Yusuf – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

The new Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) CD is out and available. The cover is pictured above.

Wanna see the original cover I drew for this CD? Here it is:

Sony/Legacy preferred to use a photo of Yusuf instead of art. Yusuf convinced them, however, to use my cover for a limited 12″ vinyl edition of the album.

I originally planned for the cover to be a wraparound and designed it that way. Here’s that full cover:

This image is the centerspread to the CD booklet (although it’s printed in black & white in the booklet, not color as it is here). The image shown here is the un-cropped version, by the way.

I share full design credit with Yusuf and his talented son Yoriyos (who connected me with his dad). They were very hands-on, making the creation of this cover a very collaborative experience. They were great — very kind and respectful, as well as being very clear in communicating their vision. Thank you guys, for being so much fun to work with!

I also drew an illustration for each song. I may show those on this site at a later date.

2 Responses to “Yusuf – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone”

  1. Rick Tucker says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for sharing that cover art with us. I’ll have to look for the album now despite already having the CD. It’s a GOOD one too. He’s in high form and really has made this his best since his decision to start recording again. The previous two are very good so me saying i like this one the best is nothing I state lightly.

    Best,
    Rick Tucker

  2. Rick Tucker says:

    Bill,

    My album arrived last week and all I can say is I wish we were all still buying albums. Thanks for the gorgeous work.

    Best,
    R.T.

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