Cat Stevens / Back to Earth box set

Cat Stevens‘ 1978 album Back to Earth – his final record under the ‘Cat Stevens’ moniker – will be reissued as an eight-disc super deluxe edition box set in April next year.

The box set will features five CDs, two vinyl LPs, a blu-ray, a book and memorabilia. The first CD is the album remastered (at Abbey Road) and then, slightly bizarrely, the second disc is the non-remastered version of the same original mix of the album.

Additionally, you get a disc of largely previously unreleased tracks (including demos, live tracks and two ‘lost’ recordings), the Alpha Omega album Cat Stevens produced for his brother David Gordon in 1979 and eight tracks from the UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena in 1979. One of the previously unreleased (‘lost’) recordings is ‘Toy Heart’, which you can preview below.

The two vinyl records repeat CDs 1 and 5 (album remaster and UNICEF Year of the Child Concert) while the blu-ray features video footage from that same UNICEF concert and the Back to Earth album in hi-res stereo (presumably the remaster).

As well as the hardcover book, this comes with posters, a fanzine and a replica press pack. If you just want the remaster and aren’t bothered about the box set then a rather swish coloured vinyl edition and CD were released back at the end of October.

The Back to Earth box set will be released on 10 April 2020.

Back To Earth Super Deluxe 5CD / 2LP + BluRay (Remastered)

CD1 Remastered – Original album remastered from analogue tapes

  1. Just Another Night
  2. Daytime
  3. Bad Brakes
  4. Randy
  5. The Artist
  6. Last Love Song
  7. Nascimento
  8. Father
  9. New York Times
  10. Never

CD2: Return to Earth – The original stereo mix

  1. Just Another Night
  2. Daytime
  3. Bad Brakes
  4. Randy
  5. The Artist
  6. Last Love Song
  7. Nascimento
  8. Father
  9. New York Times
  10. Never

CD3: Unearthed – Live tracks, rare demos and two beautiful, completely unheard recordings

  1. Butterfly (previously unreleased)
  2. Toy Heart (previously unreleased)
  3. New York Times (new mix) previously unreleased
  4. Just Another Night (demo) previously unreleased
  5. Last Love Song (Session Mix) previously unreleased
  6. Daytime (Live 2017 Adelaide)
  7. Bad Brakes (Live 2011 Albert Hall)
  8. Last Love Song (Live 2014 Toronto)
  9. Nascimento (Solto)       previously unreleased
  10. Just Another Night (Live 2016 Nashville)
  11. Bad Brakes (instrumental) previously unreleased

CD4: Alpha Omega (A Musical Revelation) – Completion of the circle.  Yusuf helps his brother David realise his own musical ambition by producing the 1978 album Alpha Omega, featuring the much loved ‘Child For A Day’

  1. Universe
  2. I Who Am I
  3. Paradise
  4. Inventions
  5. I See That Face
  6. Child For A Day
  7. Sing, Love Is Everywhere
  8. Alpha Omega
  9. Music Is The 7th Wonder
  10. Dreamer
  11. World
  12. Listen To Me
  13. I Believe

CD5: UNICEF Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979 – The last love song. Cat performs under this name, what will be his final farewell at UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child charity concert at London’s Wembley Arena.

  1. The Wind with intro from Paul Gambaccini
  2. On The Road To Find Out
  3. Just Another Night
  4. Daytime/Where Do The Children Play?
  5. Father & Son
  6. Morning Has Broken (with Belmont Junior School Choir)
  7. Peace Train
  8. Child For A Day (with Richard Thompson and David Essex)

LP 1: Remastered – Original album remastered for vinyl from analogue tapes

A1           Just Another Night
A2           Daytime
A3           Bad Brakes
A4           Randy
A5           The Artist

B1           Last Love Song
B2           Nascimento
B3           Father
B4           New York Times
B5           Never

LP 2: Year Of The Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979
A1           The Wind with intro from Paul Gambaccini
A2           On The Road To Find Out
A3           Just Another Night
A4           Daytime/Where Do The Children Play?

B1           Father & Son
B2           Morning Has Broken
B3           Peace Train
B4           Child For A Day

BLURAY ONE: The Year Of The Child – Historical concert footage + original album lossless audio

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