Cat Stevens, Greatest Hits (1975)
It was released the year before I was – but it made it in to our house in the early 1990s; one of the first CDs the family owned and probably the first (and possibly the only) CD my father paid full price for. He loved Cat Stevens. And so I did too – as Cat Stevens became the soundtrack of the Napier-Taupo road on cricket and boating trips; for this one family Christmas where we all bought each other (without planning it in advance) copies of Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits and for some car trips too that did not include the Napier-Taupo road (but mostly for Taupo and Auckland and Rotorua excursions; I don’t know why). And then this one time I made the mistake of telling my dad that Father & Son was my favourite song; I was about 14 and just trying to bond with him over music, trying to show I liked some of what he liked. It was my favourite tune on the album. We pulled up in the garage and I headed inside to the house with my hockey stick and gear-bag, off to change and have dinner. After showering, I returned to the garage to drop off my hockey shoes. Dad was still in the car – he had sat listening to Father & Son three times, mum would tell me later he was “looking for the hidden message”. The hidden message was not so hidden; it was my favourite song on the album. That was all. Now of course I can’t listen to it. Certainly not without laughing. But I had to find a copy of this particular compilation on vinyl – something to carry that story along with me I guess.
Sample Track: Father & Son
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