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At last came the complete recording of Jimi's triumph at The Monterey Pop Festival 18/06/67. Most tracks had been available before split up across"Historic Performances Recorded At The Monterey International Pop Festival", "Jimi Hendrix" film soundtrack and the "Kiss The Sky" compilation. I recently went back to my vinyl records to compare the sound and on this release Mitch's drums are not as present but Jimi's vocals are stronger.
Unlike the vinyl release, the CD begins with about two and a half minutes of tuning up before Brian Jones makes his off-mike stage announcement (a good friend of Jimi's, he had flown over specially with The Experience to introduce them to America). The organiser John Phillips (of the Mamas And The Papas) had booked the band on the personnal recommendation of Paul McCartney.
The band hit the stage like a tornado and like in the aftermath of the first visits by The Beatles and The Stones, America was never the same again. As I said earlier, this was Jimi's big chance to "blow away" America and he certainly acheived it with this literally explosive show. One can imagine what this must have meant to him. After the years of hard work as an unknown backing musician, in an American record industry incapable of recognising his talents*, he came right back in their face, and triumphed.
A video of footage by D.A. Pennebeker (who made the famous film "Monterey Pop") was released at the same time as this album and is also recommended. See DVD
* A few small New York companies had in fact signed the young Jimmy up in 1965/66 but as a session guitarist, rather than a potential star.
The legendary guitarist Les Paul once saw the unknown Jimmy in a club somewhere, was knocked out by his playing and later tried to track him down. He failed to find him, only to discover later that he had found fame in England as Jimi Hendrix. Let's be fair to John Hammond Jnr. also, who helped draw attention to Jimi in New York (1966), enabling him to be noticed by visiting British musicians, Chas Chandler being one of them (well, Chas saw Jimi without Hammond the first time in fact).
Label: Legacy – 88843042031, Experience Hendrix – 88843042031
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 Gram Audiophile Grade Vinyl
Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
A1 Killing Floor 3:14
A2 Foxey Lady 3:28
A3 Like A Rolling Stone 7:07
A4 Rock Me Baby 3:37
A5 Hey Joe 5:11
B1 Can You See Me 2:37
B2 The Wind Cries Mary 3:53
B3 Purple Haze 5:34
B4 Wild Thing 7:49