Back To Earth

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In 1978, after having sold millions of records and become one of the biggest international artists of the 1970s, Cat Stevens decided to step out of the rock star spotlight and walk away. That year, he was to release his final album under that name.

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.”

In May 2019, Back To Earth is to be reissued in various formats on Cat-O-Log Records/BMG, including a 6 Disc, 2LP Deluxe Boxset featuring the original album (remastered at Abbey Road), along with demos, unreleased tracks, and material from UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child concert, the singer’s last live performance as Cat Stevens.

Upon its original release, Back To Earth received rave reviews. “Cat has come up with the kind of quality album that originally made him a superstar,” declared the London Evening News. “Just one knockout song after another.” Billboard meanwhile applauded the album’s “tender, folksy ballads [and] up-tempo and spirited pop tunes”. Hot Press hailed it as “a lush and intricately woven tapestry of fine melodies…really a return to form.”

Cat Stevens had been thinking long and hard for some time about quitting his music career. Aside from general disillusionment with fame, the singer had experienced a spiritual epiphany after being caught in a rip current and nearly drowning when swimming in the Pacific Ocean three years earlier. Crying to the heavens, “If you save me, I’ll work for you,” he was rescued by a gentle wave which carried him back to the shore.

What he calls his “gradual awakening” and decision to become a Muslim in 1977, changing his name to Yusuf Islam, was sparked by his brother gifting the singer a copy of the Quran for his 27th birthday. “I had discovered a new way to view the universe,” he explained back then. “Like a kid who had travelled by spiritual rocket to an exciting new world.”

Back To Earth was indeed a remarkable return to form, 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.

Musically, the album was a blend of the acoustic balladeering and spiritually-questing style that had made the singer a worldwide star, along with more distant echoes of his years growing up as Steven Demetre Georgiou in London’s West End. Tracks such as ‘New York Times’ and ‘Randy’ recalled the influence upon him of the UK capital’s theatre land, and – since parts of the album had been recorded in New York City – Broadway.

“There was this other side of me which was the sort of musical composer,” he remembers. “I loved musicals and I was surrounded by them where I lived. So, I had Bernstein in my blood.”

Long overdue for re-evaluation, Back To Earth is a brilliant and fascinating album capturing Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.

“Now,” as he said at the time of his departure from the music world, “I’ve come down from the stars.”

All Pre-orders placed here will be received before they are available anywhere else
The Standard CD and Vinyl will be delivered from the 25th January
The Super Deluxe Box Set, Deluxe CD, Coloured Vinyl & 7" Single will be delivered from the 3rd of May
All the extra items available here are exclusive and are made using sustainable materials
All bundles include an exclusive 7" single of two previously unreleased songs Toy Heart and Butterfly recorded in 1978
All images shown on this page are artist impressions as the product has not yet been manufactured, the actual product may vary

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Super Deluxe Box Set Bundle + A1 Lyric Print

Super Deluxe Box Set Bundle + A1 Lyric Print
$222
222.00
Available

Box set with exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly), tote bag, bamboo reusable cutlery set with drinking straw, t shirt, pin badge, patch, embroidered scarf, Back To Earth Patch, seed stick pack, herb sprouting pencil & Just Another Night lyric print.

Unfortunately this package cannot be shipped to Israel or Australia due to the inclusion of seeds & herbs.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios
CD TWO: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix
Rediscovering the story and unearthed gems.  The original stereo mix, Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings
CD THREE: Distant Planets
Unearthed gems. Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.
CD FOUR: 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’
CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 
The last love song.  Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.
DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979  footage + High Res Original Album remastered
LP ONE: Original Album Remastered
LP TWO:  UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe - Box Set Bundle (without seeds)

Super Deluxe - Box Set Bundle (without seeds)
$213.25
213.25
Available

DOES NOT CONTAIN SEEDS
Box set with exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly), tote bag, bamboo reusable cutlery set with drinking straw, t shirt, pin badge, patch, embroidered scarf & Just Another Night lyric print.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios
CD TWO: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix
Rediscovering the story and unearthed gems.  The original stereo mix, Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings
CD THREE: Distant Planets
Unearthed gems. Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.
CD FOUR: 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’
CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 
The last love song.  Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.
DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979  footage + High Res Original Album remastered
LP ONE: Original Album Remastered
LP TWO:  UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe Box Set + Vinyl Bundle

Super Deluxe Box Set + Vinyl Bundle
$181.50
181.50
Available

Box set, exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly), “Rosewood” Coloured 12" LP & Just Another Night lyric sheet print.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered.
The 1978 album remastered from original analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

CD TWO: Return To Earth: The Original 2001 Stereo Master.

CD THREE: Distant Planets: Unearthed Gems.
Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.

CD FOUR: 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’

CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979.
The last love song. Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.

DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 footage + High Res Original Album remastered

LP ONE: Original Album Remastered

LP TWO: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe Box Set & 7" + T Shirt Bundle

Super Deluxe Box Set & 7" + T Shirt Bundle
$154.05
154.05
Available

Super Deluxe Box Set, exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly) & Back to Earth T shirt

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered.
The 1978 album remastered from original analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

CD TWO: Return To Earth: The Original 2001 Stereo Master.

