Sunday, July 23, 2017

641 – The Animals – Monterey (1967)

Escrita por Eric Burdon, John Weider, Vic Brigs, Danny McCulloch e Barry Jenkins, foi lançada em 30 de dezembro de 1967, no compacto que tinha Anything como Lado B no Reino Unido e Ain't that só como Lado B nos Estados Unidos.

Eric Burdon and The Animals tocaram no festival de Monterey, no cume do verão do amor. Tocaram depois de Johnny Rivers. Ficaram tão fascinados pelo festival, que fizeram essa canção em relação a essa experiencia. A letra descreve a atmosfera do festical e cita alguns dos artistas que tocaram lá. Chegou ao número 16 nos charts pop canadenses e número 15 nos charts pop americanos.

Na letra falam dos Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Ravu Shankar, The Who, Grateful Dead e Jimi Hendrix, chamando-os de Young Gods com musica nascida do amor e disse que uma nova religão estava nascendo. Disseram que no festival, as crianças dançavam dia e noite e que até os policiais dançaram com eles. Brian Jones era um MC no festival.

A letra:

The people came and listened
Some of them came and played
Others gave flowers away, yes they did
Down in Monterey, Down in Monterey
Young Gods smiled upon the crowd
Their music being born of love
Children danced night and day
Religion was being born
Down in Monterey
The birds and the airplane did fly
Oh, Ravi Shankar's music made me cry
The Who exploded into fire and light
Hugh Masakela's music was black as night
The Grateful Dead blew everybodies mind
Jimi Hendrix baby,believe me, set the world on fire, yeah
His Majesty, Prince Jones, smiled as he moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars were grooving real loud, yeah
You want to find the truth in life
Don't pass music by
and you know I would not lie, no I would not lie,
No, I would not lie
Down in Monterey
Three days of understanding of moving with one another
Even the cops grooved with us
Do you believe me, yeah?
Down in Monterey
I think that maybe I'm dreaming
Monterey
Down in monterey
Did you hear what I said?

A versão de Eric Burdon and The Animals:


A versão de Eric Burdon ao vivo em 1998:


A versão de White Rabbits:


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