August 29, 2006

Whew! (#2)

by Chris Randall

Forget about it. Otis Redding's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is hands down one of the great all time stage shows ever. The video above has the ass-end of "Shake," which opened the set. Then it goes in to the subject of today's post, "I've Been Loving You Too Long." He got up in front of those hippies and just dropped some science.

I really admire Otis for this one performance, because usually musicians put in an uncomfortable situation (like him playing before a basically all-white audience, which was unusual for soul singers at the time) generally don't give their all. He just got up and owned the stage. Seriously.



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Aug.29.2006 @ 10:01 PM
these viddys are insane! performances to die for, killer musicianship, pure transcendent entertainment. thanks for posting them, chris!

Aug.29.2006 @ 11:13 PM
Amazing. Thanks for the videos. I miss performances like tihs. There's a difference between just performing and really getting into it.

Aug.30.2006 @ 12:37 AM
penzoil washington
i don't think music was quite so segregated as you suggest in the sixties.

you could hear everything from "papas got a brand new bag" to "day tripper" all on your friendly AM rock n' roll station. a lot of people were into B & W music simultaneously the whole decade. The Beatles and the Supremes ruled the charts in 64, for example, and toured together with Sam Cooke, Little Richard, etc., in earlier years. Motown, JB, Jimi of course, the list goes on and on.

Of course, there was black radio too. And there was a black concert circuit, but there was plenty of intersection, too, in the pop market. If Otis had lived, Dock Of THe Bay would have taken him everywhere, it was an enormous pop hit, and not because he'd died.

I don't know when this changed, but I do remember that early MTV wouldn't play Prince.

As for Monterey, Jimi's performance is beyond amazing. it's the US debut of the Experience, I believe, and there he is: Instant Superstar - 100% fully formed, fearless, fierce, & On Fire.


Aug.30.2006 @ 4:11 AM
dan s
"It was only with the phenomenal success of Michael Jackson and his "Thriller" album of 1983 that MTV and its harsh color barrier format were broken."
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Aug.30.2006 @ 8:57 AM
Wade Alin
chills. holy shit.


-note to self, buy chris a shiny teal suit for first CR show, 40L right?


Aug.30.2006 @ 9:26 AM
shiny suit hmm,

perhaps a cape and an envelope follower is what's required?
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Aug.30.2006 @ 10:49 AM
Chris Randall
It's worth noting that Otis was the only soul act at Monterey, and the only black performer (Jimi being only half black, of course.) And it was considered a big risk putting him on the bill at all. Monterey was the very beginning of his cross-cultural appeal in the US; he already had white people digging him in Europe from the famous Stax/Volt tour there earlier that year. So, he began his assault on the white folks of America on June 16th, 1967. He wrote "Dock Of The Bay" in November of that year while on tour in Europe, recorded it on December 6th and 7th, and died on December 10th. Keep in mind that most of the artists you mention were rock or pop performers. Real soul was not very popular with white people until the last couple years of the 60s, and "Dock Of The Bay" was largely responsible for it.

(I may not know much, but I know my soul music. I have _every_ Stax/Volt single. All of them. Every single one. I'm also fairly certain I have everything that Otis ever recorded, alternate takes and live shows included.)

As for the Hendrix performance, I know it's one of rock's shining moments, what with the flaming guitar and all, but if you just listen to his show and don't watch it, you'll note that he's completely piss out of tune for the entire thing, like, really bad, and the rhythm section are so fucking high, well, they're really not on their game.

That may be a Bad Thing To Say, but there it is. I have a vinyl record that has the Otis Redding performance on one side and the Hendrix performance on the other, and I've only listend to the Hendrix side twice, and I _love_ Hendrix. It's quite bad, I'm sorry to say.



Aug.30.2006 @ 12:04 PM
penzoil washington
I have that record too, the grey one, ha.

I really don't think anyone attending gave a damn that Hendrix was out of tune. He looked modern as fuck after the Mamas and the Papas, et al, performed, as if he was set to sweep away the status quo. I'm talking impact, not musical impeccability.

Jimi Hendrix is half white??? That's news to me, unless you mean to say his band was 2/3's white, or that his music was rock.

Stax/Volt was gutbucket stuff, and though they had some big pop hits, I see your point. Still, JB had several funky bonafide pop hits. Sex Machine ruled AM radio when it came out, and so did "papa". By the late 60's, real gritty stuff like the Isleys 'it's your thing' was regularly heard on pop radio. By the early seventies, Marvin, Stevie, Curtis, etc. were all having very soulful pop hits.....


Aug.30.2006 @ 12:15 PM
Chris Randall
I didn't say half white. I was given to understand that he's half Creole. (Which, one could argue, makes him 3/4 or 5/8 black, I guess.) He certainly looks Creole. But I like your definition better. However, the Stax band was half white, too.

I dunno. I don't know a lot about Hendrix, and I'm certainly willing to be wrong there. Other than Chess and Stax/Volt, I've not read a lot about various musicians' biographies, because I usually don't care. Hendrix' racial makeup absolutely goes on the list of things I don't give a shit about.



Aug.30.2006 @ 1:05 PM
"It's worth noting that Otis was the only soul act at Monterey, and the only black performer (Jimi being only half black, of course.)"

And Lou Rawls, half of Booker T & the MGs, and Hugh Masekela aren't black?

"And it was considered a big risk putting him on the bill at all."

Only because he was an unknown and John Phillips had originally wanted but couldn't get a different, better known band for that slot. I can't remember who it was but they talk about it a lot on the DVD bonus features.


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