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 - Father And Son - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.76, €9.28 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 14:57)on June 29, 2022 at 5:17 am
CAT STEVENS Father And Son (1970 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single taken from the classic album Tea For The Tillerman, also including Moon Shadow. Issued in the pink Island company die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl appears in excellent condition WIP6092)
- Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $115.90, €110.20 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 11:18)on June 29, 2022 at 5:17 am
CAT STEVENS Mona Bone Jakon (Rare 1970 UK 11-track stereo LP on the pink Island label with white 'i', complete with original lyric printed poly lined inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light ringwear with a bit of scuffing to the corners& the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few cosmetic surface marks caused by the pvc inner sleeve during storage. A really nice example of this fifty year old pressing ILPS9118)
- Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits - 1st + Poster - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $24.40, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jun-2022 10:22)on June 29, 2022 at 5:17 am
CAT STEVENS Greatest Hits (1975 UK first press 12-track LP compilation with Tiger labels, complete with bonus fold-out calender poster, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear, the calendar is unused & the vinyl appears barely played ILPS9310)
- Cat Stevens - The Collection - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.30, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jun-2022 14:42)on June 29, 2022 at 5:17 am
CAT STEVENS The Collection (1985 UK Castle Communication 'The Collector Series' 20-track double vinyl LP compilation including the singles Matthew And Son, I Love My Dog, Here Comes My Wife and more. The two vinyl discs show just light signs of play issued in the gatefold picture sleeve CCSLP127)
- Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits - 1st + Calendar Poster - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.20, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jun-2022 16:43)on June 29, 2022 at 5:17 am
CAT STEVENS Greatest Hits (1975 UK 12-track LP compilation with 'tiger' labels, fully laminated picture sleeve. The cover is Excellent with a little edge wear & comes complete with the often missing calender poster, which has minor evidence of display. The vinyl is in Excellent condition & reveals light signs of play only ILPS9310)
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