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 - Teaser And The Firecat - 2nd - Textured - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jun-2020 11:34)on July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CAT STEVENS Teaser & The Firecat (1972 UK issue of the 1971 10-track LP on the pink rim Island palm tree label, textured gatefold picture sleeve with powder blue company inner. The sleeve [VG+] shows a little storage wear & edge scuffing & the vinyl grades EX/EX- with a few faint paper hairlines not affecting play ILPS9154)
- Cat Stevens - The View From The Top - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 25-May-2020 14:28)on July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CAT STEVENS The View From The Top (70s UK silver & purple Deram label 24-track double LP compilation, housed in a front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light wear to the laminate with age & the vinyl is Excellent with few signs of play DPA3019/20)
- Cat Stevens - Cat Stevens Anthology - Volume One - US - vinyl LP - Promo - £125.00, $156.25, €140.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-May-2020 10:13)on July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CAT STEVENS Cat Stevens Anthology - Volume One (Super rare 1971 US promotional-only 14-track publishing LP, a unique compilation created to highlight Cat Stevens material owned by Irving Music Inc. publishing. Housed in a custom heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve which shows just a little scuffing and a faded price sticker mark. The vinyl is Excellent with minimal signs of play. First and only copy we've ever managed to find! SP-8194)
- Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-May-2020 15:45)on July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CAT STEVENS Teaser And The Firecat (1972 UK issue of the 1971 10-track vinyl LP on the pink rim 'palm tree' label, his fifth studio album including the singles Moonshadow and Morning Has Broken. The second issue smooth gatefold picture sleeve has lyrics inside and shows just a little light shelf discolouration & edge scuffing while the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play ILPS9154)
- Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits - 1st + Poster - UK - vinyl LP - £18.00, $22.50, €20.16 (Back In Stock) (arrived 14-Apr-2020 10:11)on July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CAT STEVENS Greatest Hits (1975 UK 12-track compilation LP, complete with bonus fold-out calender poster, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minor storage wear and the vinyl shows minimal sign of play ILPS9310)
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