Credit: Danny ClinchFans of Yusuf, the artist better known as Cat Stevens, will soon get the chance to enjoy the latest fruit of the veteran singer/songwriter’s labors when he releases a new album called The Laughing Apple on September 15. The 10-track collection features a mix of new original songs and updated renditions of tunes from Yusuf’s early career.

Among the older compositions on the record are remakes of four songs that appeared on the 1967 Cat Stevens album New Masters, including the upcoming album’s title track, “The Laughing Apple.” Also appearing on the new album is “Mighty Peace,” an unreleased song written during the early 1960s to which Yusuf added a new verse and finally recorded. In addition, The Laughing Apple features “You Can Do (Whatever),” which originally was intended for the 1971 cult film Harold and Maude but that Yusuf never finished until the new project.

The Laughing Apple was produced by founding Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, who worked on most of Cat Stevens’ classic 1970s releases. The album also reunites Yusuf with guitarist Alun Davies, with whom he recorded and toured throughout the 1970s.

You can check out an animated lyrics video for one of the brand-new songs on the album, “See What Love Did to Me,” on Yusuf’s official VEVO YouTube channel. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has created illustrations to accompany each of the record’s tracks that will be included in the album packaging.

In other news, Yusuf will be featured in a new episode of the PBS performance series SoundStage that will premiere in September.

Here’s the track list of The Laughing Apple:

“Blackness of the Night”
“See What Love Did to Me”
“The Laughing Apple”
“Olive Hill”
“Mighty Peace”
“Mary and the Little Lamb”
“You Can Do (Whatever)!”
“Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)”
“Don’t Blame Them”
“I’m So Sleepy”

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