Live At Monterey is a reworking of the Jimi Plays Monterey recording of Jimi Hendrix live at the Monterey festival in June 1967 with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
It’s the same set but with different mixing.
This concert is famous for the time during the last track – Wild Thing – Hendrix sets his guitar on fire and then smashes it. That explains the album covers.
Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey – Jimi Plays Monterey
My Rating – 28 out of 30 (9 + 10 +9)
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Live At Monterey is the version I’ve got so that’s the one I will be focusing on.
Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey Set List
- Introduction by Brian Jones – 0:39
- Killing Floor – 3:14 (cover of Howlin’ Wolf song)
- Foxey Lady – 3:28 (Are You Experienced)
- Like a Rolling Stone – 7:06 (cover of Bob Dylan song)
- Rock Me Baby – 3:37 (cover of a blues standard)
- Hey Joe – 5:11 (single later added to Are You Experienced)
- Can You See Me – 2:37 (Are You Experienced)
- The Wind Cries Mary – 3:53 (single later added to Are You Experienced)
- Purple Haze- 5:34 (single later added to Are You Experienced)
- Wild Thing – 7:49 (cover of a song made famous by The Troggs)
It’s a short set but unfortunately that’s all he played on his return back to the USA as a rock star. He was virtually unknown in the States but he’d made his name in the UK for explosive performances.
Those who were there, saw exactly why.
This is a live recording of one of the most famous rock performances ever.
Other members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience were bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Be warned, this album is so good that it leaves you hungry for much more live Jimi Hendrix.
Here are some videos of Jimi Hendrix performing live at Monterey.
These videos may be taken down but replacements will probably appear which you can see on YouTube Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey.
I’m giving this album a rating of 28 out of 30.
- 9/10 for the set list – brilliant songs but just not enough of them to earn score the full mark of 10.
- 10/10 for the performance – it’s Hendrix so you know the guitar will be fantastic and I think he’s a much underrated singer. Redding and Mitchell supported him well.
- 9/10 for atmosphere and authenticity. Plenty of talking and little tune-ups between the songs makes the recording feel very real. It loses a mark because the crowd must have been too astonished at what they’re seeing and hearing to make much noise.
There are longer live albums by Hendrix but I’m not sure that there’s a better one. Perhaps I’m biased because I think Are You Experienced? is the best of his solo albums and there’s a freshness to this performance that makes it special.
What Others Say About Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey
This album as Jimi Plays Monterey has featured in a number of the greatest live albums lists.
Chordstrike.com – 20th
Rolling Stone – included in the Top 25 live albums
Classic Rock – 38th
The only other Jimi Hendrix live album that appears regularly is Band Of Gypsys.
Reviews at Amazon are positive
Jimi Plays Monterey – 9 five star reviews
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I thought I’d show you the album cover from the other Jimi Hendrix / Monterey album – Jimi Plays Monterey. I haven’t heard it and I don’t know how different the two live albums sound.
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