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Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman

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"The best recording in my 4000+ collection. Full stop, period, exclamation mark...! - Atul Kanagat, Acoustic Sounds customer

"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

" many arrangement nooks and crannies to be discovered on this superbly dynamic, spacious and detailed re-mastering and pressing...And wow again 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...Tea For The Tillerman is a great choice for an inaugural album to launch a new pressing plant in my opinion, and if this release is any indication of what we can expect from Chad Kassem's new venture, we're in for some great vinyl!!!!!" Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer,, July 2011




The Very First Title Pressed at Quality Record Pressings Is...

Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman

When word got out that we were beginning a pressing plant, customers began to call with questions. And the most common and full-of-anticipation question was inevitably: What will be the first title that you press? Well, we couldn't possibly imagine hitting a bigger home run than to open Quality Record Pressings (QRP) with one of the all-time most classic audiophile records, Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman from 1970.

There are so many things perfect about this release. First and foremost, it's a masterpiece of a record. It's that rare record that couples breathtaking sound with hit after hit after hit. In fact, to list the hits would be to list the entire song list. We couldn't pick a better vehicle for which to show off what we're so confident will be the highest quality records ever pressed.

But here's something else that's cool: We scored the absolute original analog masters, and the tapes were in impeccable condition. It took an unbelievable amount of digging and research - and luck - to get this project done to the standards of Analogue Productions. But, wow, was it ever worth it! The tapes were last used in December 1999 when Ted Jensen at Sterling, along with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, remastered the Cat Stevens catalog for CD.

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. Marino then used a Neumann VMS 80 lathe with a Neumann SX 74 cutterhead.

"I think we've gotten something quite a bit better than what was originally issued," Marino says. "I think this version is much more representative of what was on the tape. And that's not a criticism of what was originally done."

Marino points out that since the original issue, there have been advancements in cutting lathe technology that make the improvements of this reissue possible.

"You didn't have the same number of options that you have in the new Neumann electronics," Marino says. "With the new one, they give you more variations to work with. Let's say there's a nice kind of present sounding acoustic guitar on the left channel and then all of the sudden there's a drum peak with cymbal crashes and stuff and that stuff happens to be on the left channel. Being the vocal is down the center, you can drive the high frequency limiter from the right channel. So you can set a threshold on the right channel and grab the vocal without wiping out some of the musical peaks on the left channel. This is what I talk about when I say that we have technical advantages that they didn't have."

Marino also chose to use a wide-track stereo head for this project, which he said allows for better signal-to-noise than the normal stereo head.

He says that he is very pleased with the results.

"A great record. A classic," he says. "And those tapes were in excellent, excellent condition. Musically, I think we've got something that sounds richer and more natural. It sounds more correct. I had to do very, very little to the tape regarding EQ processing or anything."

To package this reissue, we've decided to do a facsimile of the original British Island gatefold jacket rather than the non-gatefold U.S. version. This British jacket also has a textured paper stock on the inside and is glossy on the outside. Additionally, we're using the original pink Island label.

So there you have it. Quality Record Pressings is off and pressing in a big, big way! Finally, we're ready to unveil the innovations in record pressing that we've been working on for more than a year. Among those innovations are the installations of microprocessors on the presses so that all of the presses functions are performed with absolute precision. For example, we've developed a die with an embedded temperature sensor that we can use to cycle the presses. Rather than having the presses close and open based on time - as it's been to date - these presses will close and open based on temperature, the far more accurate indicator of when the record is ready. We also have a plating department in Quality Record Pressings, run by the best plating man in the business, Gary Salstrom.

Still to come from Analogue Productions pressed at Quality Record Pressings will be the Cat Stevens classics Teaser and the Firecat and Catch Bull at Four.

No. 206 On Rolling Stone's List Of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

Tea For The Tillerman is one of Cat Stevens' finest albums and a gem in the crown of early 1970s singer/songwriterdom. Stevens manages to have his cake and eat it too, simultaneously achieving pop accessibility and artistic relevance. The feel is decidedly gentle and spare. Apart from the occasional string section, Stevens is accompanied only by a three-piece band as he sings his introspective lyrics with appreciable favor.

