Catch Bull at Four

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Catch Bull at Four
Studio album by Cat Stevens
Released 27 September 1972
Recorded May 1972,
The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire;
Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France;
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Folk-rock, soft rock
Length 39:40
Label Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Cat Stevens chronology
Teaser and the Firecat
(1971)
Catch Bull at Four
(1972)
Foreigner
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (Favorable) [2]

Catch Bull at Four is an album by Cat Stevens. It was Stevens' most successful album in the United States, holding the top spot on Billboard's chart for three consecutive weeks. The title is taken from one of the Ten Bulls of Zen.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Cat Stevens except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sitting" – 3:14
  2. "Boy with a Moon & Star on His Head" – 5:57
  3. "Angelsea" – 4:30
  4. "Silent Sunlight" – 3:00
  5. "Can't Keep It In" – 2:59

Side two[edit]

  1. "18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)" – 4:21
  2. "Freezing Steel" – 3:40
  3. "O Caritas" (Andreas Toumazis, Jeremy Taylor, Stevens) – 3:41
  4. "Sweet Scarlet" – 3:49
  5. "Ruins" – 4:24

Personnel[edit]

double bass, bass, spanish guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric mandolin, electric piano, RMI keyboard, synthesizer, penny whistle, drums, percussion, vocals, backing vocals

Production[edit]

Producer - Paul Samwell-Smith

Reviews[edit]

Catch Bull at Four was well received both commercially and critically. Rolling Stone Magazine was satisfied with the "gorgeous melody and orchestration", while simultaneously disappointed by the lack of a single track comparable to "Morning Has Broken" from Teaser and the Firecat.[4]

Charts[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Catch Bull at Four at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ zen, 10 bulls by Kakuan
  4. ^ a b Connolly, Dave Review and Information regarding Catch Bull At Four
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-24
  7. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four" (ASP). dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Cat Stevens". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-24.  Note: user must select 'Cat STEVENS' from drop-down
  9. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1972" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  10. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats - Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Catch Bull at Four > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  13. ^ "Album Search: Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  14. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1972 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  15. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1973". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Slade Alive! by Slade
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
23 October – 10 December 1972
Succeeded by
Slayed? by Slade
Preceded by
Never a Dull Moment by Rod Stewart
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
11 – 18 November 1972
Succeeded by
Old Dan's Records
by Gordon Lightfoot
Preceded by
Super Fly by Curtis Mayfield
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
18 November – 8 December 1972
Succeeded by
Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues