Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist.
Artist: Cat Stevens
Label: Island Records
Catalog# 89680 GT
Numbers is the ninth studio album, and the first concept album by singer/songwriter Cat Stevens released in November 1975.
The album Numbers, subtitled “A Pythagorean Theory Tale,” was based on a fictional planet in a far-off galaxy named polygor, a palace, and its people, the Polygons. So one learned from the album’s accompanying booklet
The songs presumably told the tale, but as with so many concept albums, listening to Numbers was like hearing a Broadway cast album without having seen the show — something seemed to be going on, but it was hard to tell what. The setting did allow Cat Stevens to indulge his affection for Middle Ages madrigal music, and individual songs, notably the singles-chart entry “Banapple Gas,” were appealing. The lyrics were full of references to home, God, and “the truth,” which gave the whole a vaguely spiritual tone, though the key word here is “vague.” Stevens fans may have been somewhat put off by the fear that Numbers was a kind of musical math class — though it went gold, the album was the first in his last seven to peak below the Top Ten.
The album included a booklet with excerpts from a planned book of the same name written by Chris Bryant and Allan Scott. The booklet features pen-and-ink illustrations drawn by Stevens.
1. Whistlestar (3:46)
2. Novim’s Nightmare (3:50)
3. Majik of Majiks (4:30)
4. Drywood (4:53)
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)