Yusuf/Cat Stevens Remasters "Back to Earth"

Article Contributed by MAD Ink PR | Published on Sunday, November 3, 2019

Announced today, Back To Earth is set to be reissued on Cat-O-Log Records/BMG and includes a remastered CD & LP, released on November 29, 2019 while the Super Deluxe box set is set for a February 28, 2020 release.  The deluxe boxset features the original album (remastered at Abbey Road) together with previously unheard tracks ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Toy Heart’ (featuring Grammy winning guitarist, Eric Johnson) which were considered by Cat as too ‘pop’ at the time; demos, out-takes tracks, and material from UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child concert, the singer’s then historic last live performance as Cat Stevens.

** Listen to Toy Heart HERE**

In 1978, legendary musician Cat Stevens would make the seemingly shocking decision to abandon the rock star lifestyle and walk away. However, rather than leaving his legions of fans empty-handed, he would instead write his final album Back To Earth, as a parting farewell, using tracks such as ‘Last Love Song’ and ‘Just Another Night’ to help explain his decision to depart.

Back To Earth was considered a return to form, receiving rave reviews and 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.

The central theme of the album was one of transition with the title Back To Earth symbolizing not only his abandonment of fame, but a tipping point for humanitarian and ecological concerns. In ‘New York Times’ (a song Cat wrote based on stories he read in The New York Times), from Back To Earth, the singer can clearly be heard already railing against one of the ongoing issues of our modern age – air pollution: “Cars choking your child to death/But you don’t wanna see.”

Ultimately, all of these strands, past and present, pull together the very core of Back To Earth, an album which remains to this day, a still incredibly relevant and fascinating piece that captures Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.

Back To Earth CD and LP (Remastered) 
Released November 29, 2019

 
CD format BMGCAT335CD / LP format BMGCAT335LP / LP format (coloured) BMGCAT335CLP
 
The Original - Remastered from 1978 analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

Just Another Night

Daytime

Bad Brakes

Randy

The Artist

Last Love Song

Nascimento

Father

New York Times

Never

Back To Earth Super Deluxe 5CD / 2LP 
Release date: February 28, 2020

 
Super deluxe format BMGCAT335BOX
 
CD1 Remastered - Original album remastered from analogue tapes

Just Another Night

Daytime

Bad Brakes

Randy

The Artist

Last Love Song

Nascimento

Father

New York Times

Never

 
CD2: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix

Just Another Night

Daytime

Bad Brakes

Randy

The Artist

Last Love Song

Nascimento

Father

New York Times

Never

CD3: Unearthed - Live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings

Butterfly (previously unreleased)

Toy Heart (previously unreleased)

New York Times (new mix) previously unreleased

Just Another Night (demo) previously unreleased

Last Love Song (Session Mix) previously unreleased

Daytime (Live 2017 Adelaide)

Bad Brakes (Live 2011 Albert Hall)

Last Love Song (Live 2014 Toronto)

Nascimento (Solto)       previously unreleased

Just Another Night (Live 2016 Nashville)

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’

Universe

I Who Am I

Paradise

Inventions

I See That Face

Child For A Day

Sing, Love Is Everywhere

Alpha Omega

Music Is The 7th Wonder

Dreamer

World

Listen To Me

I Believe

CD5: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 - The last love song. Cat performs under this name, what will be his final farewell at UNICEF's 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London's Wembley Arena.

The Wind with intro from Paul Gambaccini

On The Road To Find Out

Just Another Night

Daytime/Where Do The Children Play?

Father & Son

Morning Has Broken (with Belmont Junior School Choir)

Peace Train

Child For A Day (with Richard Thompson and David Essex)

LP ONE: Remastered - Original album remastered for vinyl from analogue tapes
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