An Other Cup [Deluxe Edition]

An Other Cup [Deluxe Edition]

by Cat Stevens

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Overview

An Other Cup [Deluxe Edition]

The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has gone through myriad changes in his personal and spiritual life over the 25-plus years since he last released an album, but this return to recording in the secular arena reveals a surprisingly linear artistic development. The singer-songwriter (who set aside his chosen last name of "Islam" for this release) always gave voice to his religious beliefs through compositions like "Moonshadow" and covers of traditional Christian hymns like "Morning Has Broken," so it's hardly surprising that he'd do the same with the Muslim faith he adopted in the '70s. Yet the welcoming An Other Cup is anything but dour and doctrinaire. Songs like "Maybe There's a World" and "One Day at a Time" retain the spare, folksy charm and dramatic depth of Yusuf's work circa Teaser and the Firecat, with his surprisingly youthful-sounding voice drifting dreamily over gently plucked acoustic melodies. Yusuf maintains a warm, intimate vibe even when the arrangements are busier and the lyrics more bitter than one might expect, as on a dark-hued, classically skewed cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" -- a clever choice, given the fact that the singer has for years been defending himself against charges that he supports terrorist activities. Longtime Cat Stevens fans will revel in his revisiting "I Think I See the Light," with a renewed energy. And while there are a few heavy-handed moments here, such as the fire-and-brimstone "In the End," An Other Cup is the sort of vessel that invites, and rewards, repeated drinks.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2006
Label: Polydor Uk
UPC: 0602517050853
catalogNumber: 1705085
Rank: 1299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Triangle,Background Vocals,spanish guitar,Synthesizer Strings,Synthesizer Harmonica
Alun Davies   Acoustic Guitar
Ian Thomas   Drums,cowbell
Maria Vidal   Background Vocals
Martin Allcock   Mandolin,Acoustic Bass
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
John Barclay   Brass
George Black   Bass,Percussion
Alec Dankworth   Acoustic Bass
Richard Edwards   Brass
Simon Gardner   Brass
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Charles Judge   Kalimba
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Greg Kurstin   Organ,Synthesizer
Mark Nightingale   Brass
Rick Nowels   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,keyboard bass
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Jean Roussel   Vox Organ
Steve Sidwell   Brass
John Themis   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Baglama,spanish guitar
David Theodore   Brass
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Danny Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Andrew Roachford   Background Vocals
Richard Watkins   Brass
David Stewart   Brass
Peter Bradley Adams   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
Mehmet Can   Kanoon
Patrick Alan   Background Vocals
Wayne Handez   Background Vocals
Joyous Celebration Choir and Incwenga Voices   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Bass Arrangement,Composer,Audio Production
Gary Thomas   Engineer
George Black   drum programming
John Brough   Engineer
David Costa   Artwork
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Bass Arrangement
Garfield Jackson   String Ensemble
Charles Judge   String Arrangements
Chris Laurence   String Ensemble
Martin Loveday   String Ensemble
Rita Manning   String Ensemble
Rick Nowels   Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Pleeth   String Ensemble
Cathy Thompson   String Ensemble
Peter Lale   String Ensemble
Patrick Kiernan   String Ensemble
Boguslaw Kostecki   String Ensemble
Bruce White   String Ensemble
David Daniels [cello]   String Ensemble
Julian Leaper   String Ensemble
Everton Nelson   String Ensemble
Perry Mason   String Ensemble
Rik Simpson   Engineer
Emlyn Singleton   String Ensemble
Warren Zielinski   String Ensemble
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Marc Marot   Management
Morven Bryce   String Ensemble
Emil Dacanay   Artwork
Qutaiba AlMahawili   Artwork
Dogan Ur   Illustrations
David Gordon   Management
George Tandero   Engineer
Gayvn Wright   String Ensemble
Christopher Tombling   String Ensemble
Peter Hanson   String Ensemble

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