The album The Early Years was prepared for release in early 1986 by a West German company. Someone, somehow has got hold of one of tapes, which appeared to have contained not only a number of Kate’s early (circa 1973) demos, but also embryonic versions of more well-known tracks. A West German company appeared to believe that it had bought the ‘rights’ to this tape and was set to issue an album entitled: The Early Years.
EMI-Electrola in Germany were aware of this. For some reason, they took no action in preventing the release. The album was in fact pressed and white labels send out in an attempt to secure overseas distribution deals. At this point Kate herself became aware of the proposed release, and feeling that her early mistakes are not fit for public consumption, took the appropriate legal action. The album was not released and the entire stock of the albums that were pressed was destroyed.
The album was reported to contain the following tracks: