Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival

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Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival
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ReleasedAugust 26, 1970[1]
RecordedJune 1967
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Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival is a live album recorded at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. A split artist release, it documents performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on side one and Otis Redding on side two.

Release and charts[edit]

Reprise Records released Historic Performances in the U.S. on August 26, 1970.[1] It reached number 16 on the Billboard 200 albums chart[4] and number 15 on the magazine's Top R&B Albums chart.[5] The Recording Industry Association of America certified it as a "Gold" album, signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies.[6] The album was not released in the UK.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]

In a contemporary review of the album, Jeffrey Drucker of Rolling Stone magazine said "memories are made of sets like this", and "even if you weren't [there], you'll find some very satisfying music by two of our most gifted artists."[10]

In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), music critic Robert Christgau called the album "as evocative a distillation of the hippie moment in all its hope and contradiction as you'll ever hear." He described Redding and Hendrix as "two radically different black artists showboating at the nativity of the new white rock audience", who had both "performed more subtly and more brilliantly" elsewhere, and were "equally audacious and equally wonderful" at the festival.[7]

In a lukewarm review, AllMusic's Bruce Eder regarded Historic Performances as a significant album when it was released, but it has become "purely of historic interest as an artifact of the time."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one: the Jimi Hendrix Experience
1."Like a Rolling Stone"Bob Dylan6:22
2."Rock Me Baby"B.B. King, Joe Josea3:00
3."Can You See Me"Jimi Hendrix2:30
4."Wild Thing"Chip Taylor7:30
Side two: Otis Redding
1."Shake"Sam Cooke2:37
2."Respect"Otis Redding3:22
3."I've Been Loving You Too Long"Otis Redding, Jerry Butler3:32
4."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards3:21
5."Try a Little Tenderness"Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly4:40


Side one

Side two



  1. ^ a b "August 26, 1970". The Jimi Hendrix Encyclopedia. Experience Hendrix. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "At Monterey - Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Kubernik, Harvey; Kubernik, Kenneth (2011). A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop. Santa Monica Press. p. eBook. ISBN 978-1595808721. The headlining slot on Saturday night was opened up when the Beach Boys failed to appear. It was taken by a young (only 25!) soul singer named Otis Redding
  4. ^ "Otis Redding: Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Otis Redding: Chart History – Top R&B Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum – Jimi Hendrix". RIAA. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  9. ^ DeCurtis, Henke & George-Warren 1992, p. 315.
  10. ^ Drucker, Jeffrey (October 15, 1970). "Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival". Rolling Stone. New York. Retrieved June 8, 2013.


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