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Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman

 (Numbered Limited Edition)

Analogue Productions ups the ante! Now on 45 RPM!

Limited to 3,500 copies, gold foil numbered!

200-gram vinyl pressed by Quality Record Pressings

Mastered from the original analog tapes by George Marino.

Stoughton Printing glossy gatefold jacket

"...this new LP of Tea is a doozy. I hesitate to use the term 'last word' on anything, particularly records these days which can be remastered and even remixed (though very rarely), but this may well be the last LP pressing of this title that anyone will ever need. The dynamic scale, level of detail and the overall atmosphere of this pressing is superb. The warmth and suppleness of the sound is without equal. Yet another unqualified triumph from Kassem's sonic wonderland out on the Great Plains!" — Robert Baird,, May 2015. Read the full review here.

"Yes, it does sound better at 45rpm: more open, dynamic and not slightly pinched on the inner groove area since it's stretched out to two LPs and the sides don't have to go as far towards the center of the record. If you already have the 33 do you need the 45 set? Only if you are absolutely fanatically dedicated to this record. Then you won't regret the purchase. It will become a collectible so you really can't go wrong." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, Read the full review here.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Analogue Productions has upped the ante! Introducing Tea For The Tillerman on 45 RPM. If you thought the 33 1/3 version was something to behold, just wait until you hear this. But don't wait too long. Our license to reissue this classic smash is nearing expiration, meaning these 3,500 copies — each gold foil numbered — will become increasingly collectible. Why wait? Order your copy now.

Kudos for our 33 1/3 version of Tea For The Tillerman:

"Chad, I just spent the afternoon listening to several versions of Cat Stevens' Tea For The Tillerman. My Tea For The Tillerman collection includes: Mobile Fidelity UHQR, standard MFSL, original Island, Island re-issue, A&M audiophile half-speed, standard A&M issues and a French pressing. After listening there is no question the new Analogue Productions re-issue is by far the finest. Great job!" - Jack Lind, Acoustic Sounds customer

"These (two new LPs from Reference Recordings) and Analog Production's remastering of Tea for the Tillerman were both pressed at Quality Record Pressings, the superb Salina, Kansas, facility, and they are the best and the quietest LPs I've heard of recordings made during the LP era. In a sense, the silences of QRP's pressings, their lack of those hard-to-define anomalies of stylus-in-groove sonics, are comparable to the kind of quietness inherent in a magnetic-drive turntable...QRP has put its best feet forward. 'Spectacular' in this case means a freedom from defects (snaps, crackles, and pops) and an absence of groove noise and what I would call vinyl 'rumble,' hard to define except by contrast with normal pressings." - Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, January 2012 (or Issue 219)

"...All you really need to know is that in every way this first effort from 'QRP' is of the highest quality...gatefold packaging which looks just like the original, only better. As far as the sound goes it is equally brilliant...And wow listening to this impeccably pressed on 200g vinyl reissue. The attack of the pick on the guitar strings is astonishingly clean and detailed. Depth is pronounced and because of both the blackness of the backdrop and the precision of both the state-of-the-art plating and the technological breakthroughs achieved in the retro-fitted presses, the resolution of low-level detail reveals a host of details that are either buried or glossed over on the other versions I've heard and own." - Jack Roberts, Dagogo, October 2011

"...Like the glossy gatefold covers used in their deluxe Impulse 45 RPM series, the cover reproduction here is absolutely top-notch...The vinyl itself arrived perfectly clean and flat, and played with nary a pop or tic throughout...The pressing is of extremely high quality." - My Vinyl Review, August 29, 2011

In 1970, Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound cut Tea For The Tillerman for A&M Records in the U.S. and Island Records in the UK using a Telefunken M10 tape machine and a Neumann VMS 66 lathe with a Neumann SX68 cutterhead. Hulko started Sterling in 1968 and was its original mastering engineer. He's considered among the first engineers to advance mastering from just transferring music from tape to lacquer to an art where attention is paid to all the details that result in better sound. We actually found Hulko's original mastering notes from more than 40 years ago. It's incredible, but Sterling still has all of their notes filed away.

