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MAJIKAT: Earth Tour 1976

Released May 18, 2004

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The historic 1976 North American Majikat Earth Tour, recorded and filmed in Williamsburg, Virginia, lay unused in the vaults for the better part of three decades. Playing acoustic guitar and piano and performing solo, with minimal backing, and with a full band (not to mention a trio of magicians and an impressive stage set), Cat Stevens runs through some 20 songs, drawing from his entire catalog. The remastered digital sound is excellent, and there are plenty of extra features, including a lengthy and informative contemporary interview, six additional songs from the archives (one of which, “Moonshadow,” is presented in animation), and a reproduction of the original tour program. Even if this weren’t the only available visual evidence from Stevens’s career, Majikat (Earth Tour 1976) would be a worthy and valuable record of one of the most popular artists of the 70’s.