This album is notable for the emergence of Stevens's distinctive voice: a rich, variable baritone. Prior to recording Mona Bone Jakon, Stevens had become disillusioned with the music business, then became seriously ill with tuberculosis and spent a year convalescing. He returned with a folksier, more reflective, and emotionally straightforward sound. Three of the songs ("Trouble", "I Wish, I Wish", "I Think I See the Light") were featured in Hal Ashby and Colin Higgins's black comedy Harold and Maude (1971).
According to Stevens, the inspiration for the title was a name he created to describe his penis:
""Mona Bone Jakon" is another name for my penis. It's the name I give it. It's not some sort of secret vocabulary, it's just something I made up.
|RIAA – USA||Gold||January 15, 1976|