7-Tease is the twelfth studio album, and fourteenth album overall, from Britishsinger-songwriterDonovan. It was released in the US (Epic PE 33245) in November 1974 and in the UK (Epic SEPC 69104) in January 1975.
After the low chart success of Essence to Essence, Donovan entered the studio again in late 1974 with a different producer and a new set of songs. The songs were originally intended for use as part of a stage performance piece, and ranged from up-tempo songs to the balladry that Donovan had become known for.
Some of the songs on 7-Tease feature lyrical lines or melodies from earlier Donovan songs. "The Voice of Protest" features a line about a ship going "all on her starry way", in a direct lift from a line in "The Voyage of the Moon" on H.M.S. Donovan. The melody on "How Silly" is nearly identical to "A Funny Man" from H.M.S. Donovan. Since H.M.S. Donovan sold poorly, it is possible that the similarities were not noticed by many fans.
While 7-Tease achieved significantly more chart success than its predecessor in the United States, it still marked a decline in Donovan's popularity.
On April 19, 2004, Diablo Records released 7-Tease/Slow Down World (DIAB8052) in the UK on CD. This compilation includes all of 7-Tease and all of Slow Down World on one disc, and marks the first time all of 7-Tease was released on CD.
On November 22, 2004, Repertoire Records released 7-Tease in Germany (Repertoire RR2315) on CD. It includes four bonus tracks, including the single versions of "Rock and Roll Souljer" and "Salvation Stomp" and two tracks that were previously released on Troubadour The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 in 1992.