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 (4.81 Stars) 72 person(s) rated this product.

A Superlative Record and Re-Issue

posted on 10/29/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: S. Madon
This gem of a record by Cat Stevens finds its ultimate glory in this re-mastered reissue by Analogue Productions. There is nothing more to say here about this release than what has been said before in other 5 star reviews. I own several copies of the A & M release, and also owned an Island Records (UK) release from the 1970s - all decent sounding, albeit now quite a bit scratchy and poppy. Analogue Productions reissue is in a different top-tier class compared to these old copies. Dead silent, warm, spacious, amazing dynamics, separation, and just an all-round AMAZING reissue - if there is one T4TT you must own, it is this one! Heck, it's almost like owing the master tapes!

When do we get "Teaser and the Fire Cat", "Mona Bone Jakon" and "Catch Bull at Four" by Analogue Productions?? Please????

Hearing it again for the first time!

posted on 06/26/2020
5 Stars
I grew up with this album and Teaser and the Firecat. I've heard it on 8track, and original LP. I had the cassette later on, then the CD, then iTunes. I've never heard it like this. Just amazing. I know this album by heart, every note. I feel like I'm listening to this for the first time. Get it while it's available.

Well done QRP. Beats out my mofi and nice flat quiet pressing.

posted on 05/08/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bill

Brilliant. Full stop!

posted on 06/15/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tex
Excellent pressing and great mastering.... all purchases should be this excellent!

Simply amazing!!!!!

posted on 10/27/2018
5 Stars
Reviewer: Roger
First of all, I hadn't heard this album in over 40 years and I had forgotten how good it was...that being said I am literally blown away at the quality of this pressing!!!! I have a Denon DP59L running thru a newly serviced Sansui 9090DB receiver and vintage ESS Tempest AMT1a speakers and the soundstage this pressing presents is literally breath-taking!!!! Every detail is clear as a bell. It's worth every $$$. You best grab your copy while they last

beautiful press, superb sound

posted on 01/04/2018
5 Stars
Not only does this sound fantastic but the cover and the included material is top quality as well! My copy had perfect sound with no pops or crackles throughout the entire playthrough.

Analogue Gem

posted on 12/29/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: King Philip (his majesty)
This record not only sounds devine, but the graphics are the best I have ever seen. I own a thousand albums You’ll be showing your friends the cover. It’s that good.


posted on 05/24/2017
5 Stars
This is how it's done. Highly recommended. Quality, get those Pink Floyd tapes and give those this treatment.

Yes, it's that good

posted on 12/13/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Austin L
Just adding my 2 cents to the pile...if you're hesitant for any reason; don't be. An amazing pressing of a amazing album-one that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

One scratch

posted on 07/15/2015
4 Stars
Reviewer: Lowel Jones
Except for the old notorious zip sounding scratch in Wild World,the rest of the lp is dead quiet and sounds great.I am satisfied with my purchase.

This reissue sounds thin in comparison to my '70's A&M pressing

posted on 07/11/2015
3 Stars
The quality of the vinyl is outstanding and the pressing is nice and flat. However, the sound quality, as good as it sounds, does not come close to sounding as good as an original A&M pressing that I have.

My A&M pressing has a bigger soundstage with more noticeable punch in the vocals, guitar strings and bass. It has a very high-end audiophile dynamic/sound to it.

This reissue sounds thin in comparison.

It seems that the engineers and mastering facilities of yester-year, during vinyl's heyday, still sound the best on this particular recording.

One Flaw

posted on 05/04/2015
4 Stars
If only there weren't a few loud clicks pressed into the middle of "Longer Boats" this record would be exemplary in all respects. I was just unlucky in seeking perfection.

