Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

Most are familiar with the story of Cat Stevens’ conversion to Islam and seemingly abrupt, often misunderstood departure from the height of popular music in the late ‘70s. It’s been with less fanfare that he’s gradually returned to writing, recording, and performing music as Yusuf Islam (or simply Yusuf) over the last decade. In 2006, shortly after picking up a guitar again for the first time in over 25 years, he released An Other Cup, an album clearly trying to reconcile his folk star past with his present worldview. By 2009’s Roadsinger, however, Yusuf was comfortably immersed again in that classic Stevens archetype of seeker “on the road to find out.” If An Other Cup can be seen as the toe dip and Roadsinger the full plunge, then Tell ‘Em I’m Gone might best be thought of as the reemerged artist finding new waters to tread.

Release Date
October 27, 2014
Label
Sony Music/Legacy Recordings
Formats
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