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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Back to Earth

Regular price £130.00

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Originally released 3 December 1978, Back to Earth would be Cat Steven’s 11th studio album and his last for almost 30 years. 1977 and 1978 were a period of great change for Cat Stevens. He had formally embraced the Muslim faith, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, been awarded the Sun Peace Award by the United Nations and had reunited with producer Paul Samwell-Smith and guitarist/collaborator Alun Davies to embark on one last record before turning his back on the music industry, seemingly for good.

Sonically, the album was a return to the acoustic sound of Yusuf’s earlier work. Intended, in part, as his swan song to the recording industry. 2006’s An Other Cup saw Yusuf return to music and with a re-found verve for his exceptional catalogue of work.

The original album remastered plus rare and previously unreleased recordings, live material and replica original release press pack, pamphlet, fanzine, posters and beautifully designed 60 page hardcover book telling the fascinating story behind Back To Earth.

CD1: the original album remastered from original analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios
1. Just Another Night
2. Daytime
3. Bad Brakes
4. Randy
5. The Artist
6. Last Love Song
7. Nascimento
8. Father
9. New York Times
10. Never

CD2: Return to Earth – the original stereo mix
1. Just Another Night
2. Daytime
3. Bad Brakes
4. Randy
5. The Artist
6. Last Love Song
7. Nascimento
8. Father
9. New York Times
10. Never

CD3: Unearthed - live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings
1. Butterfly (previously unreleased)
2. Toy Heart (previously unreleased)
3. New York Times (new mix) previously unreleased
4. Just Another Night (demo) previously unreleased
5. Last Love Song (Session Mix) previously unreleased
6. Daytime (Live 2017 Adelaide)
7. Bad Brakes (Live 2009 Albert Hall)
8. Last Love Song (Live 2014 Toronto)
9. Nascimento (Solto) previously unreleased
10. Just Another Night (Live 2016 Nashville)
11. Bad Brakes (instrumental) previously unreleased

CD4: Alpha Omega (A Musical Revelation): Completion of the circle. Yusuf helps his brother David realise his own musical ambition by producing the 1978 album Alpha Omega, featuring the much loved ‘Child For A Day’
1. Universe
2. I Who Am I
3. Paradise
4. Inventions
5. I See That Face
6. Child For A Day
7. Sing, Love Is Everywhere
8. Alpha Omega
9. Music Is The 7th Wonder
10. Dreamer
11. World
12. Listen To Me
13. I Believe

CD5: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979. The last love song. Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF's 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London's Wembley Arena.
1. The Wind with intro from Paul Gambaccini
2. On The Road To Find Out
3. Just Another Night
4. Daytime/Where Do The Children Play?
5. Father & Son
6. Morning Has Broken (with Belmont Junior School Choir)
7. Peace Train
8. Child For A Day (with Alun Davies and David Essex)

LP ONE: the original album remastered
A1 Just Another Night
A2 Daytime
A3 Bad Brakes
A4 Randy
A5 The Artist

B1 Last Love Song
B2 Nascimento
B3 Father
B4 New York Times
B5 Never

LP TWO: Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979
A1 The Wind with intro from Paul Gambaccini
A2 On The Road To Find Out
A3 Just Another Night
A4 Daytime/Where Do The Children Play?

B1 Father & Son
B2 Morning Has Broken
B3 Peace Train
B4 Child For A Day