Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol of the 1960s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest has added intrigue and depth to a groundbreaking career. Stevens released his debut album, Matthew & Son, in 1967. It reached number 7 in the UK charts and established his early reputation as a teen idol. The album adheres to the sonic aesthetic of British ’60s pop music with its diverse instrumentation and orchestral flourishes. Singles such as ‘‘Matthew & Son,” which reached number 2 in the UK, and “Here Comes My Baby,” a hit for The Tremeloes in 1967, gave hints of the songwriting legacy to come.

 

Tracklist

  1. Matthew & Son
  2. I Love My Dog
  3. Here Comes My Baby
  4. Bring Another Bottle Baby
  5. Portobello Road
  6. I’ve Found A Love
  7. I See A Road
  8. Baby Get Your Head Screwed On
  9. Granny
  10. When I Speak To The Flowers
  11. The Tramp
  12. Come On And Dance
  13. Hummingbird
  14. Lady