The 40 minutes that shaped rock 'n' roll: talking about the Jimi Plays Monterey album

To this day, the 18 June 1967 performance is considered one of the legendary rock shows that turned history and perceptions of music and the possibilities of the guitar upside down.

The story of the significant Jimi Plays Monterey album that has kept critics on their toes to this day

"Jimi Plays Monterey" - posthumous live album Jimi Hendrix and the film, which is a performance by the virtuoso guitarist at the Monterey Festival, which took place in June 1967 of the year. A great excitement was caused by the performance of the song "Wild Thing.": this number went down in history as one of the most incendiary live shows in the literal sense of the word. It is an iconic moment in the history of rock music and in Hendrix's career, for after performing "Wild Thing", the musician set fire to and then smashed his guitar.

A bit of history

Jimi Hendrix and a burning guitar ...
Jimi Hendrix and a burning guitar.

Jimi Hendrix и Otis Redding arrived in California virtually unknown. However, one show completely changed their lives. As a result, the performance turned into an album and a film "Jimi Plays Monterey" and went down in rock 'n' roll history forever.

Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix. Smoking is bad for your health!

The album was recorded in 1967, during the legendary show Jimi Hendrix at the festival in Monterey. The musician blew up the audience and lit up the stage in the truest sense of the word. The audience was delighted. The concert featured such famous tracks as "Purple Haze, Foxy Lady. и "Wild Thing.". The last composition is especially unique and interesting to listeners to this day. It was after its performance that the iconic virtuoso set his guitar on fire.

Track list

We suggest checking out the track list in person. The album includes in total nine songswhich have inspired artists and enthusiasts to their own interpretations on many occasions.

"Killing Floor."

"Foxy Lady."

"Like a Rolling Stone"

"Rock Me Baby."

"Hey Joe."

"Can You See Me"

"The Wind Cries Mary"

"Purple Haze"

"Wild Thing."

Graduation and success

The record was recorded in 1967-мbut it didn't come out until February 1986 of the year. It showcases Hendrix's amazing skills as a guitarist, conveying to listeners his playful mood on stage. It is a true musical revelation, an explosion of emotion, and an amazing fusion of jazz and R&B. Critics received the album warmly, as did an enchanted audience. Some called it the epitome of "peace, love and selfishness in absolute manifestation", while others emphasised its historical weight. Of course, it was not without harsh criticism. Thus, in the American weekly "The Village Voice" the following note appeared:

"Jimi is incredibly anxious on this record, Mitch Mitchell stumbles every now and then, and 'Like a Rolling Stone' is the ultimate falsehood!"

Nevertheless, such statements in no way detract from the splendour of the "Jimi Plays Monterey".


At the end of the song "Wild Thing," Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire and began to feed off the energy
At the end of the song "Wild Thing" Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire

As in "Jimi Plays Monterey" documented an iconic performance "Jimi Hendrix Experience"The record has a huge impact and historical value today. During a show in Monterey on 18 June, Hendrix and his band played some of the tracks from the debut "Are You Experienced"as well as covers, including "Rock Me Baby" by B.B. King.

Version "Wild Thing." became one of the most treasured live acts in rock history. The colourful stories and legends associated with the burning of the guitar are still being written to this day.

About the film

"Jimi Plays Monterey" - it's also a short film directed by a director Pennebakerwhich contains a live performance Hendrix and his band. It was released, like the record, in 1986. Interestingly, in addition to the performance, the tape contains interviews with rock stars.

"Jimi Plays Monterey" - is the most intense and revolutionary 45-minute performance in rock history. For Hendrix, the Monterey Festival was his American debut, and a very successful one at that. To this day. 18 June 1967 is considered to be one of the legendary rock shows that turned the history and perception of music, as well as the possibilities of the guitar. On this basis, it is pointless to dispute the influence and significance of "Jimi Plays Monterey".

In December of the same year, he passed away Otis Redding. And three years later, Hendrix himself was gone. And this album remains one of the highlights of the iconic guitarist's legacy.


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