Cat Stevens

New Masters


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To capitalise on Cat’s swift rise to stardom Deram rushed out a second album in the same year as his debut, "New Masters". However, some artistic differences had begun to emerge between between Cat, who was starting to yearn for a simple acoustic sound and more artistic control over his career, and producer Mike Hurst, who wanted to push Cat as a pop crooner and who favoured the more lavish orchestral arrangements that characterise on the first two albums. "New Masters" features ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’ which was a hit for P.P. Arnold in 1967 and would go on to become one of the seminal heartbreak songs of all time with notable covers by Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Hampshire.

Cat contracted Tuberculosis early in 1968 bringing the first stage of his career to an abrupt halt. During his convalescence he read a book called “The Secret Path” which helped him to embark upon a journey of spiritual self discovery that would go on to define his life and career. He emerged from the illness with the steely determination to resist the forces that were trying to control him, to follow his own artistic instincts, and do music his way.

Tracklist

Side A
Kitty
I'm So Sleepy
Northern Wind
The Laughing Apple
Smash Your Heart
Moonstone
Side B
The First Cut Is The Deepest
I'm Gonna Be King
Ceylon City
Blackness Of The Night
Come On Baby (Shift That Log)
I Love Them All

Soundwave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9HVM1rlDI