Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon

A quick post about Cat Stevens - and his record title Mono Bone Jakon.  Not sure what that means.  This is his is the 3rd 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 albumMatthew 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."


  1. Faves of mine were Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat.

    Saw Yusuf on a recent TV interview and performance...but the voice is still unmistakably Cat!

  2. unk-age: I have perhaps every Cat album from Mathew & Son (67) thru Izitso (75)...tons of em in the fitty cent bins...


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