It’s a rare person who can rightfully claim to be the voice of a decade. But for many people, the soundtrack of the 1960s was written by Cat Stevens. His first album was released in 1967 and it gave voice to youth in search of positive cultural growth. A lot’s changed in the world since then. One of the most surprising to many is the simple fact that Cat Stevens now goes by the name Yusuf Islam. However, name changes aren’t exactly new to the musician. He was originally named Steven Demetre Georgiou and only took on the name Cat Stevens when performing.
No matter what the name, the music continues to showcase a running theme. The celebration of his first album should be no different. Early music reviews pay special attention to the message of peace contained in songs such as “See What Love Did to Me”. The continuity of his underlying message is one of the reasons why his new album, The Laughing Apple, can be seen as a bridge between his older and more recent works. It’s not just a celebration of the past. The album also celebrates the present and the future.
Fans should also be excited to hear some older songs finally getting a real studio release. Two tracks, “Mighty Peace” and “Mary and the Little Lamb”, are revised performances of songs which never made it onto an album. The artist also took a moment to describe some of the work which goes into his creative process. It’s readily apparent that he takes his time with a song and only releases when he feels it’s ready. One of his examples details an eight year journey to find the proper way to express some deeply felt sentiments.
In total the new album will contain eleven tracks. This mix of new songs, older works, and revisions should provide a wonderful mix of nostalgia and novelty to any Cat Stevens fan.
Everyone was shocked by the death of Prince, and it seems like there was a definite hole in the sole of fans that were longing for more Prince music. It was a travesty that he died so suddenly because everyone knew that he still had a lot of music in him. “Purple Rain” is the biggest success from the mind of Prince Rodger Nelson. He would prove to be a prolific singer, songwriter, dancer and musician that would make a very bad habit of stockpiling tracks.
There are a ton of fans that may have wanted to hear many of the old school tracks that he may have kept to himself, but he was always a very private person that only believed in giving fans a fraction of what he created. The
“Purple Rain” era was no different. For this album he did what was considered a standard in 1984 by releasing 9 tracks for the original score to the movie. Michael Jackson would have a comparable nine-track album for “Thriller” as well.
The death of Prince would prompt an interesting reopening of the vault. It would allow fans to gain access to the new Prince unreleased tracks that would play a great role in reviving many tracks that may have never been accessible before. There is a lot of praise for this re-release of “Purple Rain” that has bonus tracks that were featured in the movie but never officially released anywhere. There are also tracks that have never been heard anywhere else outside of spontaneous concerts and bootleg albums.
The expanded “Purple Rain” collection shows a side of Prince that is reminiscent of the Purple Rain era. Fans are quite pleased with these high-energy tracks that give them a little bit more of the hit maker during this era.
Fans have really hated to see the passing of Prince, but they certainly have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Vault. Everyone that is a fan of Prince is well aware that he had tons of tracks that were never released to the public.
A good number of people are going to look at things like the expanded edition of this type of collection and wondered if it was worth it to be released. Most fans that have had a chance to purchase, sit down and listen to this collection will definitely say that it is a welcomed expansion of the Prince released tracks. This has been one of the first albums that has been expanded in such a huge way. Prince would actually have two more films that would also have music from a different era. No one knows if these albums will be expanded to give more light on these movies like “Under the Cherry Moon” or “Graffiti Bridge,” but fans are certainly enjoying what they are hearing with this album.
This has become one of the highlights of 2017 for Prince fans that have been waiting for music from the Vault. It appears that the holders of the Prince estate are off to a good start when it comes to this type of releasing of tracks fom the vault.
and all honesty the anticipation for this release was big, but nobody really knew how well this would work. No one could be certain if the tracks that he was keeping hidden from the world would even be worthy of a listen. So far, however, the reviews have been positive. Both the critics and fans have been impressed with the tracks that Prince was keeping to himself. It is a great expansion of a great movie soundtrack.