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Earlier this week, when I ran the Neil Young BBC session, I started thinking about the substantial number of artists, popular during the decade of the 70s, whose work has weathered the years and retained a certain timeless quality in the process.
Even though at the time Cat Stevens was probably one of the more heavily played and universally well-known artists, even to the point of overkill, his work has stood up remarkably well over the years.
So when I ran across this BBC session from around the same period as the Neil Young session (1971), I was curious if it would have the same effect as hearing the solo Neil Young did. Not surprisingly; yes.
Regardless of how people felt about Cat Stevens as a performer (and all the political baggage that’s been tossed in his direction in recent years), his work as a writer is unquestioned. The sentiments are just as potent in 2013 as they were in 1971 – perhaps more so because, well . . . .we got older too, and our world view has changed.
But more than that. Cat Stevens (or Yusuf Islam as he’s now known) has been a remarkable artist for a very long time, and his message and sentiments will be around and stay current forever.
And for a song-writer, that’s pretty good.
- Cat Stevens wants elephant freed (manilastandardtoday.com)