Cat Stevens, Teaser and The Firecat (1971)
My copy of this album has always seemed curious to me – not quite real, not official. It took me finally committing to listing the lot on Discogs to find out that my version is in fact an ‘unofficial’ version made in Taiwan. I care only about whether I’m getting the songs with music – I don’t try to get special pressings or first editions or anything like that. This was the one that was in the record store and appealed to me on the day. I have a funny history with Cat Stevens, his greatest hits are in my head forever I think. Which has meant that I’ve taken time out from his albums but when I do return to them I’m simply amazed by that run of records from 1970-1972 in particular, four albums, one a year that includes this one right in the middle. This one includes a few of his best known songs including a couple that probably should be on any of the hits compilations but aren’t always. What a strange, rare talent he was. The songs – the very best of them – still cut very deep. Long after first listens. I’m glad to have this and a couple of the other classic albums from his early – great – run.
Sample Track: The Wind
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