Teaser and the Firecat

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Teaser and the Firecat
Studio album by Cat Stevens
Released 17 September 1971
Recorded March 1971,
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 32:39
Label Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Cat Stevens chronology
Tea for the Tillerman
Teaser and the Firecat
Catch Bull at Four
Singles from Teaser and the Firecat
  1. "Moonshadow"
    Released: September 1970 (UK); June 1971 (US)
  2. "Peace Train"
    Released: 1971 (worldwide); September 1971 (US)
  3. "Morning Has Broken"
    Released: 1972

Teaser and the Firecat is an album released by Cat Stevens in September 1971. It contains 10 songs including hits "Morning Has Broken," "Moonshadow," and "Peace Train." It is also the title of a children's book written and illustrated by Stevens. The story features the title characters from the album cover, top-hatted young Teaser and his pet Firecat, who attempt to put the moon back in its place after it falls from the sky. Published in 1972, the book has been out of print since the mid-1970s.

The album was a commercial success, surpassing the heights achieved by Stevens' previous album, Tea for the Tillerman, reaching both the UK and US Top 3 and also spending fifteen weeks at the top of the Australian charts, becoming the biggest-selling album of the country in 1972.

In 1977 an animated version, narrated by Spike Milligan, using the song "Moonshadow", was a segment in Fantastic Animation Festival. In November 2008, a 'Deluxe Edition' was released featuring a second disc of demos and live recordings.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone magazine, music critic Timothy Crouse praised Stevens' distinctive musical style and introspective songs such as "Tuesday's Dead" and "The Wind", but felt that he lacks Van Morrison's evocative quality and James Taylor's refined lyrics: "Cat has become a dependable artist, a good artist, but he appears to be one of those composers who does not develop, who holds no surprises."[1]

In a retrospective five-star review, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann found the album more simplistic lyrically and musically entertaining than Tea for the Tillerman (1970): "Teaser and the Firecat was the Cat Stevens album that gave more surface pleasures to more people, which in pop music is the name of the game."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Cat Stevens, except for "Morning Has Broken".

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Wind" – 1:42
  2. "Rubylove" – 2:37
  3. "If I Laugh" – 3:20
  4. "Changes IV" – 3:32
  5. "How Can I Tell You" – 4:24

Side two[edit]

  1. "Tuesday's Dead" – 3:36
  2. "Morning Has Broken" (Traditional, arr. Stevens; words Eleanor Farjeon) – 3:20
  3. "Bitterblue" – 3:12
  4. "Moonshadow" – 2:52
  5. "Peace Train" – 4:04

Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Moonshadow [Live at the Troubadour]" – 3:06
  2. "Rubylove [Demo Version]" – 2:53
  3. "If I Laugh [Demo Version]" – 4:04
  4. "Changes IV [Demo Version]" – 3:36
  5. "How Can I Tell You [Demo Version]" – 4:03
  6. "Morning Has Broken [Demo Version]" (Eleanor Farjeon) – 2:49
  7. "Bitterblue [Royal Albert Hall 1972]" – 3:38
  8. "Tuesday's Dead [Majikat Earth Tour 1976]" – 4:09
  9. "Peace Train [Royal Albert Hall 2003]" – 4:12
  10. "The Wind [Yusuf's Café]" – 1:59




Year Chart Peak Position
1971 Billboard Pop Albums 2[5]
1971 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
1972 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


Year Song Chart Peak Position
1971 "Moonshadow" Billboard Adult Contemporary 10
1971 "Moonshadow" Billboard Pop Singles 30
1971 "Peace Train" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1971 "Peace Train" Billboard Pop Singles 7
1972 "Morning Has Broken" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1972 "Morning Has Broken" Billboard Pop Singles 6


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 18 October 1971
RIAA – USA Platinum 22 February 2001
RIAA – USA Double Platinum 22 February 2001
RIAA – USA Triple Platinum 22 February 2001


Preceded by
Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
6 December 1971 - 9 January 1972
24 January – 2 April 1972
Succeeded by
Imagine by John Lennon