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Editors’ Notes

Released in 1970, Mona Bone Jakon signaled the beginning of a fertile creative period for Cat Stevens that would stretch across seven albums in five years. Though the album doesn’t contain any of his biggest hits, there are several stellar singles (“Pop Star,” “I Think I See the Light,” and “I Wish, I Wish”) that are on par with his most well known songs, and they all feature Stevens’ gift for memorable melodies and his warm and distinct baritone. There’s an undercurrent of melancholy here that’s sometimes overt (“Maybe You’re Right,” “Trouble”) and other times wrapped in poetic metaphor (“Katmandu,” “Fill My Eyes”). The arrangements of these mostly acoustic folk tunes are generally spare and subdued, but even in these quieter moments his music radiates an emotional power and intensity that would become his trademark. Stevens arguably peaked on the two subsequent releases, Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat, but Mona Bone Jakon belongs in their august company.

Customer Reviews

Harold and Maude

some of these great songs are in the film Harold and Maude, to great effect. It's a wonderful film with a great score.

Folksy Famous

Cat Stevens isn't the greatest singer/songwriter ever, but he did make some emotional heartfelt music that sounds like he poured his sould into it. This album epitomizes that sound and should be heard by any fans of Cat Stevens.

Amazing album

As a newcomer to Cat Stevens, I was blown away by this album. Like much of his work, the songs are introspective and catchy. "Maybe You're Right" is a wonderful song with a melody that reminds me of Elliott Smith's XO. "I Think I See the Light," "Trouble," "I Wish, I Wish," and "Fill My Eyes" are each unique, fitting certain moods. I like the other tracks as well, and I think the album is a great piece of work. I enjoy Tea for the Tillerman, but I like this album even more. It's great for a rainy day, a sunny day, any day. Easily one of the best albums to which I have ever listened, in any genre.


Born: July 21, 1948 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cat Stevens, born Steven Demetre Georgiou, was the son of a Swedish mother and a Greek father who ran a restaurant in London. He became interested in folk music and rock & roll in his teens while attending Hammersmith College and in 1965 began performing under the name Steve Adams. Mike Hurst, a former member of the folk-pop group the Springfields, who had become a record producer, heard him and took him into a recording studio to cut his composition "I Love My Dog." This demo caused Decca Records...
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