Never sounded better!

posted on 07/28/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dan Swan
Just bought this and wanted to throw my two cents in here. Great sound, great pressing, great mastering, great artwork, great company. Keep em' coming Anologue Productions, you guys are the best.


posted on 03/29/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: RB
This is my favorite album. I can't stop listening to it. Every time through I hear something I have missed in the past 40 years. Unbelievable. My friends think I'm nuts but Vinyl rules!!!


posted on 03/19/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: TRT
Finally, I got what I paid for in a 200 gram vinyl product

Great album and a pretty good pressing

posted on 01/29/2013
4 Stars
This is my favorite Cat Stevens album and one of my favorite albums of all times so I was looking forward to getting this. Overall the sound quality is very solid. I'm not listening to this on a high end system but was still impressed. There are some pops, tics and clicks which is a bit disappointing since this is supposed to be a high quality pressing. Also the silence in between tracks is not as quiet as I would like it to be. I give all my albums, used or new a good cleaning on my 16.5 so I don't think the issue is on my end. But vinyl is an imperfect medium so you take the good with the bad. Overall I thought it sounded excellent and worth the purchase.

Amazing LP

posted on 01/04/2013
5 Stars
This is the quietest LP I have ever heard. The sound quality is first rate. QRP hit a home run with this one. Highly recommend.

The system I play it on is extremely detailed. A VPI Scout II table with a Dynavector 20X2L cartidge, Nova Phonomena pre, 2A3 SET tube amp and Lowther DX4 Medallion speakers.

as good as mfsl

posted on 11/28/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Billy S
I finally ordered this. I just spent the last hour playing each song against my MFSL version, and it is as good or better on most counts. Definitely less hiss than MFSL, but they are both different mixes, and you may like a particular song better on one of the other. This version is a little "tighter" than mfsl, but both are really good. I'm waiting for a couple other titles to come out to formulate my final opinion. I would recommend.

Absolute greatness.

posted on 11/03/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Luis D. Paret.
The music is fantastic and the recording is awesome. This is a must have.

Amazing quality.

posted on 10/19/2012
5 Stars

if this is so darn good, then where's TEASER AND THE FIRECAT?

posted on 07/01/2013
5 Stars

Amazing pressing

posted on 09/03/2012
5 Stars
Absolutely Beautiful. And the background is dead silent. This pressing should be sufficient to prove to doubters the advantages of vinyl.

Good Heavens it's a Miracle!

posted on 09/03/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: James M in Taiwan
I had a friend over to listen to records recently. Tea for the Tillerman had arrived recently and had yet to be played. Threw it on the table, sat down, and had to pick my jaw up off the floor after the first song. My quote after the first song, "Dear God." This a a very familiar album and QRP pulled out incredible amounts of detail. I'd never heard Cat Stevens lightly brushing chords for mood on this album, until today. This goes on the demonstration list. Dynamics are stunning, the transfer preserved Steven's vocals and brought out additional musical details. QRP did a FANTASTIC job. I'm recommending this to all my audiophile friends. If you like Cat Stevens, get one before they're gone.

Clean Vinyl, Great Sound

posted on 07/26/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: claytonus
This QRP/Analogue Production LP lives up to all the great reviews - Very clean and quiet vinyl. Vocals and instruments sound fantastic, it's like having Cat in your living room. LP packaging and album are are beautifully done. A must for any Cat Stevens collection!

Different than the original

posted on 07/09/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steve Brownstein
This is a great reissue. The engineers (and the tape machine techs) should be congratulated. HOWEVER, there is a certain sound on the original rainbow label LP that I can only describe as a kind of "trippiness" (for lack of a better word) that in some sense enhances the listening experience, and this sound (be it a slight "phasey" quality, or what have you) has been mastered out of the reissue. The reissue is quieter, cleaner-sounding, and "purer" sounding, but the original has a more "fun" sounding tonality. Get them both if you can !

