April 18, 2012 – 4:33 am

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Tokyo 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Sun Plaza Hall, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan; June 22, 1974. Excellent soundboard.

When it comes to charity albums from the ’70s, one thinks of The Concert For Bangladesh (1971) and then The Music For UNICEF Concert: A Gift Of Song (1979). But in 1974, Cat Stevens released Saturnight (Live In Tokyo) on vinyl and only in Japan.

In 2009 sherrill50 posted the following note at the Steve Hoffman Forum: “In 1974, Cat Stevens and his band recorded a live show in Tokyo which A&M Records issued the same year on LP as ‘Saturnight’ - but ONLY in Japan. Sort of the holy grail for Cat’s fans, this has (as far as I know) never been issued on CD, anywhere. Renny pointed out (as I’d also heard) that Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, had a serious dislike for the performance and, as a result, it would probably never be issued.”

But Cat Stevens’ On The Road To Find Out boxset (repackaged in 2008) featured two of the tracks from the 1974 show: Lady D’Arbanville and A Bad Penny. And for those who longed for a digital version of the “holy grail”, this one’s for you.

Thanks to hipstone for sharing the tracks on Demonoid. Unfortunately, the needle-drop transfer was not done by hipstone.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Wild World (5.6MB)
Track 02. Oh Very Young (3.9MB)
Track 03. Sitting (5.1MB)
Track 04. Where Do the Children Play? (5.8MB)
05. Lady D’Arbanville - Omitted*
Track 06. Another Saturday Night (4.2MB)
Track 07. Hard Headed Woman (5.9MB)
Track 08. Peace Train (5.5MB)
Track 09. Father and Son (5.8MB)
Track 10. King of Trees (6.1MB)
11. A Bad Penny - Omitted*
Track 12. Bitterblue (5.7MB)

* Available on the On The Road To Find Out boxset.

Cat Stevens - vocals, guitars, synthesizers, percussion
Alun Davies - guitars, backing vocals
Jean Roussel - keyboards
Bruce Lynch - bass guitar
Gerry Conway - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Larry Steele - guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Jim Cregan - guitar
Anna Peacock - backing vocals
Suzanne Lynch - backing vocals

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  1. 20 Responses to “CAT STEVENS - TOKYO 1974”

  2. Thanks. He probably doesn’t want to release this because his voice sounds sounds a little jittery and hoarse at times.

    By george Martini on Apr 18, 2012

  3. one of the two missing tracks are available on youtube if anyone needs it–

    the other one isnt on youtube. however this is a 22 song concert not a 12 song show. i dont know why this ends with bitterblue. the full track list is —
    01 - Wild World
    02 - Oh Very Young
    03 - Sitting
    04 - Where Do The Children Play
    05 - Lady D’arbanville
    06 - Another Saturday Night
    07 - Hard Headed Woman
    08 - Peace Train
    09 - Father & Son
    10 - King Of Trees
    11 - A Bad Penny
    12 - Bitterblue
    13 - Moonshadow
    14 - On The Road To Find Out
    15 - Where Do The Children Play
    16 - Wild World
    17 - Miles From Nowhere
    18 - Longer Boats
    19 - Father & Son
    20 - I Want To Live In A Wigwam
    21 - If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
    22 - Don’t Be Shy

    i can be of assistance as usual to those interested.

    By darth on Apr 18, 2012

  4. and your assistance is appreciated darth as is your postings here-love reading them.Thanx

    By matt_the_cat on Apr 18, 2012

  5. I remember taking the A train to an import store in upper Manhattan (NYC) just to buy this record. Too bad the store is long gone. This recording has been bootleged for years. The quality is great. Grab this one.

    By Mike on Apr 18, 2012

  6. very kind of u matt. im being flamed elsewhere by two others. not sure why.

    By darth on Apr 18, 2012

  7. Thank you!!
    Never got this one on LP.
    And thank you Darth. Video not available anywhere in the world, but
    seems to cover the setlist.

    By v kint on Apr 18, 2012

  8. Yes, I for one am interested, please, by all means, the full show would be greatly appreciated.

    By bd on Apr 18, 2012

  9. I think the songs I would love to hear the most are also the missing ones. Thanks for all the great posts!

    By Jim on Apr 18, 2012

  10. Thanks Big O and Darth!

    By Stlouielou on Apr 19, 2012

  11. Morning Has Broken was an early hit for Cat Stevens, lyrics based on an old Christian hymn. The piano solo was a piece Cat heard Rick Wakeman playing, and used it. He gave Rick $600 for it, no co-writing or royalties. There are a number of videos on YouTube. BTW,go here if you’d like to convert YouTube to WAVE: Look to the right side of screen for the convert audio to wave button. Nice bit of free software.

    By 4yrsnojob on Apr 19, 2012

  12. exc,
    Video not available EVERYwhere
    themidnightcafe (org)
    p=see above
    seems to have the missing ones

    By v kint on Apr 19, 2012

  13. Yes, midnightcafe’s got the entire set covered, very nice, and at one strecth some of the songs are just solo acoustic.

    By bd on Apr 19, 2012

  14. I’m not sure the “missing songs” (13-22) are from the same concert. Why would Where Do The Children Play (15), Wild World (16), and Father & Son (19) be sung twice?

    By artlazarus on Apr 19, 2012

  15. darth-maybe your knowledge is intimidating to some,,,,and they are jealous,lol

    By matt_the_cat on Apr 20, 2012

  16. matt-the-cat, yes that may be it but I heard it was his waffles.

    PS- Thanks for the link darth. Peace.

    By sking on Apr 20, 2012

  17. art - two possible reasons. perhaps even others im not thinking of here.
    the last 10 songs could be from another performance earlier in the day but also in tokyo or at a radio studio or something again in tokyo. the reason there would be duplicate songs is because hes doing a different version of the songs.. solo acoustic vs with a band. i believe that these 10 songs are from the same venue at the same time personally. perhaps an earlier set before the band came out. neil young did this quite a few times and would often repeat several songs that he just did solo acoustic when the band came out.
    i know absolutely that cat did not do a 40 min set totally on its own in 74.
    only 2 people have requested the full 22 song set from me which is fine.
    there are many other great cat shows out there worth hearing. i think this one is a keeper personally.

    By darth on Apr 20, 2012

  18. Thanks for this! I have no idea why he didn’t want this released, I love it. The drummer is on fire! He sounds great to me. It’s live, live is never perfect, that’s why we love it!

    By Starrwatts on Apr 21, 2012

  19. i just happened to look into my collection at my cat folders and noticed one of my dl’s included a dbl cd of teaser and the firecat. wasnt sure how many of u fans out there knew of this. it doesnt seem to be that known about. if im wrong forgive me. for those that didnt know cd 2 has 10 tracks consisting of 5 demo versions. a live at the troubadour track. a live at royal albert hall track and another one also labeled the same but this time 2003. one labeled the majikat earth tour. one from yusufs cafe.
    i dont know how many of cats cds were given this type of treatment but collectors of his material it seems might want to look for this stuff if they have to have it all.
    if someone wishes for me to send them a copy of this item i think i can oblige for the next week or two but if u wait too long thats on u.

    By darth on Apr 21, 2012

  20. Darth, the full show would be greatly appreciated.

    By Terry on Apr 21, 2012

  21. I found the so-called full show. These are definitely two different shows. The second is in an intimate setting with a small crowd. Is this perhaps the BBC show?

    By Terry on Apr 22, 2012

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