Yusuf (Cat Stevens) - Tell 'Em I'm Gone [LP] (180 Gram, gatefold, download)
Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first new Yusuf album since 2009's
acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world,
including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the
album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five
originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell 'Em I'm
Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson,
blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin.
Each track on Tell 'Em I'm Gone is threaded together by the
themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more
than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. On this album,
Yusuf returns to the roots of his musical inspiration: American
blues and R&B, using these genres to explore the universality
of the desire for freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his
earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
''What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message
which emerged, lyrically,'' Yusuf says of the new album.
''It suddenly stared me in the face: the struggle for Freedom!
My God, isn't that what most human beings dream of?
''I hope this record will help revive the spirit of Freedom...
and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days,
when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our
imprisonment,'' Yusuf says.
Stunning originals like ''I Was Raised In Babylon'' and ''Cat And
The Dog Trap'' plus covers of blues-pop standards (''Big Boss
Man,'' ''You Are My Sunshine'') and a moving version of Edgar
Winter's ''Dying To Live'' find Yusuf as strong of voice and as
engaging a performer as ever before.
Having first found fame as a teenage folk singer in 1960s
England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his
intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions
''Wild World,'' ''Peace Train,'' ''Father and Son'' and ''Morning
Has Broken'' remain staples of the folk genre. Following a
conversion to the Islamic faith in 1978, Stevens retired from
the music business to pursue important causes in the
Muslim community; 2006 saw Yusuf's celebrated return to pop
music with the album An Other Cup.
1. I Was Raised in Babylon 3:53
2. Big Boss Man 3:10
3. Dying to Live 3:47
4. You Are My Sunshine 3:13
5. Editing Floor Blues 3:42
1. Cat & the Dog Trap 3:22
2. Gold Digger 4:34
3. The Devil Came from Kansas 3:42
4. Tell 'Em I'm Gone 3:12
5. Doors 3:22