Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Reissue + Digital Download

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Teaser And The Firecat is the sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, originally released in October 1971 by Island Records.

Even as a serious-minded singer/songwriter, Cat Stevens never stopped being a pop singer at heart, and with Teaser And The Firecat he reconciled his philosophical interests with his pop instincts.

Basically, Teaser's songs come in two modes: gentle ballads that usually found Stevens and second guitarist Alun Davies playing delicate lines over sensitive love lyrics, and up-tempo numbers on which the guitarists strummed away and thundering drums played in stop-start rhythms.

There were also more exotic styles, such as the Greek-styled "Rubylove", with its twin bouzoukis and a verse sung in Greek, and "Tuesday's Dead", with its Caribbean feel. Stevens seemed to have worked out some of his big questions, to the point of wanting to proselytize on songs like "Changes IV" and "Peace Train", both stirring tunes in which he urged social and spiritual improvement.

Meanwhile, his love songs had become simpler and more plaintive. And while there had always been a charming, childlike quality to some of his lyrics, there were songs here that worked as nursery rhymes, and these were among the album's most memorable tracks and its biggest hits, "Moonshadow" and "Morning Has Broken", the latter adapted from a hymn, with the piano played and arranged by Rick Wakeman.

The overall result was an album that was musically more interesting than ever, but lyrically dumbed-down. Tea For The Tillerman may have been the more impressive effort, but Teaser And The Firecat was the Cat Stevens album that gave more surface pleasures to more people, which in pop music is the name of the game.

This LP record is a "Back to Black" series reissue housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered audio, reproduced artwork and digital download, is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(10713)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

The Wind

1:42

A2

Rubylove

2:37

A3

If I Laugh

3:20

A4

Changes IV

3:32

A5

How Can I Tell You

4:24

B1

Tuesday’s Dead

3:36

B2

Morning Has Broken

3:20

B3

Bitterblue

3:12

B4

Moonshadow

2:52

B5

Peace Train

4:04

SKU 10713
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 07314 5468851 2
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2008
Original Release Date (Year) 01 October 1971
Barcode # 731454688512
Shipping Weight 0.3800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Reissue, "Back To Black" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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