Friday, November 14, 2008

the cat in a hat



the cat in a hat. the days before yusuf islam.

" I Love My Dog" on 45rpm, launched the Deram label - a subsidiary of Decca - to the British public in 1966, peaking at #27 on the Hit Parade. "Matthew & Son", Cat's second single release, would make #2.

Produced by Mike Hurst. Released December 21st, 1966.

CAT STEVENS: MATTHEW & SON from "Matthew & Son" LP (Deram) 1966 (UK)

YUSUF ISLAM: CALL TO PRAYER (ADHAN)* from "The Life Of The Last Prophet" CD (Resurgence) 1995 (?)

* I have included this belatedly, since Friday is more apt for the subject of Islamic prayer. "Yusuf Islam was born Cat Stevens in London in 1948, son of a Swedish mother and Greek Cypriot father. He embraced Islam in 1977 and chose the name Yusuf Islam." There you have it. Time to break out the Jack D. and risk 'fatwah'.

PURCHASE MATTHEW & SON

4 comments:

Stagnant Artist said...

Ohhh I am sooo using the I love my dog song on my dog themed show for WFMU... i need to fill 4 hours worth! Thanks for posting this!

Mick said...

Well, I never knew 'I Love My Dog' launched Deram. Deram conjures images of my older brothers records when I was a kid. Moody Blues, Amen Corner, East Of Eden, Whistling Jack Smith, The Move and indeed Cat Stevens to name a few. Sorry, I'm rambling.

ib said...

Mick: ramble on.

Stagnant Artist: glad to be of unsolicited help. A dog themed show, eh ?

ib said...

I don't know why, but "I Love My Dog" was behaving strangely under preview - cutting out suddenly after the intro - so I've reuploaded it and changed the link. It seems to be working now, but I was forced to re-encode it to get that far.