Album Review:: Various Artists "Monterey International Pop Festival"

A few weeks ago we reported here at P&S the 40th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival. Razor & Tie and Starbucks Entertainment have released a remastered 2XCD featuring 26 songs from the original fest recordings. If you’re a music fan following all the multi-day festivals that have flooded the spring and summer months in the last two decades or so – (Lollapalooza, Bonneroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits Festival, etc.) then you must explore where it all began. This double CD edition of “Monterey Pop” is an excellent capsule of the three day fest (June 16-18, 1967), which includes a trio of stellar unreleased performances. Simon & Garfunkel are featured on two of them, which happens to be two of their great classics: “Homeward Bound” and “Sound Of Silence”. The third track comes from The Buffalo Springfield (with David Crosby) – they surface with the timeless classic “For What It’s Worth”. Other standout cuts: the opening festival band The Association’sAlong Comes Mary”, Eric Burdon And The Animals fittingly peformed track “San Francisco Nights”; The Byrds garagy rock on “Chimes Of Freedom” and “So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star”; a sizzler of a live performance in “Somebody To Love” from The Jefferson Airplane. The Who are showcased by their now legendary appearance with “My Generation”. Hendrix introduces his ultra bluesy version of Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” with “(I’d) like to bore you for six or seven minutes….excuse me for a moment while I play my guitar…”

If you own the previous editions – two box sets released in the 1990’s, this compilation may not be essential, but is still worth the ticket – for classic performances to introduce another generation to such an important event. Another reason to pick up the CD, it benefits The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation (MIPFF) which is a non-profit charitable and educational foundation empowering music-related personal development, creativity, and mental and physical health.

Realaudio:: Jimi Hendrix “Like A Rolling Stone”
RealAudio:: The Mamas And Papas “California Dreamin’

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