Jimi Plays Monterey

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Jimi Plays Monterey
Live album by Jimi Hendrix
Released February 1986
Recorded June 18, 1967
Venue Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California
Length 41:02
Label Reprise
Producer Alan Douglas
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Kiss the Sky
(1984)Kiss the Sky1984
Jimi Plays Monterey
Johnny B. Goode
(1986)Johnny B. Goode1986

Jimi Plays Monterey is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix released in February 1986. The album documents The Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967. As well as songs from the band's debut album Are You Experienced, Monterey also includes covers of "Killing Floor" (Howlin' Wolf), "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan), "Rock Me Baby" (B. B. King) and "Wild Thing" (Chip Taylor). The version of "Wild Thing" on the album is one of the most notable live performances ever, as, in an iconic moment in rock history, he sets his guitar alight after the song and then smashes it.

Jimi Plays Monterey is also a short film directed by D. A. Pennebaker documenting the same performance as the album, also released in 1986. It is notable for containing several interviews with rock stars, and containing an art piece by Denny Dent during the performance of "Can You See Me", as the song was not filmed.

Critical reception[edit]

In Rolling Stone, David Fricke said Jimi Plays Monterey preserves Hendrix's wild playing and playful humor onstage, writing that the show it documents is "still a revelation, an orgasmic explosion of singing feedback, agitated stretches of jazzy improvisation and recombinant R&B guitar".[1] Robert Christgau called it "peace-and-love-and-egomania at its most far out" in The Village Voice, appreciating its digital mastering and historical value, although he lamented some of the performances themselves: "Jimi speeds alarmingly, Mitch Mitchell keeps tripping over his sticks, and 'Like a Rolling Stone' is patently hokey."[2] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and felt the band was in "fine, lean, fiery form".[3] Paul Evans gave it three-and-a-half stars in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992).[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Killing Floor" Howlin' Wolf 5:55
2. "Foxy Lady" Jimi Hendrix 3:36
3. "Like a Rolling Stone" Bob Dylan 6:51
4. "Rock Me Baby" B. B. King 3:45
5. "Hey Joe" Billy Roberts 4:48
6. "Can You See Me" Jimi Hendrix 3:11
7. "The Wind Cries Mary" Jimi Hendrix 3:40
8. "Purple Haze" Jimi Hendrix 4:20
9. "Wild Thing" Chip Taylor 9:46

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 24, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (1992). "Jimi Hendrix". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly. The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 315. ISBN 0679737294. 

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