and the spiritual. Dissaffected, trapped, and grieving his inevitable choice to forgo stardom for something deeper, Stevens paints a wrenching, truthfull portrait of the desperation of seeking. Sadly the Itunes review paints this album as being "past his prime" illustrating the general lack of spiritual undestanding so prevalent in most corporations. Tsk tsk Apple. Thought you were up above it. JF SEBASTIaN

Catch Bull at Four

Disagree with the ITunes review. I think "Catch Bull" and "Tea for the Tillerman" are Cat's finest works. Catch Bull at Four showed how Stevens had grown into a more sophisticated musician and songwriter. I still consider this one of the most provacative cd's I own as it displays a wide range of emotions in content and style. If you don't own it, buy it. It's a MUST HAVE if you are a Cat Stevens fan.

Biography

Born: July 21, 1948 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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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