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Cat stevens greatest hits
The cat stevens greatest hits is the second studio album by the American country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music) by Asylum Records (see 1971 in music). It was produced by the group and Jim Recor. It was the last New Riders album to feature the group's original lineup before their 1974 breakup. It was recorded in the same sessions that produced their previous album, Cat Heads &, Backstabbers. The album marked a return to more acoustic, roots rock, folk music, and country blues-influenced material for the group. It was the only album by the group to feature singer-songwriter John Dawson on every song. He was also featured on their 1973 album The New Riders, a collection of previously unreleased and demo recordings the band had made for the album.
The album is significant for being the group's last album with guitarist/vocalist David Nelson, who would depart from the band in November 1974, just weeks before the group's final studio album, The Loner. It was also the last album that contned all-original material from the band's members, with their next album, The Loner, including songs composed by other artists, such as "Snts &, Angels" and "Rockin' into the Night", the former by Waylon Jennings and the latter by the Everly Brothers.
The album is notable for being the first New Riders album to feature a female on the cover, album art model and singer Donna Jean Godchaux, who would become the first female bass guitarist in country music. The cover design was created by New Riders road manager and artist David Johnson.
The album was first released on CD in Japan in 1996 on a compilation album with Cat Heads &, Backstabbers. It was reissued on its own as part of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Anthology, in 2001. It was first released on vinyl in 2009 on a collection of B-sides and rarities titled A New Tradition: The B-Sides and Rarities. It was reissued as part of the 2017 vinyl box set The Anthology. It was released on cassette and 8-track tape in 2016 as part of the Cat Heads &, Backstabbers/Cat Stevens Greatest Hits collection.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage was a country rock band formed in 1969. The band's original lineup consisted of vocalist John Dawson, guitarist/harmonica player David Nelson, keyboardist Larry Knechtel, bass guitarist Jack Pattillo and drummer Sammy Henson. The band's original name was The American Express, but was later changed to The New Riders of the Purple Sage. The group, which included a rotating cast of musicians, played in several styles of country music, including folk, blues and rock. They became popular in the early 1970s, becoming one of country music's most popular bands. They recorded nine albums during their tenure, with the group's final studio album being the 1974's The Loner. It was their only album to include songs by other artists. The band broke up shortly after the release of the album.
In late 1971, The New Riders of the Purple Sage released the album Cat Heads &, Backstabbers, produced by the band and their producer Jim Recor. The album marked a return to roots rock, folk music and country blues-influenced music for the group. It was the only album by the group to feature John Dawson on every song. He was also featured on their previous album, Cat Heads &, Backstabbers, which was released on the band's own label, Cathead Records.
Recording and production
The album was recorded at Jim Recor's Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles in February 1971. The sessions took place over five days. Recor had become the band's producer and manager, and had signed the group to Asylum Records in 1971. Recor had previously worked with John Denver and the Mamas &, the Papas, and had worked with Asylum founder Tom Atack, the president of the label, to sign and produce the New Riders. The New Riders' first studio album, the self-titled The New Riders of the Purple Sage, was released on Asylum in May 1971.
The album was the last New Riders album to feature the original lineup. Dawson was the only member to remn with the band until their 1974 breakup. Guitarist/vocalist David Nelson left the band in November 1974, after recording one song with the band and a performance on the NBC television variety show, The Midnight Special. He was replaced by Chris Ethridge and the next album was released by the group as a solo album, titled The New Riders. The album, which was released in 1974, was produced by the group, with Recor producing and mixing. The album included songs written by the band, as well as others, such as "Snts &, Angels" and "Rockin' into the Night", which were composed by other artists.
The album is notable for being the first New Riders album to feature a female on the cover, album art model and singer Donna Jean Godchaux. The cover was created by New Riders road manager and artist David Johnson, who had also created the cover art for their debut album. The artwork was an acrylic pnting of Godchaux. She had worked as a model previously, and was a friend of the band. At the time of the album's release, she was not a member of the group.
The album's liner notes included a brief biography for each of the band