Monterey Pop: The Outtake Performances
In 1968, many music fans nationwide got their first real immersion in the exploding world of rock music when filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker released Monterey Pop, the first rock documentary. Over the space of a mere 79 minutes, we were treated to The Mamas and The Papas, Canned Heat, Simon and Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish, Otis Redding with Booker T. and the MGs and The Mar-Keys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Ravi Shankar.
That was a pretty heavy trip for those of us who grew up on Shindig, Hulabaloo!, Where the Action Is, and The Ed Sullivan Show. The original movie is simply deluxe. Then, in 2002, The Criterion Collection: The Complete Monterey Pop was issued: a three-DVD set with the original movie, a second disk with Jimi Hendrix’s set and Otis Redding’s set, and a third filled with two hours of outtakes from the festival, which ran June 16-18, 1967.
It is by no means complete: some groups are not in the film at all (see: The Grateful Dead), and most were only on screen for a song or two.
Let’s take a look at that third disk. Light shows were just emerging. Also, it is fascinating checking out the range of clothing styles at the time, from the strait-laced Association to standard San Francisco issue outfits worn by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Country Joe and the Fish. Various people introduced acts, including Tommy Smothers, Paul Simon, Peter Tork, and Eric Burdon.
THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES
00:00 The Association – Along Comes Mary
10:02 Country Joe And The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
A second shot from these hippies! They were also in the original film.
15:24 Al Kooper – (I Heard Her Say) Wake Me, Shake Me
Kooper had been with the Blues Project, but here he appears with his own band.
22:52 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Driftin’ Blues
This is special. Butterfield was one of the true greats. Mike Bloomfield is on guitar.
27:37 Quicksilver Messenger Service – All I Ever Wanted To Do (Was Love You )
Right at the birth of one of the truly great San Fran bands.
30:56 The Electric Flag – Drinkin ’Wine
Like Butterfield, these gents rocked the blues hard. Bloomfield again and Buddy Miles on drums.
33:45 The Byrds – Chimes Of Freedom
37:15 The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine
40:17 The Byrds – Hey Joe
In between the first two fine songs by the original Byrds, David Crosby speaks about the Kennedy assassination, the subject of the second song.
48:31 Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
Two other fine songs are in the original film, but here was the hit tune from Jefferson Airplane.
51:39 The Blues Project – The Flute Thing
Generally a rockin’ blues band, this became a signature for the band with Andy Kulberg on flute and the great Danny Kalb on lead guitar.
1:03:14 Big Brother And The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two
A spirited if sloppy version of the song that would later appear on Cheap Thrills. Janis is in good voice here.
1:09:35 Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
The song that put them on the map. Neil Young is absent, and check out David Crosby up front with Richie Furay and Stephen Stills.
1:12:52 The Who – Substitute
1:16:52 The Who – Summertime Blues
1:20:22 The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away
Eric Burdon’s intro was on point: they had been ignored in the U.S. — until Monterey Pop. We had simply never seen anything remotely like this: mod outfits, Townshend’s windmill arm, and manic Keith Moon. As is too often the case, even today, John Entwistle was rarely on camera. “My Generation” (from the original film) is the song when Townshend smashed his guitar and Moon kicked over his drums, leading Jimi Hendrix to grab some lighter fluid for his set.
1:28:54 The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter
1:32:35 The Mamas & The Papas – Somebody Groovy
1:35:33 The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name
1:39:29 The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday
1:44:42 Scott MacKenzie with The Mamas &The Papas – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
1:48:50 The Mamas & The Papas – Dancing In The Street
The Monterey Pop Festival was the baby of The Mamas and The Papas. You can look far and wide but won’t find a better vocal quartet. Their music touched everyone.
1:53:19 Tiny Tim – Medle
Yes, he really was that odd. This was shot somewhere backstage.
We’ll take a look at the original film soon.