Video

Cat Stevens / Mona Bone Jakon & Tea for the Tillerman super deluxes unboxed

Cat Stevens / Mona Bone Jakon and Tea For The Tillerman unboxing video

Watch the unboxing video

Out today are the 50th anniversary super deluxe editions of Cat Stevens‘ two 1970 albums: Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman. SDEtv lifts the lid on both box sets and takes a look…

Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman are out today. Both albums are also being issued as two-CD deluxe sets and on vinyl LP and single CD editions.

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Mona Bone Jakon - super deluxe box set

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman - super deluxe box set

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Mona Bone Jakon - remastered vinyl LP

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman - remastered vinyl LP

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Mona Bone Jakon - 2CD deluxe

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman - 2CD deluxe

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Mona Bone Jakon - remastered CD

Currency:

Compare prices and pre-order

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman - remastered CD

Currency:

 

Mona Bone Jakon super deluxe edition box set

CD1 Original Album (2020 Remaster)

Lady D’Arbanville
Maybe You’re Right
Pop Star
I Think I See The Light
Trouble
Mona Bone Jakon
I Wish, I Wish
Katmandu
Time
Fill My Eyes
Lilywhite

CD2  Original Album (2020 Mix)

Lady D’Arbanville
Maybe You’re Right
Pop Star
I Think I See The Light
Trouble
Mona Bone Jakon
I Wish, I Wish
Katmandu
Time
Fill My Eyes
Lilywhite

CD3  Demos

Maybe You’re Right (Studio Demo)
I Think I See The Light (Studio Demo)
Trouble (Studio Demo)
Mona Bone Jakon (Home Demo)
I Wish I Wish (Studio Demo)
Katmandu (Studio Demo)
Time (Studio Demo)
Fill My Eyes (Studio Demo)
I Want Some Sun (Studio Demo)

CD4 Live

Interview (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Lady D’Arbanville (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Maybe You’re Right (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Trouble (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Katmandu (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Changes IV (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Time / Fill My Eyes )Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Where Do The Children Play (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Lady D’Arbanville (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Maybe You’re Right (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Father & Son (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Lady D’Arbanville (BEATCLUB (GERMANY) 25.08.70)
Lady D’Arbanville (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Maybe You’re Right (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Katmandu (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Interview (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Lady D’Arbanville (DEUX SUR LA 2 (FRANCE), 12.10.70)
Maybe You’re Right (POP DEUX (FRANCE) 27.02.1971)

Blu-Ray: Music Video & Live Videos + High Res Audio of Original Album (2020 Mix)

Lady D’Arbanville (Official Video)
Lady D’Arbanville (BEATCLUB (GERMANY) 25.08.70)
Lady D’Arbanville (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Maybe You’re Right (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Katmandu (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Interview (TV CONCERT (FRANCE) 01.11.1970)
Lady D’Arbanville (DEUX SUR LA 2 (FRANCE), 12.10.70)
Maybe You’re Right (POP DEUX (FRANCE) 27.02.1971)
Maybe You’re Right (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)

Vinyl LP  Original Album (2020 Mix)

Lady D’Arbanville
Maybe You’re Right
Pop Star
I Think I See The Light
Trouble
Mona Bone Jakon
I Wish, I Wish
Katmandu
Time
Fill My Eyes
Lilywhite

12” Etched Vinyl Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival (08/08/70)

Changes IV
Time / Fill My Eyes
Where Do The Children Play
Lady D’Arbanville
Maybe You’re Right
Father & Son

Tea For The Tillerman super deluxe edition box set

CD1 Original Album (2020 Remaster)

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Sad Lisa
Miles From Nowhere
But I might Die Tonight
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son
Tea For The Tillerman

CD2  Original Album (2020 Mix)

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Sad Lisa
Miles From Nowhere
But I might Die Tonight
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son
Tea For The Tillerman

CD3 Tea For The Tillerman²

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Sad Lisa
Miles From Nowhere
But I might Die Tonight
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son
Tea For The Tillerman

CD4 Demos / Outtakes / Alternate Versions

Wild World (Demo)
Miles From Nowhere (Studio Demo)
But I Might Die Tonight (Deep End Movie Version)
Can This Be Love?
Honey Man (duet with Elton John)
It’s So Good
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Demo)
Don’t Be Shy (Demo)
I’ve Got A Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old
Love Lives In The Sky
The Joke
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Don’t Be Shy

CD5 Live

Where Do The Children Play? (Live at the Troubadour)
Hard Headed Woman (Live at the Troubadour)
Wild World (Live at the Troubadour)
Longer Boats (Live at the Troubadour)
Into White (Live at the Troubadour)
On The Road To Find Out (Live at the Troubadour)
Father And Son (Live at the Troubadour)
Where Do The Children Play (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Wild World (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Hard Headed Woman (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Miles From Nowhere (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Longer Boats (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
On The Road To Find Out (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Father And Son (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Wild World (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Into White (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Tea For The Tillerman (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Wild World (Beat Club, 25.08.70)
Hard Headed Woman (Beat Club, 25.08.70)
Wild World (Gala du Midem, France 24.01.71)
Wild World (Deux Sur La 2, France, 12.10.70)
Moonshadow (Live At Fillmore East (1970)
Father And Son (Live At Fillmore East (1970)
Changes IV (Live At Fillmore East (1970)
Peace Train (Live At Fillmore East (1970)

Blu-ray disc Music Video & Live Videos + High Res Audio of Original Album (2020 Mix)

Father And Son – Official Video
Where Do The Children Play (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Wild World (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Hard Headed Woman (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Miles From Nowhere (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Longer Boats (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
On The Road To Findout (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Father And Son (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71)
Wild World (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Into White (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Father And Son (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27/11/1971)
Wild World (Beat Club, 25.08.70)
Hard Headed Woman (Beat Club, 25.08.70)
Wild World (Gala du Midem, France 24.01.71)
Wild World (Deux Sur La 2, France, 12.10.70)
Wild World (TV Concert, France, 01.11.1970)

Vinyl LP Original Album (2020 Mix)

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Sad Lisa
Miles From Nowhere
But I might Die Tonight
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son
Tea For The Tillerman

12-inch vinyl Live At The Troubadour, 1970

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son

 

Mona Bone Jakon 2CD Deluxe

CD1 Original Album Remastered

Lady D’Arbanville
Maybe You’re Right
Pop Star
I Think I See The Light
Trouble
Mona Bone Jakon
I Wish, I Wish
Katmandu
Time
Fill My Eyes
Lilywhite

CD2 Demos / Live

Maybe You’re Right (Studio Demo)
I Think I See The Light (Studio Demo)
Trouble (Studio Demo)
I Wish I Wish (Studio Demo
I Want Some Sun (Studio Demo)
Interview (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Lady D’Arbanville (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Katmandu (Live At The BBC (16/06/70)
Time / Fill My Eyes (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)
Maybe You’re Right (Live at Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, 08/08/70)

Tea for the Tillerman 2CD Deluxe

CD1 Original Album Remastered

Where Do The Children Play?
Hard Headed Woman
Wild World
Sad Lisa
Miles From Nowhere
But I might Die Tonight
Longer Boats
Into White
On The Road To Find Out
Father and Son
Tea For The Tillerman

CD2 Demos & Live

Wild World (Demo)
Miles From Nowhere (Studio Demo)
But I Might Die Tonight (Deep End Movie Verison)
Can This Be Love?
Honey Man (duet with Elton John)
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Demo)
Don’t Be Shy (Demo)
Wild World (Live at the Troubadour)
Longer Boats (Live at the Troubadour)
Into White (Live at the Troubadour)
Where Do The Children Play (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71))
Hard Headed Woman (Live At KCET Studios, Los Angeles, USA (08/06/71))
Father and Son (BBC Radio, 08/11/1970)
Tea For The Tillerman (BBC Radio, 08/11/1970)

34 responses to Cat Stevens / Mona Bone Jakon & Tea for the Tillerman super deluxes unboxed

  1. Jon says:

    These boxes are things of beauty, and the first four CS albums of this period are some of my favourite music, but I am slightly disappointed that only the remixed versions are included on vinyl – my fault for not reading more carefully but I’d assumed both were included – so it looks like I’ll have to splurge on the remasters separately too as I would like a decent copy of TFTT.

    Has anyone done a detailed comparison of the remix vs the original?

  2. Darren Linklater says:

    Some disappointment at the sound quality of live disc and the mastering of the studio material and remix amongst the audiophiles on another forum. The overall presentation looks great but if you are an audiophile you may want to research these before paying top dollar.

    • Paulg says:

      I have TFTTM on both SACD and Mobile Fidelity CD and this is the worse of the 3 sound wise. The best sounding digital version in my opinion is the SACD which I believe is the same version on HD Tracks.

      I have the 2000 remaster of MBJ and that also sounds better than this remaster.

  3. Fogarrach says:

    Dear catweazle,
    You are a longtime member here and I’m sorry to read your concerns about the quality of the live stuff.
    Although some of us will be justifiably happy to hear anything and everything by artists Thry hold dear, The quality of music contained within SDEs doesn’t tend to get commented upon much here.
    Maybe it should not be so under the radar? And especially so given the high prices we often talk about.

  4. Alan B says:

    I see today is yet another Love Record Store Day with even more coloured vinyl variants. This getting beyond silly now. The amount of special release dates this year is ridiculous . Must have averaged out a the equivalent of one a month all year. Lazy releases just taking existing new album releases this year and issuing them in a different coloured variant to the three or four different colours already released this year.

    • Paul Taylor says:

      @ Alan B
      I agree completely.
      While I appreciate that the pandemic has meant 2020 was never going to be like previous years, the number of ‘special’ events has been ridiculous & has the potential of doing more harm than good in terms of buyers’ attitudes towards such things in the future.
      We had; Love Record Stores 1 in June (forgivable considering where retailers were at the time re lockdown), HMV Vinyl Week & RSD 1 in August, RSD 2 in September, National Album Day & RSD 3 in October, Black Friday RSD in November & LRSD 2 in December. Overkill.
      Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I reckon they could’ve done a single online RSD in June when it became obvious that a ‘normal’ event wasn’t going to be possible. Looking at the three RSD drops and Black Friday releases, half of the stuff would never have seen the light of day if it had been a single event (The London Suede???) and will probably remain unsold. My local shop has had a separate RSD rack for three or four months longer than it otherwise would have, and it’s all merging into the pre-Xmas releases. It’s only fair to admit that this year’s BF releases were better than I recall in previous years IMO but it doesn’t eliminate the feeling of saturation. Love Record Stores did its job in June but I don’t think we need to see that one again.

  5. Paul Soper says:

    For those in the UK, whatrecords.co.uk have both sets for £124.99 each.

  6. Catweazle says:

    I received my MBJ box earlier today and while I really enjoyed the 2020 remix and the demos CD I am shocked at the appalling quality of the live CD and the live LP.
    Unlistenable. I mean we’re talking 1970, not 1958 Quarrymen. If they really didn’t have better live recordings from that period, why not say so, leave them off and make it a smaller (and cheaper) box set. I am not amused.

    • Dale says:

      I guess this is all personal preference. For the casual listener, I agree some of those Jazz & Blues Festival tracks sound awful. I’m not the biggest Cat Stevens fan, and I will not be listening to them more than once (I actually got the iTunes release for £30).

      However, I am a huge Elvis fan, and Sony Music’s Elvis Presley Collectors label (Follow That Dream) has been releasing various albums quarterly since the late 90’s. Some of these have been fan recorded concerts that are truly horrible quality, but if it was a historic concert and that’s the only way to hear it I’ll happily pay.

      So I’m sure there are some diehard Cat Stevens fans who find them fascinating and are pleased they are included but like all these sets, they cannot please everyone.

      • Steven Roberts says:

        I don’t think the problem is the inclusion of the poorly recorded live material per se, so much that the poor quality was not disclosed ahead of time – and that you are being asked to pay top dollar for it.

      • Sascha H. says:

        I only knew from 1 fan recorded concert from Follow That Dream and that has been the New Years Eve Concert 1976/77. As far as I know there are no other fan recorded concerts on this label. I bought them all since 1999, and ” Burbank 68 ” was the 1st release from FTD.