CD THREE: Distant Planets: Unearthed Gems.
Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.

CD FOUR: 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’

CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979.
The last love song. Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.

DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 footage + High Res Original Album remastered

LP ONE: Original Album Remastered

LP TWO: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe Box Set & 7" Single + Scarf - Bundle

Super Deluxe Box Set & 7" Single + Scarf - Bundle
$154.05
154.05
Available

Super Deluxe Box Set, exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly) & Scarf.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios
CD TWO: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix
Rediscovering the story and unearthed gems.  The original stereo mix, Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings
CD THREE: Distant Planets
Unearthed gems. Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.
CD FOUR: 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’
CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 
The last love song.  Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.
DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979  footage + High Res Original Album remastered
LP ONE: Original Album Remastered
LP TWO:  UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe Box Set, 7" + Badge Bundle

Super Deluxe Box Set, 7" + Badge Bundle
$149.20
149.20
Available

Super Deluxe Box Set, exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly), patch & pin badge.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios
CD TWO: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix
Rediscovering the story and unearthed gems.  The original stereo mix, Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings
CD THREE: Distant Planets
Unearthed gems. Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.
CD FOUR: 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’
CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 
The last love song.  Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.
DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979  footage + High Res Original Album remastered
LP ONE: Original Album Remastered
LP TWO:  UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Back To Earth - Super Deluxe Box Set

Back To Earth - Super Deluxe Box Set
$125
125.00
Available

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box

CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered.
The 1978 album remastered from original analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

CD TWO: Return To Earth: The Original 2001 Stereo Master.

CD THREE: Distant Planets: Unearthed Gems.
Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.

CD FOUR: 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’

CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979.
The last love song. Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.

DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 footage + High Res Original Album remastered

LP ONE: Original Album Remastered

LP TWO: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Back To Earth - Standard CD

Back To Earth - Standard CD
$11.75
11.75
Available

The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios on vinyl replica CD.

1. Just Another Night
2. Daytime
3. Bad Brakes
4. Randy
5. The Artist
6. Last Love Song
7. Nascimento
8. Father
9. New York Times
10. Never

Delivered from the 25th January

Back To Earth - Deluxe 2CD

Back To Earth - Deluxe 2CD
$32
32.00
Available

CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

CD TWO: A Distant Planet or Return to Earth
Unearthed gems. Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and ta beautiful unheard recording.

Includes a 24 page booklet and Deluxe packaging

This image is only an artist’s impression.

Delivered from 3rd May 2019

Back To Earth - Standard Vinyl LP

Back To Earth - Standard Vinyl LP
$25
25.00
Available

180gsm heavyweight black 12" vinyl

The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

1. Just Another Night
2. Daytime
3. Bad Brakes
4. Randy
5. The Artist

Side 2.
1. Last Love Song
2. Nascimento
3. Father
4. New York Times
5. Never

Delivered from the 25th January

Back To Earth - 'Rosewood' Coloured Vinyl LP

Back To Earth - 'Rosewood' Coloured Vinyl LP
$32.50
32.50
Available

Standard weight 12" ‘rosewood’ coloured vinyl.
The original 1978 album remastered to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

1. Just Another Night
2. Daytime
3. Bad Brakes
4. Randy
5. The Artist

Side 2.
1. Last Love Song
2. Nascimento
3. Father
4. New York Times
5. Never

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Just Another Night - Lyric Sheet Print

Just Another Night - Lyric Sheet Print
$20
20.00
Available

Just Another Night A1 Lyric Print

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

Super Deluxe Box Set Bundle + Signed Lyric Print

Super Deluxe Box Set Bundle + Signed Lyric Print
$297
297.00
All gone!

Box set with exclusive 7" Vinyl with two brand new previously unreleased songs (Toy Heart & Butterfly), tote bag, bamboo reusable cutlery set with drinking straw, t shirt, pin badge, patch, embroidered scarf, Back To Earth Patch, seed stick pack, herb sprouting pencil & signed Just Another Night lyric print.

Unfortunately this package cannot be shipped to Israel or Australia due to the inclusion of seeds & herbs.

315mm x 55mm x 315mm Box
CD ONE: Back To Earth: Original Album Remastered.
The 1978 album remastered from original analogue tapes to stunning effect at Abbey Road Studios

CD TWO: Return To Earth: The Original 2001 Stereo Master.

CD THREE: Distant Planets: Unearthed Gems.
Back To Earth live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings.

CD FOUR: 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’

CD FIVE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979.
The last love song. Yusuf performs, what he believes will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.

DVD Blu-ray ONE: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 footage + High Res Original Album remastered

LP ONE: Original Album Remastered

LP TWO: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

Plus a 50 page hard back book and exclusive memorabilia.

A full track list will be available shortly.

Delivered from the 3rd May 2019

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