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We’ll open up with some more about that groundbreaking sound system developed for the concert.
Then it is off to Janis!
I can still remember the first time I heard Ms. Joplin.
I had never heard a woman…I had never heard ANYONE sing like that!
That VOICE! It was amazing, and I totally flipped over it!
From the album Cheap Thrills with Big Brother & The Holding Company, we’ll hear the classic Ball And Chain. And that album and this song, made her an instant star.
I should point out that if you have seen the movie documentary of the Monterey Pop Festival, or intend to see it, there is that wonderful scene where the camera switches to Mama Cass Elliott as she mouths the words “WOW!” after Janis’ performance! It just blew everyone away!
Along with Hendrix and Otis Redding, this was the 3rd act that came before an unsuspecting audience and blew everyone away. All of them bringing magic and shockwaves to the music world!
Beaver & Krausse were at the Festival, trying to sell Moog synthesizers.
They later signed a recording contract with Warner Bros.
And believe it or not, I still have some old vinyl records by them. They were a bit odd, and it might be too much for you, but I just may dip into their stuff and give you taste someday.
Part of the Festival organizers were the Mamas & Papas, and they were the act that closed it all out on that concluding Sunday night. We’ll hear from that set.
I am gonna close THIS whole series out with a number released later in that remarkable year of 1967, by Eric Burdon & The Animals.
It is called “Monterey”, a terrific song that not only mentioned the feeling of the scene and the acts that played Monterey Pop, but included credible impressions of those artists- and the instruments they used too!
Please give a close listen to this one.
It’s a sadly neglected gem, even to this day.
And it contains one of my favorite lines in all of Rock & Roll:
“If you wanna find truth in life, don’t pass MUSIC by”.
Amen to that!

Here's the link that closes out the Festival, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on June 30, 2012 at 12:03am


For years you disliked the guy for no reason...shame on you!

Hahahahahaha, you make me laugh...the internet is NEVER wrong....hahahahahaha!

What a character!

Comment by Jon on June 29, 2012 at 6:39am

It says he's not and the internet is NEVER wrong. So I take back everything I might have said or heard about Eric Burdon. He's a righteous dude!

Comment by Mike Pell on June 28, 2012 at 11:10pm

I don't get it Jon.

Is he a jerk or not?

Comment by Jon on June 27, 2012 at 6:24pm
Comment by Jon on June 27, 2012 at 6:21pm

Is there something about Eric Burdon that maybe I read? I don't know if it was that he destroyed War or something like that. Going to have to put my thinking cap on (and maybe google "Eric Burdon is a jerk")  

Comment by Mike Pell on June 27, 2012 at 3:49pm


It was something you ATE, lol!

Sorry I am so late with this, but I have been crazy busy.

I am like that too, I see a guy somewhere and I have a bad memory associated with them- even though I can't remember what the memory actually is.

As a bartender for a while, I would almost always be right!

On rare occasions it's a good unknown memory about a seeming stranger, but far more often it is the bad feeling.

I always loved the Mamas & Papas, for a lot of reasons, fun to watch them develop.

Don't know what happened with Ball & Chain but there was a dropoff- could have been any number of things- I screwed up in the transfer, Engineer Ken may have dropped the volume, the show was 5 years old, etc.

A whole show dedicated to bleeps and blips?
I don't know...but Beaver & Krause did more than just bleeps and blips, lol!

I still think it would be too hard for most people to get into. 

Thanks for listening and writing, I hope to get to the other one later...something about my being old in there?
GRRRRRR...we better NOT meet, lol,


Comment by Jon on June 25, 2012 at 6:07pm

I don't know if it's something I read or something I saw, but I've always had an issue with Eric Burdon. But I don't know what the issue is!!! Good song though...

That M&P sounded fantastic. Even live they sounded great.

I don't now what was up with the Ball & Chain song, I've heard it many times before but it seemed that the volume was turned way down? Could have just been me. 

I say go for the Moog stuff (even though this was 5 years ago?). Just a whole show dedicated to bleeps and blips. Bleepy blips!

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