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Cat Stevens - Peace Train (College of William and Mary 1976)

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When The Cat Still Drove The Train

This song worked back then. And today the Cat’s come back as Yusuf with his two worlds at war -- West vs. East, The Bible vs. the Qu’an, his birth family vs. his adopted one. When this song first came out, it gave voice to an ever-growing opposition to the decade-old Vietnam War, and four years later it was over.

After 9/11, the melodic student of the spirit stepped from his meditation room and back into the spotlight. And “Peace Train” was his ride out.  For the benefit “Concert For New York City” at Madison Square Garden, Yusuf the Cat videotaped an a cappella version –– the first time he’d sung it in public in over 20 years. And thus began his new path that’s led to multiple benefit concert appearances including Live Earth, and back into the studio recording new records. 

I don’t know what he was so upset about back in the day. He sure looks happy here. And this was just a year before he sold all this guitars and officially converted to Islam (in Dec. '77).

Besides his infectious joyfulness, strong voice, and animated performance, the other gift here is the great big band arrangement.  As a performer, Cat Stevens began as a staunch soloist, eschewing any other accompaniment on stage.  But by ’73 he gradually began filling in the other colors until at this point in ’76 his sound really reached its full rainbow canvas.

“Oh, Peace Train, take this country,
Come take me home again.”

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