Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Back To Earth 180g LP
Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Back To Earth 180g LP
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: BMG
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

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Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Back To Earth 180g LP

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

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SKU:
BMGLP84419
UPC:
4050538441918

Anniversary Edition 180g Vinyl LP!
Remastered To Stunning Effect at Abbey Road Studios!

In 1978, after having sold millions of records and becoming one of the biggest international artists of the 1970s, Cat Stevens decided to step out of the rock star spotlight and walk away. That year, he was to release his final album under that name. The appropriately-titled Back To Earth was his parting gift: an album that saw the London-born singer saying farewell to his fans, while obliquely explaining his decision to quit in songs such as "Last Love Song" and "Just Another Night". "What's going on behind the appearance of stardom or the stage itself can be a completely different world," he says now, "and that's what it was a lot of the time. I kept my sanity and I kept my eyes open."

Back To Earth was indeed a remarkable return to form, reuniting Stevens with Paul Samwell-Smith, the producer of his landmark, multi-platinum albums Tea For The Tillerman (1970) and Teaser And The Firecat (1971), as well as continuing his creative partnership with long-time guitarist Alun Davies. Musically, the album was a blend of the acoustic balladeering and spiritually-questing style that had made the singer a worldwide star, along with more distant echoes of his years growing up as Steven Demetre Georgiou in London's West End. Tracks such as "New York Times" and "Randy" recalled the influence upon him of the UK capital's theatre land, and - since parts of the album had been recorded in New York City - Broadway. "There was this other side of me which was the sort of musical composer," he remembers. "I loved musicals and I was surrounded by them where I lived. So, I had Bernstein in my blood." Long overdue for re-evaluation, Back To Earth is a brilliant and fascinating album capturing Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.

The title of Cat Stevens' 11th studio album serves as a balm to any of his many fans that were turned off by the more electronic tones of his previous record Izitso while also reflecting the grounding he had found by converting to Islam. In fact, this would be the last thing Stevens recorded until 2006's An Other Cup. That spiritual yearning informs many of the songs found here, like the lovely 'Daytime' and the pleading lyrics of 'Father.' The rest of the album plays like Stevens is looking to shake off his secular crutches like drugs ('Bad Brakes') and the recording industry ('Just Another Night'). This remastered edition of the album, which features some of his most poignant and tightly-knit arrangements, works to reignite the ache that so many of his friends felt for nearly two decades as they waited to hear new music from Stevens, or as he's known these days Yusuf Islam. He left behind this sparkling jewel that hasn't lost a bit of its shine in over 40 years.
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine

Features

  • Anniversary Edition
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Remastered at Abbey Road Studios
  • Original release packaging
  • Made in the EU

Selections

Side One:

  1. Just Another Night
  2. Daytime
  3. Bad Brakes
  4. Randy
  5. The Artist

Side Two:

  1. Last Love Song
  2. Nascimento
  3. Father
  4. New York Times
  5. Never
Description

Anniversary Edition 180g Vinyl LP!
Remastered To Stunning Effect at Abbey Road Studios!

In 1978, after having sold millions of records and becoming one of the biggest international artists of the 1970s, Cat Stevens decided to step out of the rock star spotlight and walk away. That year, he was to release his final album under that name. The appropriately-titled Back To Earth was his parting gift: an album that saw the London-born singer saying farewell to his fans, while obliquely explaining his decision to quit in songs such as "Last Love Song" and "Just Another Night". "What's going on behind the appearance of stardom or the stage itself can be a completely different world," he says now, "and that's what it was a lot of the time. I kept my sanity and I kept my eyes open."

Back To Earth was indeed a remarkable return to form, reuniting Stevens with Paul Samwell-Smith, the producer of his landmark, multi-platinum albums Tea For The Tillerman (1970) and Teaser And The Firecat (1971), as well as continuing his creative partnership with long-time guitarist Alun Davies. Musically, the album was a blend of the acoustic balladeering and spiritually-questing style that had made the singer a worldwide star, along with more distant echoes of his years growing up as Steven Demetre Georgiou in London's West End. Tracks such as "New York Times" and "Randy" recalled the influence upon him of the UK capital's theatre land, and - since parts of the album had been recorded in New York City - Broadway. "There was this other side of me which was the sort of musical composer," he remembers. "I loved musicals and I was surrounded by them where I lived. So, I had Bernstein in my blood." Long overdue for re-evaluation, Back To Earth is a brilliant and fascinating album capturing Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.

The title of Cat Stevens' 11th studio album serves as a balm to any of his many fans that were turned off by the more electronic tones of his previous record Izitso while also reflecting the grounding he had found by converting to Islam. In fact, this would be the last thing Stevens recorded until 2006's An Other Cup. That spiritual yearning informs many of the songs found here, like the lovely 'Daytime' and the pleading lyrics of 'Father.' The rest of the album plays like Stevens is looking to shake off his secular crutches like drugs ('Bad Brakes') and the recording industry ('Just Another Night'). This remastered edition of the album, which features some of his most poignant and tightly-knit arrangements, works to reignite the ache that so many of his friends felt for nearly two decades as they waited to hear new music from Stevens, or as he's known these days Yusuf Islam. He left behind this sparkling jewel that hasn't lost a bit of its shine in over 40 years.
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine

Features

  • Anniversary Edition
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Remastered at Abbey Road Studios
  • Original release packaging
  • Made in the EU

Selections

Side One:

  1. Just Another Night
  2. Daytime
  3. Bad Brakes
  4. Randy
  5. The Artist

Side Two:

  1. Last Love Song
  2. Nascimento
  3. Father
  4. New York Times
  5. Never
ISBN
ASSOC
R
Genre
Pop Rock
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
2.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Title
Back To Earth
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
180G
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
01-08-2019
Release Date
12-27-2019
Availability
In Stock
Format
Vinyl
Scratch & Dent
0
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