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Mona Bone Jakon (Super Deluxe)

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Cat Stevens virtually disappeared from the British pop scene in 1968, at the age of 20, after a meteoric start to his career. He had contracted tuberculosis and spent a year recovering, from both his illness and the strain of being a teenage pop star, before returning to action in the spring of 1970 -- as a very different 22-year-old -- with Mona Bone Jakon. Fans who knew him from 1967 must have been surprised. Under the production aegis of former Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith, he introduced a group of simple, heartfelt songs played in spare arrangements on acoustic guitars and keyboards and driven by a restrained rhythm section. Built on folk and blues structures, but with characteristically compelling melodies, Stevens' new compositions were tentative, fragmentary statements that alluded to his recent "Trouble," including the triviality of being a "Pop Star." But these were the words of a desperate man in search of salvation. Mona Bone Jakon was dominated by images of death, but the album was also about survival and hope. Stevens' craggy voice, with its odd breaks of tone and occasional huskiness, lent these sometimes sketchy songs depth, and the understated instrumentation further emphasized their seriousness. If Stevens was working out private demons on Mona Bone Jakon, he was well attuned to a similar world-weariness in pop culture. His listeners may not have shared his exact experience, but after the 1960s they certainly understood his sense of being wounded, his spiritual yearning, and his hesitant optimism. Mona Bone Jakon was only a modest success upon its initial release, but it attracted attention in the wake of the commercial breakthrough of its follow-up, Tea for the Tillerman.
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1
Lady D'Arbanville (Remastered 2020)
00:03:45

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Maybe You're Right (Remastered 2020)
00:03:25

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Pop Star (Remastered 2020)
00:04:13

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I Think I See The Light (Remastered 2020)
00:03:52

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Trouble (Remastered 2020)
00:02:52

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Mona Bone Jakon (Remastered 2020)
00:01:42

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
I Wish, I Wish (Remastered 2020)
00:03:50

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Katmandu (Remastered 2020)
00:03:23

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Time (Remastered 2020)
00:01:26

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Fill My Eyes (Remastered 2020)
00:03:00

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Lilywhite (Remastered 2020)
00:03:41

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Lady D'Arbanville (2020 Mix)
00:03:43

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Maybe You're Right (2020 Mix)
00:03:22

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Pop Star (2020 Mix)
00:04:17

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I Think I See The Light (2020 Mix)
00:03:54

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Trouble (2020 Mix)
00:02:49

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Mona Bone Jakon (2020 Mix)
00:01:40

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
I Wish, I Wish (2020 Mix)
00:03:42

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Katmandu (2020 Mix)
00:03:26

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Time (2020 Mix)
00:01:32

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Fill My Eyes (2020 Mix)
00:03:02

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Lilywhite (2020 Mix)
00:03:42

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 3

1
Maybe You're Right (Studio Demo)
00:03:03

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

2
I Think I See The Light (Studio Demo)
00:03:49

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

3
Trouble (Studio Demo)
00:02:41

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

4
Mona Bone Jakon (Home Demo)
00:02:07

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

5
I Wish, I Wish (Studio Demo)
00:03:23

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

6
Katmandu (Studio Demo)
00:02:55

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

7
Time (Studio Demo)
00:01:19

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

8
Fill My Eyes (Studio Demo)
00:02:58

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

9
I Want Some Sun (Studio Demo)
00:03:06

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Cat-O-Log Records

DISC 4

1
Interview (Live At The BBC / 16th June 1970)
00:01:11

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 BBC

2
Lady D’Arbanville (Live At The BBC / 16th June 1970)
00:03:54

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 BBC

3
Maybe You're Right (Cat Stevens In Concert, 27 November 1971)
00:04:02

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 BBC

4
Trouble (Live At The BBC / 16th June 1970)
00:02:44

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 BBC

5
Katmandu (Live At The BBC / 16th June 1970)
00:03:22

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Del Newman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Burns, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 BBC

6
Changes IV (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:04:08

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Time / Fill My Eyes (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:04:00

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Where Do The Children Play? (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:03:21

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Lady D'Arbanville (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:03:38

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Maybe You're Right (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:03:20

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Father And Son (Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton, UK / 1970)
00:04:17

Cat Stevens, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yusuf / Cat Stevens, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Lady D’Arbanville (Live On The Beat Club / 1970)
00:03:52

Cat Stevens, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH

13
Katmandu (Recorded For ORTF, Pop deux / 1970)
00:03:03

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 INA

14
Maybe You’re Right (Recorded For ORTF, Pop deux / 1970)
00:03:38

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 INA

15
Lady D’Arbanville (Recorded For ORTF, Pop deux / 1970)
00:03:56

Paul Samwell-Smith, Producer - Peter Gabriel, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Ryan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alun Davies, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bobak, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Burns, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 INA

Album Description

Cat Stevens virtually disappeared from the British pop scene in 1968, at the age of 20, after a meteoric start to his career. He had contracted tuberculosis and spent a year recovering, from both his illness and the strain of being a teenage pop star, before returning to action in the spring of 1970 -- as a very different 22-year-old -- with Mona Bone Jakon. Fans who knew him from 1967 must have been surprised. Under the production aegis of former Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith, he introduced a group of simple, heartfelt songs played in spare arrangements on acoustic guitars and keyboards and driven by a restrained rhythm section. Built on folk and blues structures, but with characteristically compelling melodies, Stevens' new compositions were tentative, fragmentary statements that alluded to his recent "Trouble," including the triviality of being a "Pop Star." But these were the words of a desperate man in search of salvation. Mona Bone Jakon was dominated by images of death, but the album was also about survival and hope. Stevens' craggy voice, with its odd breaks of tone and occasional huskiness, lent these sometimes sketchy songs depth, and the understated instrumentation further emphasized their seriousness. If Stevens was working out private demons on Mona Bone Jakon, he was well attuned to a similar world-weariness in pop culture. His listeners may not have shared his exact experience, but after the 1960s they certainly understood his sense of being wounded, his spiritual yearning, and his hesitant optimism. Mona Bone Jakon was only a modest success upon its initial release, but it attracted attention in the wake of the commercial breakthrough of its follow-up, Tea for the Tillerman.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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