Blown away

posted on 04/25/2012
5 Stars
Amazing album, Can't stop listening. Will enjoy for many years to come. Thanks

High quality disc w/ average sound

posted on 04/21/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: Dave
Not sure what all the fuss is about. The disc is relatively quiet, few pops, clicks, the music is certainly classic, but the sound is typical late 60s, early 70s studio console mixing. A re-mastering isn't going to fix that. When I was in high school in the early 70s a very close friend listened to this album practically day and night. It sounded better in my memory than it did when I played this album. Maybe you can't go home again afterall.


posted on 04/18/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Clive
I am glad to have followed the recommendations of those who so highly rated this disc - it does represent a new bench mark for the LP. I also was thrilled with the gatefold and island label on the disc - not scene this for longer than I care to remember.

I compared this recording with the out of print MFSL UHQR recording of this album. Although the MFSL recording is still quite and as detailed I found some of the bass notes too heavy that masked other detail compared to this new release. A further quality that merits the reference status for this new recording is that you can appreciate the complex voice of Cat Stevens that produces at times different timbre as he drops onto some notes. Moreover the sound stage is balanced with a greater sense of depth even during complex rhythmic sections and you really do hear a not overdone resinance from some of the string instruments - essential to enjoying the mood of particular songs.

For Cat Stevens fans this is a must have.


posted on 03/31/2012
5 Stars
A great job on remastering this album, the sonics are fantastic, this is the way it should sound. A great job on the pressing, the sound is amazing and the background noise is almost none existent. This is music in the real world, Get yourself a copy now. You will not be disappointed .

Such a Great Opening Act!

posted on 03/19/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Sebastian from Buenos Aires
On August 2011 I've read an article on Sterephile magazine about the genesis of Quality Records Pressing. I was instantly captivated by Chad Kassem`s vision and faith on the vinyl market. I was compelled to order the record to ear what I've read about. IMHO the record has been a great choice to show what is Quality Records capable of. The record itself is very precise, silent and detailed. Please keep them coming!

As good as it gets don't hesitate.

posted on 01/27/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Greg S
I read in Absolute Sound that Harry was disappointed with this pressing. Personally I think thats his problem. I have An original A&M, sounds very good, A mobile fidelity sounds very good I have the back to black reissue, poor quality vinyl but the sound is good...This one sounds great. I have the Sacd and the vinyl I ordered them the day they were announced. I am not disappointed at all. The vinyl is silent and the mastering superb. The sacd ( i listen to this more because it's easier) is also great. On my system i can hear a difference between this and the regular remaster. Keep in mind I think this is a good recording no matter which version you have and the music speaks for itself. Thank you for a great job. I am a software junkie I buy a lot of your remaster productions both vinyl and sacd I highly recommend your product for there value and your service for its interest in keeping me happy when I've had the occasional problem.

The reviews are correct

posted on 01/15/2012
5 Stars
This is just an excellent pressing -- the reviewers are correct. Exceptional.

Exceptional Pressing. Very Quiet

posted on 01/11/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Gus
The pressing quality ranks up there with my old Mosaic Qlp's. The record is very silent between tracks and during soft passages. The recording itself brings out the best of vinyl. I hope Quality Pressings later lp's match this quality.

good stuff.

posted on 01/05/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: tyler
great reissue and highly recommended. WELL DONE!

Best recent pressing I have heard

posted on 12/20/2011
5 Stars
Plenty of tick and pops on my copy, but the sound quality is great! Like going back in time and buying a first pressing, with authentic ticks/pops, very nostalgic. Seriously, highly recommended if you can listen through the defects on some of the tracks. I have no regrets on this purchase, best new vinyl in over 20 years.


posted on 12/18/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Michel
Si tous les vinyls pourrait etre de cette qualite,soit du pressage et du rendue sonore,alors vive l,analogique.

