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 - 1st + Poster - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 11-Jun-2021 15:10)on June 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm
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 - Buddha And The Chocolate Box - US - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jun-2021 12:36)on June 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm
CAT STEVENS Buddha & The Chocolate Box (1973 US 9-track vinyl LP, complete with full colour illustrated lyric inner, thick card internal pocket gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve [VG] shows just minor shelfwear & some edge scuffing, with the vinylremaining in excellent condition with just a few light surface scuffs to show for its forty odd years ILPS9274)
- Cat Stevens - The World Of Cat Stevens - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 21-May-2021 11:42)on June 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm
CAT STEVENS The World Of Cat Stevens (1970 UK 12-track compilation LP on the blue & silver Decca label, including Matthew And Son, Here Comes My Baby, I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun and I Love My Dog, housed in a front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl looks barely played SPA93)
- Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 20-May-2021 12:50)on June 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm
CAT STEVENS Mona Bone Jakon (1977 UK orange Island 'sunrise' label issue of the classic 1970 11-track LP, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light wear and the vinyl appears barely played ILPS9118)
- Cat Stevens - The First Cut Is The Deepest - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 25-Apr-2021 13:26)on June 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm
CAT STEVENS The First Cut Is The Deepest (1981 UK 14-track compilation LP, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl has just the odd light sign of play TAB25)
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