So, it was originally cut at Sterling - as were all of the early original Cat Stevens albums - and the tapes were last used at Sterling. How appropriate then that we should go back to Sterling for this monumental reissue. Using the original tapes, George Marino handled the mastering this time. He used an Ampex ATR-102 tape machine, another significant point of interest. While Ampex has long been revered for their sound, they had never made a preview version so that a mastering engineer could cut a lacquer from an Ampex machine. Mike Spitz at ATR Services made a unique preview modification for Sterling so that they could cut this record using an Ampex along with a Neumann VMS 80 lathe with a Neumann SX 74 cutterhead.



Ratings from Michael Fremer @



1. Where Do The Children Play?
2. Hard Headed Woman
3. Wild World
4. Sad Lisa
5. Miles From Nowhere
6. But I Might Die Tonight
7. Longer Boats
8. Into White
9. On The Road To Find Out
10. Father And Son
11. Tea for the Tillerman

Customer Reviews (4.94 Stars) 18 person(s) rated this product.

Top Quality QRP Plating and Pressing

posted on 10/22/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Britt
The quality of the QRP plating and pressing process is outstanding! Of course, the music program is superb. Pay the extra bucks for the best pieces of vinyl you have ever heard! Highly recommended.

Amazing...please do the same for Teaser!!

posted on 08/10/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Blake W
Just got my 45rpm audiophile pressing of Tea for the Tillerman. All I can say is, Wow! From the first note I could tell this pressing was something special. The clarity, crispness, and soundstage is second to none.

To the team at QRP, Bravo!! I’m begging you to do the same for Teaser and the Firecat.

Another Hole in One!

posted on 06/22/2020
5 Stars
Another extraordinary QRP product. Simply perfect vinyl all around. Truly audiophile grade. Better than this extraordinary recording has ever sounded.

Astonishingly revealling.

posted on 08/26/2018
5 Stars

Top Qualoty

posted on 06/04/2018
5 Stars
As with all the records I have from AP and QRP top quality all around. Sound is top notch, sleeve is beautiful. Great addition. I just wish they could get their hands on more.


posted on 05/10/2018
5 Stars
Straight money!!!

Pure magic

posted on 05/08/2018
5 Stars
Reviewer: Froggy
Cat Stevens is among the first musicians that shape my childhood so when I got it, it was just a sublime delight ! The quality of the gatefold, the pressing and mastering only deserve praising... From the first melody and lyrics, I was absorbed in a different world ! And a big thanks to Acoustic Sound for the super quick delivery so far away ^^

Pretty darned good!

posted on 02/23/2017
4 Stars
Reviewer: Rick P
I am pleased with this, but not overwhelmed. This may not be Acoustic Sounds' fault. The instruments are very clear and well- defined in the soundstage and the soundstage has good depth. However, the vocals are still harsh. I suspect that this may be a problem in the original recording.

Awesome! a great record, one of the best!!

posted on 05/04/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike A
I thought the 33 rpm single LP, and the first record cut by Chad and his team sounded great!!, well wait till you here this 45 rpm double LP version! as good as the single LP is The 2 45 rpm LP's smoke it. The clarity, depth and space between notes gets much better. Im glad I bought it, highly recommended!!.

One of the best sounding albums ever!

posted on 10/01/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: JT
Earlier this year I upgraded to a VPI Classic 1 and when I played this 45 RPM LP and compared it to the 33 1/3 QRP release the audible differences were not subtle. This 45RPM version has huge dynamics and delicate decay I'd never heard before. Although the 33RPM was great this double slice of wax has a natural live a presence throughout all four sides with gobs more detail. I played It for a friend and he was blown away. He said It was If the band was In the room with us. I agree 100%. Thank you Chad for another superior reissue from QRP.


posted on 07/03/2015
5 Stars
Chad did it again amazing sound .better then the 33.hurry before there all gone and going for hundreds on eBay

No surprises

posted on 04/22/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ant Simon
This is what I expected. A stunning record taken to a much higher level

Holy Cow!

posted on 04/16/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Gary
I just got my copy of Tea For The Tillerman from Acoustic Sounds.

Thank you ! To you and your team, the care and final result of your work is an amazing step in the right direction for music. I for one can’t wait for you to give this kind of attention to more great music that has been recorded by so many talented Artists.

Hearing Tea For the Tillerman cut at 45RPM with all of your team's care is like finding religion !

Keep up the great work.

Very nice.

posted on 04/13/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: SS
Fremer gives it a 10/10 and I agree with him 100% !

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