Something is way off here

posted on 01/14/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: Tom
I'm afraid I have to mostly disagree with what has been posted here by others so far. Although there are aspects of this pressing that are excellent, there are many passages that are too bright, and the vocals heavy on the sibilants. I have a fairly high end system and have also played this record on another system and the same flaws are heard. Other copies of this record (I own the original and several re-issues) are stronger on the bass response. I am still looking forward to QRP's release of Catch Bull at Four and hoping for a stunner, but this pressing to me falls well short of what I expected.


posted on 12/02/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: JB
Beyond words.........all I can say is that I had flashbacks of my dad's Dalquest DQ10's filling our den back in New Orleans in the mid 70's as a child. Nothing has brought me back to my musical roots like your amazing pressings have done. Thank you!


posted on 11/10/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steve61111
This pressing is so much better than anything else out there, that I don't even know how to explain it. As an example, I have a few Universal Japan pressings (@ $60.00 each), while they are good, none of their sound quality can match this. I don't know if anything in my collection can. Also, my copy is dead quiet. Prop's to everyone at QRP involved in the production of this pressing. The new standard?

Note: Anyone rating this less than 5 stars, I would question their electronics or their hearing.

As good as it gets

posted on 11/02/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: dmb
I've loved this album since it was released in 1970. This version is a work of art: in terms of packaging, art reproduction, beautiful vinyl, and incredibly warm and precise sound. It's a sparse production by today's standards, so all the better via vinyl, the way '70s music is meant to be heard. The strings, the guitar, keyboards, and Cat's nuanced vocals are beautifully rendered.

Will Make a Believer Out Of You

posted on 10/21/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Kenny Fleshman
I was never a fan of Cat Stevens - I bought this to turn my Cat-fan-wife on to my new system. It is stunning. And that is probably what makes a good demo record - I judged it entirely on sonics and production. The silences are black, the sound tight and well-defined. If all records sounded like this I could abandon CDs. A true demo disc for skeptics, and, as it turns out, a great album to boot.

What a Treat

posted on 10/20/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Wes & Kris
Hello Audiophiles - Do we have a treat for you. My wife & I just got through listening to the newly remastered SACD of Cat Stevens "Tea for the Tillerman" which our friends @ Analogue Productions has just released. This latest effort by them is by far & away the best sounding remaster that we've heard in years. George Marino @ Sterling Sound is an absolute master @ mastering. This album sounds truly amazing, to the point that if you close your eyes while listening, you'll swear you're back in 1970 sitting in the studio with Cat. You hear every nuance on this record, from the bright splash of the cymbols, to the low frequency responce from the kick drum. Every instrument sounds so good, and you can actually hear the pick plucking the strings on the guitars. Last, but certainly not least, is Cat's voice - which has never sounded better. Now we haven't heard the vinyl but I can guarantee that if the SACD sounds this good, then the LP must really rock. Get it today before they're all gone.

Tea for the Tillerman is a must buy!!!!

posted on 10/14/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jim Rigney
This is a must buy!! The packaging is first rate. The record sounds incredible. My next purchase from this line will be the Freddie King releases. Quality Record Pressings are some of the best I have ever seen. Jim

Simply fantastic

posted on 10/11/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ken
Eagerly awaited the first QRP release. Well worth it. This album is everything an LP should be: quiet, dynamic and rich. It has elbowed aside many other LPs and forced frequent listening.

Superb in all respects

posted on 10/09/2011
5 Stars
Start with a great title, add superb mastering and finish off with top quality production, and you end up with this album. Sounds great, quiet, flat vinyl, gorgeous cover. Acquiring this reissue is a no-brainer.

The Best

posted on 09/06/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Joe V.
Quite possibly the best vinyl I've ever experienced. The music is genius, that's been established long ago. The record itself has a dead quiet background, well balanced tonal range, highly detailed and nuanced voice and esp. acoustic guitar. The pressing is totally flat without any warp (nice for a change!, and surface noise is almost eerily absent. They nailed this one, nice job Quality Record Pressings!

don't miss this

posted on 09/05/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Michael
I just found the time to listen to the new release of "Tea for the tillerman" and it's clearly the best version I have ever heard. I even compared it to the MFSL UHQR and this release beats it by far! I can't wait to hear Tony Joe White, who is one on my favorites. Some of these old US releasee already have a very good sound, but who knows, what will improve with the new records from you.

