Back to Earth

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In retrospect, it is not hard to find hints of a coming change in the final album Cat Stevens made before a near-death experience and a religious conversion. "I must be heading for a breakdown," he notes in "Bad Brakes," the album's sole singles-chart entry; there are songs titles like "Last Love Song" and "Never"; and there is, throughout, an elegiac tone to the mostly quiet ballads. But it is just as easy to see Back to Earth as an intended return to the simple style of albums like Tea for the Tillerman and thus a return to form: producer Paul Samwell-Smith is back on board, along with his subdued arrangements, and Stevens is again investigating his favorite themes, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In retrospect, it is not hard to find hints of a coming change in the final album Cat Stevens made before a near-death experience and a religious conversion. "I must be heading for a breakdown," he notes in "Bad Brakes," the album's sole singles-chart entry; there are songs titles like "Last Love Song" and "Never"; and there is, throughout, an elegiac tone to the mostly quiet ballads. But it is just as easy to see Back to Earth as an intended return to the simple style of albums like Tea for the Tillerman and thus a return to form: producer Paul Samwell-Smith is back on board, along with his subdued arrangements, and Stevens is again investigating his favorite themes, including children "Daytime", the father-son relationship "Father", and the vulnerable nature of romantic love, in plain-spoken verses. The year 1978 was late for a sensitive singer/songwriter to make a comeback; most of the folkies were getting tossed off the major labels by then. So, it's doubtful that Back to Earth could have re-established Cat Stevens even if he had been willing and able to promote it. As it is, the album serves as a satisfying coda to his pop career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 731454689229
  • Catalog Number: 546892
  • Sales rank: 16,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Another Night (3:49)
  2. 2 Daytime (3:55)
  3. 3 Bad Brakes (3:27)
  4. 4 Randy (3:12)
  5. 5 The Artist (2:32)
  6. 6 Last Love Song (3:27)
  7. 7 Nascimento (3:16)
  8. 8 Father (4:08)
  9. 9 New York Times (3:24)
  10. 10 Never (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cat Stevens Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Strings, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, spanish guitar
Eric Johnson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Luther Vandross Vocals
Alun Davies Acoustic Guitar
The McCrarys Vocals
Don Weller Saxophone
Brian Cole Steel Guitar
Gerry Conway Conga, Drums, Vocals
Will Lee Bass
Bruce Lynch Bass
John Marson Harp
Dave Mattacks Drums
Del Newman Strings
Richard Niles Strings
Jean Roussel Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Paul Samwell-Smith Vocals
Graham Smith Harmonica
Shire So Keyboards
Derek Wadsworth Performing Ensemble
Steve Jordan Drums
Technical Credits
Cat Stevens Arranger, Composer, Producer
Alun Davies Composer
Nick Blagona Engineer
Don Gehman Engineer
Freddy Hansson Engineer
Jesse Henderson Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Del Newman Arranger, String Arrangements
Richard Niles Arranger
Declan O'Doherty Engineer
Jean Roussel Arranger
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer
Mike Stavrou Engineer
Jeff Titmus Engineer
Derek Wadsworth Orchestration, String Arrangements
Junie Osaki Reissue Design
Stig Kreutzfeldt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very confused record

    The artist does not know what direction to go in. He does not know to do fast or slow, or use synthsizer or not. Too preachy.

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