Back to Earth

Back to Earth

by Cat Stevens


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2001
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454689229
catalogNumber: 546892
Rank: 25565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yusuf (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
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

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Alun Davies   Composer
Nick Blagona   Engineer
Don Gehman   Engineer
Freddy Hansson   Engineer
Jesse Henderson   Engineer
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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2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.