Mona – The Carnivorous Circus

Mona—The Carnivorous Circus is a 1970 album by the UK underground artist Mick Farren.

Mona—The Carnivorous Circus
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1970
RecordedDecember 1969
StudioSound Techniques, London
GenreGarage rock, psychedelic rock
LabelTransatlantic - TRA212
ProducerMick Farren
Mick Farren chronology
Think Pink
Mona—The Carnivorous Circus
Never Never Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The album was recorded to fulfill contractual obligations. Farren had recently returned from a tour of the west coast of North America with his band The Deviants, who had risen up against him and sacked him. Farren had, however, previously discussed the idea of a solo album for the second LP of three on the Transatlantic contract (after The Deviants 3), with the third LP to be an album by the other band members, potentially also featuring drummer Russell Hunter's girlfriend Jenny Ashworth as frontwoman - an idea with which the three sidemen had been toying around the time of the contract signing.

Farren recalled that "I was crazy when I did Mona—really mentally ill. If I listen to it I can still feel it. Maybe I should have chilled out for a few months before making the album, but I was a bit depressed, and I thought I'd just do it entirely my own way for the first time."[2]

"Carnivorous Circus" is a montage of song and spoken word, featuring interviews with a Hells Angel and Steve Took, the latter recounting time he spent in Ashford Remand Centre, as well as recordings of political speeches. Took also provides lead vocal for the short Observe The Ravens section of the title track. Also, during the Society of the Horsemen jam he quotes a lyric ("it don't feel good, 'cos it was made out of wood") from one of his own songs, Steel Abortion (later recorded by his band Shagrat).[3] The cello on "Mona" was provided by Paul Buckmaster, who had demonstrated to Farren the similarities between Bo Diddley and Béla Bartók.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Mona (A Fragment)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:15
  2. "Carnivorous Circus, Part 1" (Farren) – 15:19
    1. "The Whole Thing Starts"
    2. "But Charlie, It's Still Moving"
    3. "Observe The Ravens"
    4. "Society of the Horsemen"
  3. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) – 2:41
  4. "Carnivorous Circus, Part 2" (Farren) – 13:01
    1. "Don't Talk to Me Mary"
    2. "You Can't Move Me"
    3. "In My Window Box"
    4. "An Epitaph Can Point the Way"
  5. "Mona (The Whole Trip)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 7:25


  • Produced by Mick Farren
  • Arranged by Mick Farren and Steve Hammond
  • Recorded at Sound Techniques, London, December 1969
  • Victor Gamm – Engineering

Release historyEdit


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Deviants 3, 1999 CD issue liner notes
  3. ^ "CAREER HISTORY - CHAPTER 2 - SHAGRAT STORY - (Steve's part in the formation of the Pink Fairies - The Band, and how he came to become an outright frontman for his own group)". 1970-07-26. Retrieved 2014-04-25.

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