Cat Stevens

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Story by Jane Hearn & John Snelson

I have always wanted to see Cat Stevens !

Now I have.  Live.   Out in the open air (even though it was chucking it down – see photo below), “in the vineyards” at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley.

All those old favourites were there :

    • Wild World,
    • First Cut Is the Deepest,
    • Here Comes My Baby,
    • Moonshadow,
    • The Wind,
    • Changes IV, Mathew & Son,
    • Oh Very Young,
    • Sad Lisa,
    • Ruby Love,
    • Remember the Days at the Old School Yard,
    • If You Want to Sing Out,
    • Miles From Nowhere,
    • Father & Son,
    • People Get Ready,
    • Blackness of the Night,
    • See What Love Did to Me,
    • Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night,
    • George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun,
    • and finally of course .. Morning Has Broken, Peace Train and lastly Can’t Keep It In.

(Here is the famous “pinup” photo of Cat Stevens by David Bailey.

It apperared on the inside gatefold sleeve of Teaser and the Firecat. 

This was because Cat, being a modest fellow, did not want it on the outside.)

Back to the concert at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley – as aforesaid, in the pouring rain, there were more songs, but that’s what I will remember for a long time to come. Excellent … top band including Alun Davies, Welsh guitarist, studio musician, recording artist, and composer who rose to fame primarily with his supporting guitar work and backing vocals as accompanist for Cat Stevens from early 1970 to 1977. Even out in the open, the sound was just as good as the original recordings and just as sharp … which is saying something indeed.