”The Long Play" is a continuing Sunday evening Feature on The GOAT. This
year, Every Sunday Evening, Album Rock WXYG, The GOAT will feature a full
album at 8:00 PM from the halcyon musical days of 1970.
was Quite an amazing year in Album Rock history. Gonna be a tough choice
every week. So many great ones to choose from.
We hope you’ll tune in, Sunday evening October 25th at 8:00 PM for Tea for
the Tillerman, the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens,
released in November 1970.
It was also Stevens' second album released during the year 1970.
Tea for the Tillerman includes many of his best-known songs such as "Where
Do the Children Play?", "Hard Headed Woman", "Wild World", "Sad Lisa",
"Into White", and "Father and Son".
Stevens, a former art student, created the artwork featured on the
With "Wild World" as an advance single, this was the album that brought
Stevens worldwide fame. The album itself charted into the top 10 in the
Rolling Stone magazine's Ben Gerson said that Stevens' songs effortlessly
resonate beyond their artfully simple lyrics and hooks, despite his
occasional overuse of dynamics "for dramatic effect."
In a retrospective five-star review, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann praised
Stevens' themes of spirituality and transcendence, and felt that he had
continued to show his ability as a pop melodicist: "As a result, Tea for
the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years,
its creator became a pop star." On November 18, 2003, Rolling Stone
included this album in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Timelist at number
206, and 208 in a 2012 revised list. In 2006, the album was included in
the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2007, the album was
included in the list of "The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time", released
by The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame. It was voted number 342 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top
Tune In and Turn On Sunday evening, October 25th, and every Sunday evening
at 8:00 PM for The GOAT'S "The Long Play.”