CAT STEVENS-A Bad Night/The Laughing Apple US Deram 45-DEM-85015 1967
Despite fame in the 1970's Cat Stevens 60's output went completely unnoticed in the U.S. Deram issued both of his LP's here and the label put out five of his nine British singles. "A Bad Night" was his fourth Deram single in both the U.S and U.K. It was released over there in July of 1967 and issued here in June.
"A Bad Night" starts out somber and suddenly kicks it up a notch with an almost fast samba feel but with sharp as hell strings and everything but the kitchen sink (care of Art Greenslade). It's not his best Deram single but certainly not his worst either.
|Cat flanked by Jimi Hendrix, Gary Walker and Englebert Wotisface|
The B-side, "The Laughing Apple", is probably among the latter. Lyrically it's awful. The orchestration is top notch (Alan Tew this time) but the track just does nothing for me.
Both sides are available as bonus tracks a the CD reissue of his second and final Deram album "New Masters".
Hear "A Bad Night" :
Hear "The Laughing Apple":