YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS) - UPPER DARBY, PA 2014

December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm

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YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS)
Upper Darby, PA 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA; December 4, 2014. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Islam first tour in the US in 35 years!

Posted at rocknycliveandrecorded.com:

Yusuf Islam FKA Cat Stevens [66] learns from his mistakes. At the London Apollo a month ago at the start of the “Peace Train… Late Again” tour, Cat (which is what I’ll call him for this review) played a first set of hits, a second set of his new album, the blues-based Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and a handful of oldies to take us home. By the time the Peace Train arrived at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre, Cat had cut five songs off the new one and reworked the entire set into a career spanning testament not to faith (his wife got more shout outs than Allah) but to melody. This is what Cat does, he finds out…

So here we are in Philly because he couldn’t find a New York theatre willing to adhere to his no tickets policy… With a full band behind him, Cat commanded the stage with an off handed self-confidence which had the audience jumping up and down like izitsos and a seriously great set list, the show highlighted everything we loved and a couple of things we don’t love about him. It was the picture of soft rock, it lacked the rigorous rhythmic discipline of rock or the blues…

Cat can’t do anger, he can’t do sex (the girl is always sleeping beside him), he can’t rock, coming out of the same scene that brought us Graham Gouldman, he is great at pop rock and folk, piano ballads, a sort of spiritual yearning. It stops Cat from being one of the true greats, he has his limits. But within those limits he is a uniquely gifted songwriter with a voice so sweet it seems to always have a certain sadness on it and a master tune guy.

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Thanks to keystoner, who recorded the show; and to edtyre for sharing it at Dime.

Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro 1:15 (2.1MB)
Track 102. The Wind 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 103. Here Comes My Baby 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 104. The First Cut Is the Deepest 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 105. Thinking ‘Bout You 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 106. Sitting 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 107. Last Love Song 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 108. Katmandu 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 109. Where Do the Children Play? 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 110. Roadsinger 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 111. Dying to Live 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 112. Don’t Be Shy 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 113. People Get Ready 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 114. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out 3:25 (5.7MB)
48 mins

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Big Boss Man 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 202. Trouble 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 203. Oh Very Young 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 204. I Was Raised in Babylon 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 205. Moonshadow 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 206. You Are My Sunshine 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 207. Foreigner Suite/Heaven/Where True Love Goes 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 208. Wild World 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 209. Editing Floor Blues 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 210. Another Saturday Night 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 211. Morning Has Broken 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 212. Peace Train 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 213. Father and Son 5:55 (10.0MB)
Track 214. Sad Lisa 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 215. Miles from Nowhere 4:00 (6.7MB)
62 mins

Lineup:
Cat Stevens (Yusuf) - guitars, keys, vox
Alun Davies - acoustic guitar
Pete Adams - piano, keys, MD
Stefan Fuhr - bass guitar
Kwame Yeboah - drums, keys, guitar
Matt Sweeney - guitars
Eric Appopoulay - guitars

Click here to order Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, Yusuf Islam’s 14th studio album, released in October 2014.

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  1. 31 Responses to “YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS) - UPPER DARBY, PA 2014”

  2. evidently the dates were changed at the last minute and he ended up playing pa on the 4th instead of boston the date on this show would have been the 7th. originally the 7th was to be the ny show. all the dates are listed here altho this article is from back in sept.

    http://www.axs.com/nyc-canceled-for-yusuf-islam-tour-dates-dubai-first-stop-21203

    the set lists for all the shows he did on this tour are here -

    http://www.setlist.fm/setlists/yusuf-islam-63d6e27b.html

    thank u for offering this. if it becomes possible however perhaps all the other songs that he did on this tour that werent played at this show would make fabulous filler. i would break the set differently to burn personally since its 110mins. id try to break around the 75-80min point and then fill in the 2nd cd with all the bonus trax.

    By darth on Dec 17, 2014

  3. Thank you for the presentation - what an evocation of old memories…
    have a nice day - Jean

    By Jean on Dec 17, 2014

  4. well he sure ruined this one.Here is how it should sound.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBdQKIHaUMM

    By summerwinter on Dec 17, 2014

  5. Where’s Yusuf’s most famous song: “Burn in Hell infidel Rushdie / and all your infidel family and publishers / for writing a book I haven’t read / and neither has the Imam who / in his infinite wisdom / sentenced you to death for writing that book / whatever it is which I won’t read because he said not to / and I wouldn’t understand it anyway / while I go ride my peace train to the moonshadows / where the children play / while morning has broken”

    By Happy Camper on Dec 18, 2014

  6. ouch !

    By sluggo on Dec 18, 2014

  7. Somebody woke up on the grouchy side of the bed today.

    By anation61 on Dec 18, 2014

  8. dude should be banned from north america.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 18, 2014

  9. Why? Hasn’t he killed enough Indians, you jerk?

    By Ed Whirlwind Horse on Dec 18, 2014

  10. talking to me ed?
    not sure what your point is but i have no time for cat yusuk stevens and his moslem dogma.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 19, 2014

  11. I am once again reminded why it is best to not read comments and simply appreciate the music that moves me. And thank the host of this site for sharing such a wide variety of this artform for all of our enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy a post, then move on. There is *plenty* here for all of us. The religion of an artist really shouldn’t matter.

    (sigh)

    By jwelsh on Dec 19, 2014

  12. I think his point is that you are an UTTER WANKER

    By GMAL on Dec 19, 2014

  13. thanks for clarifying GMAL.
    takes one to know one I guess.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 19, 2014

  14. Immediately following the September 11 attacks on the United States, he said:
    I wish to express my heartfelt horror at the indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against innocent people of the United States yesterday.It must be stated that no right-thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action. The Qur’an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims of this sorrowful moment.He also donated a portion of his box-set royalties to the fund for victims’ families

    Islamaphobic redneck wanker say what?

