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Monterey International Pop Festival (Live)

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Editors’ Notes

The rock scene was caught in the midst of change at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. There’s a palpable tension in the Byrds’s performance as David Crosby was about to be fired — his voice can be heard competing for presence with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman on the taut harmonies on the chorus of “Chimes of Freedom.” Irritated with Crosby’s ranting political banter between songs (absent here), the band sped up the tempo to “So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” so fast it sounds like they inadvertently invented folk-punk. They became further annoyed when Crosby accepted an invitation by Buffalo Springfield to sub for Neil Young who had quit at the last minute — though Crosby’s vocal contributions to this version of “For What It’s Worth” sounds great. Of course nobody’s harmonies sounded as tight as Simon & Garfunkel’s who sing like siblings on “Homeward Bound” and on a stunningly beautiful version of “Sounds of Silence.” But the night belonged to Jimi Hendrix whose performances of “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Like A Rolling Stone” upstage the studio versions.

Customer Reviews

This is the best of the Sixties

Whle Woodstock was bigger and better remembered, this relatively small festival outshone it musically. It's the concert that put Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on the map. Brought Otis Redding the recognition he deserved. Astounded audiences with bands like The Who. All in all, this album epitomizes some of the best of the sixties genre, and the music still sounds great today. Hope they'll get the film also, a cinema masterpiece of concert footage!

Eh

Pretty good mix of artists and songs here, but nothing really blew me away. The sound quality is solid, which is always a plus. Good value for the number of songs you get especially considering the historical importance of Monterey, but not really essential listening for any of these artists. Purchase as a historcial document, not a musical masterpiece.

BEWARE!!!!!...Don't Buy This On iTunes!!!!!

Hey iTunes...where's the rest of the album? How come you don't advertise this as a partial album because that's what it is!?!?! Where's Steve Miller? Where's Canned Heat? Where's Laura Nyro? Where's Lou Rawls?....I sure am glad I still buy cd's & vinyl because I would totally be getting ripped off if I bought most of what I own on iTunes.

Monterey International Pop Festival (Live)
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 05, 2007

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