- This vintage Island Pink Rim pressing was doing pretty much everything right, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades throughout – fairly quiet vinyl too
- Here are sides that will rock your world with their size, richness, clarity and energy, the likes of which you may have never experienced on vinyl
- A Brilliant Classic Folk Rock recording – the right pressings offer Demo Disc Quality sound and then some
- 5 stars and a Top 10 album – in some ways it’s surely the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
- This Folk Rock Masterpiece from 1971 is one that belongs in every audiophile’s collection
- “Tuesday’s Dead,” “Morning Has Broken,” “Bitterblue,” “Moonshadow” “Peace Train” – and that’s just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
Before I get further into the sound of this record, let me preface my remarks by saying this is a work of GENIUS. Cat Stevens made two records which belong in the Pantheon of greatest popular recordings of all time. In the world of folky pop, Teaser and the Firecat and Tea for the Tillerman have few peers. There may be other recordings that are as good but there are no other recordings that are better.
When you hear The Wind, Changes IV, or If I Laugh on this copy, you will be convinced, as I am, that this is one of the greatest popular recordings in the history of the world. I don’t know of ANY other album that has more LIFE and MUSICAL ENERGY than this one. (more…)