AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Analogue Productions - AAPP 9135 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
AAA 100% Analogue - Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
The Absolute Sound Super Disc List TAS Harry Pearson Super LP List
Michael Fremer Rated 10/10 Music, 10/10 Sonics in his reviews on musicangle
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the August 2011 Issue of Stereophile! TAS Harry Pearson's Super Disc List!
"Low level previously buried detail exposed on dead quiet, beautifully pressed vinyl from Quality Record Pressings!" - Michael Fremer,
Stereophile Magazine The Very First Title Pressed at Quality Record Pressings Is... Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman! One of the all-time most classic audiophile records is 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.
"...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
"...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
Quality Record Pressings couldn't have picked a better vehicle for which to show off what will be one of the highest quality records ever pressed!
The Absolute Original Analog Masters were used, and the tapes were in impeccable condition!
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.
Hulko's original mastering notes were also found from more than 40 years ago!!! It's incredible, but Sterling still has all of their notes filed away. So, this album 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 Quality Record Pressings 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.
Fremer Rated 10 out of 10 for Music, 10 out of 10 for Sound!
"The first play brought gasps because the sound was so far superior to the A&M. It was razor sharp in the best sense of the word, with black backgrounds and a dynamic thrust missing from the lackluster American pressing. Wow!... 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 we are in for some great vinyl!!!!!" - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com, Music 10/10, Sound 10/10
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• • Packaged in the Original British Island Gatefold Jacket
• Detailed Textured Inside Paper Stock and Glossy Outside Cover
Cat Stevens, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Alun Davies, 2nd guitar
John Ryan, bass
Harvey Burns, drums
Jack Rostein, solo violin
Del Newman, string arrangement
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
ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
AAA 100% ANALOGUE
We use the Original Tapes and work with only the Best Mastering Studios
QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS
Plated and Pressed at QRP the world`s Best Pressing Plant on Virgin Vinyl
Meticulous Test Pressing evaluation and Quality Control
Highest Quality Jackets and Rice Paper Inner Sleeves
Less than 1,000 Records per Stamper
Released in Limited Quantities