1975 Cat Stevens – Numbers

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. 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.

The concept of the album is a fantastic spiritual musical which is set on the planet Polygor. In the story there is a castle with a number machine. This machine exists to fulfill the sole purpose of the planet – to disperse numbers to the rest of the universe: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (but notably not 0). The nine inhabitants of Polygor, the Polygons, are Monad, Dupey, Trezlar, Cubis, Qizlo, Hexidor, Septo, Octav, and Novim. As the last lines of the book say, they “followed a life of routine that had existed for as long as any could remember. … It was, therefore, all the more shocking when on an ordinary day things first started to go wrong.” The change takes the form of Jzero, who comes from nowhere as a slave and eventually confuses everybody with his simple truth

Tracks

1  Whistlestar (Cat Stevens) 3:47
2  Novim’s Nightmare (Cat Stevens) 3:52
3  Majik Of Majiks (Cat Stevens) 4:31
4  Drywood (Cat Stevens) 4:56
5  Banapple Gas (Cat Stevens) 3:09
6  Land O’ Freelove & Goodbye (Cat Stevens) 2:49
7  Jzero (Cat Stevens) 3:47
8  Home (Cat Stevens) 4:13
9  Monad’s Anthem (Cat Stevens) 2:17

Media

Musicians

BassBruce Lynch
Double BassBruce Lynch
DrumsGerry Conway
GuitarSimon Nicol
GuitarCat Stevens
12 String GuitarSimon Nicol
12 String GuitarCat Stevens
12 String GuitarAlun Davies
Acoustic BassAlun Davies
Fender RhodesCat Stevens
HarpsichordJean Roussel
OrganJean Roussel
PianoCat Stevens
PianoJean Roussel
SynthesizerCat Stevens
SynthesizerJean Roussel
WurlitzerJean Roussel
AccordionGordie Fleming
VibraphoneJean Roussel
SaxDavid Sanborn
PercussionChico Batera
Background VocalsAlun Davies
Background VocalsAnna Peacock
Background VocalsArt Garfunkel
Background VocalsBarbara Massey
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsCarl Hall
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsLewis Furey
Background VocalsMelba Joyce
Background VocalsSuzanne Lynch
Background VocalsTasha Thomas
Background VocalsNetty Gloud
Background VocalsVincent Beck
VocalsCat Stevens

Liner Notes

Producer – Cat Stevens
Arranged By (Strings & Brass) – Jean Roussel
Engineer (Recording) – Leanne Ungar, Nick Blagona
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Bart Chiate, Gary Ulmer, Gerry Block, Nick Blagona, Rene Ameline, Ron St. Germain

Artwork – Cat Stevens

Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Ashtar Music B.V.