Australian singles chart:
Peace Train entered the Kent charts on 25 October 1971 and peaked at #3. It was the #17 song of 1971.
The song is on Teaser and the Firecat which entered the Kent album charts on 15 November 1971. The album sat at #1 for 15 weeks.
Record label of Australian release:
BONUS CLIP BELOW – Peace Train live
Cat Stevens later converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam. During the Iraq War he commented on the song’s renewed relevance, saying: “Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Train
Yusuf / Cat Stevens:
Following 1970’s Tea for the Tillerman was not going to be an easy task. However, Teaser and the Firecat actually managed to commercially outperform its predecessor. Impressive sales of the album around the world saw Cat become a global sensation.
Teaser and the Firecat was also the title of a children’s book, written and illustrated by Cat, that featured the characters from his album cover design.
Read more: catstevens.com/media/albums/teaser-and-the-firecat-1971
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 70s
Peace Train recorded live during the Majikat – Earth Tour – Yusuf/Cat’s his last legendary North American tour in 1976.
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