CAT STEVENS - SYDNEY 1972

July 24, 2021 – 5:44 am

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CAT STEVENS
Sydney 1972 [The Waz From Oz Archives, 1CD]

1972 Australian Zimmering Tour. Live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; 29th, 30th or 31st August 29/30/31(?) 1972. Very good mono audience recording (vinyl rip).

Thanks to wazza50 for sharing the show at Dime.

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This mono recording is sourced from the very rare limited Australian pressed bootleg LP ‘Live in Sydney ‘72′ which was released in late 1972 or early 1973.

What you are now listening to was probably the very first Australian pressed vinyl bootleg, if not the first then it was close to it. The only other known other locally pressed boots around the same time period 1972 - 1973 were a little-known Led Zeppelin Live In Sydney 1972 and a copy of TMOQ Dylan’s Troubled Troubadour Basement Tapes. I brought all three in this period.

Next to come in late 1974 or early 1975 were the original Lou Reed Sydney 1974 Blondes Have More Fun LP followed by The Eagles 1976 Welcome To The Late Show Sydney LP. As far as I know that was it for local Australian bootlegs until sometime in the 1980s when a few more surfaced such as that single LP’s Iggy Pop 1983 Melbourne and Siouxsie & The Banshees 1983 Sydney.

For those of us in the know, we didn’t worry as here in Australia USA pressed bootlegs with European ones occasionally thrown were easily available. In the early to mid-’7s there were two Sydney record shops that catered for our bootleg needs. No under the counter dealings required as their racks were top heavy with them, in fact White Light (RIP) was mostly bootlegs.

My Led Zep 1972 Sydney LP was nicked many decades ago but I still have my Cat Stevens 1972 and Lou Reed 1974 Sydney LPs. To this day I’ve never seen another copy of any of these. I assume they were pressed in extremely small numbers.

The Cat Stevens Live in Sydney LP came in a glossy B/W cover with a groovy hand drawn picture of Cat on the front cover with printed lyrics on the back along with a colour sticker on it saying ‘Australian Made’. The cover is reproduced in the artwork with this torrent. The people behind the LP were honest as written on the back cover it states that the recording suffers from sound fluctuations & excessive speaker noise. Tis true but it’s still a good recording for the times.

The source tape used for the Cat Stevens Live In Sydney 1972 LP to this day has never surfaced and we don’t know which one of the three Sydney concerts it was taped at. The LP ran rather fast, some tracks were faster than others, they were all over the place like a mad woman’s turd.

Add to this, the fluctuating sound levels made some sections somewhat distorted. Unfortunately this is very noticeable in louder songs, also the LP was rather crackly from the first play. audiowhore spent countless hours correcting the speed/pitch, plus de-clicked it and then mixed it to buggery. He has to be congratulated for his work repairing and improving the sound.

The LP tracks are taken from different sections of the concert. It starts with The Wind which was the first song to start the proceedings at the Sydney shows. Methinks the following songs on the LP are in the order that they were played although of course a good many songs between them are missing. The LP is roughly 44 minutes of a nearly two-hour concert.

I recently found a small news clipping saying that when Cat Stevens came off stage before the encores at the first Sydney concert he was ready to kill most of the members of his band especially the string section. He was reported as saying that it was the worst show he’s ever done. It gives no reason why he thinks this but sounds like the Cat was ‘Not happy Jan’ (only Aussies will get that!) at his first concert in Sydney.

On the bootleg, there’s some thumping before 18th Avenue. After Sittin’ has finished, some audience members close to the stage just might be offering Cat an illegal substance as you can hear him reply “No thanks, we get stoned enough” quickly followed by him asking for more guitar.

When I Wish I Wish ends he’s says loudly “Calamity, Calamity” then there’s a high-pitched squeal of feedback. This is followed by a long period of tuning up with Cat declaring it’s got to be in tune & where’s the plug. In fact, there’s tuning up throughout the songs on the LP plus a false start. Hearing this recording I’d say it’s the 1st Sydney concert on August 29, 1972, the one he says is his worst concert ever, but methinks he’s over exaggerating.

Cat is politically incorrect as he likens the previously mentioned high pitched squeal of feedback to the stereotype high pitched gay voice by commenting “’Ere there must be some poofs in this audience”. Poofs of course being a derogatory slang for gays. But he dead set makes up for it in How Can I Tell You by singing once “Feel my arse around you” instead of “Feel my arms around you”.

Cat Stevens was extremely popular in Australia by the time he made his 1st Australian Tour. I’ve read that by 1972, almost 1 in 2 Aussies owned a Cat Stevens LP. That might be a stretch but on his arrival at Sydney airport he was mobbed by 300 people. From written accounts his airport arrival ended up becoming somewhat of a dead set shit fight when the fans broke through his police escort. Cat’s clothing was torn plus at one point he was knocked over before escaping the crowd. Later at his one & only Australian Press Conference he was awarded with 25 gold records & 1 gold cassette!

There was a big kerfuffle about the price of the Cat Stevens tickets (A$6.60) which if memory serves me correctly at the time where the highest priced tickets to go on sale here for a concert. This ticket controversy might be the reason that Cat later decided to donate A$20,000 from the proceeds of his third Sydney concert to Australian Freedom From Hunger.

