Cat Stevens

Opus Collection: A Journey

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This 17-track collection traces the evolution of the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, from his obscure early years to his period as a beloved pop star through his his most recent incarnation as Yusuf Islam. Starbucks and Hear Music have assembled Opus Collection: A Journey, as a solid, if not always obvious primer. While songs such as "Father and Son," and his version of "Morning Has Broken" are here, as are "The Wind," "Oh Very Young," and "Miles from Nowhere," less obvious choices ("Katmandu," "Angelsea," and "But I Might Die Tonight") are also included. The three tracks under his current name are the wonderful "Roadsinger," "Évery Time I Dream," and "Thinking ‘Bout You." This is a curious collection in that it leaves off what were seemingly obvious choices -- the hits "Peace Train" and "Sitting," for instance -- but those songs are available on virtually every other compilation out there. What Opus Collection: A Journey attempts with a single disc is quite unusual and even provocative in how well rounded it is; it is worth recommending simply for that reason.

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