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Yusef, Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple / Jazz Weekly review

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THE PEACE TRAIN RETURNS…: by George W. Harris • November 11, 2017 

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, Cat Stevens was THE most popular folk-styled singer/songwriter on the planet, with major hits like "Peace Train" and "Where Do The Children Play" and million selling albums like Tea For the Tillerman. Major health, life and spiritual directions lead  him to convert to Islam, where he was rarely musically heard from again.

Times and epochs change, and lo and behold, Stevens, aka Yusef Islam, or simply "Yusef," is back in form, even re-uniting with producer Paul Samwell-Smith for what is arguably his most accessible and innocent album since the days of Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat. The songs come across as gentle tunes for children, obviously reaching back out to the child in all of us, and the olive branch works amazingly well.

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