Cat Stevens ‎– Was Dog A Doughnut?

A&M Records ‎– AM-8440
Vinyl, 12", Promo, 45 RPM


A Was Dog A Doughnut? (Disco Version) 4:14
B Was Dog A Doughnut? (Disco Version) 4:14

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(From the A&M album "Izitso" SP-4702)

Same mix on both sides. This is the original release from 1977, which has a white label with a small A&M logo printed slightly off centre (see picture). This release was counterfeited in 2007 with a light blue label. Also, the A&M logo is bigger and appears in the centre of the label on the repress, as opposed to the original. Therefore, the two can easily be distinguished.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Both Sides): 8889S-12
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-Out Inscription Side A): A+M 8889S-12-M1 (MR) ∆22820(1) 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-Out Inscription Side B): A+M 8889S-12-M2 (MR) ∆22820(1) 1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1971-S Cat Stevens Was Dog A Doughnut / Sweet Jamaica(7", Single, Ter) A&M Records 1971-S US 1977 Sell This Version
1971, 1971-S Cat Stevens Sweet Jamaica(7", Mono, Promo) A&M Records, A&M Records 1971, 1971-S US 1977 Sell This Version
AM-8440 Cat Stevens Was Dog A Doughnut(12", Unofficial) A&M Records (2) AM-8440 US 2007 Sell This Version
CM-2088 Cat Stevens Was Dog A Doughnut(7", Single, Promo) A&M Records CM-2088 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
AM 1971 Cat Stevens Was Dog A Doughnut (7", Single, Promo) A&M Records AM 1971 Canada 1977 Sell This Version


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January 7, 2019
The album version of this sounds phenomenal. I play regularly and cant believe how good and fresh it still sounds today. What happens when the drum machine is accompanied by world class musos (and a dog).


November 25, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Despite the thrill of owning a 12 or 7" pressing of this timeless composition, you can still rock a party with the album version (Costing between $1 and $5 in most American record shops). It's just that well-produced.


August 16, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Jellybean Benitez released a version of Was Dog A Doughnut in 1984


October 21, 2012
It may not sound like a normal Cat Stevens track, but Yusuf's experimentaion with Funky Electro is an absolute winner! Highly reccomended


October 3, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
Although this single did not come out until November 1977, the album which spawned this track (Izitso) was released April 1977 (some sources say May).

Although 50% of the Proto-Electro of the 70's is an offshoot of Kraut-Rock turned Space-Disco, the other 50% is an offshoot of Funk-Jazz. Being Chick Corea (of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew album) is largely featured on this track, one can tie this to the Proto-Electro lineage that includes other Jazz luminaries as Herbie Hancock and Lionel Hampton, leading to Tyrone Brunson and Paul Hardcastle.

In contrast to this track, the remainder of the album was backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.


February 1, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
As history goes, "Was Dog A Doughnut" is not recognized as one of the most important Electronic records ever made. People always give Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" a name-check for that. But Cat Stevens did produce this track without hearing Kraftwerk. This could be the first Electronic record ever recorded
and Cat Stevens was known as a Folk/Rock artist and not a forefather of Electronic Music. On this 1977 release we have the prototype electro track, one that pre-dates Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk and YMO. We have a timeless classic here, Moog eruptions and electronic drum programming which arrived 5 years prior to The Roland 808. We have the Dog Barks, which became the electro standard in 1982, we have Mantronix and Freddy Fresh, name-checking it, while Jellybean did his own cover version, yet people still do not know.....Get yourself the bonafied
first electro track of all time. This is it.