Yusuf / Cat Stevens has announced he will re-release Back To Earth, the final album he released under the name ‘Cat Stevens’
While Stevens’ legions of fans were saddened by the news, along with the musicians who had played with him on record and stage, the singer himself was exhilarated by the prospect of moving on. “It was like going back to my original nature,” he reflected at the time. “Back to wide-eyed childhood again”
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”
Listen to Just Another Night here….
The release marks the first in a series of reissues and expanded editions that will cover Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ entire recording career, spanning a remarkable five decades