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Tea for the Tillerman

Cat Stevens

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Cat Stevens was one of the most talented, prolific, and commercially successful singer-songwriters of the 1970s, and Tea for the Tillerman is one of his finest efforts. Released in 1970, it’s a showcase for his considerable songwriting skills and ability to clearly covey his ideas and make emotional connections with listeners. Blessed with a rich, warm voice that’s instantly identifiable, his sincerity and passion are evident. The lyrics are direct and often simple (not to say simplistic) and cover grand themes: the downside of modern life (“Where Do the Children Play?”), spirituality and the search for meaning (“On the Road to Find Out,” “Miles From Nowhere,” “But I Might Die Tonight”), love and loss (“Wild World”), and the pain that comes with finding your own way (“Father and Son”). The music itself is similarly sweeping, with buoyant melodies and thoughtful arrangements on every track. Stevens, who plays keyboards and guitar, is supported by a solid band that creates a lush foundation on lead guitar, upright bass, drums, solo violin, and strings. Stunning and enduring, Tea for the Tillerman is a classic.

Customer Reviews

Tea for the Tillerman: Cat Stevens

I ordered this album to give to my son, who is 24. I am a combat survivor from the "conflict" in Vietnam and I have continued to survive the 60's,70's,80's,90's and I am still here. This was a very important album to me because when I arrived back in the States off of River Patrol Boats I had already done some very serious combat at the age of 20 and I remember thinking, one time, when I was very stoned, "If I ever have a son, I would want him to hear this album" It is the kind of album that I lock in my heart.

A constant favorite

I can't remeber a time when I didn't know every word to the songs on this album. It seems like my mom has been playing this these songs in the car for ever. There are so many good memories attached to this record for me. There is never more than a couple weeks were I don't go and listen to this album non-stop. As a teenager that might be a little weird, it doesn't exaclty fit in with most of the music that I listen to, but Cat Stevens is undisputably my favorite artist. Others come and go but Cat is a constant.


One of the best albums ever. I owned it on vinyl as a teenager, then on tape, then on CD, and now have downloaded it. I always come back to it.


Born: July 21, 1948 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cat Stevens, born Steven Demetre Georgiou, was the son of a Swedish mother and a Greek father who ran a restaurant in London. He became interested in folk music and rock & roll in his teens while attending Hammersmith College and in 1965 began performing under the name Steve Adams. Mike Hurst, a former member of the folk-pop group the Springfields, who had become a record producer, heard him and took him into a recording studio to cut his composition "I Love My Dog." This demo caused Decca Records...
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