My now departed long-time friend Recy went to the 1st Sydney show on August 29, it’s her ticket in the artwork. I wasn’t able to obtain tickets for either of the first two Sydney shows as they sold out quickly. Due to public demand, a third Sydney show was put on sale, however tickets were only available through mail order. This is where I got lucky, scoring a ticket to the 3rd and final Sydney concert on August 31.

Usually I have a good long-term memory but sadly I can’t remember many details about this show. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, I did as I was a big Cat Stevens fan. My seat was on the floor and I remember the audience at the show being exceptionally quiet during the songs, then politely clapping/cheering between songs, becoming louder when he walked off before the encores.

I can also recall until they were required the 11-piece string section were hidden behind a curtain. I recollect him switching from guitar & going over to the piano to perform Sad Lisa (one of my favourites) sadly not on this LP. Also, I think at the beginning of the show before he came on stage we were treated to an animated video of Teaser And The Firecat, or maybe I am confused & this was shown at the 1974 Sydney concert.

Recy met Cat a few times in Sydney on the 1972 tour. She went on to become the president of his Australian Fan Club. In 1974 he asked her to mind his empty house in London while he was on tour somewhere which she did. I remember Recy telling me the house was sparsely furnished, very minimalistic. They were in contact periodically over the decades and, at Recy’s 2020 wake, there was a nice touch when a family member read out a personal condolence message from Yusef/Cat Stevens.

I attended the Cat Stevens 1974 Bamboozle Tour Sydney show but didn’t tape it. However, I did tape the Sydney Yusef/Cat Sydney shows in 2010 & 2017. They’ll be DIMED at some stage in the future.

Once again, thanks to audiowhore for the lengthy period of time he spent making this recording fit for consumption for those on DIME.

Enjoy,

Waz

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Lineage:
Vinyl transfer by Roger in 2020
extensive audio repair by audiowhore
Cat Stevens Sydney 1972 Photos By Big Knob
For Recy
Artwork By Waz From Oz

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Track 01. The Wind 2:14
Track 02. Lady D’Arbanville 4:08
Track 03. Into White 3:51
Track 04. 18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare) 4:32
Track 05. I Think I See The Light 4:25
Track 06. Morning Has Broken 3:51
Track 07. If I Laugh 3:43
Track 08. Trouble 3:13
Track 09. Sitting 4:04
Track 10. I Wish I Wish 6:15
Track 11. How Can I Tell 4:12
45 mins

Lineup:
Cat Stevens - vocals, guitar, piano
Alun Davies - guitar
Larry Steele - bass
Jean Roussel - keyboards
Gerry Conway - drums
Del Newman - musical director
plus 11-piece string section

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  1. 15 Responses to “CAT STEVENS - SYDNEY 1972”

  2. Rumor has it Cat gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jul 24, 2021

  3. DD , triple H , This dude is another one like Dylan I used to listen to as a kid and teenager . He sang shit like peace train , and morning has broken , nice sweet ballads . Then he becomes a motherfuckin violent Muslim . I heard he even might be a member of fuckin isis. He wears that fuckin Muslim shit . I think he even talks bout cuttin off heads , just like isis . Dylan bein a Dic suckin Jew bastard is bad . This Muslim shit is worse

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2021

  4. DD , triple H , I fuckin knew it . First it was the Washington Redskins bein forced to change their name , cause of all the motherfuckin white liberals and PC bullshit , now it’s the Cleveland Indians. I guess gettin chief wahoo off the baseball caps wasn’t enough for them Dic suckers . They is already talking bout goin after the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Braves next .. It never fuckin ends . I is so done wit sports. Nuthin but ugly as coon monkeys and hi Yellers wit tattoos anyway actin like fuckin idiots

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2021

  5. I’m Muslim too. Allah is great!

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2021

  6. Rumor has it I like to suck a Big Un

    By U L E on Jul 24, 2021

  7. Derrick, That’s brave of you to come out on here as a Muslim. Kudos to you for doing so.

    By Nelson on Jul 25, 2021

  8. Shut up about sports Derrick. Nobody cares anymore!

    By DD on Jul 25, 2021

  9. DD- stfu about eating ass, shitbreath.

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2021

  10. Nels, being a Muslim is great! Let me know if you want to convert too!

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2021

  11. DD and U are dik suckers, my Muslim brothers won’t accept that. H would stink up a mosque with his shitty pants, that’s no good either.

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2021

  12. Not me above derrick. A phony piece of shit . These imposters are cowards, otherwise they’d use their real names . I’m with you on the sports and muslim stuff . I hate Muslims and niggers more than jews . I never knew cat Stevens was a Muslim . Political correctness is ruining sports . The chiefs are next .

    By Nelson on Jul 25, 2021

  13. Last one twernt me nuther fake. Only first one was me

    By Nelson on Jul 25, 2021

  14. Twernt me on last one nuther fake .

    By U L E on Jul 25, 2021

  15. Fakes run amok

    By U L E on Jul 25, 2021

  16. Interesting show- great to have it documented like this. Unfortunately, due to the poor sound though, it is not much more than this. Thumbs up to the people who tried to restore it!

    By popsicle on Jul 26, 2021

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