Nostalgia is big business and the record industry loves a good anniversary reissue. Once or twice a decade, why not repackage an old album? Maybe remaster it. Maybe add a big pile of extra tracks no one thought it worth inflicting on the public before. For the 50th anniversary of his ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ album, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has done something different, though. He’s re-recorded the whole album anew, calling it ‘Tea For The Tillerman²’ or just ‘T4TT²’.
Back when he first wrote and recorded the original album, he was a young man in his early 20s. It was, nonetheless, his fourth studio record. And also his first big success.
Its influence was strong back in the early 70s and has continued through the decades. But now Stevens is a different man. He doesn’t really go by the name Stevens anymore, for one thing. Which means that when he sings “we’ve come a long way” on opening track ‘Where Do The Children Play?’, the lyric carries a different weight.
“Though my songwriting adventures were never limited to ‘Tillerman’, the songs on that album certainly defined me and pointed the way for my mysterious life’s journey”, he says.
He goes on: “Since those originative sessions in Morgan Studios, Willesden, in 1970, ‘Tillerman’ has grown and developed its own gravitas and influence on music history and as the soundtrack to so many people’s lives. Like it was destiny waiting to happen, ‘T4TT²’ feels like the timing of its message has arrived again”.
The new version of the record will be released on 18 Sep. Listen to the new version of ‘Where Do The Children Play?’ here:
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- Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits - Japanese - vinyl LP - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2020 12:31)on September 26, 2020 at 3:41 am
CAT STEVENS Greatest Hits (Original 1975 Japanese 12-track LP, housed in a pasted picture sleeve complete with four-page Japanese/lyric insert, wide 'Rockupation' picture obi-strip & 22" x 22" colour poster. The picture sleeve is Excellent with some minor shelf wear [slight fracture to paper on spine with main print legible], the poster is unused & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play GP282)
- Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 19-Aug-2020 15:44)on September 26, 2020 at 3:41 am
CAT STEVENS Mona Bone Jakon (Early 70s issue of the 1970 UK 11-track LP on the pink rim Island 'palm tree' label, matt picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light ring wear creasing & the vinyl still looks barely ever played ILPS9118)
- Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon - Italian - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jul-2020 11:55)on September 26, 2020 at 3:41 am
CAT STEVENS Mona Bone Jakon (1980s Italian 'Orizzonte' series blue Island label issue of the 1970 11-track vinyl LP. The picture sleeve remains in the open shrink, which with time has slightly shrunk and caused the sleeve to ripple, otherwise has only light wear along the opening, whilst the vinyl looks barely played ORL8488)
- Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat - 4th - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2020 07:54)on September 26, 2020 at 3:41 am
CAT STEVENS Teaser And The Firecat (Circa 1980 UK Bubbles Island label issue of the 1971 10-track LP, gatefold picture sleeve with blue card inner. The sleeve shows only minor wear & the vinyl looks barely played ILPS9154)
- Cat Stevens - Catch Bull At Four - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2020 14:27)on September 26, 2020 at 3:41 am
CAT STEVENS Catch Bull At Four (1972 UK 10-track vinyl LP, his sixth studio album including the singles Can't Keep It In and Sitting. The fully-laminated gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics across the inner spread and the vinyl only light signsof play ILPS9206)
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