Mona Bone Jakon by Cat Stevens is recorded in January/February 1970, partly in the Abbey Road Studios and partly in the Olympic Studios in London. Released on Island in the UK and A&M in the US. It is Cat Stevens’ third studio album, released 24 april 1970.
Mona Bone Jakon is released almost 3 years after his second album, New Masters. The long pause is explained with his young age, he became very popular as teenager, but also with the fact that he became very ill with tuberculosis. His kind of comeback was a big surprise, the album is very very well played and organized. Everyone who like the later Teaser And The Firecat and have not heard this one yet, should do a search and listen. The original vinyl album have become a bit expensive in good quality.
My personal favorite tracks are I Think I See The Light and Katmandu, where Peter Gabriel plays the flute by the way. Very beautiful orchestrated with the guitars, his voice and Gabriels flute.
Cat Stevens – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Alun Davies – guitar, backing vocals
John Ryan – bass
Harvey Burns – drums, percussion
Peter Gabriel – flute