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Tea for the Tillerman [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00004T9VY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Where Do The Children Play? 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hard Headed Woman 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wild World 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sad Lisa 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Miles From Nowhere 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. But I Might Die Tonight 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Longer Boats 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Into White 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. On The Road To Find Out 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Father And Son 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tea For The Tillerman 1:010.99  Buy MP3 

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Cat Stevens tends to be lumped in with the early-1970s singer/songwriter school led by James Taylor and Carole King but he actually fits in rather neatly with such wistful contemporaries as Nick Drake, Syd Barrett and Donovan. Tea for the Tillerman's "Wild World", "Into White" and "Longer Boats" indicate that he may have been a more gifted tunesmith than the lot of them. As with the best of the Brit folk-rockers, Stevens mixed melancholy with whimsy. Yes, he was prone to airy platitudes but when he harnessed his eccentricities, as he did throughout this 1970's masterwork, you had something truly distinctive. Stevens' greatest drawback was that he was a natural cult artist, à la Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen. But that's a tough role to play when you're selling 25 million records, as Stevens did before he changed his name to Yusef Islam, established an Islamic school, and raised a ruckus by supporting Ayatollah Khomeini's death decree against author Salman Rushdie. --Steven Stolder

Product Description

Remastered 1970 classic featuring "Father & Son","Wild World","Where Do The Children Play".

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic singer/songwriter fare 25 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is a high watermark for early 1970s singer/songwriters. Always a popular one with the cheesecloth wearing fraternity - and not just the ladies - Cat Stevens seemed to hold many of us in his spell for a few years. This is technically better than "Mona Bone Jakon" but the songs on that previous album, for me, are superior. It must have been the (first) near-death experience. However, having bought this recently on CD has allowed me to drive along singing along happily. There are not that many albums from 1970 that I can more-or-less remember all the words to! Maybe that shows how strong the songs are. I don't actually think that the songs are too airy-fairy or hippy. Some of the songs such as the opener "Where Do The children Play?" stand up well today with its anti-pollution lyrics. I was also struck by the amount of mentions of the "Good Book" (sic) and the lyrics to "Miles From Nowhere" mention, "Lord my body has been a good friend, but I won't need it when I reach the end", I guess he wasn't quite so convinced as the seventh wave approached.
It's great to have an absolute classic on CD all sparky bright and sounding great (lending vinyl out in the early 70s was a dangerous hobby)and songs like "Father and Son" and "Wild World" are worth a lot in these days of trite Beatles rehashes. However, I think that if you enjoy this you should explore "Moan Bone Jakon" too.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tea for the tillerman 3 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to cat stevens in the 70's by my Father. As a young child i jollied away to them while he listened. Later I became embroiled in the new romantic scene in the eighties while i was a teenager, Cat stevens seemed so uncool. About ten years ago i rediscovered him and introduced him to my young family. They have all fallen in love with him including my wife who had never heard of him. This album in particular is a masterpiece to anyone who hasn'nt listened to Cat try this first. It is a sublime collection of beautiful songs that will stay in your heart for your entire life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece 24 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Cat Stevens made a fresh start in 1970, reinventing himself as a folksy singer songwriter after an uncomfortable early career as a pop singer. Tea for the Tillerman was part of an artistic outpouring in 1970 and 71. It is definately up there with some of his best albums, and I'd say runs a close second after his next album Teaser and the Firecat. The music shows how simple acoustic music can be beautiful and enchanting. Opening with a succession of Cat Steven greats, there are many gems, but my favourite has got to be the penultimate song Father and Son. A must have in every collection. Cat Stevens was a great singer songwriter, his songs are so moving and beautiful, he cannot be trumped. If you've never heard of Cat Stevens you're missing out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Tillerman 1 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was drawn back to Cat Stevens in September 2010 when I watched his concert "Majikat" on More4,and was amazed at rediscovering this musical genius.So I immediately bought Tea For The Tillerman on CD and played it.What a treat....memories of better times came back to me as I listened to this fine musician and singer....

The standout track for me has to be Sad Lisa....such depth of emotion and desperation in the song,at not being able to reach poor devastated Lisa,who "hangs her head and cries on my shirt/she must be hurt very badly".

I also loved Where Do The Children Play?", "Into White",and "Wild World",the latter song a timeless classic.

Cat Stevens should be given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to music.Fortunately he has made a bit of a comeback,
with his recent US tour and new album "Roadsinger",but in the 21st Century is perhaps in danger of being relegated to the "oldies"
section of popular music.

This album is a must-have in everyone's record collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THOUGHT PROVOKING MASTERPIECE 22 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another outstanding album from Cat Stevens which to my judgement is just only surpassed by the 'Teaser' album.From the opening song 'Where do the children play' to the final short 'Tea for the Tillerman' this album has class written all over it.The original version of 'Father and Son' has never been surpassed and the rest of the album after 'Wildworld' and 'Hard headed Woman' is filled with largely unknown gem's.Buy and enjoy!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father and Son 29 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought the album in vinyl when it was first released and I thought it was wonderful. That was around 30 years ago. Now I have bought it on REMASTERED CD and it sounds fresher now than when he first baked it.
This song (Father and Son) is so evocative for anyone who loved their father and realises now that he knew you better than you imagined back then. It also comes home when you are a father yourself and realise that generation gaps exist, but mean very little if the real foundations of the relationship are solid.
Yes, this is very deep. But Cat Stevens was a deep thinker and he wrote some of the best lyrics ever.
He was good enough to have cover versions of his songs (from this album) to be sung by todays artists this century! And the originals are still better.
This song moves me as surely as it ever did.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...NOT NEW - NOT IMPROVED...AVOID... 23 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
When you put a CD-Album or CD-R into a Mac or PC linked to the Net, it automatically seeks out the Gracenote Media Database to get the track list and classification details. If you have already altered it before and are looking at it again - your computer recognizes the disc and any alterations you've made - it remembers it - and shows you those details next time you put it in. Common practice all over the world for millions of music lovers using iTunes as a database...

So imagine my astonishment when I put in the 2008 supposedly new remaster of Cat Stevens' "Tea For A Tillerman" into my computer after I've unwrapped the shrink-wrap and up comes my OLD DISC with its altered details! Why? Because this is NOT an improved version as indicated on its packaging and in adverts, but the 2000 version all of us already have. The tracks timings are exactly the same (36:46 minutes) and there is NO NEW REMASTER.

And if that's not bad news enough - when I opened the other Cat Stevens DELUXE EDITION "Teaser And The Firecat" which I also bought this morning - it's NOT CHANGED EITHER. They are exactly the same as the old versions - NEITHER is any improvement to discs you can purchase on line for peanuts.

When I then turn to the packaging and booklet to find an explanation, there are three references to 'remaster' - first is on the sticker, second is Page 7 of the booklet which tells you it was 'recently' remastered by Ted Jensen (no date) and last on Page 27 which again mentions his name (but again no date). It slyly and deliberately doesn't mention "when" it was short, this is an old disc masquerading as a new one and is deliberately deceptive about it.
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played this over and over old one but still as good as it was on vinyl..which I still have.. but no record player... it's a treat of an album..
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Tea for the Tillerman and for me too. What a superb album from a true genius. Love the album artistry too!
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So many songs that bring back not only memories but ideals that changed our lifes. When first released people would not only listen to the music but would relate to the lyrics
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