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Tea for the Tillerman
     

Tea for the Tillerman

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by Cat Stevens
 

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Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens' comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman

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Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens' comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman was not about dying; it was about living in the modern world while rejecting it in favor of spiritual fulfillment. It began with a statement of purpose, "Where Do the Children Play?," in which Stevens questioned the value of technology and progress. "Wild World" found the singer being dumped by a girl, but making the novel suggestion that she should stay with him because she was incapable of handling things without him. "Sad Lisa" might have been about the same girl after she tried and failed to make her way; now, she seemed depressed to the point of psychosis. The rest of the album veered between two themes: the conflict between the young and the old, and religion as an answer to life's questions. Tea for the Tillerman was the story of a young man's search for spiritual meaning in a soulless class society he found abhorrent. He hadn't yet reached his destination, but he was confident he was going in the right direction, traveling at his own, unhurried pace. The album's rejection of contemporary life and its yearning for something more struck a chord with listeners in an era in which traditional verities had been shaken. It didn't hurt, of course, that Stevens had lost none of his ability to craft a catchy pop melody; the album may have been full of angst, but it wasn't hard to sing along to. As a result, Tea for the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years, its creator became a pop star.

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Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0731454688420
catalogNumber:
546884
Rank:
876

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Tea for the Tillerman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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JonnyColman More than 1 year ago
Mere words are inadequate to describe the transcendent and spiritual nature of this recording.
Listen to it and let the music wash over you in the same soothing and calming way it has me.
Cat Stevens's songwriting and guitar playing along with the arrangements speak for themselves and don't need any help from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more is there to say? This is absolutely one of the best albums ever. Yusuf Islam is so insightful and talented and the name change doesn't take that away from him. How can you not feel a little sadness for the singer when hearing Wild World? What a talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have fond memories of this album from my childhood. My musical tastes are more along the lines of Swedish melodic death metal but one can never forget where they came from. My dad used to play this album on many car rides as well as albums such as Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Mad Man Across The Water and The Beatles' Abby Road. I'd like to say that I have fairly ecclectic background musically and this album is one of the closest to my heart in that way. The highlight for me would have to be Father and Son. I love the way Stevens sings both views in different ways. Wild World is of course a popular one of his earlier works and a great song by itself. In it he appears to be singing about a girl but that girl could also represent so many other things to whomever listens to this wonderful piece of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the songs on this CD are excellent. This album truly reflects the time period in which it was created. If you buy it you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up listening to my father play this album's music on his guitar, and have a lot of emotions tied to it. Not only that, but add to it the beautiful poetry of Steven's lyrics, the soothing sound of his voice, and the catchy rythm- you've got yourself an awesome record!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work by Cat Stevens is unsurpassed in it's collection of hit after hit and should be collected by anyone who knows and loves music. This collection of songs stands as a tribute to the mind and thoughts of a truly original thinker. This 8 track tape was played at parties through the night over and over when first released. A true masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
of my all time fave albums this is right up there, on a daily basis i will either listen to tea for the tillerman, the wall, or dark side of the moon the whole way through i cant get enough of it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His use of melodies and fairy tale lines are greatly used and not over used. The overlooked "Into White" is a great melody. "Father and Son" is a great song about relationship building. Play it over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album came out shortly before I was born but I heard this music when I was a little boy on the brand new FM band on the radio. The second CD of the set is totally awsome with Wild World at the Troubledour Night Club in Hollywood to Songs from His Yusef's Cafe DVD recordings. This is a must have for a Cat Stevens / Yusef Islam Fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly incredible album. This is essential to any Cat Stevens fan's collection. Anyone who has not heard Cat should listen to this and I garauntee that they will be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom is a Cat Steven's fan, and she bought this, and was listeing to it one morning. It woke me up, and I layed there listening to it! The first time I heard Sad Lisa and Wild World, I knew I had to have this album! It's incredible! Every song is a hit, but my favs are Sad Lisa, Wild World, and Where Do The Children Play. The album's sound quality is pretty good too. I RARELY listen to an album all the way through at one sitting, but this is one that I always listen to all the way through! Definitely some of Cat's best work! Just listen to this once, and I guarantee you'll be left wanting more!!
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