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Tea For The Tillerman [Original Master Recording Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL)] Box set
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Tea For The Tillerman (Remastered)
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 23, 2000
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Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman" is truly a classic album, and they don't come any classier than this. Stevens was a talented musician, and was not afraid to make music that came from the heart - a quality many musicians nowadays lack (see Limp Bizkit). Stevens had the ability to write memorable tunes and pen intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics, which made him the top of his game in the early 70's, and has gained him successions of new fans year after year, even if he isn't Cat Stevens anymore (I believe he is now known as Yusuf Islam). "Tea For The Tillerman" is in my opinion, Stevens' finest album, and one of the most perfect albums ever recorded. Although most people are only familiar with the albums' hit singles ("Wild World", "Father And Son" and "Where Do The Children Play") - each one a classic in its own right, the other eight songs on the album are equally as great. The songs are not overly produced, and comprise largely of acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, with the odd string arrangement here and there (arranged by Del Newman). The album kicks off with "Where Do The Children Play?" and although it may strike the average listener as a nice, simple tune, the lyrics present a social commentary that is as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago (in a world dominated by materialism, technology and want, is there any room for children to play and carry on with their simple untinctured lives?).Read more ›
So it is not at all lightly that I name _Tea for the Tillerman_ as one of my favorite albums of all time, and a much better introduction to Cat Stevens than any of his "greatest hits" collections. He had two absolutely great albums; this is one of them. The other was _Teaser and the Firecat_, and _Mona Bone Jakon_ was darned close. If you have those three, you have most of the "very best of" Cat Stevens already; borrow _Buddha and the Chocolate Box_ from somebody and tape "Sun/C79" and "Oh, Very Young," and you'll have the rest.
(Not that his other stuff isn't _good_, but it's mostly not of the same quality -- though portions of _Catch Bull At Four_ come within inches of it. I don't have much patience with "fans" who tell us that the rest of us aren't "true" fans if we find "Foreigner Suite" to be much ado about nothing and don't especially care for _Izitso_. If we have to suspend our powers of discrimination and uncritically adore everything an artist emits, who wants to be a "true" fan of _anybody_? And what genuine artist would want such "fans"?)
I think the quality of _Teaser_ is a bit more evenly distributed than that of _Tea_. But _Tea_ seems to me to hit higher heights.Read more ›
The remastering was excellent on the previous edition so that isn't the big deal here...its the bonus CD. While not as exciting as the Bonus disc for Teaser which featured many solo demo recordings by Cat Stevens...the bonus tracks on this....mostly "live" versions of the album tracks are still a welcome addition to the collection of any Cat Stevens fan...and I'm not ashamed to say I am and have always been. The singular Demo...the classic "wild world" by Cat on acoustic guitar is worth the price alone for me....the booklet that comes with it features some nice pix and an intro written sept '08 by Cat and notes from his producer and guitarist..
a very nice presentation of one of the greatest albums of all time!
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Just listened to my LP again after getting a new player and I am blown away with the quality of this album. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lologuy
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Fewer things are more pointless yet more fun than trying to "rank" all the great classic rock albums...Dark Side, Sgt Pepper, Led Zep 4, etc. Read morePublished 11 days ago by J.W. George
I wish that he would have stayed Cat. This guy had a great voice and writing style.Published 1 month ago by Robert Reynolds
You can't call yourself a serious music fan if this isn't in your collection.Published 1 month ago by MsKaren