When we did our Gerry Loves the Highlands and Islands tour in April, we spent a lot of time hanging around in venues, waiting. Lots of these venues had a piano, and it became clear very quickly that Yusuf could play all his songs on piano, as well as any popular song you could think of. So amongst the slightly drunken renditions of Bowie, Elton John and the Stones, he would play beautiful piano and voice versions of songs from his new album. We knew we had to get him to record some of these, and it happened to coincide nicely with Cassette Store Day.
This is the part where we're supposed to say something about the beauty of these stripped down arrangements, and how they really show off Yusuf's songwriting abilities, or something. Just listen to them, they're great.
Cassette released 27th September for Cassette Store Day - cassettestoreday.co.uk
- and contains an extra, brand new song.