Pet cat Stevens was a hugely successful folk-rock singer of the late 60’s as well as 70’s, appreciating substantial success and also acknowledgment on both sides of the Atlantic.
In late 1969, his taped output took a marked modification, as soon as he would certainly dispensed with the production solutions of previous Springfields guitarist Mike Hurst as well as recruited the ex-Yardbirds bass player Paul Samwell Smith. The last looked even more positively on the new folk-rock direction Stevens wished to take as well as, with a brand-new record bargain signed for Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, Feline was able to embark on a fruitful period of creating and videotaping.
Prior to the crystallisation of this brand-new direction, the similarity Peter Gabriel had played groove on Mona Bone Jakon, whilst Nicky Hopkins had actually also played key-boards on the exact same cd, having actually added electrical piano to The Beatles’ Transformation among other things. However, Samwell Smith was currently important to shaping Stevens’ brand-new noise, inasmuch as he introduced new musician to him that would certainly be essential to the production of his groundbreaking Island albums.
Perhaps, the absolute best of any of Pet cat Stevens’ session musicians was a guitar player by the name of Alun Davies, also referred to as Daydo to those in the songs company (this nickname being the title of his very first solo cd, too, in the mid 70s). Davies was a popular backer of the brand-new folk-rock category then arising as well as his finger-style guitar, compatible support vocals as well as his overall nit-picker technique tallied exceedingly well with Stevens, so much to make sure that he took place to show up on almost two of Stevens’ cds before his retirement.
Stevens’ withdrawal from the music company in 1979 left Davies at an especially low ebb, yet such was their friendship that, 27 years later when Stevens re-emerged as Yusuf, Davies was once more at his side, making an important contribution.
Various other significant session players who got involved on Cat Stevens’ output consisted of: vocalist Linda Lewis, that had solo hits herself in the 70’s; Herbie Flowers that is perhaps much better known as the bassist with the rock/classical conglomerate Sky (and also for his bass line on Lou Reed’s Stroll On Bush Side); David Sanborn, a saxophonist of some renown; Brenda Russell, that had a solo hit in the 80’s with her very own song Piano At night; Art Garfunkel, who sang on the Numbers cd; Chick Corea, the prestigious keyboard gamer, lately deceased (2021 ), a member of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and also his very own Go back to Forever forecast, that used the Izitso album – and also ultimately, Elkie Brooks that sang prominently on the hit track Bear in mind The Days Of The Old Schoolyard.