Keep on like this, you're the best!

Congratulations to Chad Kassem and QRP!

posted on 09/02/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Randy Wells
Fantastic pressing and gatefold jacket!

Tea is a GREAT record, one worthy of the best reissue possible. This QRP LP is certainly the best reissue of this title I've heard.

Here's my full review with some interesting comparisons:

A Homerun for Analogue Productions & QRP!

posted on 08/28/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ed
Finally, I now know what all the fuss is about with this album. My EMI copy is lifeless and uninteresting. But this one is WONDERFUL!

SIX stars

posted on 08/25/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ant Simon
This record has been played more than any other record in my collection, and that's after just 5 days. my 14 year old daughter keeps asking me to play it. It's spectacular

Buy it now if you don't have it already

posted on 08/25/2011
5 Stars
If you already have it buy another just in case you wear the first one out. It's the best sounding record I own.

Tea for the Tillerman

posted on 08/23/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Wendell Narrod
This is the finest record pressing I have ever experienced. Simply incredible. It's one of my favorite records of the last forty years, thanks for releasing it

Tea for the Tillerman

posted on 08/23/2011
4 Stars
The disc is so quiet that is sounds like a CD/vinyl hybrid. Some songs sound harsher than others. Is it a match for the orignal, I don't have the original recording to compare it to. Does it convey that lush airy sound that we associate with the best of vinyl? I don't know if it does. After buying lots of reissues, I'm not sure if on average that they actually do match up with the original recording. Quite often, some of the life seems to be sucked out.

One down and many more to go....I hope

posted on 04/27/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott
Beautiful sounding record from Analogue Productions and Quality Pressing. I'm looking forward to future releases.

Tea for the Tillerman

posted on 08/19/2011
4 Stars
Reviewer: Ken McGuire
I received my copy yesterday and played it this morning, comparing it to the 'Back to Black' reissue of "Teaser and the Firecat". I find the Back to Black copy to be bright - e.g., cymbals and guitar strumming are on the high side. There is some groove noise and the labels are off-centered.

I had expected very high quality from the Quality Records reissue of "Tea for the Tillerman". On my copy there is some disappointment. There is a slight (very slight) edge warp, the labels are slightly off-center and there is a thickening of the vinyl around the spindle hole which caused stress on the label which appears as white streaks in the pink color. My copy weighs 165g not 200g.

The grooves are very quiet and the sound is much more natural than the Back to Black "Teaser" but some tracks seem grainy/distorted at times (usually when vocals are louder).

It may be accurately mastered and pressed but I don't have an original, and haven't heard Cat Stevens live, to compare with.

I'm very glad to have this record as I like Cat Stevens's music, and thank Chad Kassem for investing in this business.

Essential Cat Stevens!

posted on 08/18/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Shane B
QRP's reissue of Tea for the Tillerman is dead quiet, involving, and an exciting, strikingly transparent window into the recording. The guitar strumming and vocals are dynamic and alive and have presence like I've never heard from this recording, which is an essential one in my house. This release is an absolute treasure!

Good for a reissue

posted on 08/17/2011
4 Stars
So heres the deal, yes it sounds pretty good, clean, crisp and .. oh there's actually some bass, which is rare for any reissue. But, it doesn't have the tubey sound of the original, and the bass on the original is fuller. However for $30 its a no brainer given you might have to search through countless second hand record stores to find a high quality clean pressing of the original.

Tea For The Tillerman

posted on 08/17/2011
5 Stars
Best sounding "Tea" I've ever heard. Better than all my US A&M and UK Island originals.

