CAT STEVENS

Tea for the Tiller­man Live

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Wein­er­world It’s easy to for­get how much in­flu­ence Yusuf Is­lam has had on the hum­ble singer- song­writer genre. Back in the mid-1960s, Cat Stevens was a fop­pish pop star, all Carn­aby Street clothes and snappy three-minute pop songs. In the 1970s, fol­low­ing a pe­riod of in­tense per­sonal re­flec­tion while re­cov­er­ing from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, Stevens em­braced a con­fes­sional mode of song­writ­ing that ef­fec­tively in­vented (with Joni Mitchell) the genre known, of­ten de­ri­sively, as “bed­sit­ter” mu­sic. This rarely seen Los An­ge­les TV stu­dio con­cer, fo­cuses on ma­te­rial from Tea for the Tiller­man. It’s of its time, cer­tainly, but the di­rect­ness of the songs and the in­ti­macy of the per­for­mance re­mains a tem­plate that con­tin­ues to be utilised to­day. Ex­tras in­clude an an­i­mated short film, Teaser and the Fire­cat.

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