Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat: Super Deluxe 180g Vinyl 2LP + 7" + 4CD + Blu-ray Box Set
50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set featuring 41 Previously Unreleased Demos-Sessions-Live Tracks, 21 Previously Unreleased TV Performances, New Remaster of Album by Original Producer Paul Samwell-Smith on CD/Blu-Ray HD Audio, and 7" Single of "Moonshadow" Plus 44-Page Replica of Teaser and the Firecat Book & Extensive 108-Page Essay Book!
Following 2020's 50th anniversary editions of the era-defining Tea for the Tillerman and Mona Bone Jakon, 2021 sees Cat Stevens celebrate 1971's landmark Teaser and the Firecat, with a new 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe 4CD, Blu-Ray, 180g 2LP and 7" set in a rigid clamshell box. Includes 41 previously unreleased demos, sessions and live tracks and 21 previously unreleased TV performances.
Also contains a 50th Anniversary Remaster of the album overseen by original album producer Paul Samwell-Smith on CD and Blu-Ray HD audio plus a 7" single of "Moonshadow," a 44-page 12" soft-cover replica of the original Teaser and the Firecat book - written and illustrated by Yusuf - and an extensive 108-page hard-cover 12" essay book.
The Super Deluxe Edition includes a CD of previously unreleased studio material and bonus tracks, an alternate version of the album on LP, as well as a third and fourth CD featuring 23 live performances from 1971. The set also includes a remastered 7" single of "Moonshadow," backed with a previously unreleased Spike Milligan narration of the track from the 1977 Teaser and the Firecat animated video. The 50th anniversary edition also includes an exclusive vinyl LP, track listed with 5 live performances at Montreux in 1971 and six BBC Recordings, as well as a Blu-ray disc featuring a restored version of the 1977 animated video for "Moonshadow," a live performance of "The Wind" from 2020, plus 21 live TV performances.
Also featured here is "Bitterblue²," a newly recorded and never-before-heard version of the classic Teaser album track. Yusuf's rich vocal, sung a full octave lower than the original, imparts a new sense of experience and gravity to the song whose lyrics seem to resonate with a whole new level of meaning: "I've been waiting a long time/To be back beyond."
Cat Stevens achieved phenomenal success with his early work, but it was Teaser and the Firecat, his third LP with Island Records – A&M in the U.S. – that propelled the singer/songwriter into superstardom, spawning some of his most unforgettable hits including "Moonshadow," "Peace Train" and "Morning Has Broken," songs by a youthful spiritual seeker, wise beyond his years that would lay the pretext for a poignant new wave of soulful troubadours and poets. Later, "The Wind" would see Teaser and the Firecat celebrated anew, rising to prominence following the song's use in Wes Anderson's much celebrated film Rushmore as well as the Oscar-winning Cameron Crowe film, Almost Famous.
Through his spell-binding gift for songwriting and his introspective vision, Cat delivered a universal sense of hope and peace in Teaser and the Firecat that still resonates profoundly to this day.
• 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe 180g Vinyl 2LP + 7" + 4CD + Blu-ray Box Set
• 41 previously unreleased demos, sessions and live tracks
• 21 previously unreleased TV performances
• New remaster of the album overseen by original producer Paul Samwell-Smith on CD and Blu-Ray HD audio
• 7" single of "Moonshadow"
• 44-page 12" soft-cover replica of the original Teaser and the Firecat book, written and illustrated by Yusuf
• Extensive 108-page hard-cover 12" essay book
• Rigid clamshell box packaging