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  CAPP 9135 SA
  Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman
  "Tea for the Tillerman"

Cat Stevens
Track listing:
  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
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Review by Kikke November 13, 2011 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I didn't know this album prior to buying this one so I've nothing to compare it with sonically. I didn't know Cat Stevens music very well to be honest. That being said what strikes me about this SACD are the very natural dynamics. It's hard to believe that these wide dynamics came from a tape. There isn't a trace of compression to be found on the entire album. The voice sounds so natural. The difference between the soft passages and the louder outbursts are simply breathtaking. Why don't they record all music like this? This is not a smooth processed modern age recording. This is the real thing including some imperfections in the singing making it a pleasure to listen to. This is music made by humans instead of something processed by a computer.
I already knew and liked 'Wild World' and 'Father and Son' but the rest of the album is equally good IMHO.

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Review by Discspinner October 16, 2011 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Another kudo for Analog Productions.

Before he was Yusuf Islam and after he was born Steven Demetre Georgiou, he was Cat Stevens. The name "Tea for the Tillerman" suggests a moment of reflection after a hard day's work and I think this sacd lives up to that nicely. Most of the songs are on the slowish side and the arrangements typically consist of a few instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, bass (is the bass player using a bow on 'Wild World?'), drums and I think one place where there are violins.

I can't find anything to complain about; the instruments sound very acoustic and natural. In fact, take away the occasional multi-tracked vocals and this would have been an "unplugged" album. There is no heavy handedness involved in the remaster, there doesn't seem to be any spectral manipulation, but I have to wonder how this is so when there is no hiss noticable to my ears. When you take that out don't you have to put something back in?

Strong material as well. I don't find any weak songs on this.

This is beautiful, understated, natural, and recommended.

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Review by Jomama! February 12, 2012 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I went to my local record store today, intent on bringing home a new SACD to listen to. I'm relatively new to the world of SACD, having bought a Marantz SA8003 when my regular CD player bit the bust.

I ended up bring home 'Tea for the Tillerman', even though I already had the MFSL gold disc, which I really like. Of course, I compared the two.

Overall, the SACD sounds great. The dynamics are superb, and the clarity of the individual instruments is astounding. There are subtleties and nuances in Cat's vocals that just don't translate on the MFSL disc.

I do think that some of the louder, more 'emotive' vocal parts sound slightly harsh on the SACD, as if the SACD reveals more limitations of the source material. The MFSL disc has an overall 'mellower' sound and seems to blend in these passages with the other instruments a little better.

That said, the MFSL disc sounds great and gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling, but the SACD grabs my attention and makes me catch my breath. It's more dynamic, has better separation, and seems more like the music is being performed right off of the disc.

I had forgotten how much I love this album.

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