Matthew and Son is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevensreleased in March Stevens began writing songs during his early teenage years. His earliest influences included the sound of early British bands, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stonesinfluenced by popular American rhythm and blues music. Stevens's older brother, David Gordon, attracted the attention of music producer Mike Hurstformerly of the Springfieldsin the hope of finding a producer interested in his younger brother's music.
After a demo was recorded, a deal was struck between the two. Although the album was not released untilthe first advance single, " I Love My Dog ", was released in It was initially recorded only by Stevens' guitars, piano and vocals. Hurst, however, encouraged Stevens to add a staccato and tympani—and—viola arrangement; this was something that had not been done before on pop music songs.
Session bassist John Paul Jones played on the first singles two years before becoming a member of Led Zeppelin. The lyrics for the B-side of the The Tramp - Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son single, "Portobello Road", were written by Kim Fowleywho encouraged Stevens to compose a melody for the song. The single initially reached No. Matthew and Son was Reminisce - DJ Kazzmatazz - Reminisce Vol.
1 ineventually reaching No. The album track " Here Comes My Baby " was initially recorded and released by the Tremeloesand was a hit, reaching No. Music critic Robert Christgau of The Village Voice later called Matthew and Son "a rarity: a forgotten record that shouldn't be",  and said that both its title track and " I Love My Dog " were "two rock songs we should have heard more of in ".
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