Official Legacy Recordings Press Release:
On Monday, November 24, Legacy Recordings will release a special vinyl LP version of Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, the highly anticipated new album from iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens. The 180-gram LP will be packaged in a beautiful, gatefold jacket and will include an MP3 download card of the full album. Additionally, the first pressings of the LP will include unique, hand-drawn artwork from renowned illustrator, William Stout.
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, Yusuf’s first new studio album in five years, will be released on October 27. Recorded across the globe, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusuf and Paul Samwell-Smith.
The full album stream of Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is available now through October 26 at NPR.org: http://smarturl.it/yusuf_npr and Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/yusuf_stream
“The album harks back to the great days of R&B and black wax records,” says Yusuf. “The message continues to be relevant in as much as it is a call for Freedom from the bondage we all tend to get caught up in.”
Yusuf/ Cat Stevens also announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in select cities the opportunity to hear his beloved classics and superb new songs live, many for the first time. The Peace Train…Late Again tour will kick off December 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto and conclude on December 14 at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. For complete ticket on sale information visit www.YusufCatStevens.com.
The Tell ‘Em I’m Gone vinyl LP may be pre-ordered now at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/YCS_TEIG_amznLP
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(Bill speaking): I am very excited about this release. It is a terrific LP that captures Cat/Yusuf in his prime. His voice is still fantastic. The music is like classic Cat Stevens — but with bluesy overtones. Much to Yusuf’s (and my) disappointment, however, Sony decided not to use my cover for the standard CD release. I can’t fault their logic: Yusuf had just been very publicly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (watch the incredible videos on youtube!), so the world became aware of Yusuf’s current look and image. Why not, then, use a photo of Yusuf to exploit that? Yusuf told me he’d try to get Sony to use my cover (“our” cover, actually; it was truly a collaborative effort on our part) on either the 12″ release or as part of the CD booklet. I did not have high hopes but it appears he was successful in convincing the Sony Powers-That-Be to use it on the 12″ version. Yay!