Jefferson Airplane Live at Monterey Pop

It paved the way for Woodstock, the Isle of Wight and Altamont. It was arranged by the Mamas and Papas. It was nowhere as slick as the ones that followed, and the sound quality of any of the recordings you can get your hands on is appalling (this one is no different), but… The Monterey Pop Festival is an iconic moment from the sixties…

… and Jefferson Airplane at the Monterey Pop Festival is an iconic performance. They’re just making their way from the Acid Tests where they played support to the likes of the Grateful Dead (the Prankster’s house band). The line up is (relatively) stable. They’ve just hit the charts. They’re migrating from the early folk-rock/psych-pop of Takes Off and Surrealistic Pillow to the darker After Bathing at Baxter’s. The world is watching. And they rock. They really rock. The Ballad of You, Me and Pooneii is worth the price of the CD alone. Ignore the sound quality (you stop noticing after the first couple of tracks) and revel in a band truly at the height of its powers, doing something it loves (playing live), knowing that everyone (and I mean everyone) is watching. This is a landmark. Buy it.