by Cat Stevens


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The release of Roadsinger, the latest album from Yusuf (Cat Stevens), is a major landmark in a musical career filled with hits and highlights. With his distinctive and well-seasoned voice, the self-taught musician-singer of remarkable versatility and style has re-emerged energized and focused.

Roadsinger features guests James Morrison, Michelle Branch, and Holly Williams and was co-produced by Yusuf and recorded around the world. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602527015774
catalogNumber: 001279402
Rank: 4810

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,spanish guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Terry Sylvester   Background Vocals
Kenny Passarelli   Bass,Bass Guitar
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Mark Clark   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Chris McDonald   Trombone
Gunnar Nelson   Background Vocals
Chris Wilkinson   Viola
Monisa Angell   Viola
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Martin Terefe   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michelle Branch   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bowland   Tenor Saxophone
Holly Williams   Background Vocals
James Morrison   Background Vocals
Kristoffer Sonne   Drums,Tambourine
Pete Adams   Piano,Wurlitzer
Will Simmons   Wind Chimes
Yogi Lonich   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Gill Long   Tuba

Technical Credits

David Davidson   Arranger,String Arrangements
John Hanlon   Engineer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Cover Art
Martin Terefe   Producer
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Mark Aaron James   Cover Art
Iain Hill   Engineer
Ramzi Ammouri   Engineer

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Roadsinger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
GSuttherman More than 1 year ago
I didnt even know Cat had a new album coming out. what a surprise it was for me to see it listed on the page a few days ago. Just got the record today. It is astonishingly great from beginning to end. In just over 30 minutes, like the old records used to be, Cat sings of Love, Hope, the pain of being abandoned and seeking of a better life in goodwill towards others. His acoustic playing is second to none. I can't pick a favorite, they are all classics to me. The instrumental final track is a beauty, like a theme song to a movie. And All Kind of Roses is a man laying bare his soul...Love it.
AnneNJ More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of songs with thoughtful lyrics - Yusuf/Cat Stevens' voice is still warm and strong. This CD is worthy of a Grammy nomination.
Cassis More than 1 year ago
New Cat Stevens with an acknowledgement that time has passed but it's all good. Loved the one about choosing the road that you were supposed to. It's great for all ages - but especially those of us with things to look back on...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the early Cat Stevens stuff and liked this too, though not quite as well. But its hard to compete with his early work and I haven't listened to this CD near as much, so over time it might grow on me more. Overall, I would buy this again with no hesitation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is as close to the 70's Cat Stevens as you will get. Excellent new effort!
Christianexistentialist More than 1 year ago
Yusuf picks out thematic music from his past as Cat Stevens and answers in song. "Be What You Are" is an answer to "Sitting." CS fans will love this album for it tells of Yusuf's spiritual journey and shares the wisdom of a mature poet and shaman. Thank you Yusuf.
schnauzermomCO More than 1 year ago
Well, I guess I shouldn't have expected it to be like the 70's. I used to love listening to Cat Stevens and was rather mystified when he went off the religious deep end. I've missed him all these years and was delighted to see him on the Colbert Report, singing once again. Although I knew he was still strongly religious, I thought he had come back to doing music for the masses. And while this album is certainly listenable and not extremely heavy as far as making religious statements, it's just a bit too much for me. I suppose if you like listening to christian rock you might like this, since it's not exactly muslim-specific in its references. But as an atheist, it's not my cup of tea. Sorry, Yusuf, I wish you well, but we're on divergent paths.
BunkyDD More than 1 year ago
Being a Cat Stevens fan from my early days in high school, it was great to see him record again after nearly 30 years off the circuit. Besides the name change the music remains the same. If you are a true fan you must add this to your collection.
Anna55 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) has put out since Tea for the Tillerman! A fabulous creation and so good to hear that strong voice, profound story telling and great accoustical guitar again!!! I love every song on the album and I hope Yusuf continues to go down the familiar path that all of his old fans identify him with. This album gets raves from me!I can't stop listening to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ahhhhh the Cat Man is back. Yusuf, Cat Stevens, I have missed you. Thank you for a wonderful collection of beautiful music. You are a class all your own. LOVE "roadsinger" favorite since Mona Bode, Tillerman, Teaser...just thank you for the songs. Be you, be me in the end we'll be free ! LOVE & PEACE Carol in Tucson
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What a terrible waste of money, time, effort, etc. All the tracks sound the same: dismal, depressed, hopeless, without a touch of humanity. Is Yusef suicidal or just trying to drive listeners to extreme measures? Is it possible to rate this 0 stars?