Yusuf / Cat Stevens Announces New Album Reimagining 1970’s ‘Tea for the Tillerman’
On Sept. 18, Yusuf/Cat Stevens will release Tea for the Tillerman² a 50th anniversary reimagining of the classic album.
“Tea for the Tillerman² sees Yusuf recast the eleven songs for a new age with dramatic results,” reads an official announcement. “Half a century and an entire universe of experiences after the songs were originally laid down on tape, the album is a beautiful reunion of the artist and the songs that helped define the 1970s.”
The original Tea for the Tillerman ushered in Stevens’ height of fame and offered a slew of classic compositions that came to define his body of work, from “Wild World” to “Father and Son” to “Where Do The Children Play?”
And while his conversion to Islam in 1977 saw him step away from the spotlight for many years, his most recent collection arrived in 2017 with The Laughing Apple.
Adds the artist himself, “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. 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.”
Furthermore, the album art is set to illustrate “the same picturesque ‘Tea-Time’ scene that adorned the original album, fifty years later. The Tillerman has returned from an expedition to outer space only to discover a world that has become decidedly darker. The two toddlers, Grady and Timmy, are still playing next to him – this time streaming the latest music and gaming on their mobile phones.”
For more information visit CatStevens.com.
Check out the album cover below: