Yusuf / Cat Stevens has released a new reimagining of his original 1970 song ‘Father And Son’ — you can watch the video for the track below.
This new version of ‘Father And Son’ is the latest preview of the artist’s forthcoming album ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’, which is out on September 18.
That record will see Yusuf recasting the same 11 songs from his acclaimed 1970 album to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and he has today (September 10) previewed the album by sharing the stop-frame animated video for this new and updated version of ‘Father And Son’.
You can watch the Chris Hopewell-directed clip for the track below.
Yusuf sings both the ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ parts of the new song, bringing together his 2020-recorded vocals (‘Father’) with a recording of his younger self (in the role of the ‘Son’) from a performance that was originally recorded at the Los Angeles Troubadour in 1970.
“Father And Son’ feels pretty appropriate for what’s going on right now, if you take the father figure as being the establishment,” Yusuf said in a statement about the new song. “However, I don’t think revolutions are that kind to the previous order, its main objective is to turn it around and to get rid of them.
“Whereas I don’t personally believe in that; I believe in a kind of a change that would not necessarily destroy everything.”
‘Tea for the Tillerman²’ saw Yusuf reunite with producer Paul Samwell-Smith and guitarist Alun Davies, both of whom worked on the original album. They were joined by Bruce Lynch on bass, guitarist Eric Appapoulay and multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah, with additional support from Jim Cregan (guitar) and Peter Vettese (keys).
“Though my songwriting adventures were never limited to ‘…Tillerman’, the songs on that album certainly defined me and pointed the way for my mysterious life’s journey,” Yusuf, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, said in a press release back in May.
“Since those originative sessions in Morgan Studios, Willesden, in 1970, Tillerman has grown and developed its own gravitas and influence on music history and as the soundtrack to so many people’s lives.”