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Sounds Magazine 
December 2, 1972
Written By John Anderson
Courtesy of Linda Crafar

Cat's Triumph Hassles And All

Edinburgh - Usher Hall - 22nd November 1972

Cat Stevens was apologetic to his capacity Edinburgh audience at the Usher Hall. Things had gone wrong. There had been technical hitches, though hardly on a drastic scale.

"All the problems we’ve been having . . . they’re not the fault of the boys backstage, it’s not my fault, it’s not your fault. It’s God's fault!"

Still, somebody up there gave this concert a blessing because the public obviously relished every minute of it. Moonshadow picture show and all. Cat was in fine, relaxed form. He told us he’d spent the day sightseeing. He’d got a red nose in the cold but he loved the museums and he’d been knocked out to find so many "very old things still working". He felt he owed this audience something and it showed.

Mainly familiar material but things we were hearing live in this city for the fist time. "Where Do The Children Play?" was an effective opener and "Trouble," with restrained guitar support from Alun Davies and Alan James suggested that the technical bods for all the hassles had all but mastered the acoustics in this hall.

The conservationists lapped up "King Of Trees", a song, Cat explained, he’d attempted to put on his current album but it hadn’t worked out. It worked here and it was when the applause had subsided that Cat swiveled round in his chair and asked.’’ What do you do when you discover your flies are open and you’re playing piano with both hands?"

His performance has charm and, whenever required, power as well as humour. You could rate it a triumph, hassles and all.

Snippets-Sounds- Saturday 2nd December 1972

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Sounds Around Page 35

  • Cat Stevens Winter Gardens Bournemouth 29th November
  • Cat Stevens New Theatre Oxford 2nd December
  • Cat Stevens Royal Albert Hall London 4th December

 Singles Reviewed Page 37

Cat Stevens: Can't Keep It In (Island)

By Penny Valentine

When I first heard this had been chosen as Steve's new single I couldnt quite understand it. But after several plays it does have an insidious way of getting you to sing with it —which is qiite difficult considering his consistently complex structures. From his "Catchbull" album it's sung in Steve’s 'growling voice, rough edged and paced very much like the jumpy "Peace Train".


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