Thursday, October 27, 2011
album, released in July, 1970 on Island Records and A&M in the States. "After a meteoric start to his career, surprising even his original producer at Deram Records with the hit singles "I Love My Dog", "Matthew and Son" and "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun", Cat's debut album, Matthew and Son began charting as well. However, after the pressure for a repeat album of the same calibre, Stevens (considered at the time a teen sensation) was overwhelmed by this new lifestyle, as well as the demands of writing, recording, performing, publicity appearances, and touring. In the fall of 1968, he collapsed, with the diagnosis of tuberculosis and a collapsed lung. For over a year, while recovering, Stevens virtually disappeared from the British pop scene. Mona Bone Jakon is notable not only for his return, but for the emergence of a very different artist. The album was certified Gold for sales/shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the United States. On the back cover it says: Produced by Paul Samwell Smith." And how's this: "Flute - Peter Gabriel."