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I remind you, these shows are from 2007, so every time I say 40 years just think 45!
We continue our travel back to Monterey, California in the year 1967.
The Monterey Pop Festival was the model for all future festivals- and in terms of pure innocence none came close.
And it was a BENEFIT concert, with all proceeds STILL all these years later being contributed to the recipients.
This time, I’ve got some Canned Heat (who I used to call Sterno) doing some old Elmore James.
Without question, Monterey sparked access to acts who changed not only the music, but the culture as well.
So we move on to Otis Redding, who hit the ground running with Shake- the old Sam Cooke song.
And he did Sam proud. Then he sang one for the “Love Crowd”, as he called it.
He never expected such a reception from an overwhelmingly white audience, and was deeply touched by it.
Otis later said it, but you can hear it in his voice. He knew he had tapped into something, and he was so palpably happy.
Incredibly, Otis died only a few months later in that plane crash!
I will read some statements from the legendary Lou Adler on the smooth running of the Festival. That never happened again!
Then it is on to the Who, who destroyed their instruments at the end of their set- something they had been doing all along in their native England, but left festival-goers here open-mouthed and stunned.
And set the stage for Jimi Hendrix to later try to top it!
Plus, trying to cover all bases, I’ve got a song for you for Fathers Day.
If you can remember this one (it was the B-side of a single in 1970), you are GOOD!
We are halfway through this series now- two more chapters to come.
Here's the link to some more extraordinary live performances , at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on June 22, 2012 at 12:27am
That happens to me too, I can forget while a record is playing, lol!
The Golden Pell to Canned Heat...alright!!!
And that Sterno thing is finally catching on, after my saying it decades ago, lol!
I got the Who Am I statement!
Do you think I am dense...hey I did Sterno, lol!
Incidentally, have you ever heard the excellent song, Who Am I, by Country Joe & The Fish?
You know, I like the idea of downloading the show onto the iPod myself- you get to be up close and personal with the music, always a good way to listen.
Doubleheader tomorrow with parts 3 and 4 lined up?
Ah don't kill yourself- relax, those shows will still be there for a long while I hope.
Thanks for being able to listen as it was, and writing to me,
Comment by Mike Pell on June 22, 2012 at 12:16am


Yeah, apparently there are places where there are woods.

Ken lives way the hell out on the Island, woods on his property and beaches a short walk away.

I know he watches his grandkids, but he pretty much roams around.

If you listen closely, I think you can hear him in Monterey Pt.4.


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on June 21, 2012 at 10:24pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you Mike that I know I'm behind again.  I went to the beach at the end of last week and on top of that I have a new computer at work that's givin' me all kind of problems.  I think the lack of Adobe Flash Player is causing the music players not to work.  So I went back to downloading them on the iPod, which I actually prefer using to listen to the show.  I have parts 3 and 4 lined up for tomorrow.  I started on part 3 today, but got tied up and couldn't finish, so I'll probably just start over.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on June 21, 2012 at 10:16pm

I listened earlier today, and didn't have a chance to comment.  Now I can't remember what all I wanted to say.  

I will say that I really liked the Otis Redding stuff, especially the second song.  But I think I'll give the Golden Pell to Sterno, er, I mean Canned Heat.  Nice song.  

The first half of The Who's song was pretty good, then it sounded terrible.  I guess it just doesn't translate the same audibly as it does visually.  Still, it's The Who, so Who Am I to complain (do you get it?  Who Am I?)

Comment by Jon on June 20, 2012 at 7:34am

WIlds in Long Island? THere's actually wilds there?

Let me check if I have the Fillmore version, if not I'll let you know.

Comment by Mike Pell on June 19, 2012 at 8:18pm
Sorry for the delay in responding, I've been pretty busy.
Yes, that Ten Years After version of I'm Going Home Fillmore version is outstanding!
It's just not the one we are used to hearing.
Besides which, the old Fillmore East had an outstanding recording setup, and the way I remember it only had room for 2 to 3 thousand in the audience- tiny by Woodstock standards.
If you want it, I can send it.
As for Kansas' Rainmaker, when you only have an hour show I can't afford time to gather my senses and go on.
So I continue to stumble, lol!
Never even left for a smoke, I used to run out and tell Ken what we should play next.
I gave him the name Engineer Ken, nobody else ever said that- and I have made him mildly famous, lol!
And now Ken is becoming a figment- he retired, roams the wilds of Long Island, and you can't get hold of him.
I am not kidding!
Thanks again for the listen and writing, I see I owe you another, lol,
Comment by Jon on June 18, 2012 at 7:08am

I'm GOING Home....always have switched that around with COMING Home. On the Woodstock version it sounds like COMING Home, but he sings it so fast you really can't tell.

I think I have the Fillmore version, I'm gonna have to check. I think I picked up a Ten Years After compilation album and was annoyed that the version wasn't Woodstock but from other venue but when I heard it, I was annoyed no more.

Why Kansas? "Rainmaker" of course. It's long enough for you to grab a drink, smoke, tablet or whatever after you stumble. Gives you enough time to gather your senses and go on with the show! Just trying to be as helpful as possible.

Still think Ken is a figment. Or is his real name Engineer Ken?

Comment by Mike Pell on June 17, 2012 at 5:22pm
You're a good man for listening!
That's a good idea...a stumble backup.
But why Kansas...I've got a feeling I'm not in Kansas anymore, lol!
Yeah, sure is a shame you weren't there to stir up some history making trouble in a drug-induced state, lol!
Your name would be in the Hall Of Fame!
That Yes song was a toughie, but you don't feel at all bad about not knowing it, and you shouldn't- but to you BAD is GOOD (George Orwell "1984" I think, lol!)!
Nice going on putting together Sterno & Canned Heat- see, this city boy has gone camping!
The song was actually I'm Going Home by Ten Years After at Woodstock.
The first time I did a series about Going Home For Thanksgiving, the very first song I believe I played was that.
But a version they did about 6 months later at The Fillmore East.
You GOTTA hear it!
It is in the archives at WLSO.FM, and is in a Part One of Going Home For Thanksgiving, I think for 2010...maybe 2009.
There was thick glass between Engineer Ken and I, but if you listen close you can sometimes hear him.
Maybe from my headphones...I had them cranked up loud, lol!
But you can HEAR him, you HEAR me?
Not a figment of my imagination, lol!
Thanks for listening and writing and being gentle,
Comment by Jon on June 16, 2012 at 8:20am

But see, I DID listen to part two but wanted to be gentle.

Let me throw something out there, see if you agree: Next time you stumble (and boy did you ever), I think you should take a step back, play a specific track by Kansas, then come back. That way, all will be forgiven! Just trying to help!

That is amazing that there were no issues during this whole festival. Simply amazing. Bummer that I wasn't there to stir up something (drug-induced, of course). 

Never heard that Yes song so I guess I'm BAD. But bad is good!

Sterno..I GET IT! Good stuff from them, reminda me, in a way, of Ten Years After at Woodstock. It's Hendrix here with the geetar on fire and TYA at Woodstock and that amazing rendtion of "Coming Home". Send shiver up and down me spine I tell ya! But that was a different concert so I'll get back on track....

Ok and last time...if you speak to "someone" in the studio or wherever it is, they must speak and be heard. I still think it's a figment of your imagination.

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