On Sept. 18, Yusuf/Cat Stevens will commemorate the 50th anniversary of his landmark 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman with Tea for the Tillerman², a reimagining of the record with new arrangements and fresh recordings of the classic tracks.
On Thursday, a new video for the reimagined version of “On the Road to Find Out” was shared by the singer/songwriter as a preview of the new release:
More on the new version of the song, per a news release:
“On The Road To Find Out” was written following the battle with TB and lengthy recovery period that wiped out most of 1968 and ‘69 for Cat Stevens on a public and professional level. Privately, however, he had experimented with meditation and techniques of personal reflection through that period of spiritual evolution. The literature he was reading – most notably “The Secret Path” by Paul Brunton – sparked a passion for widening his range of learning.
Alongside his inner-conscience development, Cat’s transformation led to reshaping his musical direction which revealed itself in the stripped-down acoustic sound of his next two groundbreaking albums: Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman.
Also shared so far from the upcoming 50th anniversary set from Yusuf/Cat Stevens is “Where Do The Children Play?,” presented in a visually stirring and thoughtful animated rumination on how we treat the environment:
And some insight regarding how this reimagining of Tea for the Tillerman came about:
The concept for Tea for the Tillerman² grew out of a conversation, fittingly, between Yusuf and his son about how to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. This gave birth to the idea of reimagining and rerecording the songs, and the results speak for themselves. Paul Samwell-Smith was contacted and a week was booked at La Fabrique Studios, in the South of France in the Summer of 2019, close to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous works. The studio itself carries a rich and varied history, having once been a factory for dyeing the prestigious red jackets of Napoleon’s famous Hussars and also being home to one of the largest collections of classic French cinema and vinyl records. Providentially, the whole experience was filmed.