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Editors’ Notes

With the Tower of Power horns, Patti Austin, Barbara Massey, and Tasha Thomas on backing vocals and Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on drums, Cat Stevens set out to self-produce Foreigner and come up with his impressions of R&B. Stevens moves over to piano for many of the songs, and Jean Roussel added keyboards and string/brass/wood arrangements, while Stevens’ usual accompanying guitarist, Alun Davies, was removed from the lineup. The R&B-inflected “The Hurt” became a mild hit, while “Later” added a touch of funk and “100 I Dream” continued in this style, which felt to Stevens like he was exploring “foreign” territory. Only “How Many Times” revealed traces of old Cat. The side-long, 18-minute “Foreigner Suite” is an exploratory gamble that sounds like a mix of Jethro Tull and Stevie Wonder: progressive rock meeting R&B and soul with an extreme, out-there approach. Interestingly, in modern times, Stevens filed a lawsuit regarding the melody to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” alleging that the song plagiarized the part of “Foreigner Suite” that starts 14 and a half minutes in. Listen for yourself.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic!!

Forget the "Album Review" above. Drop the analytical mindset, and listen. "Emotive singing" . . . , my ***. Emotion and good music are inextricably intertwined. This is great music. The best. As are Stevens' two prior albums ("Teaser and the Firecat" and "Catch Bull at Four"). Stevens was in perfect stride and harmony during these years. Drop the ego and arrogance, and the need to be judgmental. Just listen, and enjoy . . .

Music Misunderstood

I remember the release of this album, and the bad reviews. I felt from the very first hearing that the "Foreigner Suite" was a masterpiece. Personally, I think this is the best music Cat ever wrote - it is certainly the most though-provoking. It is, in my opinion, the "symphony of his mind."

Every CAT Album is Epiphanic..This one is the BEST!

This Album was so ahead of its time ... Artists were looking at Cats work to see where they should be going and this Foreigner Suite was ahead of its time along the lines and way before Bohemian Rhapsody .. .. His lyrics are so epiphanic and the arrangements in this song Foreigner Suite is mytical Heartfelt magic carpet ride filled with such a ride that you will be playing it over and over ... this is ultimately my fave album and that is a hard statement for me to make because I love them all ... the song The Hurt is so affirmating that Life really is a breakthrough and much more appreciated once we have awakened.100 I Dream is an anthem for me "Stand up on a Hill Stand Purfectly still and silently soak up the day dont rush and dont roam dont feel so alone and in this way you will awake ... Get this album .. Cat considers this one of his most fave Albums too and really got to no himself so much while making this album and One will too by listening to its epiphanic lyrics and genres of arrangements Blessings, Tinaki xoxo

Biography

Born: July 21, 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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