Patience is a virtue, or so we are told. Well in this particular case it is true. I have waited more than 25 years to relive Cat Stevens playing his Tea For The Tillerman album. Released in 1971 we find Cat Stevens at the very apex of creativity. This DVD records a concert given in Los Angeles in 1971 in support of his album.

The first thing I noticed was the great sound quality, clearly a great deal of effort has been taken to create the best possible quality. Tea For The Tillerman reached a Triple Platinum status (3 million copies sold), and was one of the reasons for the sudden upsurge in electric folk music that occurred in the early 70’s.

Cat Stevens seemed destined to rule the music world, but in 1977 he surprised and maybe ostracized a large segment of his fan base when he announced his name change to Yusuf Islam, his conversion to Islam and his renouncement of music. To this day I, and I am sure I speak for many fans, do not understand his reasons.

I really enjoyed this DVD, don’t be put off by the fact that the show is over 27 years old. Great musicians are like great wine, they get better with time.

Moon Shadow may well be Cat Stevens calling card, it is one of the prettiest songs I think I have ever heard. Although it was not part of Tea For The Tillerman, it actually comes from Teaser And The Fire Cat, the original animated short film is included on the DVD.

I can give you many reasons to buy this DVD, but I will stick to just two, Moon Shadow, and Longer Boats. These two songs encapsulate Cat Stevens, and should be on everyone’s iPod!

My wife will attest to the fact that I did have a “huh” moment however. It was when it came to an end. I looked at her and said “thats it? I have to watch this again”. “Go for it honey” was her reply. So I did!

If you want to get this DVD (and I think you should) you can order online from MVD.

Simon Barrett

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