Buddha and the Chocolate Box

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Buddha and the Chocolate Box
Studio album by Cat Stevens
Released 19 March 1974
Recorded February 1974,
Sound Techniques Studios, London, England
Genre Soft Rock, Folk Rock
Length 32:16
Label Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Producer Cat Stevens
Paul Samwell-Smith
Cat Stevens chronology
Foreigner
(1973)
Buddha and the Chocolate Box
(1974)
Saturnight
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C−[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Buddha and the Chocolate Box is a 1974 album by Cat Stevens. The title came to Stevens when he was travelling to a gig on a plane with a Buddha in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other. He pondered that if he were to die in the plane these would be the last objects with him, and he would be caught between the spiritual and the material. The album leans towards the spiritual path, and is an indication of the direction his life would follow.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Cat Stevens

Side one
  1. "Music" – 4:21
  2. "Oh Very Young" – 2:36
  3. "Sun/C79" – 4:35
  4. "Ghost Town" – 3:10
  5. "Jesus" – 2:14
Side two
  1. "Ready" – 3:18
  2. "King of Trees" – 5:07
  3. "A Bad Penny" – 3:21
  4. "Home in the Sky" – 3:38

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Buddha and the Chocolate Box at Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Cat Stevens: Buddha and the Chocolate Box". Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (23 May 1974). "Cat Stevens: Buddha and the Chocolate Box: Music Review". Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Retrieved 26 June 2013. See also: Kent Music Report. 
  5. ^ "austriancharts.at Cat Stevens – Buddha and the Chocolate Box" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 February 2012
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Cat Stevens". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 24 February 2012.  Note: user must select 'Cat STEVENS' from drop-down
  8. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1974" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Cat Stevens – Buddha and the Chocolate Box" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats – Cat Stevens – Buddha and the Chocolate Box" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( Buddha and the Chocolate Box > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Album Search: Cat Stevens – Buddha and the Chocolate Box" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1974". RPM. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1972 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1974". billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Cat Stevens – Buddha and the Chocolate Box". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Buddha and the Chocolate Box in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Cat Stevens – the Chocolate Box". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH