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    After his adventures on planet Polygor and the lesser success of 1975’s Numbers, Cat Stevens enjoyed a commercial comeback with this 1977 contemporary pop/rock follow-up, Izitso. The album features lots and lots of synthesizers performed by Stevens, Jean Roussel, and even Chick Corea, as well as the production of Dave Kershenbaum and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section. Izitso produced a Top-40 hit with “(Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard,” a duet with fellow U.K. singer Elkie Brooks. Despite the album’s greater mainstream pop accessibility, Stevens addresses his misgivings towards the business and his success on the autobiographical “(I Never Wanted) To Be a Star.” The song foreshadows his eventual denouncement of his music career in 1979 in order to dedicate his life to charity and the study of Islam. Izitso would be Stevens’ last album to reach gold status.

    Izitso Catalog Number: A&M SP 4702

    Izitso Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. (Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard – 2:44

    2. Life – 4:54

    3. Killin’ Time – 3:30

    4. Kypros – 3:07

    5. Bonfire – 4:07

    Side Two

    1. (I Never Wanted) To Be a Star – 3:01

    essaymoment2. Crazy – 3:31

    3. Sweet Jamaica – 3:27

    4. Was Dog a Doughnut? – 4:14

    5. Child for a Day – 4:25

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