|The Complete Monterey Pop Festival|
Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and the Papas, Ravi Shankar, Buffalo Springfield, Laura Nyro, Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Blues Project, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & the Fish, Hugh Masekela, The Association, the Electric Flag, Tiny Tim
Criterion Collection three-disc set; commentary by Festival producer Lou Adler and director D.A. Pennebaker; "Monterey Pop," new high-definition digital transfer, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker, with new 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS; new video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker; audio interviews with Festival producer John Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby; photo essay by photographer Elaine Mayes; original theatrical trailer; original theatrical radio spots; Monterey Pop scrapbook; "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey," new high-definition digital transfers, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker, with new 5.1 mixes by Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS; audio commentary on "Jimi Plays Monterey" by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray; two audio commentaries on "Shake! Otis at Monterey" by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick, the first on Otis Redding's Monterey performance, the second on Redding before and after Monterey; interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager from 1959 to 1967; original theatrical trailer for "Jimi Plays Monterey"; video excerpt, Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix; "Monterey Pop The Outtake Performance," two hours of performances not included in the original film.
|For all of its cultural resonance, the Woodstock rock festival in 1969 was behind the curve, inculcating an army of weekend hippies. Far ahead of the curve was the first great gathering of the rock tribes, 1967's Monterey International Pop Festival, held in California during the Summer of Love, when psychedelica was an underground movement in first flower. This was the concert that spawned the legends of Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and Janis Joplin, and featured eminent sets from The Who, Ravi Shankar and others. Fortuitously, Monterey Pop was captured in vigorous, cinema verité style by director D.A. Pennebaker, whose "Don't Look Back," the film of Bob Dylan's groundbreaking British tour, was a watershed in music documentaries. This incredible three-DVD set includes the original "Monterey Pop" theatrical release, digitally restored, Pennebaker's shorts "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey," and the big bonus, a two-hour collection of most every performance (Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, etc.) filmed by Pennebaker's crew.|