    By GMAL on Dec 19, 2014

  15. why does it take one to know one? i never understood the logic behind that statement?

    btw.. there are extremists in most religions. ppl who follow any religion can be fine people. its the extremists that are the problem. and they are the problem in all religions including but not limited to muslims.

    By darth on Dec 19, 2014

  16. Oh my name it ain’t nothin’, my age it means less
    The country I come from is called the Midwest
    I was taught and brought up there, all the laws to abide
    And that land that I live in has God on its side

    Oh the history books tell it, they tell it so well
    The cavalries charged and the Indians fell
    The cavalries charged and the Indians died
    Oh the country was young with God on its side

    Oh the Spanish-American war had its day
    And the civil war too was soon laid away
    And the names of the heroes I was made to memorize
    With guns in their hands and God on their side

    The first world war, boys, it came and it went
    The reason for fighting I never could get
    But I learned to accept it, accept it with pride
    Now you don’t count the dead when God’s on your side

    But now we got weapons of a chemical dust
    If fire ‘em were forced to then fire them we must
    One push of the button and a shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions when God’s on your side

    In a many dark hour I’ve been thinkin’ about this
    That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss
    But I can’t think for you, you’ll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side

    So now as I’m leavin’, I’m weary as hell
    The confusion I’m feelin’ ain’t no tongue can tell
    The words fill my head and they fall to the floor
    And if God is on our side, He’ll stop the next war

    By GMAL on Dec 19, 2014

  17. lets not start arguing religion here it will only mess this place up, there will be no winners and plenty of losers.

    By sluggo on Dec 19, 2014

  18. Agree with sluggo on this one.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 19, 2014

  19. As the proud turd-dropper in the Yusuf fishbowl of peace and brotherly love, it’s my turn to dump! Firstly, it ain’t about religious choice. Catboy can convert to a voodoo potato salad with my blessing (–and why name yourself after your religion - never heard of a Norbu Buddah or a Jacob Jew. But I digress).

    What it is about IS: mindlessly parroting the foaming delusions of some bearded butthole who dictated murder as a ticket to eternal bliss because he was offended by something he never examined. God is on the side of every human vermin who wants to prove his faith to the bigboy by slaughter, maiming, rape, and torture. Sing out Yusuf! Is the first cut the EASIEST?

    Rushdie didn’t just wake up grouchy. He spent 10 years not knowing if morning had broken his skull with a bullet while Yusuf the Parrot sang songs of peace, brotherly love and advocated cold-blooded assassination.

    Think about that while blissing to Peace Train. Better yet, READ “Joseph Anton”. One of the most extraordinary memoirs of courage, defiance and resilience ever.

    By Happy Camper on Dec 19, 2014

  20. i dont think anyone is arguing religion here. it just seems that there is one among us who seems to hate cat stevens because he changed his name and became muslim. as they say ignorance is bliss.

    By darth on Dec 19, 2014

  21. people can, and do, change, for both the better and worse. and then they can, and often do change again. who amongst us dare throw the first stone?

    By rick on Dec 19, 2014

  22. as they say ignorance is bliss.

    By darth .

    then you must be ecstatic because you are the most ignorant person here.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 20, 2014

  23. i dont hate cat stevens. i couldnt imagine hating someone because of their religious beliefs. all one needs to do is look at your comments to see that u do. your own words prove that u hate and have blind ignorance stemming from your hubristic arrogance. nothing i said here proves that i am ignorant. why should cat be banned from north america? can u explain that? can u explain anything u have said at all? i strongly doubt it.

    By darth on Dec 20, 2014

  24. shut your pie hole you narcissistic s.o.b. you are such an attention seeking pariah leech sucking lying scumbag that I`m crazy to even bother letting you know.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 20, 2014

  25. why should cat be banned from north america

    same reason you should be banned from here.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 20, 2014

  26. Plop plop plop plop

    By Darth's Colon on Dec 20, 2014

  27. uhuh you said *piehole* uhuh (_O_)

    By Darth's Colon on Dec 20, 2014

  28. point proven case made and rested. next…

    By darth on Dec 20, 2014

  29. That might be the best description of Cat Stevens I’ve ever read or thought about….when I was maybe in 11th grade he had the Teen girls in the palm of his hand–I had to get that record so I could get LAID!!!!

    By Randolph32 on Dec 21, 2014

  30. this is great.
    peace,happy holidays.

    By tman on Dec 21, 2014

  31. I saw the show last week in L.A. and it was simply brilliant. His religion made no difference with respect to the music he played. He seemed like a man extremely at peace with himself, so I have to think that Islam has been the catalyst for this

    BTW, the show was a full-on lovefest between Yusuf/Cat and the audience. 7,700 people were ecstatic to finally have him back after so long, and the songs haven’t dated a bit. It’s a week after the show and I’m still thinking about it.

    BTW, I’m an atheist who could give a hoot about the three major and million minor religions. It’s all a bunch of hogwash as far as I’m concerned (and I was raised Catholic, so I know from whence I write) but every once a while I meet a Christian or Jew who actually practices the good part of these faiths. Yusuf is a good example for Muslims. Anybody who wants to think he’s a “terrorist” is just a freaking nut, period.

    By Mike V on Dec 22, 2014

  32. Great concert. I expected less from an audience recording… Instead I got much better!! Thanks!!!

    By Randy Metro on Sep 15, 2017

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