Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Tell 'Em I'm Gone on 180g LP + Download
First Album in 5 Years from 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Formerly Known as Cat Stevens
Featuring Collaborations with Rick Rubin, Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tinariwen & Matt Sweeney
Tell ’Em I’m Gone is the first new Yusuf aka Cat Stevens 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.”
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.
Yusuf Tell 'Em I'm Gone Track Listing:
1. I Was Raised in Babylon
2. Big Boss Man
3. Dying to Live
4. You Are My Sunshine
5. Editing Floor Blues
6. Cat & the Dog Trap
7. Gold Digger
8. The Devil Came from Kansas
9. Tell 'Em I'm Gone