Numbers (Cat Stevens album)

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Numbers
A Pythagorean Theory Tale
Studio album by Cat Stevens
Released November 30, 1975
Recorded October 1975,
Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada
Genre Soft rock, folk rock
Length 33:38
Label Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Producer Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens chronology
Saturnight
(1974)
Numbers
(1975)
Izitso
(1977)
Alternative Cover
Numbers reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Numbers is a concept album by singer/songwriter Cat Stevens released in November 1975. Subtitled "A Pythagorean Theory Tale", it is a concept album based on a fictional planet in a far-off galaxy named Polygor and the "Polygons" who inhabit its palace. The album includes a booklet with excerpts from the planned book of the same name, written by Chris Bryant and Allan Scott, and contains pen-and-ink illustrations by Stevens.[2]

The idea shaped into a fantastic, spiritual musical set on the planet Polygor. In the story, there is a castle with a number machine. This machine exists to fulfill the sole purpose of the planet: to disperse numbers to the rest of the universe—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (but notably, not 0). The nine inhabitants of Polygor, called "Polygons", are Monad, Dupey, Trezlar, Cubis, Qizlo, Hexidor, Septo, Octav, and Novim. As the last lines of the book say, they "followed a life of routine that had existed for as long as any could remember. ... It was, therefore, all the more shocking when on an ordinary day things first started to go wrong." The change takes the form of Jzero, who comes from nowhere as a slave and eventually confuses everybody with his simple truth.[2]

The album was released along with the albums Izitso and Back to Earth in a box set called Three from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab label. It is now out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All the tracks were written by Cat Stevens. The original LP broke with tradition and called the second side "Side 0", a reference to Jzero.[original research?]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Whistlestar" – 3:46
  2. "Novim's Nightmare" – 3:50
  3. "Majik of Majiks" – 4:30
  4. "Drywood" – 4:53

Side 0 (2)[edit]

  1. "Banapple Gas" – 3:07
  2. "Land o' Freelove & Goodbye" – 2:50
  3. "Jzero" – 3:44
  4. "Home" – 4:09
  5. "Monad's Anthem" – 2:43

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Numbers (Media notes). Cat Stevens. A&M Records. 1975.