Atlantic Records is eyeing a November release for Yusuf Islamâ€™s first album of pop music in 28 years in tandem with his own Ya imprint. As previously reported, â€œAn Other Cupâ€ will be issued internationally by Polydor in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the former Cat Stevensâ€™ first release, â€œI Love My Dog.â€
Produced by Rick Nowells (Dido, Madonna), the set features contributions from former Cat Stevens guitarist Alun Davies and keyboardist Jean Roussel, plus African vocalist Youssou Nâ€™Dour. Islam played guitar, piano and keyboard.
â€œAn Other Cupâ€ will include a cover of the Animals-popularized â€œDonâ€™t Let Me Be Misunderstoodâ€ and â€œHeaven/Where True Love Goes,â€ which has been tapped as the first single.
Born Steven Georgiou in London in 1947, the artist scored hits as Cat Stevens with â€œMorning Has Broken,â€ â€œLady Dâ€™Arbanville,â€ â€œWild World,â€ â€œThe First Cut is the Deepestâ€ and â€œMoon Shadow.â€ He converted to Islam and changed his name in 1977, and two years later, retired from the music business.
In 1981, Islam began writing religious material, and he has released 10 albums of drum-and-vocal performances to date on his own U.K.-based label Mountain of Light.
That material compiled on the recent album â€œFootsteps in the Light.â€ His first secular recording since 1977 came in early 2005 with a new self-penned song, â€œIndian Ocean.â€
Proceeds from the download-only track were donated to victims of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
Here is the track list for â€œAn Other Cupâ€:
â€œHeaven/Where True Love Goesâ€
â€œMaybe Thereâ€™s a Worldâ€
â€œOne Day at a Timeâ€
â€œWhen Butterflies Leaveâ€
â€œIn the Endâ€
â€œDonâ€™t Let Me Be Misunderstoodâ€
â€œI Think I See the Lightâ€
â€œWhispers From a Spiritual Gardenâ€
â€œGreen Fields, Golden Sandsâ€