Tea For The Tillerman

posted on 08/17/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: John
I just received Tea for the Tillerman. You have set a new standard for recorded music. The sound and the packaging (the smell of the packaging) are beyond words. Complete perfection. Completely overwhelming. The last time I felt this excitement for a record was putting a needle on the first record i ever heard -- in 1972. I never imagined that music could sound so good. Thank you!


posted on 08/16/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jerry G.
Just listened to the new Tea for the Tillerman, very nice. Quite dynamic…yet warm. HOMERUN!

Amazing Pressing

posted on 08/16/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: idos
The pressing is the quietest I've heard, the clarity simply stunning! The content is '70's multi track pop music. How soon we forget..........

You won't be sorry

posted on 08/15/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steve
Great sounding vinyl recording. If the rest of their recordings sound as good they will do very well. Much better than MOFI recordings. Lots of bottom end. Sparkling guitars. Vocals are right up front and the drums have a great snap to them. Play this with the volume up. The louder you play it the better it sounds.Unusually quiet vinyl. Almost no clics, pops or surface noise. Cover is the best quality I've seen. I'll be getting the Teaser and the Firecat for sure. A must buy.

A Masterpiece in music and sonics!

posted on 08/15/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ron O. in Austin, Texas
Analogue Productions has not just hit a homerun with this release...they've hit a grand slam!

This has been one of my all time favorite LPs. I've purchased several pressings of it. None compare to this one. From the opening of "Where Do the Children Play" I knew I was in for a treat. The sound quality is amazing.

The true test of this album is how your stereo can handle "Hard Headed Woman" with its deep and punchy bass. I was floored. Effortless and hard hitting. Love it. All LPs should sound like this. Clean, great production values and quality vinyl!

Beautifully Executed Product

posted on 08/15/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: audiofan
This sounds as fantastic as you'd hoped it would. A true "demo disc" to make your jaw drop in amazment - MoFi may have to make room at the top. One note: the short final song, "Tea for the Tillerman" is the one fly in the ointment on my copy - it has a scuffy bit of surface noise thruout the entire song. Strange, because every other bit is totally dead quiet and pristine. I can deal with it, and it's not really worth it (to me, at least) to return the LP for that 30-second "song". However, it does prevent the disc from being 100% perfect...if there is such a thing.

Tea For The Tillerman

posted on 08/14/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Terry
This is the best done re issue I have heard. The bass is so often lacking in the reissues not here. The record is dynamic and I hope a taste of what to expect from the company.

Better than ever but...

posted on 08/13/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
Best version of this wonderful record yet and kudos for the nice gatefold jacket, a very nice enhancement.

Only one complaint; what does it take to get a 200G pressing in the mail (Fed Ex in this case) that does not have a seam tear in the jacket? I've concluded it's just plain impossible, sadly to say.

Untitled Document

Note from Acoustic Sounds: Upon request we will be happy to remove the vinyl from the jacket prior to shipping to avoid seam-splits in transit!

An Excellent Record

posted on 08/13/2011
4 Stars
Reviewer: StickMan451
First let me say that general expectations on this first album from QRP  were/are extremely high.  Second, I will admit that I am very  picky;  your typical high expectation & highly demanding 'audiophile.'

The Good: The album cover and liner notes are down-right beautiful! The person(s)  at Accoustic Sounds responsible for this part of the production deserve a  day off with pay and a little something extra in their next bonus.   Beautifully done!

My copy is actually FLAT; don't laugh.  I would say that fully 25% of the  records I buy are warpped to some degree & as many as 1 out of every six or seven are so warpped as to be unplayable.

Detail and dynamics on this record are superb!  Yes, I am hearing all  kinds of small detail items that I've never heard on this album vinyl or CD.

The Not as Good: I wish the record surface was a bit quieter;  I'm not saying that it is noisy,  only that a little quieter would be mo better.  I wish that the recording had a tab bit more 'warmth'... (it's not bright).

In sum, THANK YOU QRP!!!  Keep pressing Records!!!

Well worth the wait

posted on 08/12/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Larry
Quality Records is going to give MFSL a run for there money. This pressing is that good.

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