Bill Callahan, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Chicago musician AZITA have teamed up for a cover of Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ 1967 track ‘Blackness of the Night’. Check it out below, and scroll down to listen to the original version.
‘Blackness of the Night’ originally appeared on Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ sophomore LP New Masters, which was reissued earlier this year. In a 2017 post about the track, the folk singer-songwriter wrote: “‘Blackness of the Night’ was one of my first ‘protest’ songs for the ’60s.” He continued: “Growing up in London after the War, the memories were strong and bombed ruins still riddled the City. It also reflected the feeling of emptiness wandering the streets at night alone, pondering how to survive in a dark unknown future.”
Bill Callahan released his most recent album, Gold Record, last month. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s last album I Made A Place arrived late last year. AZITA put out the single ‘Shooting Birds Out Of The Sky’ earlier this year.