Cat Stevens Releases New Track “Mary and the Little Lamb” – Listen!

Cat Stevens just released a brand new track from his upcoming album The Laughing Apple. “Mary and the Little Lamb,” a gentle but brightly rendered late-’60s composition with a new verse, can be streamed below. Until now, the new track had previously only existed as a demo and never made it onto a Cat Stevens album.

The Laughing Apple, out in September, will be released roughly 50 years after Cat Stevens’ first album. It reunites him with producer Paul Samwell-Smith and guitarist Alun Davies, prominent collaborators on landmark recordings including 1970’s multi-platinum Tea for the Tillerman.

The Laughing Apple follows the common ’60s template of combining newly written songs with covers from Steven’s catalog, presenting some of his earliest material as he has always wished it had been recorded.

The album’s artwork features illustrations by Stevens
Stevens illustrated each of the album’s 11 songs in his naïve style, resembling a storybook — themed for those whose hearts have never grown old.