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Footsteps in the Light

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Cat Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam in 1977, he was determined to give up his musical career, not because his new religion required it in fact, his Imam in London encouraged him to continue in music, but because he felt he needed to dedicate himself to study and avoid the anti-religious aspects of the music business. Starting in 1981, however, he began making occasional recordings, and this album, its title deliberately contrasting with the 1984 Cat Stevens compilation Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, gathers together tracks dating from then to 2006, perhaps signaling that the singer is dipping a toe in the water and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Cat Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam in 1977, he was determined to give up his musical career, not because his new religion required it in fact, his Imam in London encouraged him to continue in music, but because he felt he needed to dedicate himself to study and avoid the anti-religious aspects of the music business. Starting in 1981, however, he began making occasional recordings, and this album, its title deliberately contrasting with the 1984 Cat Stevens compilation Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, gathers together tracks dating from then to 2006, perhaps signaling that the singer is dipping a toe in the water and contemplating a musical return. Stevens/Islam is in good voice throughout the album, which, not surprisingly, reveals a heavy Middle Eastern influence in its music and is performed partly in Arabic, with the lyrics expressing religious sentiments. Old Cat Stevens songs "The Wind," "Wild World," and "Peace Train" are re-recorded with new arrangements and fit right in, while "Angel of War" an antiwar song seems to have roughly the same melody as the Cat Stevens song "Lady d'Arbanville," even in a percussive African arrangement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 6291101970291
  • Catalog Number: 197029
  • Sales rank: 22,518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wind (1:28)
  2. 2 The White Moon - Ben Ammi (3:43)
  3. 3 If You Ask Me (3:02)
  4. 4 I Look, I See (3:42)
  5. 5 Tala'al Badru Alayna (5:24)
  6. 6 Seal of the Prophets (3:40)
  7. 7 Wild World (Bana, Bana) (3:20)
  8. 8 Angel of War (4:28)
  9. 9 In'nilta (5:40)
  10. 10 Salli ala Muhammad (3:24)
  11. 11 God Is the Light (3:40)
  12. 12 Peace Train (5:10)
  13. 13 A Is for Allah (4:44)
  14. 14 The Adhan (Call to Prayer) (1:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Ahmed Abdul Qadir Background Vocals
Abu Ratib Background Vocals
Zain Bhikha Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnny Clegg Composer
Cat Stevens Composer, Composer
Najib Bateman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ben Ammi Composer
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