Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 1970 Jimi Hendrix/Otis Redding LP Monterey International Pop Festival featuring the original withdrawn cover.
This cover was withdrawn shortly after release due to legal action by the owners of the Monterey Festival for unauthorized use of their artwork and was replaced by a cover with photos of Hendrix and Redding and retitled as Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival.
About this copy: This copy of Monterey International Pop Festival is an original, still sealed copy featuring the original withdrawn cover with artwork used to promote the Monterey Pop Festival.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is mostly intact; there is a 1″ (2 cm) tear at the lower right hand corner and a bit of wear there. This copy has no cutout marks.
A beautiful copy of a terrific album.
Background: In mid-1970, Reprise Records was getting a bit impatient with Jimi Hendrix, as they hadn’t received a new album from him in quite a while and they were eager to release something new.
With no new Hendrix album in hand, Reprise released an album of material from the Monterey International Pop Festival, recorded in June of 1967, featuring Jimi Hendrix on one side and Otis Redding on the other.
The timing was perfect from a sales perspective; the album hit the store shelves just three weeks before Jimi’s untimely death and reached #15 on the charts.
The original cover art featured artwork from the posters used to promote the Monterey International Pop Festival. Due to legal threats from the promoters of the festival, this cover was withdrawn shortly after release and replaced with another one that featured multiple photos of Hendrix and Redding. (see photos for example)
This odd LP was one of three releases from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival that actually made it out to the public within a few years of the actual event (the others were the Mamas & the Papas live album, and Ravi Shankar’s material). At the time, it made a lot of sense, in that both Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix had passed on, consequently any concert recordings by either were that much more valuable — but as Otis had not done a long enough set to fill up an LP, he ended up sharing this post-humous release with Hendrix. … Hendrix was probably more widely listened to, and was better known among the college students who bought most rock LPs. But in terms of musical importance, the Otis Redding side now seems far and away the greater moment, as he was gone barely six months after this performance, whereas Hendrix had three years of life and performances ahead of him.
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