SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY  - OTIS REDDING LIVE 1967 MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL FILM (1986)

SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY - OTIS REDDING LIVE 1967 MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL FILM (1986)

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Otis Redding’s complete, electrifying performance at the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.  The Monterey concert reflects Redding at the peak of his career, only months before a fatal plane crash took his life.

“Well-shot vintage soul performances are as scarce as chitlins on Wall Street, and though these 20,000 white protobohemians weren’t exactly Redding’s hippest audience, he was definitely out to prove something to ‘the love crowd.’ Clad in a memorable forest-green suit, the most country of the great soul men trundled his oversized body all over the stage in a condensed set of surefire material. The glaring spotlight effects that spoiled Redding’s segment of the original film are mostly gone; except for the girls-of-Monterey montage accompanying ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ Pennebaker honors the visual facts, most notably Redding’s big-hearted face. In the best verite tradition, Pennebaker is drawn to interesting faces–even his tribute to the ladies doesn’t settle for pretty.” (00:18:59)

– Robert Christgau, The Village Voice


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