Teaser & The Firecat/Harmony
On The Turntable features, yet, two more albums celebrating their Golden Anniversary … The program will begin with Teaser & The Firecat from Cat Stevens and follow with Harmony from Three Dog Night.
Teaser & The Firecat
“Teaser and the Firecat” is the fifth studio album by Cat Stevens, released this very weekend in 1971. English keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes played piano on “Morning Has Broken.” The album delivered three top-thirty hit singles …. “Morning Has Broken”, “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train”. It is also the title of a children’s book written and illustrated by Stevens.
The album was a worldwide success topping the top three in the UK and the US and became the biggest selling album of the year in Australia. This is an incredible album … not a bad song on it, and it is my humble opinion that side two of Teaser may be one of the best side two arrangements in pop history. It includes all three hit singles and the underrated “Bitter Blue.” Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers “Teaser and the Firecat” to be the 34th best album of 1971 and the 250th of the decade. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranks the LP 21st on its year end chart.
Notable Tracks – “Bitter Blue” “Moonshadow” “Morning Has Broken” “Peace Train” “If I Laugh”
Harmony is the seventh studio album release from Three Dog Night .. a band that dominated the year 1971 …. Harmony is the seventh gold record from the band in less than three years. You could not turn on the radio in America and not hear Three Dog Night in 1971. The album delivered two top ten hits … “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Never Been to Spain,” both of which are on side one.
The album was released this past week in 1971 … Three Dog Night released four singles and three albums in 1971 … though Harmony did reach gold status … it my have been overshadowed by the amount of material they released … This band was a hit making machine … including “Family of Man” on side two, which was released as a single in 1972 … Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers “Harmony” to be the 435th best lp of 1971.
Notable Tracks – “Never Been To Spain” “An Old Fashioned Love Song” “Family of Man”
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