Donovan was backed by the Jeff Beck Group on this track. Rod Stewart was a member of the group but didn't perform on the song. Mickie Most, who was producing both Donovan and Beck, explained to The Record Producers in 1982, "One of Donovan's problems was that he never really had a band. He'd go on tour and say, 'This is going to be a flute tour,' and he'd take a flute player, an upright bass player, and he'd play acoustic guitar himself. And then he'd say he was going to do a rock tour, and he'd pick up some rock musicians, but he never had anybody he could bring into the studio, there was never that sort of working relationship, so I always used to use the people who I'd used on the Herman's Hermits records, the session guys. But when Jeff Beck had his group buzzing away, I thought it might be an idea to put the two things together after Donovan sang me this song called 'Barabajagal.' It was partly all right, and partly a mess. I don't really know, but if somebody played it to me now, I'd probably feel it was a mess – at the time, it was a real attempt to get other influences into both their musics, because I wanted Donovan to get a little more heavyweight, and Jeff a little more lyrical. Rod Stewart was writing more lyrically, and he's done it even more since then – his big hit songs have had much more passion than just simple blues, and they've been sort of good love songs, and Donovan was good at that."