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Cat Stevens – Unreleased “Harold & Maude” Acetate / 2 Alternate Versions “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out”

An extremely rare 10″ acetate with two unreleased versions of Cat Stevens’ “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”, written and recorded for the 1971 film Harold and Maude.  This acetate came from the estate of the film’s director, Hal Ashby.

All of the music in Harold and Maude was by Cat Stevens.  He wrote two new songs specifically for the film, “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” and “Don’t Be Shy”.  Neither of the new songs was released at the time, because Stevens wanted “something special” just for the film (both songs were finally released in 1984, as part of a compilation album, Footsteps in the Dark, compiled by Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold with Yusef Islam, as Stevens is now known).

This acetate features two completely different and unreleased versions of “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”.  The first is a piano-only instrumental, very different than the released version.  The second version is piano and voice only, and again, very different from the released version.

The disc is in EX condition, with some minimal scuffing, and plays beautifully.  An extraordinary Cat Stevens collectible, with Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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