Catch Bull at Four

Catch Bull at Four
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Studio album by
Released 27 September 1972
Recorded May 1972
Studio The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire;
Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France;
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, soft rock
Length 39:40
Label Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Cat Stevens chronology
Teaser and the Firecat
Catch Bull at Four
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Christgau's Record Guide C[2]
Rolling Stone (Favorable)[3]

Catch Bull at Four is the sixth studio album by Cat Stevens. The title is taken from one of the Ten Bulls of Zen.[4]

In the United States the album spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada and became Stevens's second consecutive album to reach number two on the UK Albums Chart. The song "Sitting" was released as a single in 1972, reaching 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception

Catch Bull at Four was well received both commercially and critically. Rolling Stone was satisfied with the "gorgeous melody and orchestration", while simultaneously disappointed by the lack of a single track comparable to "Morning Has Broken" from Teaser and the Firecat.[5]

Track listing

All songs written by Cat Stevens except as noted.

Side one

  1. "Sitting" – 3:14
  2. "Boy with a Moon & Star on His Head" – 5:57
  3. "Angelsea" – 4:30
  4. "Silent Sunlight" – 3:00
  5. "Can't Keep It In" – 2:59

Side two

  1. "18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)" – 4:21
  2. "Freezing Steel" – 3:40
  3. "O Caritas" (Andreas Toumazis, Jeremy Taylor, Stevens) – 3:41
  4. "Sweet Scarlet" – 3:49
  5. "Ruins" – 4:24



Chart positions


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum

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