  7. Chris Squires says:

    As an aside these sets seem to be made in an identical magnetic case to the 2019 release of Osamu Kitajima the early years on vinyl and they are prone to seam splits. It took me two cases to get one that was acceptable and many people commented on the same thing. Just something to be aware of. Beautiful, classy, fragile.

  8. KevinK says:

    Tonight is the premier of the #CatSongFestival, with James Morrison, HAIM, Jack Johnson, Imelda May, Ron Sexsmith, Feist, Passenger and many more paying tribute to the musical legacy of Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Available on his official YouTube channel Dec 5th at 8pm GMT.

  9. Paul Wren says:

    Stevens drew/painted all his sleeve artwork himself. The original Mona Bone Jakon artwork he originally put forward featured a spurting phallus which the record company declined to use so he re-worked it as a slightly spurting dustbin. Good waccy baccy back then, I guess. An excellent video – you almost persuaded me to buy it even though I’m a 100% vinyl only type.

    • Metal Mickey says:

      That may all be true, especially bearing in mind that “Mona Bone Jakon” was CS’s nickname for his, er, member, but the artwork is actually based on the album’s original title, “The Dustbin Cried The Day The Dustman Died”, which CS changed at the last minute as it was supposedly too long to fit on the album cover…

  10. Paul English says:

    These look great. Did anyone get the Back To Earth set? Is it like these?

  11. Royce says:

    They’re both currently offered at 30% off at UDiscover Music. Each Cat Stevens box set costs $125.99.

  12. Ben in Colorado says:

    I have both these on order from you discover. $250 for both. Good deal. I think I’m going to sell the vinyl separately because I just don’t listen to vinyl and it might help to defer the cost of the rest of the set. But they look really excellent and it was fun to see them boxing.

  13. Darren Linklater says:

    Another top notch video Paul. The quality of these sets looks great. Content of both, especially Tillerman is excellent and I am so tempted but the price is just a bit steep. If they were £85-£90 I would go for both but I will hold off in the hope of one of your wonderful deal emails next year.

  14. leemer says:

    Lovely presentation. I wish I could have these, I do very much love these early years of Cat Stevens. It seemed like he couldn’t do any wrong at that time. These two albums along with Teaser & the Firecat are brilliant and to a much lesser extent Catch Bull at Four. The candle that burns twice as bright… ends up burning Banapple Gas.

    Unfortunately, I am not going to buy them because they are so expensive and I can’t buy everything.

    Paul, I am really sorry that you didn’t get the MBJ art card. You sound really sad about that.

    Keep up the good work!

    Lee

  15. Chris Squires says:

    1978 – The Kick Inside and Lionheart. Also a deuce.

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      More deuce’s from the 70’s
      1970: Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath/Paranoid
      1971: Alice Kooper: Love It To Death/Killer
      1972: Uriah Heep: Demons and Wizards/The Magician’s Birthday
      1973: Elton John: Don’t Shoot Me I’m…/Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
      1974: Sparks: Kimono My House/Propaganda
      1975: Dr. Feelgood: Down By The Jetty/Malpractice
      1976: Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak/Johnny The Fox
      1977: David Bowie: Low/Heroes
      1978: Blondie: Plastic Letters/Parallel Lines
      1979: Motörhead: Overkill/Bomber

  16. Kevin Brown says:

    The quality looks amazing but no way can I afford two box sets at those prices, £179 on Amazon UK crazy when you actually look at what’s in the box set for the money. I’m afraid I will just have to settle for the 2CD Deluxe sets. Strange how some artists can give similar content at a much lower cost. Maybe just all the CDs and Blu Ray in a small book set similar to Jethro Tull sets at a lower cost would have also been another option for those who maybe did not require vinyl.

  17. Rich E says:

    Great video as always Paul. Non music related pedantry – Tea for the Tillerman is used as the closing credits in Extras, not The Office.

  18. Sascha H. says:

    Thanks, Paul for the unboxing video. Like the way you do this. Can´t wait to get my order.

  19. Steven Roberts says:

    I know it’s been said before, but it beggars belief that they’ve gone to the trouble of creating new stereo mixes and NOT done 5.1 mixes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *